A synonym is a word that means almost exactly the same thing as another word. For example, this article could also be called an "editorial," or even a "commentary." These terms mean roughly the same thing as "article." A jail is sometimes called the "Thug Jug."
Synonyms are fun (and very useful if you are trying to avoid the usually hackneyed and cliche words that everyone else always uses), but some words just don't have a good synonym. You are going to be hard-pressed to find a synonym for "Hand-Me-Down Underwear."
Synonyms can also save you a great deal of embarrassment. Let's say that you are at a great party with all your friends, but you need to leave early because you need to go study for a big test the next day. Well, "studying" sounds lame. Cool people don't "study." Besides, everyone knows that no cool words end with "udy." Cool words end in "matic" or "tronic" or "ate" or something like that. How about "excogitate"? Or "ruminate"? Or "cerebrate"? Leaving the party, you might say, "I need to go cerebrate on some stuff."? Yatzee!
Bloggers speaking on the subject of synonyms can be found at sites like googleblog.
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