Sparkle Words

Our language is a challenging platform of knowledge and application to address. Each change in a sentence causes other interactive parts to come into play, and be considered. Such is the part of speech known as “sparkle words.” Actually this week’s subject is not known officially as ‘sparkle words’ but I like to think of it this way. Sentences can be constructed to be correct and convey a writer’s thoughts but  ‘sparklers’ add zest, glimmer, and excitement to a piece of literature, a letter, or even an email at work.

Sparkle Words – Adjectives

We can, as authors and writers conjure a sentence with no sparkle but adding an ADJECTIVE will make the sentence come alive. Words like red, beautiful, rich, lazy, brave, straight, immense, voiceless, old-fashioned, sweet, creepy, sparse, and drab are all words which add zest to a sentence.

Simple, right?

The function of an adjective is to modify a noun, or pronoun and is always near the word which is being described. With that said I want to point out that like salt and pepper in food, using adjectives should be done sparingly. A shake here-and-there causes the writing to be zesty, while dumping numerous adjectives is like….well it’s like dumping salt or pepper on your dinner, it will ruin the flavor.  Instead use verbs, nouns and pronouns in a creative manner, and then sprinkle in the adjectives.

Adjective Forms

With that said let’s look at the 4 forms of adjectives and their application. There are 4 forms of adjectives; attributive, predictive, absolute, and nominal. Attributive examples are adjectives which go before the noun being modified, such as “The old man”, old is the adjective which is before man.  A predictive adjective follows the word being modified, an example is “The man is old.” Absolute adjectives are words which are just that, absolute in meaning. They cannot be modified; I look at them as perfect. Absolute adjectives include double, single, unique, square, round, and perfect. We can’t modify double to say, ‘more double’ or ‘super double’; square can’t be modified to be ‘more square’, the absolute adjectives are ‘perfect’ or absolute. Nominal adjectives share some characteristics of nouns. Words like poor, old, and blind are great examples. Nominal adjectives also refer to nationalities in the following formats, the French, the Japanese, the Germans, and the Americans.

Adjective Categories

I would like to point out another characteristic that might help you understand adjectives and help the sparkle words stick in your understanding; the categories of adjectives. If you consider the divisions and application of these categories I believe sparklers will stay fresh in your synapses.

Earlier, in the paragraph that followed my header “Sparkle Words” I presented several adjective examples. Each is from different adjective categories and can be recognized by characteristics of the adjective type.

Appearance Adjectives include words like beautiful, clean, handsome, and old-fashioned.

Color adjectives include words like red, green and purple.

Condition adjective examples are alive, better, dead, helpful, famous, rich and shy.

Bad feelings adjectives include words like clumsy, helpless, jealous, and lazy.

Good feelings adjective examples include brave, eager, faithful, jolly, nice, and witty.

Shape adjectives can include chubby, deep, low, round, skinny, and square.

Size adjectives include words like big, gigantic, little, petite, tall, and tiny.

Some Sound Adjectives are cooing, hissing, loud, melodic, quiet, and raspy.

Time adjectives include words like ancient, early, old, rapid, slow, and young.

A list of Taste/Touch adjectives includes words such as bitter, juicy, hot, icy and wet.

Touch adjectives (another type) includes boiling, breeze, cool, creepy, dirty, dry, and hot.

Quantity adjectives are words like empty, full, heavy, many and numerous.

As you can see from my explanation of adjectives there are many categories and types of adjectives. But just keep in mind that it all boils down to the fact that adjectives modify nouns along with pronouns and add sparkle to our writing. But keep in mind that too much of a good thing will spoil your writing. Use adjectives sparingly and your writing will be spicy, sparkly and satisfying for your readers.

I would also like to provide you with this grammar video for your listening pleasure. It is old, but applicable for our adjective study today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzGLzFuwxI  Enjoy!

Until next week, create some flavorful writing with some tasty sparklers and enjoy your week!

(Note: Keep in mind that an inclusive type of adjective list is extensive, and each category example I included has only a few adjectives examples. Consult a dictionary or the Internet for a more complete list of adjectives.)

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10 Responses to “Sparkle Words”

  1. Okay, so I’m not sure if you get what I mean… But I need words that would remind someone of magic or something sparkling.. Not necessarily a synonym but more of something that when you say the word you would think of sparkles and magic Dumb question I know but please help?

  2. i never thought of it that way. i guess you could also use them for keywords in certain cases. I think they could also get more repsonse if udsed correctly.

  3. this is SEO for the readers – great stuff but writers should pay equal if not more attention to how the rule based searches rank your articles – if the reader doesnt get there, he cannot like it…

  4. Very nice advice. But I think it will be hard to implement all that ones, or do you suppose that we can use just some of them in order to give some more senicolors to post?

  5. I really enjoyed the use of the term ‘Sparkle Words’ because it totally describes the nature of the adjective. I have been more cognizant of incorporating these ‘sparkle words’ into my writing to create a more visual picture for the reader. Sally Brown
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  6. Nice and simple but very effective. Hopefully it helps inject some excitement into my writing as I tend to write about boring topics!
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  7. Great stuff here – love the reminder about not overdoing it, too!

  8. Great post, it should help people to add some sparkle to their writing :-)
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    • :-D)) Thanks Michael for the encouraging comment and support. I do hope my small effort does indeed provide details which add value to others’ writing and they too can write for others with flavor and zest!!

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