Watching Words






The book I have taken this word from is called ‘Eight Keys’ by Suzanne LaFleur. This is her second published book


Synonyms: Entrails, organs, guts, viscera

The internal workings of a device or machine

Example: Cadence removed the innards of the cow and cringed.


These are from the book ‘Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend’ by Steven Herrick. It is a book of poems about people our age at school.


To get rid of something/someone who/is no use to you anymore or no longer interesting.

Synonyms: abandoned, neglected, obsolete, dis-continued, forsaken, castaway

Example: The children discarded their school hats when playing basketball


Feeling and remembering something from the past. Sometimes evoked from objects or people. This can be any feeling.

Synonyms: homesick, romantic, sentimental, regretful

Example: Alexis felt nostalgic as she walked upon the streets of her old school. She remembered fairs and all her friends.


Various natural substances. For example, asphalt.

Synonyms: blacktop

Example: A few years ago the birds started dying after landing on these lakes and getting slathered in bitumen.


A disease that has high mortality

Synonyms: curse, epidemic, outbreak, invasion, influenza

Example: The plague in Egypt spread along the Nile. Causing a large outbreak.


  1. one of a breed of domestic pigeons
  2. any of various small birds having fanlike tails
  3. fantail goldfish

Example: The fantail goldfish swam around the tank, catching all of the sinking goldfish food


To smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way.

Synonyms: laugh, glow, grin, shine, radiate

Example: Jason’s mouth turned into a smirk when he found out he had no school due to his fake sick day.


  1. a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water and serving as a drainageway after prolonged heavy rains
  2. gutter or a ditch

Synonyms: gulch, defile, watercourse, gorge 

Example: The gully had water flowing through it to the end of the hill


  1. to mumble
  2. to grimace
  3. to sulk
  4. to mope
  5. an acute contagious viral disease of the parotid salivary glands, characterised by swelling of the affected parts, fever, and pain beneath the ear: usually affects children.

Example: Sally had the mumps. She had lost her favourite watch.


  1. a small portion
  2. a blob of a substance

Synonyms: piece, portion, bit, glob, blob

Example: Paris added a dollop of cream onto her apple pie. Her sister, Matilda, only had a small spoonful.


13 thoughts on “Watching Words

  1. JOY, this is a very nice post but just some constructive feedback- maybe add a picture of the book cover. But other than that, it’s brilliant!

  2. These are brilliant words! I love how you’ve put synonyms, examples and the various definitions. It’s a wonderful selection of words and I think you’ve done a fantastic job.

  3. I loved your selection of words Joy. You have put a lot of work into your post and explained them well and given great examples of sentences.

  4. Hi Joy! By the looks of it you put so much effort into your blog posts! I really like all of the words you listed, and when they had more than one definition, you listed them all!????????

    1. Yep. It took a really long time to find every definition and try and put it into my own words. It was all worth it though! Thanks for the feedback Ella. ????????

  5. Great work Joy. You have some great feedback on this post already so I will be short.
    Do you think that you will use any of these words in your writing? If so, which ones?

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