Enrich the vocabulary. Anti-‘nice’ tendency.

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It’s nice to speak nicely in the modern world. Though this adjective has become another parasite of our vocabulary. It’s curious to learn that in the Middle English this word had the meaning ‘foolish’, ‘stupid’, ‘ignorant’, ‘incapable’. An amazing transformation through the centuries, isn’t it?

A modern one has double signification: likable, agreeable; precise, refined.

Here’re some synonyms, which can enrich your vocabulary and indeed make the life nicer.

Nice (likable, agreeable): cordial, lovely, kind, superior, admirable, attractive, charming, delightful, gracious, helpful, genial, pleasant, polite, well-mannered, winsome

Nice (precise, refined): fine, particular, right, accurate, careful, correct, exact, proper, respectable, seemly, strict, virtuous 

Enjoy speaking English!

Maria Kethuprofumo

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4 Responses to Enrich the vocabulary. Anti-‘nice’ tendency.

  1. Adrian B says:

    Thank you for advice. I will try to use them more.

  2. souldipper says:

    In my writing classes, if we’d used “nice”, “beautiful”, “wonderful” or “lovely”, we could expect lower marks! I still agree with that today – many years later. It’s laziness and the words are empty. Good wee post!

  3. Adrian B says:

    Maria, I am pleased to tell you that I’ve awarded you the Blog of the Year Award 2013! There’s no obligation to accept, I understand completely if you don’t. Anyway, thanks for reading and liking my blog “adicanada” I appreciate your support. For details about the award, please see my post http://wp.me/p3ujR2-hg Have a Happy Holiday and All the best for you on the New Year!! Adrian B.

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