Communication

  1. “Sparkling Water” vs. “Seltzer” vs. “Club Soda”: What’s The Difference?

    Fizzy water—it’s just about everywhere. It’s poured in restaurants and carbonated at home. Cans fill fridges and a new alcoholic hard seltzer seems to bubble up every week. Humans have cherished gassy water for centuries, though there have never been as many options as there are today. Look a little closer, and you’ll find these effervescent waters fall into a few distinct categories: sparkling water, …

  2. 8 Better Ways To Give Praise Instead Of Saying “Good Job”

    What do you say when someone does something fantastic that blows you away? Good job is a popular choice for teachers, parents, and bosses alike, but you’ve probably noticed that sometimes the phrase, well … doesn’t quite do a good enough job of conveying how you truly feel. What to say instead of good job There are lots of vocabulary options when it comes to offering …

  3. “Frosting” vs. “Icing”: Are They Synonyms (Or Just Taste Like They Are)?

    It’s the great wedding cake debate: fondant or no fondant? Although some love both the sleek style and firm texture of this thick, sugary topping, others can’t stand it and prefer traditional buttercream, chocolate ganache, or maybe cream cheese. But when it comes to topping an oh-so-perfect cake, there’s another basic question to keep in mind: frosting or icing? And what’s the difference between these two …

  4. You Lost Your Job: How To Deliver The News To Your Family, Friends, And Prospective Employers

    Losing your job is hard, no matter the circumstances. Whether you were happily employed in a role for years or were dreaming of the day you could quit a dead-end job, it’s never ideal to have the decision made for you. Of course, a job loss presents a serious problem due to the loss of income and benefits, but there’s another tricky issue to maneuver: …

  5. “Stove” vs. “Oven” vs. “Range”: Are They Synonyms?

    For many people, the heart of the home is the kitchen. And for house hunters who love to cook, the center of their new potential kitchen is the stove. However, whether they’re planning on baking or sautéing, is it the oven or range that they are inspecting? Or is it the stove? Let’s take a look at oven, stove, and range to see if they are …

  6. 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 …

  7. 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 …

  8. “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 …

  9. 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 …

  10. 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 …

  11. 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 …

  12. “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 …