Friday, November 26, 2010

Where Words Get Their Power, at Novel Spaces

I'm posting over at Novel Spaces today on the topic of Where Words Get Their Power. I hope you'll drop by for a read.

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12 comments:

Deka Black said...

Where? In the use the people make of it.

Heff said...

Deka Black has a point.

Ron Scheer said...

I left some thoughts over at Novel Spaces. I've been thinking about this same topic in relation to teaching expository writing.

Rick said...

On my way there now, Charles.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks everyone. I appreciate your thoughts.

Cloudia said...

'Kay

jodi said...

Charles-it could have been the writing that healed the women or just the time to herself...

Oscar said...

I agree that certain words lose their power with over-use and it is difficult to replace them, if they can even be replaced.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks for all the comments.

ivan said...

`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'

`The question is,' said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.'

`The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master -- that's all.'

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. `They've a temper, some of them -- particularly verbs: they're the proudest -- adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs -- however, I can manage the whole lot of them! Impenetrability! That's what I say!'

`Would you tell me please,' said Alice, `what that means?'

`Now you talk like a reasonable child,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking very much pleased. `I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life.'

`That's a great deal to make one word mean,' Alice said in a thoughtful tone.

`When I make a word do a lot of work like that,' said Humpty Dumpty, `I always pay it extra.'

`Oh!' said Alice. She was too much puzzled to make any other remark.

`Ah, you should see 'em come round me of a Saturday night,' Humpty Dumpty went on, wagging his head gravely from side to side, `for to get their wages, you know.'

(Alice didn't venture to ask what he paid them with; and so you see I can't tell you.)

Gaston Studio said...

Great post over there Charles!

Charles Gramlich said...

Ivan, yes indeed. I guess Alice knew it. "Mimsy were the Borgoves,"

Gaston Jane, thanks for dropping by over there and commenting.