By Lorry Myers
I don’t profess to be a wordsmith that has the ability to wow people because of my vocabulary. When I write, I try to avoid big words or confusing syllables because sometimes they are a distraction more than they are an addition. I am a simple writer who finds more power in the story than in the words that tell it. I offer sentences that others can relate to but still get my meaning across. It is not that I think readers need simple words.
Simple words are all I have. I admire those writers who connect words that make me see or feel or know something I never would have before. There are poets and novelists and authors who hold me captive with their choice of words and the way they string them together. These writers write in a way that makes me wish that I know what they know. But sadly, I do not.
When my children were little I tried to give them a “word of the day” to expand their vocabulary as well as my own in an effort to insure that each of us could speak and write and compete in the world around us. Often they would complain that the words I offered were ones that they would never use in everyday conversation.
But how could they know that?
Understanding complicated words doesn’t mean that you have to insert them into your speech every day of your every day life. When the time comes, and it will, you run into someone who is a rock star word master and you will be better equipped with the ability to understand a conversation when the words aren’t your own. When words are chosen correctly they can bring the world to life or to its knees. Words can create pictures and images and visuals that jump off the page and become a living thing.
Words are as powerful as a weapon. But there are those words that I avoid because they bring a picture into my head that I don’t want to be there. That, or they sound bad on my tongue and hang in the air like a dark cloud as soon as I say them out loud. Without ever knowing their meaning I still wouldn’t like these words:
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