The word of the week is:



  1. recognize or treat (someone or something) as different
  2. recognize or point out a difference
  3. be an identifying characteristic or mark of
  4. manage to discern (something barely perceptible)
  5. make oneself worthy of respect by one’s behaviour or achievement

Here are several examples of “distinguish” from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

“…which marks the young lady of distinguished birth.”

“…from the drawing-room they could distinguish nothing in the lane.”

“…but with no further attempt to distinguish Elizabeth.”

“…and she had been distinguished by his sisters.”


Write for five minutes, using the word “distinguish” as fre­quently as you can. When you’re fin­ished, post your prac­tice in the com­ments section.


Pemberley is a very distinguished house. Photo by Pete Birkinshaw.

My Practice:

The passport application form lay open on the table, I was busy in the kitchen making tea and singing to myself. ‘Mr Bloxham’s Cherry Tea’ distinguished by being the favourite drink of the Beckhams and Princess Eugenie, I was in distinguished company indeed.

“Are there any distinguishable features?”

An insatiable love of life is evident in my smile, the scars on my body testify to a less exhorting time, before the new name developed a new persona, the tattoos on my back testament to the lack of discernment shown and then covered up by new allegiances in my long and sometimes distinguished career of writer and marker of civilisation, always undistinguishable from the next girl in a crowd.

I wonder if I could put “killer smile” as a distinguishing feature. Not a killer per se anymore, new country, new pen pushing job, but life, life explodes out of me in my smile like fireworks in a night sky.

I write:

“welts on back”

“cigar end shaped burns x 8 on both arms”

“large eagle tattoo covering most of back”

All that remains of my life as a double agent.

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let’s Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).