winning, winsome

winning, winsome

A winsome person is charming and pleasant, maybe even a bit lighthearted. We’re more likely to speak about a winsome woman, especially if the woman is capturing the heart of a man.

Winning often describes one aspect of a person: a winning manner, or a winning smile.

A team can be a winning one, but only if it is winning games. You would describe the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, which brought home 12 medals from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as a winning team. You would also describe the five gymnasts — Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, and Madison Kocian — as especially winsome

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The Writer's Stylebook is a unique collaboration between two former journalists -- my father, Lawrence, and me. Mr. Fellows, an impassioned wordsmith and journalist of long standing, created the original Stylebook, which he distributed to Connecticut newspapers and worked on for over a decade until his death 16 years ago. In 2003, the Connecticut Press Club published "Wordwatch: A Writer's Guide to Linguistic Distinctions," a compendium of nearly 300 of my father's word features. Unfortunately, that book is out of print and my father's features have been languishing in the attic of our family home in Westport -- until now. With the blessing of my mother, Ruth, I'm reviving the Stylebook and putting it online in the hope that it will find new readers. I think there's a need for a lively, illustrated guide to words and word usages that isn't wordy -- especially in today's fast-paced world!

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