Connotative Words: Other Ways to Say You Love Someone

valentines dayFebruary moves forward and you might have already found your Valentine. But you’re in trouble, you think, because you can’t tell them how you feel! Don’t worry; today’s edition of our Connotative Words Series will show you other ways to say you love someone.

Love is a strong feeling of liking someone or something. The feeling we talk about also involves a romantic or sexual attraction towards a person. It’s usually expressed in terms of endearment, using words like honey, darling, dear or sweetheart to refer to whom we like. We describe our feelings using verbs like adore (admire someone very much and be personally attached to them), care for (feel affection for a person and do things to help or protect them), cherish (hold somebody in high estimation), live for (think of someone as the most important part in our life), treasure (hold them close because they’re precious to us), value (think that he or she is important or useful to us –be careful: sounds unromantic) and worship (show great [perhaps excessive] devotion for them).

The phrase “to be in love” is the most common way to express the feeling: We’ll hopefully say that we are in love at least once in our lifetimes. We fall in love with someone when we start to feel very attracted to them. If the feeling appears suddenly and is very intense, we’ve fallen for them.

A very strong but usually temporary attraction is an infatuation. It’s also known as a crush. We say that Paul has (got) a crush for Annie or that Paul’s infatuated with Annie if he suddenly started to like her very strongly.

We hope we’ve inspired and expanded your vocabulary and given you other ways to say you love someone. For more examples like this, stop by our homepage and practice more with these and other Connotative Words.


Connotative Words: Other Ways to Say Busy

busyHello again from our Connotative Words Series! If you’re like us, you’ve really had your hands full of work lately so we’ve decided to devote this entry in the series to different ways to say busy.

People are busy when they’re working, especially working hard. A busy person gives most of his or her attention, efforts and time, to a particular thing. People are industrious if they regularly work hard; and they’re hard-working ifthey alwaysdo demanding, effortful work.

A period of time is busywhen we have a lot of things to do. If we’re told “there’s a very busy week coming next week,” we’d better prepare for an imminent burst of work. “Burst” means here “a short period of increased effort or activity.”Our schedule will surely be full and we’ll have to go into overdrive (a state of great activity, effort and hard work.)Our day will be all go (or in overdrive) and we’ll be knee-deep in (completely engaged in) the rough and tumble (very demanding and forceful activities).If it’s been a hectic day then it’s been very intense or full of fast activity.

A busy place is usually crowded and bustling, full of busy activity. Streets, harbors, etc. are busy when a lot of people or vehicles are using them. Facilities such as lavatories, telephones or shared equipment are busy (UK engaged), when they’re unavailable because they’re currently in use.

Busy people and places can be buzzing ‑ also humming with activity when they’re noisy and full of energy. This noisy activity is called the hurly-burly; or the hustle and bustle if we find it exciting. When a place attracts a lot of activity of a particular kind or it’s very popular, we call it a hothouse or a hot spot.

Well, with so much time of business I’m sure you’ve got other things to do. Today we focused on other ways to say busy but stay tuned for our upcoming posts and don’t forget to come by our homepage for further practice and discovery of these and more Connotative Words!


Connotative Words: Other Ways to Say Cute

cuteWelcome to our latest rendition of the Connotative Words Series. If you’re searching for the perfect word to describe that certain someone who has caught you’re eye then you’re in luck: today we’ll help you learn other ways to say cute.

We usually associate the word cute with young or small people, animals or things that are both attractive and endearing (inspiring our affection). But we can also use the word for people around our age or (especially young) adults that we find sexually appealing or whose company we enjoy very much. For example, saying “I think the new secretary is really cute.”Context makes all the difference. A similar word without this problem is adorable, meaning people and things that are easy to love because they are very attractive, often small or young. Another example is delightful, which we use for someone whose presence makes us feel pleasure, happiness or satisfaction. This is especially true for babies, animals, and very attractive people or things. Sometimes they’re so charming we that we can’t take our eyes off of them!

Be careful, though: the word cute also has a negative connotation, which is used throughout the English-speaking world. For example, in the statement “Mary is usually nice, but can get cute to have what she wants”, cute means cunning or deceiving. It refers to very clever people or manners which make others believe that certain things are true, even when they’re obviously not. Their intention is usually to persuade, trick or profit from their victims. The word cute can also mean impertinent or disrespectful, for example when we say: “Don’t play cute with me.” Similar-meaning words include clever (very smart), slick (dishonestly skillful and intelligent), and crafty (skillful in a dishonest way). The reason for all this is pretty easy to explain: Cute was originally a reduction of the word acute, an work which means an admirably quick and penetrating intelligence. Present-day style guides say this usage is old-fashioned, and suggest sharp to express mental acuity instead.

So, proceed with caution but remember to have fun with these different ways to say cute. Let us know your comments and suggestions, and make sure you check our main page for more practice with these and other Connotative Words.


Connotative Words: Other Ways to Say Tired

tiredWelcome to our Connotative Words Series. If our earlier practice has left you exhausted, you’re in luck: today we’ll have a look at some of the other ways to say tired.

Let’s imagine that it was a long, busy day, full of frantic activity, or you’ve put a great deal of effort into something, and now you feel like you’ve lost your physical or mental energy. You’re tired, that is, you need some rest (or some sleep).  If you’re extremely tired – and simply can’t go on ‑, you can formally say “I’m fatigued”or “I’m exhausted,” but know that both function as a hyperbole (a linguistic exaggeration)

More accurate ways to say you’re extremely tired include weary, which is especially helpful after very long, hard work.  Such people are described as worn out. When they are no longer effective, like an athlete, we say they’ve been played-out.   If people in general work too much and consequently get ill or fatigue sets in, we say they’re burnt-out or run-down. Someone is overtired when they’re so tired they can’t sleep. Other ways to say tired include drained, clanked, washed-out, and whacked. People are sleepy if they need to sleep; they’re drowsy if they’re half-sleep and half-awake, but that last one is typically used to describe a medicated state.

Of course, “Tired” can also mean impatient, bored or annoyed with something (e.g., an activity) or someone. With this meaning it’s usually followed by the preposition “of”, as in “She’s tired of the same old routine.” The expression “sick and tired ofsomething means that someone is completely annoyed by it while things that boreor annoy us are tiresome. Then, too, The word exhausted also describes things which have been depleted (completely emptied, finished off, or used up), especially supplies or resources; for example:  “Their conversation was exhausted in an hour.”

Whew, well I’m knackered! We must rest here and hope we hadn’t done you in (made you very tired) learning these different ways to say tired. Please visit our home page to practice other important Connotative Words!


Connotative Words: Other Ways to Say Friend

friendHowdy! It’s almost April and you’re surely meeting up with friends, relatives and loved ones to celebrate Spring. But human relationships are complex and some relations grow deeper than others. That’s why our Connotative Words Series episode today will discuss other ways to say friend.

People who are not total strangers, but we wouldn’t turn to in case of trouble, are acquaintances. Among them are our neighbors (UK neighbours) ‑people living nearby‑ our peers or fellows ‑ those equal to us in range, occupation, age, abilities, etc.‑, and our associates and colleagues ‑ people we have deals or work with. Modern life also demands us to have connections people we know who can help us

…But wait! Those aren’t real friends, are they? Not really. We will usually be friendly with them, but little or not at all intimate or close. So, what about those people we care about? Aren’t there any other ways to say friend?

Sure there are! Your closest friend is your chum, buddy, musketeer, compadre, or best mate (although that last one is mainly used in the UK). They’re your alter ego if both share most opinions, feelings and likes. They’re your kindred spirit when they have similar interests and concerns than yours; and they’re your soulmate if they fully understand you as well.

Your very best friend is your boon companion or bosom buddy (also bosom friend,bosom pal).Close friends are called brother, sister, pal, mate (again, mostly in the UK) or amigo. Friends from past battles (especially from the military) are called comrades(or in the UK comrades-in-arms).

A trusted friend you tell your secrets to is your confidant (female confidante). An office spouse or work spouse is an opposite-sex friend from work that you’re close to, but not in a sexual manner.

Our group of friends can be called the gang, the company, the band, the crowd, the boys, the girls, the lads or the guys.

That does it for today. Don’t miss our next post, and visit our homepage for further practice with these and other Connotative Words.


Choose or Lose – sometimes an o makes a big differences!

dog door200282376-001To say that English is simply confusing may be a lesson in understatement but, rest assured, ours is not the first generation to struggle with its complexities. Fortunately for you, as you begin to make history of your own, we’re here to help you clear up some other common mistakes in English:

Choose/Chose
While both “choose” and “chose” are verbs, they are both pronounced and used quite differently. Choose, which rhymes with bruise, is a present tense verb that means to select. For example, we could say “they choose to study hard every night in order to improve their English.” Chose, by contrast, rhymes with nose, and is the past tense form of choose. Having lost the extra o, it is used only to describe completed actions as in the sentence “he chose not to come to work yesterday.”

Loose/Lose/Loss
“Loose,” “lose,” and “loss” are similarly confusing but far easier to sort out. Loose is an adjective that rhymes with juice and used to describe things that are free from captivity or not tight. It works in both the sentences “the dog got loose because the door was open” and “his pants were loose because he lost weight.” By contrast, lose, which rhymes with shoes, is a verb meaning to misplace or be defeated. In this way it works in both of the sentences “I always lose my umbrella” and “they lose every soccer game.” Loss is tied to this second meaning of lose. That is because it is a noun with used to identify the defeat – the thing – itself. It rhymes with “moss” and is used in sentences like “the home team suffered a terrible loss in the quarter-final match.” As you can see, because it is “a terrible loss” loss must be a thing because it is counted by “a” and modified by “terrible”. Were it a verb, like lose, we would say “they lose terribly each time they play.”

Fortunately for you, with these helpful tips, you can “choose not to lose” any day! Learn more about how to learn English.


Longest English Word

Here is something that will make you laugh. National Public Radio recently posed the following question: what is the longest word in the English dictionary?

This is no simple question as language constantly changes and evolves. Of course, that makes you wonder, are they making words long just because they can?

According to Wikipedia, the longest word in English is actually a chemical forming the largest protein known to man. How long is it, you ask? 189,819 letters long! Because the name is so long, we have decided not to post it since it would take up multiple pages on this blog. However, here is a link to someone who posted the longest English word in full. You may wonder how it is pronounced. Well, the good news is in! The word has been shortened to Titin.

If you disagree that this is the longest word – how about another science term?

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Should I say it 5 times fast? This has been dubbed the second longest word in the English dictionary at 45-letters long. At least you might be able to say this word in one breath – or maybe two! This word dates back to 1935 when the National Puzzlers’ League described symptoms related to silicosis, a disease experienced by coal miners.

Thank you, medical terminology, for making a commonly used word seem so simple! The good news is for all of you learning English, these terms are not commonly used in every day speech. More than likely, you may never see this word again. But in case trivia pops up, you will be prepared!


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