Ways to Say

  1. 7 Words To Stop Using In 2021 (And What To Say Instead)

    The way people use language is constantly changing. Words that were once cool become obsolete, meanings shift, and sometimes we realize that words once thought of as harmless are actually inappropriate or even offensive. Most of us have used problematic words at one time or another. Maybe we repeated something we heard on our favorite show, or we latched on to the newest slang without …

  2. You’re Having A Kid! How To Tell Your Spouse, Your Boss, And Everyone Else

    Realizing you’re actually going to be responsible for raising another human being is one of the most mind-blowing, thrilling, terrifying things in life. Once you come to terms with it, the next step is telling people about this imminent life alteration. But how do you deliver such a monumental message? Sharing the happy news … It used to be that you simply told people you …

  3. “Zit” vs. “Pimple”: Are They Synonyms?

    We’ve all had them. Some of us when we were teens, some more recently as adults. Why do the bumps on our faces never seem to fully go away? Well, we aren’t able to answer that question here at Thesaurus.com … but we can look into two of the words that describe those blemishes to see what we should be calling them. Do you say …

  4. What Are Better Ways To Say “Hooray”?

    It’s the end of 2020, and the start of a new year. For that alone, there are so many reasons to shout “hooray” from the rooftops (or from safely inside your home). With a vaccine and the possibility of a lesser pandemic in 2021, what word will you use to celebrate? What does hooray actually mean? Hooray is the word to shout when you want …

  5. What Are Other Ways To Wish Someone A Merry Christmas?

    In December, it’s hard to go a single day without hearing the phrase Merry Christmas. Whether it’s from the clerk at the grocery store or during your favorite cheesy holiday romance movie, the greeting is among the oldest and most common ways to wish people a happy holiday season. But when you’re working on those holiday cards and virtual party invitations, you might find yourself …

  6. What’s The Difference Between “Yule” And “Christmas”?

    Nat King Cole famously sang, “Jack Frost nipping at your nose / Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,” and when we deck the halls, we’re expected to “troll the ancient yuletide carol.” But amidst the merriness and fa-la-la-ing, did you ever stop to ask yourself exactly what a yuletide is? Or why some people use the word yule as a synonym for Christmas? There’s more to yule than …

  7. “College” vs. “University”: Are They Synonyms?

    It doesn’t matter if you have a high school diploma or more advanced degree, there’s one thing related to education that may confuse you: the difference between college and university. Is the only thing that distinguishes them in name only? Or do colleges and universities offer distinct educations or philosophies? Let’s take a closer look to see if these nouns are actually synonyms or just commonly …

  8. 6 Ways To Respond To A Gift You Don’t Like

    Gifts are fun to give and receive, but few things are more awkward than getting a gift you just don’t like. We’ve all experienced that tense moment when you unwrap something unexpected, unwanted, or just plain absurd. When it happens, you might find yourself struggling to find the right words to smooth over the troublesome situation. Thank you is the customary response when someone gives …

  9. “Drinking Fountain” vs. “Water Fountain” vs. “Bubbler”: Are They Synonyms?

    You know that thing that provides access to drinking water in places like government buildings, schools, and parks? There are many different designs for it, but it generally works by ejecting a jet of water that can be drunk from directly. So what is the correct name for this machine. And, more importantly, does the name change depending on where you live? Let’s dig in …

  10. “Yams” vs. “Sweet Potatoes”: Are They Synonyms?

    If you’re not arguing about politics or whether or not it’s time for Grandma to get some more grandchildren, there’s one topic that’s always guaranteed to make a splash at the Thanksgiving dinner table: are those yams or sweet potatoes in your holiday casserole? Wait a second, aren’t they the same thing? Not according to the dictionary! Yams vs. sweet potatoes Yams and sweet potatoes are …