Word Salad

Stuck for the right word?
I believe it was Robert Southey who said, “It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
Project Gutenberg has available (free to all) Greenville Kleiser’s classic reference book, “15,000 Useful Phrases: A Practical Handbook Of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, And Oratorical Terms, For The Embellishment Of Speech And Literature, And The Improvement Of The Vocabulary Of Those Persons Who Read, Write, And Speak English.”
This is a great tool for aspiring writers, because action lines really are about the mastery of condensed phrases.
To give you a taste, here are some of the phrases under the “A” category.
It’s the almost contradictory phrases that excite me, such as, “adorable vanity, adulated stranger, artificial suavity, and agreeable frankness.”
abandoned hope
abated pride
abbreviated visit
abhorred thraldom [thraldom = enslaved or in bondage]
abiding romance
abject submission
abjured ambitionable strategist
abnormal talents
abominably perverse
abounding happiness
abridged statement
abrogated law
abrupt transition
absolutely irrevocable
absorbed reverie
abstemious diet [abstemious = eating and drinking in moderation]
abstract character
abstruse reasoning
absurdly dangerous
abundant opportunity
abusive epithet
abysmally apologetic
academic rigor
accelerated progress
accentuated playfulness
accepted littleness
accessible pleasures…
And who does not love ‘Accessible Pleasures?’
And now back from procrastination to hammer this synopsis into shape. With a bent spoon, wearing a blindfold, at the moment.