One of the things I always work on when I’m writing is my word choices. I want to make sure I enlist the aid of nuances to create the feelings I want the reader to feel.
Another winter storm is about to hit Atlanta and the words selected to describe it have an impressive nuance. From weather.gov (their italics):
“Confidence is increasing in an event of historical proportions.”
From Governor Nathan Deal: It’s expected to be a storm of catastrophic proportions.
It’s so bad that they’ve named it “Winter Storm Pax.” A named winter storm? When did that happen?
I’m looking out my window. It doesn’t look so bad. Snow is melting, roads are wet but clear. Is it possible that it can all fall apart by this time tomorrow?
Aside: It’s easy to make fun of Atlanta for over reacting to an ice storm, but have you ever actually lived through an ice storm in Atlanta? It’s not pretty. Laugh at us if you will for moaning about 30 degrees when it’s 8 in New Hampshire, but its not nearly as funny when the ice has taken out the power and you have no heat for 4 days. I’m just sayin’.