Recently I mentioned that anyone could add a word to this thread by just flipping through a dictionary, stopping at a random page and finding a new word to share with us. Jack then responded that some writer’s may not have a dictionary and I went into Writer’s SHOCK…WHAT? A writer without a dictionary???? How can this be? Wordmeisters/writers are people who are in love with words, and the idea that a would-be writer wouldn’t spring for a few dollars to have one is unthinkable!
Dictionaries teach us so many things….the definition of words, certainly, but also their origins (etymology), how to pronounce them, synonyms (so you can figure out new ways to say what you mean), antonyms, and even a bit of history. Please please please invest a few dollars in a paper dictionary and enjoy a WORLD of information!
If you’re writing about the mountains and want another way to say “mountain lake” try using this gem…a tarn. “A tarn (or corrie loch) is a mountain lake or pool, formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier. It is formed when either rain or river water fills the cirque. A moraine may form a natural dam below a tarn. A corrie may be called a cirque.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarn_%28lake%29)