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word or phrase to add to your army.
f you were to put your arms around someone who just lost their pet, in order to give them comfort, you would be trying to ameliorate (uh-meal-ee-or-ate) their pain.
To ameliorate is to comfort, ease, lessen, or take away something bad to make someone feel better.
A good massage therapist can ameliorate sore muscles.
A nice meal can ameliorate hunger.
A good friend can ameliorate loneliness.
A sincere apology can ameliorate hurt feelings.
This sweet sister is ameliorating her brother's thirst by sharing her water.
No, marzipan (mar-zi-pan) is not cookware from a nearby planet. It is a yummy treat that is made from ground almonds (almond meal) and sugar or honey. It comes in a loaf or roll, generally, and is used to create fun shapes like fruits and flowers much like you would make with clay or play dough. It can be dyed with food coloring. It is also used as filling for cookies, candies, and pastries. Quite delicious and fun to say.
A modicum (mah-di-kum) is a word of quantity. It means a small amount. Particularly a small amount of something precious or special. I eat a modicum of meat. I have a friend who uses a modicum of words. When she speaks, it is worth listening to because her words are powerful and special, but few. There is a modicum of truth to that statement.
This hummus has a modicum
of red pepper as a garnish.
A plethora (pleh-thor-uh) of anything is an abundance or even an overabundance of that thing. I rarely go to the mall because I get very nervous around a plethora of people. I also don't have a plethora of money to buy the plethora of things I see there and want. Even if I had a plethora of money to buy the plethora of things I see and want, I would probably still stay away because of the plethora of people that populate malls.
A plethora of pumpkins!
If something is scintillating, it is sparkly, glinting, shiny, twinkling, or clever and captivating. If you want to continue to watch it or listen to it, it would be considered scintillating. A twinkling star is scintillating. A good storyteller is scintillating. A diamond necklace is scintillating. A person who makes you laugh is scintillating. But, best of all, a disco ball is scintillating.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."