plethora \ ˈple-thə-rə \ noun
: extreme excess
The word plethora has appeared in 92 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 15 in “How to Help Kids Open Up About Anything” by Shanicia Boswell:
Recently, I asked my daughter several times to put on her night clothes, and she became upset because she could hear the frustration in my voice after I asked her for the third time. She kept telling me she didn’t want to make me sad.
I sat down with her and explained the differences between anger, sadness and frustration. I gave her several scenarios and had her match each one with the correct emotion. For example, “If you lost your favorite stuffed animal and could not get it back, would it make you mad, sad or frustrated?” This quick exercise allowed her to identify exactly how she or others might feel versus describing one emotion to describe a plethora of feelings.