Oh, now, that doesn’t look like a fair fight. Poor little kitty. Quarrel. Today’s Q word. And a valuable word to understand if you’re a fiction writer.
eeYup. When I was a child, I thought ‘thesaurus’ was the name of a dinosaur.
Now that I’m older, I know better. So I’m spending time with my thesaurus during April as I blog my way through the alphabet on the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms tells us quarrel means an angry dispute. Synonyms of quarrel includes wrangle, altercation, squabble, spat, and tiff.
Dinosaurs have been fighting for a long time. Heck, even their skeletal remains quarrel.
But if you’re a fiction writer, it’s not enough to simply quarrel. You need to understand the nuances behind these fighting words. Here’s help from the Merriam-Webster:
A Quarrel implies a heated verbal clash followed by strained or severed relations. Bitter quarrels can end a relationship. Ouch.
A wrangle suggests a noisy, insistent, often futile dispute. Town governments often wrangle over finances.
Altercation suggest noisy, heated verbal quarreling often with blows.
Yikes! Now they’re fightin’ with snow!
A squabble implies childish and unseemly wrangling over a petty matter. Children squabble over toys.
Spat implies a lively but brief dispute over a trifle. Couples tend to spat over something at least once a week.
Tiff suggests a trivial dispute marked by ill humor or hurt feelings but without serious consequence.
To be quarrelsome is to be belligerent, confrontational, captious (tending to find fault or raise petty objections), pugnacious (eager or quick to argue), combative, antagonistic, contentious, bellicose (demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight), cantankerous (I think my grandmother once called me that), choleric (bad-tempered or irritable – been called that, too), scrappy.
Whoah! That hedgehog is pretty scrappy!
Other quarrel words? Argument, disagreement, squabble, fight, dispute, clash, feud, contretemps (minor dispute or argument), disputation (debate or argument), falling-out, war of words, shouting match, run-in, hassle, blowup, row, shit storm. Fall out, differ, be at odds, bicker, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other’s throats. Criticize, object to, oppose, take exception to, attack, take issue with, impugn (we hear this a lot in politics – it means to dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of a statement or motive; call into question), contradict, dispute, controvert, knock, gainsay (yes, an odd one – meaning to speak against or oppose; deny or contradict).
So there you have it. The letter Q and the word quarrel. Many ways to fight. That is, if you have a handy-dandy thesaurus by your side . . .
Perhaps visit these fabulous websites on the A to Z Blogging Challenge!
Have to say today’s Q word was a bit challenging to write.
Been fighting a wicked sinus infection.
Tomorrow? The letter R. Dinosaurs love the letter R.