High on Words

Disclaimer: Use of dictionary while reading this post is prohibited.

 

“Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system.” – Wikipedia.

(Even I wanna find this guy who updated the Wikipedia page for “Language”)

For me, language is a means of communication. There are different components in the framework of language – letters, words, phrases, sentences, paragraph etc.

You know we have 26 letters in English alphabet, just 26; and do you know how many words we have? 1,025,109.8 (don’t ask me how I arrived at this number – I Googled it, and I have no clue what is 0.8th of a word). And what do we get out of a fraction of 1,025,109 – MAGIC! Yeah, words can create magic.

Sorcery of words can cast a spell of awareness, creativity, emotion, idea, imagination and inspiration. They can give hope. With them, you can create a world of your own. Words are one of the most fascinating things I have ever encountered in my life. They come in different shape and size, just like women.  Words can have character and attitude; they are as alive as you and me. They demand love and respect from us. They can motivate or annihilate us, so we should choose our words wisely. Yet they are just a group of letters concatenated together that makes some sense (unlike women).

I feel that everyone should write once in a while as a hobby or habit. It’s one of the easiest modes of self-expression. Write whatever you want, whatever you feel; try to stay true to your emotions. This world needs storytellers.

I believe, a man is his character and attitude. Have you ever wondered how your ancestors were like, in terms of character or attitude? We have heard stories from our parents; but we will never know how our great-grandparents were like, what were their experiences, their feelings or emotions. Okay, what if you find an old scrapbook documented with their thoughts and experiences! Now that would be something, isn’t it? That’s the power of writing. I feel everybody should maintain a journal. You will be gone one day but your thoughts, memories or experiences will become eternal. The moments you lived won’t be with you in your grave, they will live forever in a different form for the next generations to read.

Words can change the world, they can touch the soul.

 

P.S:  This is why I write 😀

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154 thoughts on “High on Words

  1. Yes, words are powerful things. God spoke everything and BAM, there it all was. I think being made in His image, we have power in our words and should choose and use them wisely.

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  2. I love this! I simply must write, everything, everywhere. In fact I wrote an entire ms holed up in my bathroom sitting on the floor because I had to write and needed a quiet space….the words were falling out of my head and had to be captured!

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  3. JD, I love the way you describe words and their importance. Here is one of my favorite quotes on words.
    “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” Tom Stoppard
    Thank you so much for stopping by the Cow Pasture Chronicles and welcome to the fence jumpers! I look forward to reading your posts, as well as, reading your thoughts and comments. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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  4. Thank you for following my blog. And I agree with what you wrote in this post, I don’t think writing needs to be academic and perfect always, I’d like to see it as story-telling like you said, it is less stressful and writers can just freely express themselves. 🙂

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  5. Words are the most powerful thing in the world. Mixed with a heart-felt belief system, words create our reality. They come up from the heart and the soul, and spouting out of the mouth they birth our thoughts into the physical world. Our writing just tries to record the process!

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  6. Words used to scare me… Still do … As a dyslexic conquering them to express myself is a sheer delight… Words have an amazing power allow and incredible connection for the gifted beings of communication that we are…

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  7. If I didn’t appreciate words before, I certainly do now. Thankfully, I both respect and appreciate words because of their ability to promote change.

    We are so blessed to have the power of communication (words) in our skill set. We can be happy with them, or sad with them. Full or half full with them. Light or heavy with them.

    Then we went and discovered blogging This is a wonderful platform. We can make a difference here. Purposeful here.

    I will never squander this opportunity to be the change I seek in the world. It’s time, don’t you think?

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  8. Just a couple of thoughts… firstly, I believe that, in a sense, we do “know” our ancestors going all the way back to the beginning of time… well at least via nature / our DNA. Sharing their chromosomes, how can we not be at least a part of who they were? Additionally, had they not been nurtured correctly they might not have survived to pass on their DNA to us in the first place. And their ability to feel compassion was also handed down from generation to generation until it reached us. My second thought… we’ve oft heard that nothing ever “dies” on the Internet… so… I concur… whatever we say here (your words now) “will live forever in a different form for the next generations to read.” Excellent post! I’m so glad you chose to follow me… it’s unlikely I’d have ever found your webpage on my own. I welcome you to my small sector of the www.

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  9. Beautiful post….words are life…they are feelings waiting to be exchanged…..I write Diary regularly….I feel the days passed with the words describing them in the most gentle ways…..And yeah everyone should write….. Its nothing like you plan to claim a Royalty for every piece you write….or you just think …”This writing thing is not so good for me…I don’t excel in this field….😐😐😑😕😕bla bla…..Just go with the flow of life…..Write your feelings even in the most simple ways…..Happiness is guaranteed😄😄😄😄

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  10. Love this post! I am writing a book based on my mother’s experiences in Wales during the last year of the second world war ( she was 6 years old at the time). I am trying to get the whole emotional feeling from her, as opposed to reading lots of facts on the war. Will be following your blog with interest 🙂

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  11. This is really well said. After my mom did at 84, one of the most cherished things she left us was her journals. She kept them from when she was a young girl. Thoughts of growing up through The Great Depression and then on through all the decades until when her body was wasting away with dementia and her writing once a beautiful cursive was very difficult to decipher.
    Thank you for the follow of “My Sunday Blog”. Really appreciate your support! 🙂

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  12. I did not read the comments above so if I repeat something, that is why. Does a language with a small alphabet have fewer words, and a language with more letters than English have more words?
    I should probably restrict this question to languages using Latin letters. Having letters that represent words like in Chinese is a bit complicated. Then again, they probably win having the most letters. I should probably be asking the wiki language expert guy. What about the words that are spelled the same but depending upon inflection mean different things? Is it one word or twelve words? The Cherokee alphabet has 85 syllables for an alphabet. Would Shakespeare have deeper meanings written in Cherokee? Thanks for follow! I don’t understand it but thanks anyway. None of the answers to my questions will ever be found on my blog. Thank you.
    greg

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  13. The joy of writing can be contagious, no doubt about it. We’re alone with our thoughts, but our ability to write allows us an opportunity to accurately share our thoughts and emotions with others—even over the ages. Writing affords us time to think and meditate before we convey how we think and feel about a subject. Being able to take that time to pick and choose the correct word that can convey our emotions, is something not always possible when we vocalize. It is a chance to edit and provide just the right phrasing, thus making how we say something, and not necessarily what we say, the most important aspect of our speech. Your love of words is definitely not misplaced, JD. ‘o)

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      1. My pleasure, JD. Oh, and I should say thank you to you for throwing caution to the wind and choosing to follow me over in The Attic. The writing there is horrendous, but every once in a while I get off a real corker. Seriously though, thanks very much for the follow. I hope my site offers a little escape from the daily grind. Many thanks. ‘o)

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  14. Reblogged this on Stepping Toes and commented:
    In life we try to express ourselves with words and look for ways to communicate with each other. Talking with the body is one way but does not allow our ideas or opinions to go along worldly paths except by film or video and is not so handy. Therefore it is much easier to have words crossing over the worldwide web, trying to reach people. Languages may create borders, but they can be overcome by using an international business language, like Mandarin, Spanish or English. In our regions English is the easiest to adopt.

    With the 26 letters of the english alphabet we can try to be creative and make use of it, though we should not be afraid to create new words and to explore other’s their new words and thoughts.

    Only danger today with internet and all those blogs is that they are faster gone than any book or printed material. One day they appear worldwide, the next day they can be gone. Often they disappear even faster than the wind which brought them.

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  15. “Never underestimate the power of a decent vocabulary.” (One of my favorite quotes.) Although for me, decent does not exactly cut it. I find superb diction to be erotic (in a weird way, perhaps because I have sapiosexual tendencies), impressive, and worthy of respect. I automatically like someone more if they know how to write–and even better, if they can incorporate their superior vocabulary into their everyday speech.

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  16. Hehehe I am in such an “I will do what I like!” mode, that for one second as I first read your post I thought “I should get out the dictionary right now! no one tells me what to do!” {{{giggle}}} but that I am also in the “Oh such a lovely quiet day to relax in…” that of course I was only kidding. Thank you for writing things to make me react in such a happy way. 🙂

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  17. Awesome post! I did not use a dictionary as you suggested, but I need some clarity on what “concatenated” means?! I’m assuming its something similar to “joining” words together … Writing as a hobby is something I can’t even do these days. Life is killing my will to do anything besides surviving.

    Thanks for posting xoxo

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    1. Thanks a lot! You got concatenated right – joining letters 🙂 I hope this post will make you start writing again. Let’s start living rather than surviving 😀

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  18. I’m so glad you stopped by one of my blogs. It enabled me to find this post. Yes, words are magical. Yet I believe words only have the power we give them. Ask most women who can think for themselves. At some point in their lives, the are likely to have been called a bitch. What is this word that it has such power? As a writer and as a poet, along with some other intelligent poet’s, who are also women, we saw the word as an acronym B.I.T.C.H. because if you are Brave, Intelligent, Tough… plug in words that apply to you, at some point in your life you have been called a Bitch. We had a weekly poetry reading called B.I.T.C.H. Night!. The men were welcome to join us, but none of their usual misogynistic fulmination.
    Yes, you are correct. Women do come in all shapes and sizes as do men. In both genders, some will measure up, and some will not. Could it be a case of measurement. Perhaps the methods we use to judge each other could use some work? Often people are judged by appearance. Do you only read a book for its cover? If so, you may find yourself deceived.

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    1. Woah, you sound offended. I’m really sorry if the post has hurt your feelings in any way. I think you got me all wrong.
      The analogy was used just to trigger some humor. I write things for fun, please don’t take me or my website seriously 😀

      You are a B.I.T.C.H – beautiful, inspirational, to be known, caring and honest

      P.S – I am neither misogynist nor gay. I just love women 😛

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    2. J.D.
      Please forgive me. No, I was not offended at all. Even Donald Trump can’t offend me but then Mental Health issues will always be with us…
      Actually, it does me good to have something to rant about from time-to-time. I do apologise if I gave the wrong impression.
      We came up with B.=brave, I.=intelligent, T.=tough, C.=creative, H.= horney… but each was totally free to apply it to what best suited them. We have a sense of humour as well. Alas, mine is a bit ‘different’.
      I’m not saying you were a misogynist, that did apply to many of the men in a poetry community in which I use to be. That was why we started B.I.T.C.H. Night. It was to give the women a forum that they were denied elsewhere.
      – Léa

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      1. Alas, it is no longer my community. I left America over eight and a half years ago. France is my home and I adore it. 🙂
        Does this mean I am forgiven? Léa

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      2. Yes it is awesome! If that is what you want, I have no doubt that you will get here. If you are heading to Paris, it is great, amazing and so much more. However, I must tell you there is much more to La belle France. My mission is to explore it and blog it… 😉
        What part of this planet has the honour of your presence? Lea

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      3. That would be very difficult to do. She is going along with some friends and she lives in Australia while I am in the south of France on the Mediterranean. 🙂

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  19. I think you have a lot of fun with life. Yet there is depth and warmth and nostalgic longing in your writing. That’s what makes it interesting! You are making your mark with your blog! BTW, thanks for visiting and following my blog.

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  20. I couldn’t agree more! Words are magic. Without words, we would never be able to communicate, even at a basic level. Words are not only printed pattern on a page, they are the medium of emotions that we experience on a daily basis. Words and emotions,in fact, go hand in hand. Truly beautiful article!

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  21. Loved this 🙂 you definitely have a way with words that makes them seem ethereal! Is it weird that I kind of want to find out how .8th of a word is even possible??

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