Why We Do Better

Practical synonyms

Excitement is a practical synonym for happiness.

Practical synonyms are concrete gateways to the states of being that are too broad to locate, too slippery to hold.

Practical synonyms aren’t necessary, but they are sufficient. They’re not precise, but they are accurate. Like the Métro, they bring you to the right neighborhood so that you can begin to explore.

They complete the phrase, “I don’t know the way to X, so I will start with Y.”

To that, you might consider:

Absurdity as a practical synonym for creativity.

Vulnerability as a practical synonym for bravery.

Generosity as a practical synonym for leadership.

Stay on the lookout for practical synonyms.