Painting with words
Athena – Pat’s Pithy Posts – January 6, 2021
Painting with Words
An author tells a story in words and when they paint a picture the reader is drawn into the scene. So word selection matters.
Consider the following.
Car - jalopy or vintage
House - cabin or cottage
Boy - hooligan or angel
Girl - pixie or peevish
Woman - sociable or solitary
Man - cad or gentleman
My last name is Gitt, but on a trip to Dundee, Scotland, noted author Wendy H. Jones informed me that if I spelled my family name with only one “t” it would have an unsavory meaning. Git – a worthless – contemptable – unpleasant person. When I asked my brother if he was aware of this, he said he was. Imagine my surprise for his not sharing this news with his sister.
To start 2021 off I am inviting you to send me your favorite words. I promise to post them in the next Post.
Until then, here are four of mine.
Kerfuffle – a fuss – confusion - disorder
Persnickety – placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details
Plethora – a large or excessive amount of something
Nudnick – a pestering, nagging or irritating person