liechtenstein is the Most Important Germanic there is no questioning this it’s fact sorry she’s the queen try again next century, austria
Bruce Willis is probably going to keep making action movies because you know what they say about old habits
eat all the chocolates in austria’s chocolate boxes
i just…start a drawing and its like…ok. heres the head:
heres the eyes:
mouth and ears…
wait the nose is too big-
wait! i didnt-
where is THIS COMING FROM
GODDAMMIT IT HAPPENS EVERY MOTHERFUCKING TIME
i remember once i was walking to class near this group of guys and one of them saw his girlfriend and one of his friends was like “c’mon man bros before hoes” and the guy looked him dead in the eye and said “she’s the bro and y’all bitches are the hoes” before going to talk to his girlfriend and i have never seen a group of guys in sagging jeans and ridiculous shoes look so offended
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Wizards can make fun of muggles all they want but the joke’s on them because phones can do in two seconds what they use owls and high-level magic to do, AND we have tanks. Try to avada kedavra a tank you stick-wiggling nerds
Anonymous asked: I was wondering. Do you think it’s good, if not… better, to use “fancy, uncommon” words (from like the SAT) over “normal, everyday” words when writing as a whole? Or do you think it’s good to back and forth between the two?Diction (word choice) is hard. The Oxford English Dictionary contains over 170,000 entries, so there’s a lot of material to work with. But how does one approach this linguistic buffet? Do you keep it simple and have French Fries, or perhaps try some Potatoes Romanoff with a truffle glaze? They’re both potatoes, obviously, but they’re very different kinds of potatoes. Well, like most things in writing, it depends. First, let’s clear some things out of the way.
- There is no such thing as an SAT word. The Scholastic Aptitude Test, for those of you who aren’t from the United States, is a test that American students take before attending college. It has a sort of infamous English section, in which a student is expected to define a bunch of fancy words. The thing is, these words weren’t invented for the SAT. They were words first, and some people decided to put them on the SAT. These are good and important words to use, and thinking about them only in the context of the SAT is detrimental in one’s approach to vocabulary. (This is not to criticize this particular person that sent us this question; the “SAT word” thing is a societal ill that simply needs to be addressed in general).
- There is no such thing as a synonym. This one might be a bit more of a surprise. Well, there are synonyms, in some senses of the term. But if you’re looking for two words that mean the exact same thing, you will never find a perfect pair. This is because each word carries with it a different meaning. Take “big” and “large.” “Big” carries a more juvenile air, whereas “large” sounds a bit more sophisticated. There isn’t much of an obvious reason for this. “Large” is only a five-letter word. Not that fancy. But still, the distinction is there. Know that each word is different from every other word there is, no matter how similar they may seem.
Now that we’ve taken care of that, let’s think about a few things to take into account when choosing words.
- Everybody talks differently. Even if you have two people with similar backgrounds and educations, they will use big words differently. One may use them often, one may not use them at all. Think about why. does one work somewhere where it’s important for them to use high-faloutin’ language? Is one trying to be impressive? Does one person work with children and therefore use a more restricted, simplistic vocabulary on a regular basis? A character’s dialogue is part of their development. Use of high-octane vocabulary will change the way the reader sees the character, so make sure that the choices you make reflect the impression that you want to give.
- Setting is everything. Where and when does this story take place? If it’s a period piece from the 19th century American South, you’re probably not going to have anyone say, “I don’t want.” They’d probably say “I’m not necessarily inclined.” Setting informs your character’s vocabulary. Do as much reading and research as you can into how people from different places live and speak.
- Audience is everything else. If you’re writing literary fiction, and your setting and everything else allows it, consider using the fancy lingo. If you’re writing children’s books, however, you might want to steer clear of certain words and phrases that you may reasonably consider above the reading comprehension of that age group. Awareness of the norms of your genre (this includes age group) is critical in many parts of writing, vocabulary included.
- Be precise. Going back to the whole synonym thing, it’s clear that there will be many cases in which the best word will be kind of fancy. If other factors tell you to avoid the fancy but precise word, you’ll have a choice to make in terms of whether precision or setting/audience/voice/etc is most important in that exact moment. Each of these instances will be different, and sometimes the choices will be hard.
- Know your sentence. Sentences have rhythms. The words you use make sounds. This is probably obvious, but some combinations of sounds and rhythms probably won’t sound great or may distract from your intent.
For example: “While I was at the store, I saw these big figs.” If you don’t want “big” and “figs” to rhyme because you’re worried this rhyme may distract from what you’re trying to convey, you might use any other word instead of “big.”
Sometimes certain combinations of words flow better than others. There isn’t a hard and fast rule for this. It’s a little like playing by ear. Two sentences that mean essentially the same thing can hold two very different rhythms depending on their diction.
Take The Gettysburg Address. Lincoln began with, “Four score and seven years ago.” If he had said instead, “Eighty seven years ago”, the line would not have been nearly as memorable; it would not have the same resounding rhythms the original has. Read your sentence aloud to try to get a sense of its sound, and if the words work well with one another, or if they could be improved by altering the diction.
- Remember your purpose. Unless you’re purposefully doing some kind of fancy modernist thing in which obfuscated meaning is necessary to the success of the work, your job is to tell people a story in the most complete way possible. If your language, whether it is as a result of a surplus or a deficit of sophisticated vocabulary, detracts from this purpose, you have to reevaluate your word use.
Basically, you need to pick the most precise word that makes the most sense in terms of your audience and your setting. Each word means something slightly different, and your voice is built entirely on the words you choose. For some people, big words are right. For others, small words are what you need. Most people need a mix of both. Just know as many words as you can, so you can deploy the right one when you need it.
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i can imagine phoenix to be the type who feels really bad when he swears like when he’s pissed he’ll use minor swears without thinking (damn, hell) and kinda feels rude and tries his best not to be offensive ESPECIALLY around kids swearing at all around kids is really bad
but then like within the first few weeks he has trucy he’s doing something and drops say like a plate or something and he grumbles but doesnt swear and just picks it up right but like it makes a really loud noise and trucy is in the corner and she just jumps like a 3 feet in the air and just “THAT SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME” like she uses the word all the time and phOENIX DROPS THE PLATE AGAIN LIKE “?!?!??!/!?1/1 8 YEAR OLD. BAD wO R d WHAT Wha T H WHAt” and he just doesnt even know what to say hes just zak gramarye wha t on earth do you say around her im here being all self-conscious about swearing anD THIS KID