|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Weekly Themes » Less well-known synonyms of everyday words Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#17363 - 01/28/01 01:32 PM Less well-known synonyms of everyday words
We all believe the first to scale Mt. Everest were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing
Norgay but the answer may have been different. In 1924, a bold mountain
climber, George Herbert Leigh Mallory, along with Andrew Irvine, attempted to
reach the top of Mt. Everest. They were last sighted near the summit by the
expedition's geologist, 2000 feet below them. In 1999, Mallory's body -- still
intact after 75 years -- was discovered by a group of climbers. Were Mallory
and Irvine on their way up or coming down? We don't know, and perhaps never
will, unless other climbers find Irvine's body and his camera that may yield
clues. Mallory's grandson George Mallory II reached the summit in 1995.
When asked why climb a mountain, Mallory's famous answer was, "Because it's
there". This week's words in AWAD should perhaps be used in the same spirit.
Why use these words when other similar words exist? Just because they're
there in the dictionary. During the rest of this week we'll see more words
that are less well-known synonyms of everyday words.
#17364 - 01/31/01 06:59 AM Wednesday's quote
Loc: lower upstate New York
"Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts."
-William Strunk, Jr., professor and author (1869-1946)
... and music no unnecessary notes . Is everyone familiar with Strunk & White's *Elements of Style? [nod-of-acknowledgement-to-wow emoticon]
E.B. White of Charlotte's Web
Forum Stats 8807 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members karld, PGL, hmazuji, Sukumar, raghav123
8807 Registered Users
Who's Online 1 registered (endymion6), 33 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 82 endymion6 73 wofahulicodoc 70 A C Bowden 27 Tromboniator 9 May 4 Jackie 3 AdamRCohen 1 PGL 1 Rhubarb Commando 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10527 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 LukeJavan8 7147 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 5508 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith