[ thing-nis ]
/ ˈθɪŋ nɪs /
Is There Such A Thing As A True Synonym?Thesauruses present a catalog of synonyms from which we may pick and choose words to put into our writing, but a thesaurus used alone is a very bad thing because there is no such thing as a true synonym. Every word has its particular place in the language.
Why Do “Flammable” And “Inflammable” Mean The Same Thing?English is a trickster of a language, evidenced by the fact that two words that appear to be antonyms can actually mean the exact same thing. For the most part we manage to bumble along without confusing the two, and can figure out which meaning is intended based on context (although in the case of regardless and irregardless some extra time is needed for teeth-gnashing). …
- thing or two,
- things are looking up,
Also thing·hood [thing-hoo d] /ˈθɪŋˌhʊd/.
Origin of thingness
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