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limitedtimeauthor
03-05-2007, 10:58 AM
Is there already a thread somewhere for this? Is this even the right forum to post a thread like this?

I frequently find myself searching my brain for a particular word, and it's right there, just out of my grasp. And sometimes a thesaurus won't work, because I can't even think of an appropriate synonym for the word.

I thought if we could have a thread for that - where we post our vocabulary problem and let other AWers help get our neurons firing again - then I could sleep a lot better at night.

For example, right now I'm wondering - and this isn't even for any writing I'm working on...

Is there a word for that odd attraction that keeps you popping the bubble wrap? Or clicking on something to watch it do something? I was watching a PBS show called Animusic, and it was just like popping bubble wrap. I was _______________ by it.

I don't mean mesmerized, because that seems to imply a whole lot more intense focus or fascination, whereas this just gives you some kind of mindless satisfaction.

And please tell me that here at AW, at least, I can find kindred souls when it comes to needing to know that exact word! :gone:

Thanks.

ltd.

MacAllister
03-05-2007, 01:19 PM
What a GREAT idea for a thread. :) I have dictionaries and thesauri around me all the time, and e-versions on my laptop...and sometimes I still can't find the exact word I want.

But I can feel it there....oh, yes. I can feel it sitting in the back of my brain, hiding in the shadows behind that file cabinet full of useless X-Files trivia...

MacAllister
03-05-2007, 01:21 PM
Transfixed?

ErylRavenwell
03-05-2007, 01:26 PM
Spellbound, bewitched, enticed?

BrainAdamage
03-05-2007, 01:26 PM
Perhaps...allured?

Excelsior
03-05-2007, 02:07 PM
Entranced?

alleycat
03-05-2007, 02:13 PM
Transfixed?
That was going to me mine.

limitedtimeauthor
03-05-2007, 06:53 PM
What a GREAT idea for a thread. :) I have dictionaries and thesauri around me all the time, and e-versions on my laptop...and sometimes I still can't find the exact word I want.

But I can feel it there....oh, yes. I can feel it sitting in the back of my brain, hiding in the shadows behind that file cabinet full of useless X-Files trivia...
Oh, thank GOSH I'm not the only one. My excuse is having had a respectable vocabulary as a kid and dumbing it down. "Awesome" was the only adjective allowed in the eighties. Or maybe it's because I'm old enough to remember the eighties. Hmm. :Huh:

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. I think those are mostly synonyms of mesmerized though, with spiritual connotations and much more "weightiness" to them than the word or phrase I'm thinking of. Especially "spellbound, bewitched, enticed," imho.

Transfixed is pretty close though, isn't it? Mindless allure might be a way to describe it. Entranced? Not sure. Thank you

Glad you like the idea of the thread and I hope it becomes a -- can't think of the word... the kind of place people go... when they need a word but... no one else cares. A haven, maybe? A respite? :D (Just kidding. Is it any wonder why I haven't gotten that novel finished? :)) Anyway, if nothing else, this is kind of fun. (And that's why dh just doesn't try to guess what I might like to do for special occasions.)

ltd.

maestrowork
03-05-2007, 07:49 PM
I like "transfixed."

I also like 'engrossed" or "riveted." "Intrigued" is another alternative, but probably not quite what you mean.

My-Immortal
03-05-2007, 07:52 PM
Hypnotized...?

loquax
03-05-2007, 08:08 PM
captivated.

this is fun

My-Immortal
03-05-2007, 08:11 PM
enthralled...?

or perhaps....enraptured?

FloVoyager
03-05-2007, 10:47 PM
fixated?

I keep a notepad file on my desktop for words. I collect them, and occasionally they come in handy.

MidnightMuse
03-05-2007, 11:22 PM
Addicted?

limitedtimeauthor
03-05-2007, 11:38 PM
LOL! This is fun and difficult!!

The Animusic video held the same kind of mindless attraction for her as popping bubble wrap. She was fixated on it, but couldn't determine the exact source of its appeal. Why did it transfix her so? She certainly wasn't enraptured or enthralled by it. What then? She couldn't understand why it was so captivating, but she knew she might become addicted if she didn't turn it off immediately. :D



Anyone else looking for a word?? We can help!

ltd.

Solatium
03-06-2007, 02:52 PM
Is there a word for that odd attraction that keeps you popping the bubble wrap? Or clicking on something to watch it do something? I was watching a PBS show called Animusic, and it was just like popping bubble wrap. I was _______________ by it.
"Compulsion" would be the noun for it, I think, but "compelled" doesn't seem to work as a verb. Hmm . . .

(Or maybe "compulsion" just comes readily mind because it was the word I settled on -- after far too much thought -- to describe my own state of mind during a turning point in my own life. PM me if you want to hear a sad story about drugs and dropping out of college. </attention whoring>)

I'll keep checking this thread -- be glad to help if I can. I am seldom at a loss for words.

pink lily
03-06-2007, 05:41 PM
Transfixed?


That was going to me mine.


I like "transfixed."

I also like 'engrossed" or "riveted." "Intrigued" is another alternative, but probably not quite what you mean.
I was going to vote "transfixed," too. I suppose "hypnotized" would work.

I would use a word that is an easy fit in the sentence; I wouldn't want to appear as if I'd tried too hard or reached too far. If some version of "fascinated" or "transfixed" does not work, anything else might seem out of place in the sentence.

Carmy
03-06-2007, 11:12 PM
Beats me, but you might find help here:

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

limitedtimeauthor
03-07-2007, 01:09 AM
Thanks Carmy. I'll put that in my Favorites folder. I'm sure that will come in handy!

ltd.

Silver King
03-07-2007, 04:28 AM
Would charmed work, or does that sound dated?

"I was charmed by it."

The music was just enough to titillate though not enough to consume you.

pink lily
03-07-2007, 08:38 PM
"Charmed" sounds like "pleased." No special notice, just some polite admiration.