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With the odd disappearance of her parents, Gussie Gibson has lived her entire life with her granny on a peaceful pecan orchard, owned by the meanest man in all of Georgia—Mr. J.P. Combs. Granny teaches Gussie many valuable life lessons as a black woman growing up in the still-segregated south. Mr. Combs is an evil underhanded banker who takes liberties beyond his privilege. When Granny dies, Combs informs Gussie she owes him back rent—but he wants much more than money for payment—and more than Gussie can live with.
After defending herself against his sexual advances, Gussie flees to escape certain vigilante justice when she meets a charming, handsome stranger, Sam Johnson, who is just returning from World War II.
Gussie and Sam’s friendship is short-lived when Mr. Combs hunts her down and drags her back to Green Ridge, driven by his craving for revenge and a grudge too deep to comprehend. Gussie fights to return to Sam and his lo...

Author Topic: Grandma Birdie's Lists: 16 Confusing Words and Phrases to Monitor in Writing  (Read 15472 times)  

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Re: Do You Use Sound in Your Writing? Over 300 Onomatopoeic Sound-Words
« Reply #100 on: January 30, 2017, 06:33:20 AM »
Great list of words, I will definitely check it when stuck.  Thank you!

Thanks Grandma!

My pleasure! I enjoyed researching the words for this post.

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Re: Do You Use Sound in Your Writing? Over 300 Onomatopoeic Sound-Words
« Reply #101 on: January 30, 2017, 06:53:04 AM »
Thank you. This is a helpful list for a writer.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2017, 06:56:22 AM by Rachel E. Rice »


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50 Ways to Say "Bring"
« Reply #102 on: February 13, 2017, 06:02:39 AM »
Do you overuse bring, brings, brought, and bringing? Maybe you don't even realize it. Time to search your WIP?

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Re: 50 Ways to Say "Bring"
« Reply #103 on: February 13, 2017, 07:03:40 AM »
I'm going to get addicted to your lists :)

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Re: 50 Ways to Say "Bring"
« Reply #104 on: February 13, 2017, 08:33:08 AM »
I'm going to get addicted to your lists :)

 :D Thanks for the thumbs up.

Next week: Over 100 Ways to Say "Big"

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #105 on: February 15, 2017, 12:40:00 PM »
What a pleasant surprise to review my website logs this morning and see that TheWriteLife.com has named my website one of the 100 best for writers.

I'm stoked!

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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #106 on: February 15, 2017, 01:36:56 PM »
That's nice. :)
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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #107 on: February 15, 2017, 02:03:16 PM »
Cool! Your lists are very helpful so I can see why they included your site.

And thanks for the info on this comprehensive list. Bunch of sites I hadn't heard about until now.


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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #108 on: February 15, 2017, 02:24:08 PM »
What a pleasant surprise to review my website logs this morning and see that TheWriteLife.com has named my website one of the 100 best for writers.

I'm stoked!

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017

It's not a surprise to me. You've got some great stuff up there... you're in my top 20 bookmarks. Oh, and you're always super nice on here. 

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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #109 on: February 15, 2017, 02:30:16 PM »
Congratulations and thanks for sharing the list. There are quite a few sites on there I've never visitedyour site not being one of them :)

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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #110 on: February 15, 2017, 03:12:49 PM »
Well deserved! :)

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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #111 on: February 15, 2017, 03:26:45 PM »
And thanks for the info on this comprehensive list. Bunch of sites I hadn't heard about until now.

I intend to go through all the sites and check out their offerings.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the list. There are quite a few sites on there I've never visitedyour site not being one of them :)

It's not a surprise to me. You've got some great stuff up there... you're in my top 20 bookmarks. Oh, and you're always super nice on here. 

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Thanks, everyone!

I drop by TheWriteLife whenever I need a break from writing. Great website.

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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #112 on: February 15, 2017, 04:41:26 PM »
Congrats! I just shared it all over our social media. Some great sites listed.

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« Reply #113 on: February 15, 2017, 06:33:37 PM »
Congrats! I just shared it all over our social media. Some great sites listed.

Thanks, Vinny!

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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #114 on: February 15, 2017, 09:18:05 PM »
Congrats! I've always loved your name :)

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Re: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2017
« Reply #115 on: February 16, 2017, 05:37:15 AM »
Congrats! I've always loved your name :)

Thanks!

My grandkids came up with that moniker. I'm known as Grannie Stein on a few other writers' sites.

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100 Ways to Say "Big"
« Reply #116 on: February 20, 2017, 07:07:43 AM »
Does your WIP have a big problem with multiple repetitions of big?

If you search Google for "most overused words in writing," big will appear on the majority of lists you find. This post provides alternatives.

100 Ways to Say "Big"

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Re: 100 Ways to Say "Big"
« Reply #117 on: February 20, 2017, 07:41:37 AM »
I very much appreciate these kinds of post. Thanks.
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Re: 100 Ways to Say "Big"
« Reply #118 on: February 20, 2017, 07:43:04 AM »
Bigly!

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« Reply #119 on: February 20, 2017, 09:44:56 AM »
I very much appreciate these kinds of post. Thanks.

Thanks! Next week I'll cover little.

Bigly!

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Re: 100 Ways to Say "Big"
« Reply #120 on: February 20, 2017, 10:41:41 AM »
Love these posts. Shame they're not consolidated into one. Then it would be easy to get notified when you find another excellent list.

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Re: 100 Ways to Say "Big"
« Reply #121 on: February 20, 2017, 11:43:35 AM »
Love these posts. Shame they're not consolidated into one. Then it would be easy to get notified when you find another excellent list.

Expanded versions of the lists will appear in a book sometime later this year.

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« Reply #122 on: February 20, 2017, 12:39:14 PM »
Expanded versions of the lists will appear in a book sometime later this year.

Please let us know when it's released. I'm definitely buying a copy. It's handy to have quick reference when my brain seizes up!   :-X

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Re: 100 Ways to Say "Big"
« Reply #123 on: February 20, 2017, 12:49:59 PM »
Please let us know when it's released. I'm definitely buying a copy. It's handy to have quick reference when my brain seizes up!   :-X

Will do. I refer to the lists frequently as I write. I find they save me a lot of time.

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Re: 100 Ways to Say "Big"
« Reply #124 on: February 21, 2017, 10:17:39 AM »
Does your WIP have a big problem with multiple repetitions of big?

If you search Google for "most overused words in writing," big will appear on the majority of lists you find. This post provides alternatives.

100 Ways to Say "Big"

I found some of your advice puzzling. Take this pair of sentences:

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Bernard's ego was bigger than his bank account.

Bernard's ego outmatched his mammoth bank account.

You said the second was better because it uses an active verb and a reader might misunderstand the first. I find that hard to believe. The formula "A's x is bigger than his y" is an English idiom, along with other stock variations like "His ambition outstripped his abilities." Most people would've heard it or used it and its variations many times.

I also don't think the comparison works because outmatched implies a competition between his ego and his bank account, when the first sentence was only making a point about the size of Bernard's ego. Outmatched works better with "His lifestyle outmatched his bank account," or some such, though it's a different point about Bernard's character. The modifier mammoth only adds to the imbalance. If you have to describe the object of the comparison, you lose the pithiness of the idiom. Adding mammoth is like saying "His ego outmatched his bank account, which was very large by the way." We have to know the size of his bank account before the comparison is made for the idiom to work. 

Then there's this pair:

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The big tiger moved silently through the grass.

The behemoth tiger stalked silently through the grass.

Behemoth is a noun meaning "the largest and strongest thing," not an adjective, and I've never seen it used as a premodifier (M-W's "a behemoth truck" notwithstanding). It's usually used as a descriptive stand-in for a preceding noun (the technical term escapes me at the moment): "I saw the tiger again. This time the behemoth [= the tiger] was coming for me." 

Silently adds something to moved, but nothing to stalked because to stalk (in its transitive form) means "to pursue by stealth" (= silently). Of course, stalked has no direct object in your example, making it intransitive. The intransitive meaning of stalked, however, is different from the transitive meaning: "The tiger stalked the man [trans. = pursued stealthily]" but "The tiger stalked away [intrans. = walked slowly and softly/walked away stiffly, sullenly]." So stalked can't be substituted for moved silently without giving it an object or changing the meaning of the sentence.   

In many of the other examples I wondered why you didn't recommend striking out big altogether, instead of replacing it with a synonym. Take the "big bruise" example. You have a modifying phrase describing the bruise as impossible to hide (= big). Once you have that description, calling it big (or anything else) seems redundant.



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