Words and Phrases Used Smartly in Beautiful Sentences

 

commas
They tend to swarm like minnows into all sorts of crevices whose existence you hadn’t realized and before you know it the whole long sentence becomes immobilized and lashes up squirming in commas.   Lewis Thomas

 

exciting as
as nailbitingly exciting as a race between tortoises

 

getting worse
Things are not improving but we can celebrate that things are getting worse more slowly.

 

like an acorn
like an acorn that must become an oak, a spore that must become a mushroom, a space vehicle that must stick out its spidery legs and start collecting geological samples.   Peter Goodchild

 

obstinate
as obstinate as a demented octogenarian

 

pratfall
Comedian Rowan Atkinson, more famously known as Mr Bean, is described as a close friend of the Prince of Wales. No doubt the prince and his bride will be hoping he doesn’t initiate any Bean-style pratfalls in the Abbey.   CNN

pratfall – a fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating; a humiliating blunder or defeat.

 

reliable as
as reliable as a guide dog with acute astigmatism

 

the continuum
the continuum between temporality and eternity, between matter and spirit, between man and ‘the other’.     George Steiner

 

velocity
The retribution came with such velocity and ferocity.

 

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