Alternative Words

One of the many things I love about the English language is the options it allows. One can say the same thing with stiff words or warm words. The sound of the word and the subtle differences can make the sentence work better for you to evoke the feelings you seek to deliver.

The difference between house and home is quite obvious. A house can be a splendid mansion or a rotting derelict and everything in between. Suburban developments are brimming with houses. However, when a family moves into a house, it becomes a home. Their carpets, their curtains, and their life engulf the building. It was built as a house. The residents make a house into a home.

There is an interesting difference between ‘got’ and ‘have’. Most often, in our daily communications, we say things like: “I’ve got a cold.” Why don’t we say: “I have a cold?” The shortened “I’ve,” is a mush of “I have.” When writing, I like to be aware of the subtly different feeling between “we’ve got” and “we have”. The sounds of the phrases carry feelings different from each other.

It seems to me that people use the word “anxious” much too often. Many times, they should be using the word “eager”. I don’t think it is appropriate to imagine a lover awaiting for the partner in a restaurant would be “anxious”. Much more likely is the thought of lovers being “eager” to be together.

Most of my comments apply especially to the spoken word, in a script to be performed.

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