School starts back here on Monday following the two week easter break. In my preparations for this horrific event (here’s where I complain, ‘I don’t wanna!’), I was doing some googling about different words. Sound fascinating, doesn’t it? I’m sure my students will agree.
Well, I made a discovery.
Pretty words often describe attractive things. For example, ‘Katrina’. Beautiful, huh? And ugly words typically describe ugly things. For example, ‘leech’. Ugly, ugly.
Here’s further examples from my research:
Cascade: steep waterfall
Sapphire: rich, deep bluish purple
Ugly words: It's harder than you think to find ugly words that you can put appropriate pictures to.
Grimace: expression of disgust or pain
And a few without pictures:
Slaughter: butcher, carnage
Grotesque: distorted, bizarre
Visceral: crude, anatomically graphic
And, as always with the English language, here are some exceptions:
Cholera (pretty word, ugly meaning)
Calamity (pretty word, even a nice name, but unfortunate meaning)
Bucolic (ugly word – means ‘pretty countryside')
Such a beautiful word that conjures such an unfortunate picture.