About Adjectives

The Word-of-the-Day is Cozy, an adjective meaning to give a warm, comfortable feeling. Cozy is great for words like room, fire, cabin. It’s probably not so great for other words. For example, the following is a description of the book Rooster Bar by John Grisham.

“Three law students at a sleazy for-profit law school hope to expose the student-loan banker who runs it.”

Replace the word “sleazy” with the word “cozy.” It’s just not the same story. Some adjectives go with some nouns but not others. Consider the word “rugged.” This is an adjective that easily fits the noun “individualist.” However, a cozy individualist or a fluffy individualist does not have the same magic.

(Note to self: I would be curious to  read a book about a cozy individualist just to see what he or she would be like.)

Adjectives are important. The following is a description of the book Origin by Dan Brown.

“A symbology professor goes on a perilous mission with a beautiful museum director.”

In the first place, the mission must be perilous, not cozy, and in the second place, the museum director must be beautiful. If she isn’t, then forget it. There is no story. Who wants to read about a plain museum director? Why would the symbology professor risk his life on a perilous mission if his partner was not beautiful?

I did find a book description in which the adjective “cozy” might work. It’s about the book The Midnight Line by Lee Child.

“Jack Reacher tracks down the owner of a pawned West Point ring and stumbles upon a large criminal enterprise.”

I think it could be rewritten as:

“Jack Reacher tracks down the owner of a pawned West Point ring and stumbles upon a cozy enterprise.”

That works for me; that is, if I were interested in the exploits of a pawned West Point ring.


3 thoughts on “About Adjectives

  1. Pingback: Author Interview – Dawn Greenfield Ireland – Multi-Genre Author (Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Cozy Mystery/Non-Fiction Finance/Screenplays) | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

  2. I like the word as it’s used in tea cozy … or cosy, British version. But I’m not sure a person can be cozy.
    Turns out that when folks hire designers, the most common word to describe the look they want is cozy! Just some thoughts.


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