Let's imagine words like "friend" and "comrade" standing by the big picnic table and saying hello to everyone and that includes "amigo"and "chum" and "buddy," the last one having driven all the way from Topeka for the potato salad.
Here's the drill: Write a simple sentence: "Robert looked at the garage." Then start fooling around with your thesaurus. Try the verb first, probably: "peeked" or "scowled" or ogled." Already I'm more interested. Any of the choices is stronger/weirder than "looked." Now the noun: "silo" or "shed" or "arsenal." Okay, we're getting someplace; if Robert is ogling the arsenal I want to know more about Robert. And perhaps call the authorities.
If you're working with an existing story or poem, this is an almost surefire way to get a little fire started in your brain.
Try it. Let me know if it works. If I don't reply, don't get your feelings hurt. I'm busy writing embarrassingly bad prose.