One of the many fascinating features of our language is how often words with pleasant associations are also quite pleasing on the tongue and even to the eye, and how many words, by contrast, acoustically and visually corroborate their disagreeable nature — look no further than the heading for this post. Enrich the poetry of your prose by applying words that provide precise connotation while also evoking emotional responses
Mist: cloudy moisture, or similar literal or virtual obstacle
Murmur: soothing sound
Myriad: great number
Penumbra: shade, shroud, fringe
Quintessential: most purely representative or typical
Redolent: aromatic, evocative
Resonant: echoing, evocative
Rhapsodic: intensely emotional
Sapphire: rich, deep bluish purple
Somnolent: drowsy, sleep inducing
Sonorous: loud, impressive, imposing
Spherical: ball-like, globular
Sublime: exalted, transcendent
Succulent: juicy, tasty, rich
Suffuse: flushed, full
Symphony: harmonious assemblage
Talisman: charm, magical device
Tessellated: checkered in pattern
Zenith: highest point
Cacophony: confused noise
Cataclysm: flood, catastrophe, upheaval
Chafe: irritate, abrade
Coarse: common, crude, rough, harsh
Cynical: distrustful, self-interested
Decrepit: worn-out, run-down
Disgust: aversion, distaste
Grimace: expression of disgust or pain
Grotesque: distorted, bizarre
Hoarse: harsh, grating
Mediocre: ordinary, of low quality
Obstreperous: noisy, unruly
Rancid: offensive, smelly
Shriek: sharp, screeching sound
Shrill: high-pitched sound
Shun: avoid, ostracize
Slaughter: butcher, carnage
Unctuous: smug, ingratiating
Visceral: crude, anatomically graphic
Notice how often attractive words present themselves to define other beautiful ones, and note also how many of them are interrelated, and what kind of sensations, impressions, and emotions they have in common. Also, try enunciating beautiful words as if they were ugly, or vice versa. Are their sounds suggestive of their quality, or does their meaning wholly determine their effect on us?
He looked at the pile and then back at Erwin with a raised brow. He says he’ll get it done, but does he really mean that? Levi rolled his eyes once again. “I don’t believe you with the paperwork. I think it’s going to take you all night.”
Levi leaned forward on his desk. “Let me help you…at least for a few hours. Is that so bad? Plus I can’t relax anyway.”
No one would ever believe him once Erwin said that he would get his works done, and his subordinates already knew that. Levi did get him; Erwin wouldn’t finish them soon enough and might take hours until night time.
"No, it isn’t really that bad, I suppose. I just thought that I shouldn’t give you more trouble with paperworks. But if you insist…well, perhaps you could help me with these papers first? I hope these aren’t too much for you." The commander replied, showed the said papers to Levi before took his pen and continued writing on his own paper.
Levi saw the mans smile. “I’m going to call bullshit on that one,” the captain took it upon himself to take a seat. His eyes scanned the desk and spotted more paperwork. To this he rolled his eyes.
"A rest? Yes I think that’s what you need, Erwin. You’ve been on this all day, maybe you should take the rest of the day off. I’ve noticed sleep doesn’t come easy to you…at least let me help you with the last few.”
"I suppose it is." Erwin wasn’t mad, he was simply amused by how impolite Levi could be even towards his own commander. Though the blond could briefly understand the reason why, and didn’t bother to make him change that kind of manner.
The blond, still with the same smile, responded, “I’m not really tired yet. But I will take some rest once I’m done with my works, like you say. I appreciate your offer, but you don’t have to worry about me. I can finish them by myself.”
Levi made his way down the hallway, shoes clicking with every step as they echoed off the walls. He stopped in front of the commanders door, and knocked lightly with his knuckles.
"Oi Blondie, is there something you need me to do?" he handed in the papers that needed to be done this evening.
It was a rather quiet evening. None other sounds were heard by Erwin than a sound of scratching from his own pen and some footsteps made by someone’s shoes outside his office. A few knocks on his door made him stop writing and looked at the one who entered his office just now.
"I will highly appreciate it if you don’t call me ‘Blondie’, Levi." The man smiled, actually not really mind with the captain’s nickname. "I see you’re done with the paperworks, thank you. You may as well rest, it’s been a long day."
Nodding, Levi stood and made his way around to the other side of Erwin’s desk. Leafing through the papers, he made a small stack. “How would you like them sorted?” he asked. He was just thankful he had something to do to keep his mind occupied. “If you need more coffee, let me know. I can run to the kitchens and get you another cup.”
"Could you please sort them alphabetically, then by the date? But if it’s too much work for you, you can just sort them alphabetically." Erwin had a few ways to sort the documents to make them easier to find, though mostly it would be by date or alphabetically. "I don’t think I will need anymore coffee for now, though I really appreciate your offer and help with the documents even if this should be my work."