Word Choice

Sensory Language


The visual sense is referenced by talking about light and dark, shades and hues, visible shape and appearance.

Her brilliant red blouse fitted her slim figure like a glove.


Auditory senses are triggered by reference to loudness, timbre, actual words spoken, and so on.

He shouted harsh approval at the sound of her pure warbling Italian soprano.


Tactile feeling and emotional feeling are closely connected, as we sense our emotions as tensions and other physical bodily experiences.

His heart thumped as he grasped the meaning of her smile.

Taste and smell

Our gustatory senses are closely linked and are often used in the metaphoric sense.

She could stomach his words no longer and smelled a bitter rat in his intent.

*examples from changingminds.org

Formal Language

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