Sometimes even your faithful, Serious correspondent wants some time away from the dictionary. (Never fear, the official definitions will be back later.)
When the dictionary palls and I'd rather just use my notebook, I enjoy defining things through contrasts. It works well for pairs of words; I've been thinking most lately about the contrasts between "expensive" and "valuable."
Contrasts pop up all the time. Umbrellas are expensive -- until it starts to rain, and then they're valuable.
New shoes are expensive -- but when your old ones get old enough to hurt your feet, new shoes are valuable.
Having new cold-weather gear in time for the weather change is valuable. Not having it can be expensive -- in the form of catching the germy sort of cold, or just feeling the cold air too much.
Chocolate is expensive -- but when you've had a bad day, it's valuable. (OK, when you're celebrating a good day, too.)
I'm sure other posts will follow about other pairs of words.
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