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PlotLuck Summer - 2021
Dear current and long lost TAWW members and friends,
We're getting together for an old fashioned PlotLuck.
Graciously hosted by TAWW member, Jim Barrow.
Saturday, June 5th,
11:00 am .. 1:00pm
Check your email inbox for directions and RSVP.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
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Arissa Utemark - Member
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The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. — Tom Clancy
Over time, intensifiers lose their power to strengthen. The intensifiers awfully and terrible are good examples. Even though these words derive from the powerful words awe and terror, they no longer radiate the same level of gravitas. Through common usage, they have lost their shock value.
To strengthen the intensifying effect, writers (especially in informal writing) often double up their intensifiers. For example:
I love you so so much.
She tried very very hard.
Tomorrow's meeting is so terribly important.
The use of intensifiers is considered by many to be lazy writing, and doubling up intensifiers is unlikely to be permissible in formal correspondence. In formal writing, the level of intensity you need to portray should be achieved through word choice (e.g., by using strong adjectives instead of intensifiers). For example:
It is very tasty.
It is delicious.
(With a strong adjective like delicious, there is no need for an intensifier. In fact, using an intensifier would sound unnatural.)
He took an extremely big risk.
He took a huge risk.
(With a strong adjective like huge, there is no need for an intensifier.)
One effective way to use intensifiers is to limit their use. For example, if you use the word very just once in your document, your readers will believe that very really really does mean very.
Topics from Recent Readings
a 1956 Dodge with push-button transmission
mysterious female traveler kills and cooks a big saber tooth cat
teen-aged recovering alcoholic defends her virginity
African poachers shoot down an aerial tour plane
childhood friends' innocence is interrupted by puberty while skinny dipping
an inquisitive art student takes special interests in a revealing subject
an eighteenth century midwife is entangled in tragedy
survivors of an apocalyptic solar storm escape to the countryside
“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov