Synonyms: 'Equal' Words
From the 'I Have a Dream Speech'
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Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream Speech' on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs
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"synonym" (pronounced SIN oh nim) is a word that has the same, or nearly the
same, meaning as another word. They are equal!
example, in the famous civil rights speech in August 1963 in Washington, D.C., by
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "I Have a Dream," the third word is "happy." There
are many synonyms for "happy," including "joyful," "glad," "elated" and
"feeling awesome." If you used one of those other words in place of "happy,"
the reader would get the same - equal - meaning.
more synonyms you know, the better your writing will be. So it's a good idea to
stretch your vocabulary, and make some lists of synonyms you know.
can look up synonyms in a Thesaurus (pronounced Thee SAWR us), a book that
lists words, defines them, and lists synonyms that you could use instead of the
word if you wish.
at the 10 words in green in Dr. King's famous speech, below. On a piece of
paper, over at the left, write each word, every one on a different line. Be
sure to skip two lines between each
one. Then, in the space below each word, write at least three synonyms for that
word. With a few of these words, you will have to look up the root word, or
base word. For example, you might find "faithful" in the Thesaurus under
"faith," and "hatred" might be listed in the Thesaurus as "hate."
one thing is clear: Dr. King made a huge, positive impact on our nation and
improved race relations an enormous amount, largely because he didn't have any
hate - instead, he had love - including a love for words that you should share!