#StopTheCliche – Is everything really awesome?

by Adedotun Adejoorin

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Variety is the spice of life and as writers one of the things we do is make the world colorful beautiful and more meaningful with our stories. A very important tools we use in performing this great task is vocabulary. Words are to a writer what blocks are to a bricklayer. Every word has its own meaning and unique effect. When overused, it becomes weak.

Gradually, some words are becoming clichés. This is probably because they are easy to remember,and that is because they are used frequently. You know how you read an article and keep seeing further more, further more, further more and then the word further more begins to irk you? That’s what we are talking about!

When a word is used too frequently, making it unimaginative and uninteresting, it becomes a cliché. Clichés make your work drab, sloppy and they can even send your readers to sleep.

Today we are picking the word ‘awesome’ and giving you other words that can be used in its place.

Awesome –  astounding, awe-inspiring , bedazzling, breathtaking, daunting, divine, elegant, epic,  exceptional, exquisite, extraordinary, fabulous, fantastic, flawless, grand, impeccable, impressive, incredible, indomitable, irresistible intimidating, legendary, magnificent, majestic, marvelous, outstanding, overwhelming, phenomenal, pitch-perfect, profound, remarkable, resplendent,  shocking, splendiferous, splendid, striking,  stunning, stupefying, superb, wondrous,

Please don’t let these words become drab. Use them when applicable not just because they’re the first words you remember. Check the dictionary for their meanings and enjoy these new words.  Let us start a revolution where we use words appropriately. This is also a fantastic way of learning new vocabulary so why not?

 

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