Words Can Be Golden

by Susan Lewis

In elementary school you knew them as “descriptive adjectives”. They were those extra words you added to sentences to make your word count go up. (“Teacher, how many words do I need in a sentence?”) Usually you said something was “good”, a friend was “nice”, and a book was “funny”. Now that you are older you need to use “older” words. This isn’t t-ball anymore, you need to step up to the plate and swing at something that is really moving.

Have you checked your bottle of shampoo recently? Does it say it will “make your hair look nice” or is it “infused with enriching botanicals that add an illuminating shine and vibrancy to your hair?” I don’t know about you, but “nice” hair sounds so boring.

One of my favorite gums to chew is Extra, spearmint flavor. I know why I like the flavor, but if you want to know what it tastes like, Extra says the “delicious spearmint flavor (that) will refresh you from tongue to toe. Set your taste buds a tingling with the invigorating sensation of green mint.” Doesn’t it make you want a piece right now?

And when Brad Keselowski tweeted pictures during a red flag delay in the Daytona 500, Terry Blount made the story sound interesting when he said,
"NASCAR Nation is all a-Twitter following Brad Keselowski's impromptu tweet-up during a two-hour red flag at the Daytona 500.”

Shampoo, gum, and Nascar. Not places you expect to see “descriptive adjectives.” But with these and many other examples all around you, it is hard not to be influenced. So go ahead and let go. You know you want to. Use that creative word that is just itching to find a place in your sentence. Dig out your thesaurus and take a swing at that paragraph. Your results could be golden.