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Being a Wordsmith
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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?