Personal observations on life

Use sharper words to convey meaning

Are you bored by the words you use? If you are bored, think how much more bored will the examiner be when you see your answer paper, The key to add zest to the language is to use sharper words that convey the exact, not generic meaning. Let us look at some of them.

come: advance, approach, arrive, near, reach

go: depart, disappear, fade, move, proceed, recede, travel

run: dash, escape, elope, flee, hasten, hurry, race, rush, speed, sprint

hurry: rush, run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle

hide: conceal, cover, mask, cloak, camouflage, screen, shroud, veil.

move: plod, go, creep, crawl, inch, drag, shuffle, trot, dawdle, walk, traipse, jog, trudge, lumber, trail, run, sprint, trip, bound, breeze, stride, tear, rush, dash, dart, bolt, scamper, scurry, scoot, scuttle, scramble, race, chase, hasten, hurry, accelerate, roam, journey, trek, ride, slip, guide, slither, prance, pace, lunge

Now let us have a small exercise. Below given are some sentences with ordinary words we use. Replace them with more appropriate and sharper words given above.

  1. The mice ran across room get to the cheese.
  2. I was unhappy that he had hidden the truth from me.
  3. Many of the jobless people just go around the town,
  4. We moved fast to the supermarket as it was almost time to close,
  5. He had hidden a gun under his bed.

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