English Smarties & Beauties

Words and Phrases Used Smartly in Beautiful Sentences


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


as obstinate as a demented octogenarian


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


The retribution came with such velocity and ferocity.


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