Posted by: episystechpubs | August 28, 2012

Editor’s Corner: Cry me a river…

Perhaps this is a better topic for a Monday, but I don’t want to be predictable. Here is a sampling of 20 Ways to Cry, an article by Mark Nichol.If you feel so inclined, the other ten ways to cry are at DirtyWritingTips. ()

1. Bawl: to cry out loudly and without restraint; also, to call out in such a manner

2. Blubber: to cry while making sounds of distress or pain, especially through pouted lips (hence the onomatopoeic word)

3. Caterwaul: to cry harshly; also, to noisily complain or protest

4. Howl: to cry out in grief; also, to cry out in laughter or anger

5. Lament: to cry out with grief; also, to feel regret or sorrow

6. Mewl: to cry softly or weakly, like a kitten

7. Pule: see whine

8. Squall: to cry out loudly in emotional distress — usually associated with infants or very young children [Or editors who have seen enough misplaced apostrophes and are pushed over the edge.]

9. Whimper: to cry softly and irregularly; also, to complain or protest as if whining

10. Whine: to cry in distress, or in a high-pitched, complaining manner; also, to complain

Idioms and slang synonymous with cry include “break down,” “burst into tears,” “choke up,” “crack up,” “dissolve into tears,” “let it all out,” “put on the weeps,” “ring the blues,” “shed (bitter) tears,” and “turn on the waterworks.”

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