While writer and Blogger Jack Milgram asked me what I thought of his infographic “Boring Words”
I GREATLY WISH Jack had asked me BEFORE he made or finalized the graphic.
As when you read through my suggestions etc you will find that is just not right or as I called them ‘layered’, graded or ranked versions of a word. Like Chilly is a little cold, then cold, then freezing. When you are writing you may want to place the usual word there, as well as the alternate word, read the sentences twice, once with the alternate word (to be sure it is used properly. After all New and improved… is not really right if a product is improved, it is not new, there was a previous incarnation of it. It should say NEWLY Improved. Some yes can be used alternately for a word, some (like for old, some may work but may not read well.
Please keep in mind my Judgement on the words is by how they sound on their own in the category, as well as in trying to use them in a sentence. Do they still read well when used in place of the ‘boring’ word. Also, I try to see it as will an editor hack up the book if I were to use these words, same with an office setting (especially if you are an executive) Usually if I feel comfortable with using one of the alternate words, and not feel like I sound like an uneducated idiot, then they pass the tests.
All credit for InfoGraphic as well as the alternative words to use is by Writer & Blogger Jack Milgram
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My replies in helping Jack out on the infographic.
on your words for ‘new’ different is not a good word to use in my opinion at all.
Different is basically when something is being compared so it would certainly not be new.
‘Virgin’ you buy something called virgin aside from olive oil? New is the best to describe something NEW… Fresh is ok, the latest. Modern is a little so-so for me as someone can say something is modern now, but it could also mean something from anywhere from the 90s til now in the 21st century. State of the art is not a good ‘NEW’ word as state of the art is something specific. Think of it as something more like the military uses but the common man can’t afford. Usually, pretty much anything you’d see in a sci-fi movie, even the old Star Trek movies (and really never watched them but the few things I see) say their guns that is state of the art. State of the art usually has something to do with machines and technology so not really a good word for new.
Move EMERGING to words for next as that is usually used for ‘up and coming’ bands artists and that sort but you need to remove succeeding
Tone is NOT feel, nor is effect or affect spirit is not a sense so that is not right…Discern… I’m not sure about you’d have to ask a proper English teacher on that one. I read the definition but still not sure. Viibe is good cause that’s another way I am judging these. If I get a bad vibe or feel indifferent that I can not agree with it.
Lose pretend under seem. Shows signs of and come across as is ok but a little longer (though maybe a bit more sophisticated sounding than seem)
See what you have under “Best, a lot of them are ‘grades’ or levels of that. You can use all those words for best my argument on that is this…
You have Best, Better and ‘bestest’ (which really is greatest’) just like There’s Cool weather which would be 60 F there’s cold weather 40s-50 and Freezing weather 35 and below.
Terrific is out… doesn’t work in place of Best/ The best bowler got a perfect score. as to the Terrific bowler got a perfect score
in Old get rid of last 3
in Other need to lose fresh
For important I’d take out Essential and meaningful (they don’t hold the power to show importance) same with significant, serious and necessary.
Depressed is absolutely NOT a good term for sad. I have been through that 3x and too many people use the term when it’s NOT sad it’s beyond that. (Literally, it’s dead man walking… you are the walking dead when you are depressed, or at least feel like you are) So please take that out. There is a certain length of time you have to be ‘sad’ in order to be clinically depressed.
Many of the words for sad are just ‘levels’ of sadness. Same with Happy
basically, most that you used for best and good could probably be interchanged.
Bad is not evil… Evil is bad but bad is not evil… There IS a difference.
Cheap and poor under ‘bad’ is insulting to those that are poor and those that are cheap.
Like and love is 2 totally different things… Like and admire is ok, they are on the same level, I would say adore and love would be more along the same.. So those shouldn’t be in there. Treasure I’m indifferent about for ‘like’. I don’t think it should be used for like, more like something between like and love. (well adore should be in the middle of that but I guess ‘treasure’ should be, maybe should be used more for that point where you think you love a person, and want to say it, but are not quite there yet, or maybe it’s just too soon. Oh,And would definitely come after adore!
Haven’t you seen the commercial for the Kind protein bars? Nice and kind are 2 different things.
in Real… Original does not fit.
ONLY perfectly does not fit,
I don’t think any of those words for sweet work. Tempting they can be but the words dont work in a sentence instead of saying the sweet donut or something like that. Those words are not a way to describe a sweet or use it alternately usually someone says a ‘tempting sweet’ Frankly Think of saying “I need something sweet, then run through each of the words in the same sentence, what do you think? Do you think someone else would have any idea what you are talking about if you wrote it in a report or book of some sort?
Little, Big, Pretty are all words that describe the levels of size or attractiveness
Would you all like if I could do a post for’Layered’ words (like for pretty) in order of what ‘rank’ of attractiveness they are for example Cute, Adorable, attractive, Pretty, beautiful, stunning, gorgeous… (oh wait I don’t think glamorous works unless they are glamed up, like they are going to a club or on red carpet)
Neat is a definite no… that’s so 50s (and sort of their version for cool) and neat describes clean, uncluttered room, and to me that’s the only way it works.