It appears that motivated individualsave forgotten (or never learned) the value of the dictionarys areative writing tool.omeone else's cool descriptor may not be the most appropriate for today's missive. To the point: Forome yearsetter-writers have increasingly usedhe word appalled to describe their adverse feelings.t's hard to believe that anyone would grow pale (Latin) or fall into a faint (middle English) over an issue of import. Perhaps a visit to www.dictionary.com would be helpful:
Synonyms: dismay, appall, daunt, horrify, shake
These verbs mean to deprive a person of courage or the power to act as a result of fear or anxiety. Dismay is the least specific: Plummeting stock prices dismayed speculators. Appall implies a sense of helplessness caused by an awareness of the enormity of something: "for as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land" (Herman Melville). Daunt suggests an abatement of courage: "captains courageous, whom death could not daunt" (Anonymous ballad). Horrify implies dread, shock, or revulsion: The citizens were horrified by the possibility of nuclear war. To shake is to dismay profoundly: "A little swift brutality shook him to the very soul" (John Galsworthy).
Writers whoen over-usedords to describe their feelings make me sick!he last letter I readidn't make me feel faint, it made me feel empowered! was motivated! I was incredulous! I wantedevenge! I was not appalled! We need to make more colorful use of our language, wouldn't you agree?
While we're at it, is there any way we could stamp out "rude"?
J.E."Ted" Thayer, Globe
(Editor's note: The word "appalled" appeared in three letters to the editor in the Friday, July 29, 2005 edition of the Roundup. Here are some of the definitions we found connected to the word: To fill with consternation or dismay. Struck with fear, dread, or consternation. A state of paralyzing dismay, or fear resulting from the awareness of danger.)