The word bitterness has some wonderfully colourful synonyms. Try these for size. Resentment, rancour, indignation, grudge, spite, sullenness, sourness, churlishness, moroseness, petulance, pique, peevishness; acrimony, hostility, malice, virulence, antipathy, antagonism, enmity, animus, friction, vitriol, hatred, loathing, venom, poison, nastiness, ill feeling, ill will and of course, bad blood.
As a writer these words inspire my imagination and give me more than enough fodder to start clacking away on my keyboard as I conjure up situations where these gloriously wicked words can be played out in my characters’ emotions. I can tease them and play with their minds and reactions to meet my writing ends. What better lexical playground to plot murder, revenge and ‘lip licking’ criminal plots.
However, even though we all espouse sweetness and friendliness in our own lives, the words that describe these feeling are just plain insipid.
When you put them together it just makes a writer want to literally throw up. So sickeningly sweet are they. Look at this awful gooey list. Amiable, genial, congenial, cordial, warm, affectionate, demonstrative, convivial, companionable, sociable, gregarious, outgoing, comradely, neighbourly, hospitable, approachable, easy to get on with, accessible, communicative, open, unreserved, easygoing, good-natured, kindly, benign, amenable, agreeable, obliging, sympathetic, well-disposed, benevolent; informal chummy, buddy-buddy.
Oh give me bitterness any day and save the sweetness for dessert recipes.