Up to Snuff #70: Notes from “Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms”


Up to Snuff #70:  Notes from “Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms”

Assembled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

According to “Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms,” the body of English may be subdivided between distinguishable tones and usability as illustrated below:

Affected

Learned

Literary-ingenuous, deprecate

Eg. Eleemosynary

 

Poetic-eventide, froward

 

Colloquial-eg. cocky=of or relating to conversation, formal and informal familiar conversation

 

Obsolete

Archaic

Temporal

Eg. maumetry, hostel, wroth

Restrictive time associations

 

Illiterate

Common

Social

Eg. infer for imply

Banal or common-a gripping show

 

Vulgar

Slang eg. boob, galoot

Colloquial

Eg. bum doo dads

 

Foreign

Dialect

Local

Eg.  mawk for maggot

 

Scientific

Jargon

Technical

Restrictive technicality

EG:  Protasis, Volpane, nomenclature of science, maxilla, pomiform

 

Neutral-man, proud, strike, different

 

 

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