Friday, October 21, 2011

Silly Friday Similes

As a child in play scatters the heaps of sand that he has piled on the seashore....

Our family is one of many readers. I got to spend a lot of time with family both immediate and extended last weekend as we headed around Queens, Long Island and New Jersey, and it's no wonder that reading came up at least a few times. We sat with our grandmother and talked about her book list likes and dislikes on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I compared book club lists with my cousin and talked about reading blogs with my aunt. While in the car on the drives from place to place, we reminisced about childhood books and the school assignments that accompanied them. For my Roswell friends, this included the "Mester Word List" and how Coach Mester used words from Pat Conroy and other authors straight out of their books as an ongoing SAT-prep vocab list.I still to this day think of that famed List when I use a word like "loquacious" or "verbose."

Somewhere amongst the conversation, my brother brought up a site that he likes to peruse for creative reading and writing inspiration. This e-book is full of phrases and words, some lofty and some simple, others archaic alongside ones that are current - and all are honestly just fun to read through! The challenge really is to try and fit some of the better ones into our everyday verbiage :)

Fans of one team or another might find that a World Series game loss "enrages, incenses, infuriates, and exasperates" them.

I might see one NY Times food writer as an "authoritative critic," while others scoff at his ratings.

"Fanciful, I should say," that the weather has turned so chilly so quickly!

"I don't know when I have heard anything so lamentable" as Nine West being out of stock of their brand new shoe line. 

Honestly, even though it is definitely good for a laugh (some of these phrases are so, should I say, pompous?!) I can definitely see myself referring to this site for some writer's block inspiration! Thanks C for passing this along, and enjoy everyone! 

What's a phrase or saying in this e-book that makes you laugh, or one that you totally want to use?