I’m at least a week behind uploading my latest book to KDP, the amazon publishing app. I’m disappointed but not derailed – as usual, there were pressing and unforeseen circumstances coupled with a stint in dog sitting, which I love and getting paid for, so not all is doom and gloom dire.
But I am a little out of sorts with the delays…
This morning however, I sat down to print off the Table of Contents to match up the chapter titles and accompanying pictures I sourced. I’m double and triple checking things when I realized, some of my titles are not very intriguing, unique or compelling.
Time to consult my thesaurus.
An online thesaurus is my constant companion on my laptop, no matter what writing I do. In fact, as I type this blog post, I am keeping an eye on the thesaurus tab becauseI never know when I suddenly need to replace an ordinary word with an extraordinary one.
However, the regular thesaurus is nice and clean and not, you know, smutty. And sometimes, I need smutty words. 😀
I have heard of, and used, the Urban Dictionary at times, but I didn’t know until today there was such a thing as the Urban Thesaurus.
Here’s an example of what happens when you look for a synonym for a word like foreplay between the standard thesaurus and the urban slang one:
Synonyms for foreplay
kissing, action, caress, cuddling, lovemaking, necking, petting, sex, third base, quickie, fooling around etc
Harmless: karaoke, back tickle, do the dirty, hay ride, bases, meow moan, face sitting, and similar relatively harmless terms.
Weird: tune in tokyo, lady gagazzle, slap and pickle, anal moses, roman showers, ball snack, clit brisket, caribbean motorboat, courtesy lick, snorting the camel, cleaning the fish, rusty umbrella, wet philly, roast beef curtain, chin skiing and over a hundred more like this.
Other ones that caught my eye: jersey two step, john wayne casserole, gas chamber, beforenication, brown finger, monsoon wet, clitortoise, hard taco, hungarian stool, mongolian hot pot, two-horned unicorn etc.
I’m a little stumped. Most of these words don’t evoke the kind of foreplay I’m writing about in my romance novella.
Having said that, I use a thesaurus most days in all types of writing, and I don’t mind checking the urban slang websites. Although most of the words I come across, especially for the sex organs, are unusable, they do provide a slice of entertainment during the slog that is editing manuscripts.
Tell me, writers, do you like using a thesaurus during fiction or creative writing? Have you checked out the urban slang ones?
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