I didn’t like a word I’d used yesterday in my chapter, “swath.” It’s the kind of word that would turn me off if I was reading–too studied–and, in fact, when I got to the paragraph with the offending swath, I skimmed over it. Bad sign! I needed a replacement.
Only thesaurus.com didn’t have any suggestions at all! I suspect that thesaurus.com is not the most sophisticated website for thesaurily endeavors, but I didn’t have the time to search for a better one, so I thought, “Okay, what’s the closest I can come to providing a synonym, even one I wouldn’t use, and seeing where that leads me…How about ‘blob’? Yes, let’s try blob.”
The ‘blob’ entry had many gross medical synonyms that I won’t name, but it also had, on the sidebar, a list of what I can only assume are frequently used terms involving blob. They’re so intriguing, I had to share: