“A synonym is what you use when you can’t spell the other one.”

– Baltasar Gracian

 

Synonyms are different words which have a similar meaning.

Think of rich and wealthy, lucky and fortunate, true and correct.  But what about saying miserable when you have second doubts about spelling melancholy, or false when duplicitous seems a stretch too far?  I’ve certainly done this in exams before!

Learning synonyms is a great way to improve your vocabulary, but it’s not just the spelling which can cause a problem.  Subtle differences in meaning or collocations can sometimes trip students up.

Does anyone have a story about synonyms in language learning?  More to the point, does anyone have a good tip for remembering how to spell synonym?  Let me know in the comments below.