I have a few months to wait before Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthday.
But when July 4th comes, I know just what I’ll be giving him.
What? You don’t think he’ll be thrilled to receive a thesaurus?
Oh, but I think he needs one.
Has anyone else noticed how many times the author of The Scarlet Letter uses the word ignominy?
Ignominy is a noun that means disgrace, dishonor; public contempt.
Hawthorne is fond of this word: extremely fond of it.
I’m not a novelist, but I confess that in my blog post writing when I find I’m over-using a word, I go to a certain website that’s become a friend: www.thesaurus.com.
I used thesaurus.com to look up other options for the word ignominy. There was baseness, disgrace, lowness, meanness, and sordidness.
If Hawthorne did not like any of those choices he could have used a synonym from this list: disfavor, dishonor, humiliation, infamy, opprobrium, shame, or stigma.
Hey, that opprobrium word sounds familiar.
I’ll go ahead and order that thesaurus now so that when July comes, and I get my invitation to celebrate Hawthorne’s 198th birthday, I’ll be ready with a gift.