CTS Entry: Triangular

Natural:
Shark's teeth
Mountain formations
Bird beaks
Funnel cloud
Nose
Moth wings/butterfly wings
Wild mushroom caps
Tree fungus
Shark fin/dorsal fin
Spruce Tree
Lizard/snake head
Some leaves/petals
Ears (fox, wolf, dog, cat, etc)
Migrating ducks in flight
Snout
Thorns

Man-made:

Candy corn
Yield signs
The pyramids
Martini glasses
Slices of pie, cake, pizza, etc.
Bikini bottom
Folded napkin
Pennants
Pool ball rack
Arrowhead
Key stone
Pup tent
A-frame house
Diamond cut
Triangle (musical instrument)
Ice cream cone
Cowboy kerchief
Coat hanger
Door stopper
Sandal heel
Doritos
Sawhorse
Rewind, play & fast forward symbols
Straw broom
Road hazard cone
Capital A
Top of milk cartons
Toblerone chocolate bar
Church steeples
Paper airplane
Basic kite
Sail boat
Tea sandwiches

Synonyms: Wedge, pennant, quoin, beaked

Describing a shape is best done in as few words as possible. Think of the shape as a camera snap shot--you want to capture the gist of what you mean as soon as possible so you can get on with other related (and more important) detail, and the action happening in the scene

A weak example:

The sun blocked out as Fat Joe bumbled up, holding a hot dog in each hand, a nasty red burn branding his chest. Oh if only the mob boss could see him here at the beach, his tiny wedge of a Speedo hiding beneath his sprawling gut like a piece of candy corn. "Hey Tony, extra onions, just like you asked," he says, waving one of the foil-wrapped dogs at me.

What's wrong with this example?

Candy corn doesn't scream mobster--it screams pedophile.

A strong example:

The sun blocked out as Fat Joe bumbled up, holding a hot dog in each hand, a nasty red burn branding his chest. Oh if only the mob boss could see him here at the beach, with his wedge of a Speedo hiding beneath a sprawling gut like a slice of old pizza trapped under a sofa cushion. "Hey Tony, extra onions, just like you asked," he says, waving one of the foil wrapped dogs at me.

Why does this work?

Old pizza is a much better comparison, both in content, the size and the image it brings about.


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4 comments:

Danyelle said...

Wonderful examples, as always. I think it's time to take a nap when I read "migrating snout". >.<

PJ Hoover said...

Makes me want pizza! (Which I did buy this morning at the grocery for tonight).

Angela said...

Your yes and no examples are better than the 'worst dressed' and 'best dressed' pages!

Next time someone tells me I'm weird becasue I don't like candy corn, I'm going to quote that line from you blog (just to confuse them)!

Angela said...

LOL, Danyelle! Thanks PJ.

Angela, I find candy corn too sweet or something. Or too buttery. I don't know what it is. I can each a small amount of it, but that's it.

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