The Richness of the English Language: What does it Mean to You as a Writer? Use it to Good Effect. A Challenge!

'Table'

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Snooker TableElegant Victorian TableTable of TariffsMathematical Table
Snooker Table
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Elegant Victorian Table
Elegant Victorian Table | Source
Table of Tariffs
Table of Tariffs | Source
Mathematical Table
Mathematical Table | Source

The Meaning of Words

Let’s take an English word at random. We’ll have ‘table’.

What was your immediate response when you read that word? Did you think, ‘oak table’, ‘coffee table’, ‘mathematical table’, ‘water table’, ‘Round Table’, ‘table of results’, ‘table a motion’.... or something else?

It will depend upon your surroundings, your job, your likes or dislikes, your interests, your background, your family home and many more factors. One word alone can trigger a myriad of thoughts, memories and possibilities. One word can mean different things to different people.

Love, Vacation & Gloom

How do you describe the love of a mother for her child?
How do you describe the love of a mother for her child? | Source
Deep in the forest is our holiday in a flowing mirror.
Deep in the forest is our holiday in a flowing mirror. | Source
Sorrowful pain and broken hearts hang in the air.
Sorrowful pain and broken hearts hang in the air. | Source

Nuances

English has a concoction of words with similar meanings. For example look at the choice for expressing affection:

  • like, love, adore, be fond of, worship, take to, have a regard for, cherish, admire, have a place in one’s heart, hold a candle for, fancy, take a shine to.... and more.

Consider these ways to say ‘holiday’:

  • sojourn, trip, vacation, tour, visit, break, leave,

to express sadness:

  • forlorn, sorry, sorrowful, bereaved, doleful, distressed, low, glum, down, down in the dumps, morose...

Each word offers a slightly different sense of the word so that you can be more precise in your meaning.


How do you Convey Precise Meaning?

How, then, can we translate from one language to another with accuracy? How can we be sure that someone else understands our meaning, our intentions, our integrity?

We have to choose our words carefully, when we speak and when we write. The English language gives us a huge gamut of vocabulary. Its richness is unparalleled. All the more reason why we need to understand what we’re dealing with.

Do you think carefully when you talk to someone? Do you watch others’ reactions when you make a joke, offer them help, pay them a compliment? Do you respond to their reactions by modifying your language, explaining further, adding smiles or compassion in your expression?

Do you choose carefully when you write? Do you use more unusual, out of the way phraseology? Imagine the response in body language that your words might have. Does your work have impact and deliver the message you wish to convey?


The Depth of Language

How many words can you find for this pool?  Wide, refreshing, inviting, cool, bubbly....
How many words can you find for this pool? Wide, refreshing, inviting, cool, bubbly.... | Source
A deep lake means boating, treading water, swimming, falling in, a water-picnic?
A deep lake means boating, treading water, swimming, falling in, a water-picnic? | Source
A vast ocean of interpretation; will it yield support, fish, exploration, new lands, danger....?
A vast ocean of interpretation; will it yield support, fish, exploration, new lands, danger....? | Source

A Way with Words

Language is spoken. Language is written. Language is supported, sometimes contradicted, by how we use gestures and expressions.

How wide is that pool of words? How deep is that lake of meaning? How vast is that ocean of interpretation? We have a choice that is wondrous, infinitesimal, overwhelming.

So what do we do with that? We explore it. We experiment with it. We play with it. We manipulate, we rhyme, we versify.

Some abuse it, mutate it, bastardise it. Some find fun in reworking the worst of it, not only abusing the language but abusing people with that language. Some use a mix to suit themselves, their means to an end.

What should we do with it? If we have the ability, we should use our words for good, in whatever sphere we are able.


Geordie

My favourite dialect (my grandfather’s) is Geordie - from Tyneside, Newcastle, North England. Here is a sample (source http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/case-studies/geordie/lexis/).

alang along

aye yes; waye aye - well, yes

bairn child

champion great, lovely It’s champion, man. - It’s great

man person being addressed

gan to go; I’m gannin to ower nan’s. - I’m going to our Gran’s.

granda grandfather

lass girl

mam mother

nae not; He had nae been to school.

netty outside toilet

A Personal Viewpoint

I am passionate about language, my language, others’ languages.

Mine is the one I know best, that I use to tell others how I feel, to say what I think, to help. I try to amuse, to stir emotions, to print ideas to page. I mould it, model it, speak out to scrape the nerves, rouse indignation, nudge the fibre of consciousness.

My language is the one of which I’m as proud as bold print. I love its versatility, its richness, its diversity. I love to listen to its dialects, its accents, its slang and, yes, its changes.

Without changes a language can’t evolve with the times, with its users. It’s like telling a dog he can’t learn new tricks. It’s like telling a supermarket not to change the layout of its shelves. We need new challenges, new territory, new routes to follow. We need new words to test and to work those buzzing grey cells.


Feel Uncomfortable with Changes?

Changes in our language can feel uncomfortable. They are messing with our tradition, they can threaten the very foundations of the way we speak, making us let go of words we love like old friends, words which have been by our side for years.

Think of changes as new friends. You can keep the old ones; they are reliable, comfortable, supportive. The new ones push the boundaries, give you somewhere to explore, something to experiment with. Who knows what you might find? Embrace them! Don’t feel threatened! Feel excited! Who says you can’t conjure up your own? You are a wordsmith. This is your craft. Use all the materials available to suit your style, to try new styles, to invent a style.


The Cloth of Your Words

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A Tapestry of Hidden GemsSilken Threads to Warm or CoolSecrets under the Tarpaulin
A Tapestry of Hidden Gems
A Tapestry of Hidden Gems | Source
Silken Threads to Warm or Cool
Silken Threads to Warm or Cool | Source
Secrets under the Tarpaulin
Secrets under the Tarpaulin | Source

Creating the Fabric

So you have the words. Now you need to fabricate the cloth your words will be wrapped in, lie upon, unfold from.

Will you weave a dense tapestry, where buried gems lie waiting to be teased out, where warmth will soothe or weight will drag the spirits? Will you make a web of silk to cover traps, to cloak dark characters or to soften the edges of faces or ease woes? Will you create a hard tarpaulin under which we can peek from each corner wondering what might jump out at us or what gruesome details hide just under its surface?

You’ve chosen your words and you’ve dressed them; you have your image to place before the world. If you have something fresh, presented in a well-crafted style, whether to startle, to amuse or to make hearts ache, then you have a good chance of success.


What Stories do Your Words Tell?

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Can you sculpture this story?Can you paint this picture with words?A most unusual lighthouse - why?
Can you sculpture this story?
Can you sculpture this story? | Source
Can you paint this picture with words?
Can you paint this picture with words? | Source
A most unusual lighthouse - why?
A most unusual lighthouse - why? | Source

Learn your Language, Understand the Flow

You have endless combinations with which to construct your sentences, your paragraphs, your articles, your short stories, your books, your fiction, your facts, your communications, to share with all those others who have the same word pool as you.

Learn that language, learn about its foundations, its idiosyncrasies and its nuances. Learn how to craft it into a sculpture, a painting, a photograph of life as you see it. Learn how your skill can grow, how you can reach out, how you can make a difference. Above all, learn that your language is a gift to you, a parcel to pass on, down the generations, in messages, archives, letters, poems, advice.

Your language flows from your lips and is gone unless you record it. It flows from your fingers and it remains for as long as the paper allows, for as long as your computer stores it, for as long as someone keeps your letters in a drawer, for as long as it takes another to find them, for as long as people treasure your memory, your legacy, your skill, your humour, your mind and your life.


Power, Purpose & Passion

Words have power. Words have purpose. Words last for ever.

Use them carefully! Use them wisely! Use them with passion!


Challenge - Write a Story! (Follow the words below the picture)

This is a photo.  This is a painting.  I challenge you to make a story from this.   Paint a story.  Capture the photo in your words.
This is a photo. This is a painting. I challenge you to make a story from this. Paint a story. Capture the photo in your words. | Source

Permission & Links to Responses

For the purposes of this challenge only, hubbers have my permission to use this photo - with the appropriate attribution please.

Please send me your link if you contribute to this challenge - I don't want to miss any which might slip through the net!


Responses to the challenge:

http://dzymslizzy.hubpages.com/hub/Poem-The-Twilight-Man

http://cam8510.hubpages.com/hub/Mandy-Remembers

http://jodah.hubpages.com/hub/Tears-Across-the-Waves

http://tillsontitan.hubpages.com/hub/Alone-Again-Answer-to-Annarts-Challenge

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/The-Story-of-Mercy-Anns-Challenge

http://alwaysexploring.hubpages.com/hub/Flash-fiction-The-day-shadows-turned-to-blackness

http://thestagesofme.hubpages.com/hub/Little-Rebecca-at-Gods-Precious-Well

http://romeosquill.hubpages.com/hub/-Annarts-Challenge

http://tobusiness.hubpages.com/hub/On-Burnham-Beach-With-The-Tide-She-Comes

http://harishprasad.hubpages.com/hub/I-Want-To-Embrace-You

http://suzettenaples.hubpages.com/hub/Miles-Across-the-Water

http://ghaelach.hubpages.com/hub/Surviving-against-the-Storm

http://theexaminer-1.hubpages.com/hub/sailor

http://manatita44.hubpages.com/hub/Love-is-Real-I-do-Declare

http://jogoldsmith11.hubpages.com/hub/The-Lake-of-Hope-annarts-writing-challenge

http://brakel2.hubpages.com/hub/Annarts-Writing-Challenge-Wagon-Wheel

http://anemixflarie.hubpages.com/hub/Forlorn-Memor...


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How do you Approach Language?

Which of the following is the most exciting for you?

  • Finding new words
  • Experimenting with words
  • Trying new styles or genres
  • Hoaning your skills, including grammar
  • Creating a picture with words
  • Reaching a wide audience of readers
  • Everything about writing - please leave a comment to be more precise!
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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

sujaya venkatesh: Thank you for reading and commenting.


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sujaya venkatesh 15 months ago

so enterprising a language


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

You're welcome, Jackie, and thank you for your kind comments.

It would be an honour for me if you took up the challenge; be sure to give me a link so that I can add it to the list here. Looking forward to reading that.

Ann


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

Wow; a great challenge. I will come back to read it again and see what ideas hit me. Regardless I will be interested to read others response and how they take it. This is such an added way to have fun here...thanks for being so much fun!


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

sujaya venkatesh: Thanks again!


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sujaya venkatesh 15 months ago

an enviable forum HUB is shall i say


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

sujaya venkatesh: thank you for reading and commenting.

Ann


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sujaya venkatesh 15 months ago

so many ways to express in just a single language


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annart 15 months ago from SW England Author

anemixflarie: Thanks for commenting and I'm so pleased you've taken up the challenge. Thanks for the link; off to read it now.

Ann


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anemixflarie 15 months ago

Ann here is the link to the challenge! :) hope you enjoy! blessings

http://hubpages.com/literature/Forlorn-Memory...


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anemixflarie 15 months ago

Anna, I believe English is a very rich, romantic even, language, thank you for sharing this knowledge, when I write I find myself playing with words until I find the one that fits just right. :)


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annart 19 months ago from SW England Author

vocalcoach: Wow! What a compliment; thank you so much.

That would certainly be fun!

You have a word I do not recognise - 'Mahalo' - what does that mean?

Thanks for the votes. Your visit is much appreciated.

Ann


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vocalcoach 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I 'd like to hang out with you for awhile Ann. Like a sponge, I would inhale the richness of the English language as you speak. Oh, how I would sprout new blossoms and grow. Like a wondrous symphony my words would form musical patterns to touch the human soul. Ah, yes - I'd like to hang out with you for a time.

This deserves "HOTD" and I voted up and across (not funny) and will share as well. Mahalo for this motivating, exciting hub.

Audrey


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annart 19 months ago from SW England Author

Oh yes, Audrey, I suppose it is! Words matter in whatever form we choose to use them. Thank you so much for reading and leaving your comment.

Ann


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AudreyHowitt 19 months ago from California

This seemed appropriate for Poetry Month!!


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annart 22 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Benny. Glad you liked it.

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Benny01 22 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Lovely ideas!


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annart 22 months ago from SW England Author

You're welcome, Linda, and I'm delighted you're going to have a go.

Ann


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liesl5858 22 months ago from United Kingdom

You have always helped me Ann when I started here on Hubpages. And thank you so much. I remember you are the first one to comment on my first hub about the Winter. I don't forget Ann. I will have a try on your challenge and see where it takes me. Thank you once more Ann for your lovely comment.


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annart 22 months ago from SW England Author

Linda: I'd love to see you have a go at this challenge and I'm looking forward to reading it if you do.

Thanks for your lovely comment and input. Your visit is much appreciated; great to see you here.

Ann


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liesl5858 22 months ago from United Kingdom

Thank you Ann for this awesome, interesting and useful hub of yours. I love the English language and it was my favourite subject in class at school. I love the way it shows how we feel when we use it in our conversations and English connects people all over the world. Without the English language, I don't know how we communicate to each other. Love the photos as well and your painting. I am not sure if I can do your challenge but I will try to have a go. Thank you once again for your comments for my hub.


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annart 22 months ago from SW England Author

MDavisatTIERS: Thank you so much for your kind comments and for your interesting input. I understand why you would have used words and why you like them!

I hope you take the challenge. I look forward to reading it.

BTW, I have to look up 'drek'!

Thanks for visiting, reading and commenting.

Ann

PS Just looked up 'drek'; I would guess it has the same roots as 'dregs', also meaning rubbish.


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MDavisatTIERS 22 months ago from Georgia

Good afternoon, Ann; this is an excellent article on language. From your article: " Learn that language, learn about its foundations, its idiosyncrasies and its nuances. Learn how to craft it into a sculpture, a painting, a photograph of life as you see it."

I also value language. Learning to read at three meant that I was removed from my first grade class and forced to read, have lunch and outdoor activities with fourth graders. I was bullied on the playground. Since I couldn't physically compete, I used language as my weapon.

My favorite books were dictionaries and an old Thesaurus - I could call someone drek and know they didn't know what it meant, but at six, I did.

Look forward to reading more and maybe taking a challenge next week.


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annart 22 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Liza, for such a lovely comment.

I'm passionate about my language, in case you didn't notice! I love experimenting with it too and it has such a richness that this can be done ad infinitum.

I appreciate your visit and kind words. How about having a go at the challenge here? No pressure!

Ann


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lawdoctorlee 22 months ago from New York, NY

Ann, I love this hub; and, more importantly, I love the English language. Indeed, words are so important and should be used to convey the most precise meaning possible. I really began to understand this during my law school studies. I cringe at the thought of the way I used to communicate during my youth - a complete bastardization of the English language given that I was born and raised in New York. There is a confidence to be gained in becoming more articulate. I voted this hub up and interesting. Keep doing what you do. It's superb!


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Kevin: so glad you've done this and thanks for the link. I'm off to read it and I'll add your link to the list here.

Ann


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Ann,

Ipublished this just before I signed off last night and I did not remember to send you this first. Here is acceptance of your challenge. :-)

http://hubpages.com/literature/sailor


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Arachnea: Thank you for your kind comments and your interesting input. Accents and dialects are fascinating; we have so many in Britain and they're all wonderful!

Ann


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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

I love words and dialects. I really enjoy watching television shows with actors who use other English dialects than those common in the USA. I have a few favorites: the Boston 'Brahmin' dialect, the blue collar New York James Cagney accent, one of the southern dialects, for which I don't have a name, as well. I usually hear it with older wealthy crowd. Great hub.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Shyron, no rush! I'll look forward to your contribution whenever you can manage it. Apologies for the delay in responding - having internet problems!

Ann


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Oh...Dear Ann, I will accept your challenge, it may take time, I am behind with the good words project, as I promissed Jo Goldsmith, to write a poem for each week's good word.

I love our living language.

Blessings to you dear Ann.

See you soon.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, teaches. You've summarised my message precisely.

I appreciate your visit and kind comment; good to see you this morning.

Ann


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Language is such a complicated bit of fabric in our life. It covers us with great diversity. I love your thoughts on this topic and how you challenge writers to bring a new level of understanding to their articles.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

lambservant: I'm glad you enjoyed this and I look forward to reading your response to this challenge. Please drop me a link for it when you've published.

Yes, I first took a photo of my daughter, then painted from the photo, then took a photo of the painting in case it got lost! This is the photo of the painting.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

DreamingBoomer: Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you do take up the challenge; if you do, please let me know the link. It would be great to read a happy one too, not that any of the sadder ones are any the less excellent I hasten to add.

Thank you for taking the time to investigate this hub. I'm off to look at your site now.

Ann


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

All writers love words and language. I love to read something with a fresh, unique, creative use of words to weave a story , poetry or something else.

Did you paint the painting? I can't wait to get started on your challenge.


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DreamingBoomer 2 years ago from Jackson, MS

What a great idea to issue a writing challenge! I keep hearing about it on my feed and had to come check it out. I am surprised how many wrote about sadness. I do not necessarily see sadness in your painting. I may have to take you up on the challenge just to bring it some joy! Thanks for being so creative and artistic.... and for being willing to share your talents.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Harishprasad: Thanks for the link!


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

PS : Annart, here is lnk to the response to the challenge---A Blissful Embrace. http://hubpages.com/literature/I-Want-To-Embrace-Y...


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Harishprasad: Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm so glad you liked this and I'm pleased you're responding to the challenge. I'll read it later today, then put your link into this hub along with the others.

Enjoy your day!

Ann


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

I love English Language and this hub reinforces my love for it. Annart, I loved going through this hub and also responded to your challenge. English is my second language and so I strive hard to learn it in a proper way. Reading and writing is my passion and I love to experiment with words and in the process learn from my mistakes. I sincerely thank you for giving an opportunity to write in a different way.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

The Stages of ME: Thanks for your comment. I'm so glad you wrote a response to the challenge. I do appreciate it.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Hi Faith: thank you so much. I was hoping others would send me a link if they'd contributed and of course I should get notification of their new hubs anyway. Much appreciated.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Arachnea: Thanks for reading. No, it's not too late to write your own contribution to the challenge. In fact, the challenge is open for ever! I'll look forward to reading your story/poem.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, RQ, for your great comment! I hope you do take up the challenge. Can't wait to read your contribution.

I have a few of your latest hubs still to read; I'm catching up after being away.

Good to see you today.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Just seen your other comment so will read shortly and put link into my hub. Thanks!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Hello Phyllis. I totally agree with you about synonyms and colloquial language when apt. Thank you very much for your delightful comments.

I like 'messenger of the heart and soul' and I hope you take up the challenge. I'm looking forward to reading your contribution.

Ann


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

Love this point, words to live by Ann :)

Power, Purpose & Passion

Words have power. Words have purpose. Words last for ever.

Use them carefully! Use them wisely! Use them with passion!

Thank you


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dear Ann, Jamie and Romeos both participated in your challenge. Their contributions are excellent! Just an FYI in case you are unaware. blessings


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Wow, Genna! That's some comment - thank you so much. I appreciate your response and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading all the responses to the challenge; I'm honoured and amazed at them all. Such a diversity of talent here and it's humbling that so many have contributed to my request.

I am passionate about my language and I'm glad it showed!

Thanks again. Have a great evening!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Availiasvision: I'm glad you've enjoyed the stories inspired by this image and I'm looking forward to reading your contribution. Thank you so much for contributing.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much, Jamie, for your charming compliment. I'm so pleased you found it educational as well.

I think my love for my daughter brought out more of the painter in me! I have to admit it's my favourite out of the few paintings I've done.

Thanks again, Jamie.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

You've hit it on the head, Walter! I too worry about the communication aspect of language and nuance.

Thank you for contributing so well to this hub and for your perspective on the subject. Love the 'apple' example.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, suzette, for your kind comments.

Yes, English has so many nuances and our thesaurus is extremely useful for all writers. I hope you have a go at the challenge!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Kevin, for your contribution and kind words, as well as for the votes.

Your progression through the language experience is so interesting and you obviously have a way with words. I'm looking forward to reading your contribution to this.

Thanks for answering comprehensively!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much, Nadine, for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

I think you put words together very well, having read some of your hubs. Good to see you today.

Ann


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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

I hope it's not too late to give this a try. Great idea. You know. It would be a great challenge to have a group of hubbers band together and each week or so one chooses the topic for the challenge.


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

A great educational Ann about the richness and complexity of this evolving and diverse language and a splendid painting you've created as well.

I'll pick up the velvet gauntlet and see if I can cobble something together to do justice to your wonderful and enigmatic painting :)

All the Best;

R.Q.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Well, Ann, I did write a hub when inspired by your lovely painting. Thank you for this challenge. Title of my hub is:

Unspoken Last Wish - Response to Hub Challenge from annart


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

PS: I am thinking about your lovely painting and may take on the challenge. Thanks.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ann, this is a fantastic hub that has really made me think and recognize a part of myself. I voted "all things about writing" because I often search for synonyms rather than using the most common word or phrase. In creative fiction stories, I love to use colloquial language for characters I have placed in a certain locale. Language is beautiful - it is the messenger of the heart and soul. I enjoyed reading this hub of yours.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

You have given voice to the very reasons I fell in love with words at an early age; this passion and fascination with language has never diminished. Helen Keller once said that when she learned to how to spell a word with her hands; what she actually discovered was not the word, but language. “When I learned the meaning of 'I' and 'me' and found that I was something, I began to think. Then consciousness first existed for me"

“Your language flows from your lips and is gone unless you record it. It flows from your fingers and it remains for as long as the paper allows, for as long as your computer stores it, for as long as someone keeps your letters in a drawer, for as long as it takes for another to find them, for as long as people treasure your memory, your legacy, your skill, your humour, your mind and your life.” Beautiful!

This is one of the best hubs I’ve ever read. I want to thank for creating this challenge, Ann. I’ve spent the evening reading all of the talented and diverse contributions. It’s been an evening I will treasure.


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Availiasvision 2 years ago from California

I've been enjoying reading the short stories that have been produced from your challenge. I'm working on one myself and hope there isn't a time limit. I'll have it posted by the end of the weekend.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

What a great hub! Not only do you offer great insight but you educate. The challenge was great too. P.S. I love you painting. Well done! Jamie


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WalterPoon 2 years ago from Malaysia

QUOTE: "One word alone can trigger a myriad of thoughts, memories and possibilities. One word can mean different things to different people."

Well said! That's also the most common cause of many a misunderstanding. I used to think that words can describe anything, but not anymore. What is the taste of apple? Apple taste? And remember that different apples have different taste also.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

What an interesting article and very thought-provoking. I love words also and the English language is full of beautiful ones and not do beautiful ones. Someone recently said to me that English is the only language with a thesaurus . English is the only language that offers synonyms with such nuances and shades of meaning. I love the photo/painting and your writing challenge.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

That was very interesting Ann and I will be writing the challenge, I am currently working on other Hubs though. I voted "Everything about writing" in the poll and you wrote to be more precise in comments. Well, I will try.

I was drawn into writing learning about the fonts and printing area. Then I studied calligraphy. After that I started learning etymology and spelling. Next I began putting it all together into writing things at home, when friends/family read them they said that I should try elsewhere.

I was still in school at the time so I wrote papers there - slowly I am expanding and becoming interested in different genres, etc.

I voted this up, shared and pinned it.

Kevin


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Wow what a good read. I wish I had your vocabulary of words. English being my second language, I still feel in awe of others who can artfully put a sentence together.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

manatita: Thank you so much. I love your paradox!

All the responses so far are wonderful. I'm so pleased that people are rising to the challenge.

I truly appreciate your support, it's good to see you here this evening.

Ann


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Extremely well-written and deserving of the language that you represent. The Seers all say that Truth is best experienced in Silence, and yet they all say that words are necessary. What a glorious paradox! What beauty! How exquisite! Higher blessings, my wonderful and loving sister. My gratitude for this remarkable Hub.

P.S. I loved Mary's and Bill's. The two challenge's that I've read so far.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

MizBejabbers: Thank you so much for your interesting comment. That's an area of language that has to be precise as it's so open to interpretation. Either that or it has to give as much leeway as possible so that interpretations can be subjective! One has to be clever to make one's way through all the jargon I think. It'll be interesting to see how those new ones fare.

Good to see you here this afternoon.

Ann


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Ann, I read this when you first published it, but then I didn't have time to comment because I had to get back to work correcting the English language. I had to laugh at myself in some of your questions and statements. That's because I work for a government agency that has been called "anal retentive" about language, but we have to be anal in legal language. I'm sure you understand that when people's lives depend on the language we have to be definitive and can't follow trends. However, we've recently had some new people come to work who have had transformational grammar and are changing our legal language in such a way that I am anxious to see if it will hold up in court. It will be interesting.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

AngeShearer: Thank you, I'm glad the picture inspired you. Looking forward to reading.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Hello again, Faith. Yes, I find it really exciting to have generated such a response. I feel privileged that hubbers have responded in this way. Thanks for coming back to see how it's going. I appreciate your support a great deal.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Jo: that's good, all in your own time. Looking forward to reading it.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Chris: As far as I know that's it for the moment but a few others have said they'd have a go. I'm assuming any others would let me know when they've published. If you see any more please let me know!

Ann


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AngeShearer 2 years ago from Whangarei, Northland

Hi Ann wow now I do love a challenge. ...challenge accepted "A Girls Dream" loved the pic inspiration flowed....thank you


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Ann,

Came back to see who has joined in the challenge. Wow, looks like I need to start reading and catching up here. How wonderful that there are so many joining in the challenge.

Blessings


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ann, as you know, I love these challenges, but at the moment I'm working the night shift, so the brain doesn't work so well during the daylight hours. However, after I get my next hub out, I may just give it a go. You're absolutely right about moving away from the comfort zone.


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Ann, Has anyone other than DzyMsLizzy, Jodah and Tillsontitan written for your challenge? I just want to be sure I've read everything that's been written.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Great, bill! I was hoping you'd have a go but didn't want to push!

I'm looking forward to reading it so hope you have time today. No pressure! :)

Ann


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I had to come back and read the challenge again...I might try to do this today if I can find the time. :)


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Jo, for your lovely comment and compliment. There are 3 responses so far, linked at the end of the hub. Any chance you might have a go?!

It's so exciting for me to spur others on to further writing, maybe a little out of their comfort zone.

Thanks again for your visit.

Ann


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ann, your passion for the written words is shining like a beacon. You are inspirational as you blaze your trail through this complex but wonderful form of art we call the English language.

I saw Jodah's response to your challenge a few minutes ago, and decided to stop by to see what it was all about, I'm so glad I did.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Hi John! Thanks for the notification. I've just read it in fact and it's wonderful. I appreciate you making the effort to take up this challenge. Your writing is inspiring.

Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Ann, I completed my story on your painting. Here is the link:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Tears-Across-the-Wa...


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you very much, John, for your kind comment and the vote. Yes Cam's is great, others' too.

Looking forward to reading yours.

Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful hub Ann. Great message and advice. love the painting....we'll see if I can come up with a story. Just read Cam's and it is brilliant. Voted up


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

fpherj48: Thank you so much for such a great comment, the votes and sharing. Yes, words are what we 'do'. Geordie is indeed intriguing; spoken by a true local it's quite difficult to understand but it's so musical I could listen to it all day! My grandfather was a Geordie so I guess I'm biased.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

MsDora: I'm a bit of a purist and I don't like too much change but words can be so exciting and you're right that many changes in life just need to be embraced. Resisting is much more stressful!

Thanks for visiting and for your valued input.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

tillsontitan: Thank you for your wonderful comment and for the votes. I'm so glad you like this and I'm looking forward to reading your response to the challenge. It's so exciting that my fellow hubbers are participating!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Iris, for your lovely comment. I'm glad you liked this and I hope it inspires enough for you to take up the challenge!

Ann


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

annart.....Thoroughly enjoyed this and learned so much about Geordie, an intriguing dialect. I love all the wonderful, new, different and challenging ways we can use our language....."Words"....of course a writer's favorite thing of all!....Great hub, annart. Up+++pinned, tweeted & googled


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I appreciate the message in your article. I relate to the discomfort of changes in our traditional language, but I'm getting over it. Life is a continual change, and we enjoy it better when we embrace it. Thank you.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I think Bill said it best, "brilliant". It was a joy to read and you are certainly a wordsmith as well as an expert painter!

My introduction to you and this marvelous hub comes from Cam asking me to take your challenge. I am honored to try and do so.

Voted all but funny.


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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

annart, you are truly artful in word and image. Both inspire.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Shyron! As long as we speak we'll have a 'living' language; people change constantly and therefore the language with them - it's so exciting! Lovely to see you this morning.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

lizabethjcarter: Thank you very much for reading and commenting. Yes, we have such a rich language that it would be a shame not to use it to its full! Good to see you.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much, Faith. So good to see you here again. I'm glad you like this and I appreciate your votes.

I hope to see your response to this soon. It's exciting for me to see the effect of a challenge.

All the best to you.

Ann


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Great hub Ann, words are wonderful. you can do most anything with words. I love the living language, words today may mean something different tomorrow.


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lizabethjcarter 2 years ago from Oklahoma City

I love to paint with words, so I enjoyed this article immensely. I don't think that many people consider the depth, richness, and color of the English language.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Superb hub, dear Ann. Thank you for always inspiring us to write to the standard of excellence and beyond! Wow, I truly love your painting inspired from your photo. Your painting is beautiful and it does have me intrigued to write something, especially being I have not published in a bit. In addition, I did not get to participate in dear Frank's last challenge. You are certainly multi-talented. Words are certainly powerful.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings always.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

DzyMsLizzy: Wow! That was quick. Off to have a look right now....


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

DzyMsLizzy: Thanks for that; I'm off to look it up!

Just found it - I love rounds and that one's great. Thanks again!

Ann


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

I searched You Tube for that song, and found this version, which is as we learned it when my kids were in Scouts:

http://youtu.be/sMAxP-95yn4

(There were numerous other versions there, as well, with an added second verse with which I was unfamiliar.)


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Frank, for the lovely compliment. Hope you're going to take up the challenge!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

You're not slow, cam. I didn't make it that clear. Thanks for the compliment; I painted it because I loved the evening light on the sea.

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Ann, you have a way with words, I adore the hub... LOL.. English can be complex too there are so many different ways of expressing yourself whether it be grammatically correct or not... good share


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Beautiful painting, by the way.


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Thanks Ann, I can be a bit slow sometimes, so thanks for the explanation and the patience. I'm on it.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

cam: To be totally specific, that image is a photo of a painting. The painting was done, by me, from a photo I took of my daughter on the beach close to where we lived when she was 8. When the painting was finished, I took the photo of it in case the painting got damaged. I still have both. Did you follow that?!!

The challenge is open ended and you can interpret that 'image' as you wish. I'm itching to read what you come up with.

Ann


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Ann, I'm definitely going to accept your challenge. Just a couple of clarifications. You wrote "This is a photo. This is a painting." Are we talking about just the one image? Also, do you have a deadline? Thanks for doing this. I love working with prompts.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

always exploring: Thank you for such a delightful compliment. I'm smiling from 'ere to there! I was lucky because I had some great teachers, both at school and at home. There's nothing you can't learn - read, read, read and your vocabulary will expand.

I enjoy reading your hubs too. I don't think it always matters if some of our words are not correct - only when they should be, if that makes sense! That's why I believe in making up some of our own - especially in poetry. So you keep having fun with your poetry and we'll have fun reading it.

Enjoy your week!

Ann


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I wish I had your vocabulary of words. I love reading your hubs, not only do you inspire, you teach. I think I enjoy finding new words the most, but sometimes I just like to write humorous poetry, using words for fun and they are not perfectably correct. Thank you Ann.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, cam, for your kind comment. From what I've read of your work lately, you're painting wonderful pictures with your words. We're right in the scene with you. I hope you're going to take up my challenge!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

DDE: thank you so much for your input. It's interesting to hear about language from your point of view. I've noticed good progress in your writing, so you're obviously making a great effort. It's not easy! However, there are many reference books you can use to check grammar, idiom and phraseology. Good to see you here today.

Ann


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I'm in the process of moving from telling stories to creating pictures in the minds of my readers. What a challenge. Thanks for this inspiring and informing article.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I like finding new words and enjoy learning languages. Also learning more about the English language is a worth wile attempt for me. Sometimes the English language still confuses me. I have learned the Croatian language and at times translation from the Croatian language to English can be misled.When speaking both languages it is not easy to focus on the English grammar that is why I feel I lack my English language through this process.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

DzyMsLizzy: What a great comment! Thank you. Your input is inspiring. I'm looking forward to reading your response to my challenge.

I love the Girl Scout song - never heard it before but it matches perfectly!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Flourish: Thank you for your wonderful comments. I too become annoyed and saddened when our language is 'dumbed down'. Changes and new vocabulary should be exciting, not diminished to feed a busy day where vibrant language is often cast aside.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, bill. I know exactly what you mean about playing with words. It's challenging but it's such fun too.

I don't think a writer ever reaches his/her best; it's something we have to keep honing and maybe we might get close to perfect one day. It's the trying that's exciting.

Have a wonderful week, bill!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much, carrie, for your lovely comments and your vote. The path least traveled is often the best! Hope you have a go. Good to see you this morning.

Ann


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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

Your love affair with words is amply demonstrated in your writing. English is an amazing language. I once read somewhere that it has way more words than other languages because it takes so many words from other languages. Also English uses tag-on words-- words like "up" for instance to change the meanings of other words, catch up, eat up , look up, get up, do-up, etc. l don't think other language do that. Voted up


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

"...as proud as bold print." What a great simile! Loved your article; you have hit that proverbial nail square on the head. I've been a reader since childhood; I've always liked playing with words, learning new words, painting pictures with words. My "story" to your picture challenge is likely to come out as a poem.

Language, particularly the English language, can be a slippery thing; there one moment, gone from your grasp the next; like the fish that got away, as you struggle to find the exact word or turn of phrase to suit the mood you aspire to create.

Your comment about changes in the language reminded me of the old Girl Scout round song: "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold."

Voted up +++, shared and pinned.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

It is obvious how enamored you are with language. I enjoyed both your photos and the variety of words you used that carried so many nuances. One of the things I disliked about business was the dumbing down of vocabulary. We expect speakers to water down their language rather than demand that listeners learn new words.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Once a teacher, Ann, always a teacher. I love the message here. It's nice to know I'm not alone in hoping (demanding) that writers seek a higher level of their craft.

I couldn't vote in the poll. I love everything about words. I love to play with them, experiment with their nuances, mix and match until I find the perfect combination that will knock the socks off my readers.

Obviously, you understand that.

Bravo and brilliant!

bill


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carrie Lee Night 2 years ago from Northeast United States

Voted awesome ! :) Your hub is inspiring, vibrant and useful ! I love to dabble in different styles to appeal to different taste. Maybe I'll find time to create a short story based on the painting you provided :) So many directions you could go with it....I usually go for the path less traveled :) Thank you so much!


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

chef-de-jour: Yes, you're right about each of us being unique and therefore creating an amazing variety of work! I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for your input. Hope you'll take up the story challenge!

Ann


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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Thank you, I enjoyed this article immensely. With English we have such a flexible, layered mish mash of a language - it just keeps on evolving. I'm staring at my OED as I write, such a thick tome and getting thicker every year!

I love the way we are all unique, each voice a one off, each piece of prose an expression of a thinking creative brain using language to explai away this big wide world.

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