PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

TOENAILS



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One trick to writing fresh emotional responses is to focus on different parts of the body. Think carefully about the character’s exact emotions in the scene and how the body might shift or move in response. Vividly describing the colors, shapes, or textures in the character's environment can also bring the scene to life for readers.
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COMMON ACTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE WORDS TO DENOTE THEM:
Toenails, unlike other parts of the body, don’t actively do anything. Their main function is to protect the toes from injury. People may use them to scratch at an itchy part on their leg, and women often showcase them in the warm months by painting them fashionably.

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
Because of the general feeling that feet are not overly attractive, they can be a source of embarassment and insecurity. As a result, many people take care to keep their toenails clean and healthy when they are visible to others. Painted toenails for women are a source of pride, good fashion sense, and femininity. Many will keep their nails painted all year long to make their feet appear more attractive.

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