I mentioned a few months ago about my thesaurus, which I love. The thesaurus is a magical book full of all kinds of long words that make one sound…super intelligent.
But buyer beware. There is a nasty trap that I have seen many a writer fall into. Alas, even I have fallen into that hole a time or two – and the fall hurts my friend.
When you click on the faithful thesaurus button, make sure the super intelligent word actually means what you intended it to mean.
Take for instance:
Her skirt, even though frilly and cute, had torn at the hem.
Her sarong, even though ornamented and delectable, had splintered at the turn-up.
Okay for one thing a sarong sounds just…uncomfortable. I don’t know, I haven’t worn one. How can a sarong be both ornamented and delectable? Doesn’t that mean you’re eating it? I hope it is delicious either way. What in the universe is a turn-up? No, not turnip - turn-up. And why is it splintering? Strange, indeed.
So love your thesaurus, but watch out! It might trick you and laugh at you behind your back. Idiotic utterance inventory. Opps, what I meant was, silly thesaurus.