One English Word/Phrase a Day Keeps Perpetuity Away!

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    Certainly
    , an underused word. Verily, an underused word. Truly, an underused word.


    Guess where I got this one from? Nudge, nudge ;)

    I don't understand why 'verily' is falling into obscurity, many websites list it an archaic word but I don't see the reason behind it falling from grace.


    I don't think I've ever used it before either, but that's about to change.
    It's a really cool and melodic word that brings some life into your writing.

    Instead of the usual cookie-cutter 'truly' or 'certainly' which don't have any vigor to them, verily can really capture your reader's attention.


    It makes your sentence sound more important than the other iterations I've named.


    Compare:


    'I certainly believe that *amazon product* will change your life' and


    'I verily believe that *amazon product* will change your life'


    'Certainly' sounds stale and professional, 'verily' on the other hand, is full of emotion and wholeheartedness. It builds trust.






    And the word itself is really easy to remember, just think of the adage 'in vino veritas' (in wine, there is truth) and you'll both get to the definition and etymology of the word :)





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    Not a word I have used in 35 or so years but maybe one I should slip into my conversations now and then.

    Well done.
     
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    Gee, I wonder who you got it from? ;)

    You know, a professor I had back in 2013 docked me points for using that word. He thought I was using a thesaurus for synonyms of "certainly", but that word's not even in a thesaurus (that I know of).
     
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    It's in the King James thesaurus.
     
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    Every motherfucking literature critic HAS to use this word, he just HAS to. It's within their fucking genetic code, forever embedded in their destiny to KEEP overusing this freaking word.
    If you ask me, unless you're writing to a very niche, high-cultured, bookwormy type of audience, I wouldn't really bother with the word Lovecraftian.
    It's just seems so out of place and loses all charm, even if only 20% of your readers have never heard of it.

    So why the fuck am I featuring it? Two reasons: a) the man behind the word, H.P. Lovecraft can teach us a lot about life b) the word itself is very versatile and can be 'abused' in your everyday writing.

    Let's start with the first point, sir Lovecraft lived and died a poor man, neglected by his peers, never making a penny as a writer.
    Quite conversely, he's now regarded as one of the biggest contributors to modern literature + the creator of an entirely NEW GENRE of horror + a new line of philosophy called cosmicism.
    Just a few words about it: Basically, it talks about 'the great unknown' in the cosmos, claiming that if someone as SMALL and INSIGNIFICANT as a mere human were to meet with such a creature from the cosmos, his sanity would become questionable.
    Cosmicism, in its basic tenets, talks about the INDIFFERENCE of our universe and how our MORAL CODES and all this shit we call 'objectivity' is actually just a bunch of dogshit in the grand scheme of things.


    I said we can learn something from this guy, and for sure we can: This guy was indubitably a motherfucking genius, he's the guy behind Cthulhu for fuck sake, but he still lived and died in poverty.

    What I'm trying to say is: Live your philosophy, but don't die because of it. Find your silver lining.

    Second reason, since anything Lovecraftian could be defined as something 'outworldly, unknown and never-before seen that it frightens us to our very core', we can jump from using the word just to describe a genre (Lovecraftian story, horror, novel...) to using it pretty much at our own discretion.

    I could say: The Lovecraftian noises from my closet keep me from closing my eyes at night.

    The word allows for a lot of poetic license and that's cool, but remember to only apply it to an audience that gets it or otherwise it will backfire horribly!

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    Wow! You got my head spinning like a top with that word. I almost had myself banging my head on the pillow under it :)... Just had to remember where I had read it very often, but I couldn't recollect! Everyone knows the feeling... You just need to recollect, or else.....Lol

    I got it!
    Here:
    m.kingjamesbibleonline.org
    Put verily in the search box!

    That word is one of those mind stickies that you'll never forget! I'm a Hindu but I read the Bible since last 50+ years at least! I'm 58 btw.:). Every Christmas in our primary school at least, our old principal would gift us the holy book along with other gifts. I fell in love with it the first time I got it through her kind hands. That was probably the only time she really mixed with all students, one day in the whole year, and as Santa!

    Mrs. Sequiera was her name. Her beautiful smile has been engraved on my soul, so dear it was, still is to me!

    I loved the word every time I read it in that precious book. It comes so often and in such a greatly soul touching context, that I simply fell in love with that beautiful word!

    I remember I had written this on the last page of many good books I had:

    __________
    "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."

    __________

    Never really knew the exact meaning of that word, until today I.e., but still always loved it!

    Thanks!
     
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    This is so beautiful I simply had to respond. I'm not religious myself but when someone goes out of his way to show so much of Him in his posts, something amazing happens inside of my heart. I have to be the one to thank YOU!
     
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    No beating around the bush here, foci is just the plural form of the word focus.

    So, why do I want you guys to use it? Because it's a really cool trump card to play when you need to FORCE your reader to pay special attention to either that sentence or the sentence that goes after (the one with an affiliate link).

    The reason why foci is such a great attention grabber is simple: 1) not used at all 2) reminds us of the act of fucking

    So, after a boring block of text where your reader is literally contemplating just leaving everything behind and blowing his brains out, you hit with the


    'With our main foci being on woman's skin and healthcare, our company proudly...'

    and you can insert an affiliate link right after the three dots.

    All good?



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    It's getting hot up in here and as the warm summer days slash us with their heat…


    Balmy.


    The problem with 'heat' and all these other words I've used, such as hot and warm is that they are very stringent words.

    They inadvertently remind us of the worst things in summer, such as heat strokes, fat sweaty people in Wal-Mart’s and just general discomfort.

    Summer is supposed (at least that's what the mindset we want our customers to be in ;)) to be relaxing, mild, soothing, consoling – BALMY!
    That's why I like to use the word balmy in the same sentence with summer, as close as possible.


    A sentence like


    ''As balmy summer days approach our beautiful landscape …''


    Is a lot more convincing than the alternative


    ''As hot summer days approach our beautiful landscape …''



    I wouldn't really say convincing; it's just that in the first example, you've used a perfect opportunity to REMIND your reader that summer is an amazingly awesome and relaxing leisure!

    The second example has a pretty neutral effect on our perception, as I previously mentioned, there's some underlying discomfort evoked in using the word 'hot' when describing summer.

    Who else it be but Chris :)
     
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    Flow is a topic I still haven't covered in any of the words I've mentioned insofar. Having to use even half a word more than necessary can kill the flow of an entire paragraph of words. It doesn't really matter how much you write, if nobody reads it, it's worthless, right?

    Powerhouse is a sentence within a word.

    By way of illustration, let us consider the following two sentences.

    ''The company behind X product is a powerhouse in its respective market.''

    ''The company behind X product is very influental in its respective market.''

    Not much of a difference. Am I correct?

    Yes and no.

    Yes, if an article only consisted of one sentence alone.

    No, if we consider what happens after the sentence is written- We have to continue on with the article and keep the spirit flowing.

    In our first example, we can simply go with reaffirming what was already said, in an unassuming way: Their influence spans...

    But what do we do with number two? We have already 'used up' our key word and now we're left with two options: a) 'repeating' the same thing over and over again, abandoning our legitimacy in the eyes of our readers b) break the flow and start talking about something entirely different.

    Powerhouse tells a lot about company/product/person, it calls it a great driving force, a very powerful influence and something to be seen as inspiration.

    It does so in such a covert way, that you can repeat the latter three phrases in your subsequent words and no one fool would scold you.

    Why repeat? The more you repeat, the higher the chances of things gelling and finally, converting.

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    Not much to say, literally the one word variation of 'be aware'

    Another word used to keep things cohesive.

    Look at these two sentences:

    ''Be aware of the fact that medical practioners have to make sure to follow all the guidelines.''

    ''Beware the fact that medical practioners have to ensure followance of all guidelines.''

    I mean, both sentences are a bit over the top in their own respective manner, but the second one is much easier to read.

    The first one literally twists my tongue as I'm trying to make out what the hell the author wanted to say.

    Keep the rivers flowing, boys!

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    I'm all about that flow now.

    Companies in need of financial aid to maintain normal function, i.e operating at all, are said to be in a cash crunch.

    So, just imagine your mighty 2$/day CPA Instagram empire toppling down from story heights as a result of you no longer having money to pay the monthly proxy fee.


    The beauty of this word stems from its fungibility: You can offhandedly mention it during conversation with your drinking buddy and he'll be gucchi gang about it. Use it in any sort of formal business article and the crowds will adore you.

    It's also really catchy and allows you to make sentences 'artsy'

    Observe:

    ''Company X has been struggling with buying resources to make their products because they don't have enough money.''

    ''Company X'ses cash crunch brings unforeseen turmoil in worker's day-to-day lives. More at six.''

    I'm bullshittting, but you get the point.

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    So, you're writing an article 'bout some guy that is supposed to be something or whatever, like Stephen Hawking, alright?

    And you wanna make things all flowery and dainty for your distressed little readers, so you go with the 'he an inspiration to us all' slant, right?

    This is how it usually ends up looking: ''Stephen Hawking was an inspiring man. He inspired us all with his inspiration. He was also in a wheelchair.''

    Doesn't really sound convincing nor inspiring, I mean he's so inauspicious that you have to repeat inspiring thirteen times during a paragraph.

    Let's fix that: Luminary- an expert in his own field that inspires or influences the shitstains around him. Could be with his controversial proposals, new ways of thinking, depth of analysis, promotion of said vocation...

    NOW, we can make sir Steve look like a real hero: ''The unwavering luminary, Stephen Hawking, an inspiration to many a young physicist, was in a wheelchair.''

    Has science gone too far?!

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    When you write in third person about most everyone, using emotional words such as 'afraid, scared, confused, relaxed, mellow' seems to be the right thing to do, right?

    The logic is as follows: I'm a writer that's trying to connect my audience with the plights of said person, why shouldn't I make it emotionally charged?

    For the simple reason that the person in question HAS to be reported about objectively and in a formal, professional manner. This person DOESN'T have a say in WHAT you write, so you can never be sure at WHAT level the emotion experienced by the person really was.

    Nonplussed is here to preserve our integrity and objectivity as an authority in whatever field you aim to be seen as impartial in.
    It can convey a wide array of emotions, depending on the context used.

    It can both mean 'not bothered by the shit around him' and 'scared so straight, he doesn't know what the hell to do'. This is really cool as it allows you to use it pretty nonchalantly in both formal and informal settings. I'm not gonna go into WHY the word is so convoluted, Merriam-Webster has a cool article on the topic https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/nonplussed

    Observe:

    ''President Trump, not scared of anyone criticizing him, launched two atomic bombs on Russia.''

    ''President Trump, nonplussed by any criticism, launched two atomic bombs on Russia.''

    Yes, he's more 'human' in the first sentence, but we're 20 times more authoritative in the second sentence. And who wants a human being from a third person pespective, anyways?

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    Guys fuck copywriting and fuck everything, you know that feeling when you can barely breathe and her sight just catapults you to cloud nine. Yes, my dear, that's what limerence is all about, it's love, some would say a toxic version of it, but my mind can't stop thinking of her being, smell, way of conduct, smile...
    I can't help it, I simply feel it, you know? I'm obsessed.

    How to use the word limerence? I have no fucking clue, but I'll make something up. I mean it's one word to describe the state of being of your entire soul. Isn't that enough?

    Oh dear, how strong the desire to touch but not desecrate, oh your presence shakes me to the fucking core.

    I can't write this shit, I think that most humans; Male, female, unspecified know what I'm talking about.

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    Just a formal way of calling someone a womanizer, you can't really call Bill Clinton a womanizer, know what I mean? Our authoratative news site is all about that r e s p e c c.

    If you don't know what a womanizer is, basically someone that smashes multiple women in a short period of time, the type of guy you wanna be but aren't and the type of guy your wife/children don't want you to be, since philander is mostly used in the context of cheating :p


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    A cool, simple word signifying the -mis + -name of any person, building, entity or anything else.

    Largely used in two contexts:

    1) using the n-word instead of African American would be a misnomer, since you're MISappropriating an entire group of people

    2) saying that 9gag is funny would be a misnomer, since it actually isn't funny at all.

    Basically, use misnomer to diagnose bad usage of auxiliary words that don't fit within societies common worldview (consensus).


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    A really cool phrase indicating that the two choices you are presented with are either a) equally shitty and unappealing 'between the devil and the deep blue sea' b) so different that accepting one necessarily negates the other

    a) example: BHW in a double bind when it comes to trolling, on one hand it promotes user interaction and builds bonds over common ideas, on the other hand, it litters active discussions.

    b) example Someone's playing good cop - bad cop on you and one of them asks 'so you like to buy roses?' if you answer yes, they'll question your sexuality, if you say no, they'll question your loyalty to your wife.

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    P A R A D I G M | S H I F T

    Shift just means change, no worries here.

    Now paradigm, a paradigm is a bit more complicated. It's that thing inside of your head that makes you interpret the thing the way you do.

    Example: A simple thing like a mother walking from one side to another is going to be seen DIFFERENTLY by every observer.

    That's why witness testimonials are so unreliable, everyone has a different interpretation of reality, no matter how 'same' we all seem to look to each other.

    Paradigms aren't just mere thought or opinions, they are ingrained into our very being, they are a part of what we consider ME and that's why they are very hard to change.

    You wanna change ME bitch? You're a fucking idiot! - would be a common reaction to someone challenging or trying to refute our representation of reality.

    To conclude, if someone experiences a paradigm shift, he motherfucking changed from his very core, he did a fucking 180 and he's now irreconcilable in his way of conduct, he isn't the HIM that he was the last time you saw him.


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    Lol, the only reason I'm featuring this word is she + bang, really easy to remember and good to use with the word 'whole' before it, signifying 'an occurrence of something' basically.

    I find it really hard to define it, you just kinda have to 'feel it', here is a sample;

    This entire shebang could have been prevented with just a few atomic bombs.

    Amy's party had all this shebang to it, I'm so jealous!

    He's going to be held accountable for this whole shebang? Ludicrous!



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