I do, I do! I’m building my blog – remember?
Obviously, Scrabble and crossword enthusiasts are always on the prowl for words but did you ever consider that pets need them too. I just walked our old dog, Oscar, the three blocks down to our rocky beach for his therapeutic dip in the ocean. If I wasn’t able to say, “come” and he didn’t know the word, he may still be snoozing outside the front door. He would never be able to show his stuff off if it weren’t for the verbal commands, “sit, down, roll over and jump” which are his equivalent of, “open sesame” when it comes to comestible rewards.
But people …. words make our world go around. Wars, cultural upheaval, murders, marriages, the list of a moments where a few words made the difference is endless. There are trigger words that pack a punch like: “I do”; “Solidarity”; “Never surrender”; “fear not”; “out damn spot” and “make my day.”
Although other forms of communication are effective (a hug, a frown) there is nothing like a mutually understood phrase or word. “No,” was my personal favourite when actively parenting. Lately, my adult kids’ has become, “really?” when I can pin them down for a conversation; as in, “I can’t throw those out because you never know when you will need 4 garbage bags full of rags.” And I’ve noticed that my 83 year old Dad has found a special multi-purpose response to any situation in the word, “whatever”. Shameful really when English has more words than any other language.
Some words just sound really nice. My daughter had a friend who was going to give her kids names like “Umbilicus” and ” Chiffon” because they rolled off the tongue so nicely.
Tablets, scrolls, vellum tomes, chapbooks, encyclopedic volumes, newspapers, first editions, pulp fiction – bizillions of recorded words gathered from the past are available for humankind to ponder. No wonder that many of us feel the need to leave our two bits as a sort of autograph in earth’s yearbook. “Roses are red, Violets are blue, I better jot this down before I’m through.” Leaving your, “I was here” graffito couldn’t be easier now that we have the world at our keyboards and so many of us are penning a few chapters for posterity or maybe as aide-memoire. I’m in the process of trying to upload my own into the ether. (More on that later.)
Churning out words can be therapeutic, educational, remunerable, edifying – once again the list goes on. How wonderful that there are so many of them to play with… words, birds, nerds, Kurds, herds … Stop!