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Thursday, 21 October 2010

How else can we say "Fast and Slow"?


1/2. Fast and rapid are often used interchangeably, though fast is more often applied to the person or thing in motion, and rapid, to the activity or movement involved: a fast runner; rapid strides.

3. Swift suggests smoothness and sureness of movement (a swift current), and fleet, lightness of movement (the cheetah is the fleetest of animals).

4. Speedy refers to velocity (a speedy train) or to promptness or hurry (a speedy resolution to the problem).

5. Quick most often applies to what takes little time or to what is prompt: a quick snack; your quick reaction.

6. Hasty implies hurried action (a hasty visit) and often a lack of care or thought (regretted the hasty decision).

7. Expeditious suggests rapid efficiency: sent the package by the most expeditious means. 

These adjectives refer to something marked by great speed.

1. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow (slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students").

2. boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome
(so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome").

3. dull, slow, sluggish
(of business - not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market")

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