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Being a Wordsmith

Updated on June 26, 2011

Read read read for the best way to learn new words

Growing up with a father who was well read and full of humor, I was fortunate to be in a climate of verbology! I made up that word, but I mean to say my dad taught me to enjoy being a wordsmith. A wordsmith is someone who is a skilled crafter and user of words. Not one to use a word everyone uses, my dad fashioned puns and plays on words, made little reminder posts on his desk of words he especially enjoyed and spent many an hour reading books that assisted him in retaining his effusive love of the subject ad infinitium.

Watching my children grow into effective wordsmiths was a true pleasure and now that my son is involved in the Improvisation world, his words and timbre during performances would make his grandpa proud. My daughter blogs with great panache in her words of choice and effectively demonstrates her fondness for the subject too. There are none to many wordsmiths still in the world that enjoy the process as well as the production.

How can one become an effective user of words? First one has to learn them, by digesting as many books as possible and paying attention to the copious amounts of genre related words depending on subject matter. Then, it is incumbent on said reader to utilize the words and demonstrate the knowledge gleaned through the edification of said verbiage. Next, it would be wise not to become churlish when approached by those who believe their fluency in writing is superior to another. After all, one is the sum total of their experiences, education and ability to view life with humor.

Effective wordsmithery is harnessed by competent thought, ability to coin new words that effectively describe things commonly of interest in the zeitgeist. Editing is imperative in ones search for effective use in circumscribing and articulating wonderful words. We might as well be labeled a gadfly if our use of words intimidates, alienates or exacerbates another’s adroit senses. To freely pen words of value and interest gathered from tomes of medieval times would no doubt confuse the assiduous modern day reader into a tsunami-like maelstrom!

I admonish the reader interested in becoming a wordsmith to learn the value of good word usage and hope for a gentle lilting timbre of words to flow effusively from the fingertips to the keys of ones computer in grace, verisimilitude and style. For what could be better than a good word now and then?


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    • Aley Martin profile image

      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thanks so much for adding to the joy here! I just love being able to use words that have been forgotten! Will aim to find more in order to entertain!

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      lessermystery 6 years ago

      I was chuffed to find, when I anagramed my moniker, the first anagram was E's merry styles. My first name begins with an E. You would be chuffed to, wouldn't you? Anagram your fave words! You look at the words in a new way, and the words seem to look back at you!

      Great reads on your blog post there. I Especially appreciated what you said about the process AND the product. And churlish. Thanks for churlish. I haven't seen it in awhile. I'm going to run and look it up now.

      Stop by my blog sometime!

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      The Blagsmith 6 years ago from Britain

      The tips you give here Aley address a fundamental problem for those who want to become writers. How to write more fluently so that every paragraph does not feel like a different brick not belonging to the same wall.

      Please find your hub linked shortly on mine: Hub, Housework and Children Hopping; under 'the different brick...same wall'.

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      good idea! Thanks!

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      " verbvology" not bad. I think cultures eventually create what Adam Smith referred to as "noun adjectives," although "ology" in Greek means "Study of" about "verologyness," now that's a noun adjective!

      Great hub - I really enjoyed it


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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      lol...I always have to look it up to check the spelling!

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      OK, I am going to admit that I had to look up "verisimilitude".

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA wonder there are so many "Smiths" in the world, eh?

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      platinumOwl4 6 years ago

      I had heard of a Blacksmith a silversmith or a goldsmith but never a wordsmith. That cause me to stop at your hub and I found it very interesting.

      have a good one

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thanks! :)

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      Bill Russo 6 years ago from Cape Cod

      Being a teller of tales is important.

      I started my four kids off with Mrs. Goose and went on to introduce them to a wide range of authors from Ernest Kinoy to Ray Bradbury.

      To add fuel to their imagination I brought in a few reinforcements to the bedtime tales, courtesy of Mr. E.G. Marshall and Hy Brown: we began sharing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.

      My quartet. collectively or individually, has never written a story and perhaps never will, but they can speak fluently and with authority and because of their good grammar and proper speech, people always attribute to them a fine Boston Brahmin education.

      I told them of the most beautiful place in the universe, Lulungamena, and as they travelled the earth they always spoke of it with passion.

      Cutting to the quick: with good speaking as your 'resume', you can go anywhere and do anything. It is a key that will unlock any gate; admit you through any door, and into any club.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      My generosity with vocabulary is seen as somewhat eccentric and mystical here on HubPages,but I promise my use of wikipedia is common for enlightenment as well as offering.Use of a thesaurus fires up a few new brain cells as well.

      Your Verbology is always a highlight for me Aley.;)