Words-love them, hate them, but do we truly understand them?

Just before reading this I read Samuel Johnson’s letter to a government official on why Johnson wanted to assemble a dictionary. Thanks Jo Ann for your excellent timing. Enjoyed.

Shhh! Can't you see I'm writing?


 Words are wonderful, but can also be terrible. They can be simple or complex, but they are not easy for most people to understand. We may love words, but picking the exact right one still plagues writers, poets.

Loving words, I know how lacking in variety and depth my personal vocabulary is most of the time. Occasionally, a word comes to me while writing and I am happy I made its acquaintance before and can put it to use. More often the discovery of actually understanding a word comes while reading. Still I am amazed when I have rightly guessed or actually known a less than popular word.

Words can be so confusing when they mean so many different variants of the same thought such as the word ‘intellectual.’ I always thought I understood that word perfectly but gave it some twists of my own which are not…

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5 thoughts on “Words-love them, hate them, but do we truly understand them?

  1. Carole Webber April 13, 2014 / 8:31 am

    A good reminder is to think before we speak or write. Words can have a lasting effect, can hurt others, inspire ,comfort. educate or make us laugh,
    What effect do we want our words to have ?

    • fictionfitz April 13, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      Laughter or to think.

  2. joannwentzel April 13, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Excellent reminder. Words are so powerful.

    • fictionfitz April 14, 2014 / 10:19 am

      We are so fortunate to write.

  3. joannwentzel April 13, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Robert thanks for re-posting

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