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“Because of a great love, one is courageous.”

Lao Tzu

Have you ever been stuck on a word? Have you ever used one particular word so frequently that it caused you any worry? Have strangers mocked you using that word in a public place?  If you have answered any of these questions with the word Yes, you must be like me and I am not so alone in my cheap and tawdry word addiction.

I’ll admit it right here and now. I will shout it to the rooftops…” I am Strawberryindigo and I am a wordaholic–my tonic of choice, my vice, the object of my obsession: the word “GREAT”

HAHA…  It is probably of no surprise to you; my overuse and abuse of the word.   It litters my posts and certainly my comments. You are so very nice not to mention this. You may have asked yourself at one time or another…How many times can one person say “Great Post”?

I’ll admit and everyone knows that Great is a great word. (That is why it is called that, duh) If there is any word to over depend on it is this word, this great word. It is positive and it is versatile. To me it sounds strong and certain of it’s place in the whole scheme of things.

I can’t help but think  too much of a good thing (or great word can be just that: too much.

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I know what you’re thinking right now… How can I be so impossibly brave? I ask myself that too. Perhaps it is the writer in me yearning to break free of the confines of convention? Maybe I grow bored with my limited palate of words? It could be that if I am to be any kind of writer at all I must extend my vocabulary.  Great just isn’t cutting it.

So I am asking you a favor…Please if you see me or hear me use that word–you know the word–THAT word, let me know in no uncertain terms that I am being a weak overdependent hack. Tell me this, I deserve it. We will all be better off this way.

Besides…

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There are so many words I can use instead: Words such as…

abundant, ample, big, big league, bulky, bull, colossal, considerable, decided, enormous, excessive, extended, extensive, extravagant, extreme, fat, gigantic, grievous, high, huge, humongous, husky, immense, inordinate, jumbo, lengthy, long, major league, mammoth, mondo, numerous, oversize, prodigious, prolonged, pronounced, protracted, strong, stupendous, terrible, titanic, towering, tremendous, vast, voluminousable, absolute, aces, adept, admirable, adroit, awesome, bad*, best, brutal, cold*, complete, consummate, crack*, downright, dynamite, egregious, exceptional, expert, fab, fantastic, fine, first-class*, first-rate, good, heavy*, hellacious, marvelous, masterly, number one, out of sight, out of this world, out-and-out, perfect, positive, proficient, super-duper, surpassing, terrific, total, tough, transcendent, tremendous, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, wonderful

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WISHING YOU AN UTTERLY SUPER-DUPER DOWNRIGHT EXCEPTIONAL DAY!!!

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24 thoughts on “GREAT

  1. I think everybody has their own favorite word. I think all that matters is whether we have a word which is negative or positive in sense. ‘Right’ is the word that I frequently use and I have used it so often that I can say it even in a bad way like Clint Eastwood says ‘Swell’ in Dirty Harry films. 🙂

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  3. Truthfully, I never noticed, but now that you mentioned it, I imagine it’ll be jumping out at me all the time. Hey, at least it’s not a four-letter word! 🙂

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  4. You’ve got a mammoth list of marvellous words there! 😉 I think I use that dreaded word “great” too much too. I’ve honestly never noticed you using it though! You’ve motivated me to make an effort to use more extensive vocabulary! Thanks for a stupendous post! 😀

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  5. Great post.

    I must say, it takes great courage to challenge one’s self so. Only the greats ever do, and it’s great that you are striving to be in such great company.

    As for using the word grate, I think . . . what? . . . oh . . . great, not grate.

    Sorry, I misread the post.

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    • Hey disperser: I would use THAT word for you but alas I cannot at this time, although it does apply. By the way the post was meant to be misread so in all actuality you got it right after all.That is so you know what of you.

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