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Astonishing Facts of The Power of Words, Vocabulary, and Writing Skills

Updated on February 11, 2018
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Venkat loves arts and literature and keeps reading books of all genre and developed an interest in writing literary and fictional articles.

The Enchanting Magic of Words

Words are beautiful, mesmerizing, amazing. Do you happen to feel, experience and think about them in this way? Aren't you caught dumbstruck with wonder on coming across some of those words? Didn't you pause for a moment and find yourself completely immersed in its bliss trying to understand its depth or pondering upon its coiling or usage? Don't you feel yourself in some magical world full of beautiful, awesome and enchanting words? There, definitely, will be such occasions in your life if you are fully receptive to them and are ready to capture those moments of enchantment.

Astonishing Power of Words

Astonishing, beautiful words
Astonishing, beautiful words | Source

A World Without Words

Can You Imagine a World Without Words?

Suppose there are no words, no vocabulary to express your feelings and wants.

Think for a while you are banished to a speechless, wordless zone. You have access to only signs and sounds!

Ooh! What an awkward situation will it be for you?

You can't express your feelings and moods properly. You will be struggling hard to utter sounds and move your hands, eyes, lips and your full body in motion so that you may be able to attract somebody and communicate something. Is it not a hell?

But, it is not so now. You have all the words and you can say anything, express anything with your words. And, daily, you are inventing and coining more and more words to convey more perfectly and appeal more vividly. You are uttering daily hundreds and thousands of words and writing thousands of words. You even do not realize this fact as it has become a habit now.

Is it all not due to the enchanting magic and power of words?

Astonishing Facts About Word Vocabulary and Word Families

It is a well-known fact that there are total 26 Alphabets in English language containing 5 vowels of a, e, i, o, u and the rest 21 consonants. But, sometimes, y is also used as a vowel depending upon the word it is grouped to.

So, It is amazing to see that these 26 letters contribute to hundreds of thousands of words that are in use today- words of wisdom, words of love, words of magic, words of inspiration and words of wonder.

  • According to "The story of English" -New York, Penguin Book 1992, the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 cataloged words and another roughly about 500,000 uncatalogued words. So, it amounts to roughly more than 1,000,000 words in our vocabulary overall.
  • Encyclopaedia Americana, Volume 10, 1999 mentions that there are around about 750,000 words in any abridged dictionary as of its publication date.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, Volume 1, 1989 counts up to 615,000 words.
  • Words need at least one vowel in a combination of consonants to be spelled as a word.
  • But consonants may not be needed in some of the words like " I " or " a " which are used themselves as words.
  • Sometimes we find using only a group of consonants as a word (without using vowel) in words like "Gr" or "hmm" during our colloquial usage.
  • It is said that there are roughly 1,00,000 word families that are being used.
  • A native educated English speaker, on an average, uses 20,000 word-families whereas an uneducated may be using around 10,000 word-families.
  • And, you know this simple fact that if you are to read any book, you need to keep knowledge of at least 8000 word-families.

Words Used Depend on Abilities and Proficiency of a People

  • You must be realizing this - usage of words depends on your capacity - your age, growth, and proficiency. Each person has his own ability to use words.
  • Words used by a child, an adult or a more grown-up differ in volume and style.
  • Similarly, the words used depend on your environmental brought up, your family culture and your professional backgrounds also. A mechanic, an accountant, a doctor, a scientist, a writer and a poet all have their own styles and abilities.
  • A person in a more educated environment is enriched with more vocabulary.
  • A creative writer is capable of using more descriptive and rhyming words with increasing vocabulary.
  • An accountant, doctor or mechanic are more proficient with words of their own respective fields.
  • Vocabulary is increased with communication and more interaction. But styles may not be improved too much. Writing skills and styles are mostly intuitive.

Word Puzzles

Words used by an economist or a finance person
Words used by an economist or a finance person | Source

The Enchanting Power of Word Vocabulary of Top Successful Writers

See the magical flow of words in these following quotes from some great works of greatest writers: -

  1. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us." - Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities.
  2. "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo.Lee.Ta." - Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
  3. "Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo." - James Joyce, A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  4. And this one shows an enchanted flow of word power, each word starting with the letter "A" ---
  • "Ages ago, Alex, Allen, and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex's admonition, against Allen's angry assertion: another African amusement.. anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa's antipodal ant annexation."- Walter Abish, Alphabetical Africa.


Amazing Spell of Words

Magical spell of words
Magical spell of words | Source

More Quotes Displaying Power of Words

1)From Oliver Goldsmith (Canadian Poet), "The Rising Village"

Here crops of grain in rich luxuriance rise,

And wave their golden riches to the skies;

There smiling orchards interrupt the scene,

Or gardens bounded by some fence of green;

The farmer's cottage, bosomed 'mong the trees,

Whose spreading branches shelter from the breeze;


2) From Oliver Goldsmith (Original) - "The Deserted Village".

"Those poisonous fields with rank luxuriance crowned,

Where the dark scorpion gathers death around;

Where at each step the stranger fears to wake

The rattling terrors of the vengeful snake;

Where crouching tigers wait their hapless prey,

And savage men, more murderous still than they; "


3) William Wordsworth's "The Daffodils" -

"I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host of, golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."

4) From John Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale" -

"Away! away! for I will fly to thee,

Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,

But on the viewless wings of Poesy,

Though the dull brain perplexes and retards:

Already with thee! tender is the night,

And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,

Cluster'd around by all her starry Fays;"



Magic of Words

Magical spell of literature
Magical spell of literature | Source

Brain Games to Sharpen Vocabulary

What do you think?

Which of these poetical or literary genres do you like the most?

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Famous Writers of the World and Their Works

Name of Writer
His Life Period
His great works
William Shakespeare
1564 - 1616
154 sonnets, 2 long narrative poems, 38 dramas
John Milton
1608 - 1674
Epic poem "Paradise Lost" & many poetry, drama and Prose works
Oliver Goldsmith
1728 - 1774
Best poem 'The Deserted Village' Novel 'The Vicar of Wakefield' and two plays and other works
P.B. Shelley
1792 - 1822
Great poems Ode to The West Wind, The Cloud and more than 50 other peotry and prose works
Charles Dickens
1812 - 1870
A Tale of Two Cities, David Copper Field, among 15 Novels, 5 novellas and hundreds of short stories
W.B.Yeats
1865 - 1939
A Nobel Prize for Literature with great poetry like "The Tower"
T.S.Eliot
1888 - 1965
Also a Nobel Prize winner with great poetry like 'The Waste Land" and "The Hollow Men" and 7 Dramas like ' Murder in Cathedral'
George Bernard Shaw
1856 - 1950
Also a Nobel Prize winner, he wrote more than 60 plays, some prose and short stories.famous like 'The Apple Cart' and "Pygmalion"

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    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Sorry, John. I was unaware of it and our Missy Smith has been much kind enough to inform me just like you on one of my other hubs. I just now opened my computer and came to see her message and rectified the mistake and posted a comment notifying this issue so that it appears on the feed page.

      Thanks a lot for your concern and gentleness.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Venkat, Did you realise that your hub "Moral lessons inspiring quotes using Satakam genre by two most popular South Indian Telugu poets" seems to have comments disabled? I read it and wanted to comment but couldn't.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and such nice comment.

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      goego 

      2 years ago from Loserland

      I love words! Very nice layout with great imagery, A+ hub

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you once again for this commendation, Manatita. You are so nice.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha. My recent experiences with all Indians recently, you, Surabhi, Sakshi, Sujaya, Chitrangada, both Hari's, Rajan, Deergha and more, have been very humbling. You are all great Souls. So happy to know you all. Much Love, Venkatachari, much ..

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Manatita. I am too much glad at your visit and nice comment. Thanks for the appreciation. It is of much value from a great writer like you. Blessings.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      ...and you have met Marilyn's Hub challenge in a most stunning and appropriate manner. I liked the video and the great poets and artists par excellence.

      Your first quarter was different, more educational, more like Annart's here on Hub pages, but equally awesome, none-the-less. Great and creative work. Hari Om!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Marie. I will be taking care. I will not allow the editbot to axe such beautiful words and quotes. We can reject any corrections by unchecking the box at any corrections made by editbot. So, don't worry.

      Thanks for the revisit and nice comment and your concern.

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      MarieLB 

      2 years ago from YAMBA NSW

      I have come back to read your article again VM. It is that kind of writing. One keeps finding little gems here and there, and it brings one joy.

      I must admit that I could not help thinking about those terrible editbots. I wonder what they will do with the James Joyce quote ". . . . . . . .this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo." Keep an eye on it VM. Only the Lord knows what it will read like after the moon-men have a go at it!

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      You're welcome. Just thought you might be interested in that little snippet of info! I'll look up that book, thanks.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Ann, for your visit and nice comment. And your tips at the end. I am trying to catch some of them and enjoy the magics.

      I have to learn a lot from you and some of our amazing writers here.

      I also started reading some good books nowadays. Presently, one "The Language Instinct" by Steven Pinker.

      Thanks again, and blessings.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Great response to the challenge. The way we coin words is how we achieve our individual status as a human being, the way we influence our writing and thus others.

      You've chosen some great quotes too. I love 'Jane Eyre', TS Elliot's work and Jane Austen's too but never got on with Dickens' style, though I recognise him, of course, as a great writer. I'm in the process of reading 'Lolita' for our book club discussion.

      Well done for an entertaining and informative read.

      Ann

      PS: Did you know that our alphabet's 26 letters make up 44 phonemes or chunks of sound? With different ways to spell one sound it's no wonder some have trouble learning English! e.g. ai/ay; ou, oo, ough/....

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Marie, for the visit and nice comment. It doesn't matter if you miss some of them, because there is an ocean of articles all around and one can not be expected to view all of them. We are limited in our capacities and with our daily hectic work.

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      MarieLB 

      3 years ago from YAMBA NSW

      I am incredulous at the fact that I have not read this before. sometimes, I am in a hurry and then forget to go back to what I had wanted to read.

      I think it is a remarkable showpiece of what can be produced by a 'man of words' . Truly interesting and fascinating to read the various ways one can view a love of words, and most of us on HP are! The added value of insights into great quotes, and the statistics give this added depth. You have given us a great read, and I found it most enjoyable.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Hari.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      3 years ago from Bangalore

      Venkatachari Sir,

      You have really done lot of research for building this hub.

      Thanks it is so good. Lot to learn and get inspired to do our bit of it too.

      Hari

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Akriti, for your visit and nice comment.

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      Very nice.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, sriv. Glad to see you viewing my hubs and liking the work. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Parul Srivastava 

      3 years ago from Lucknow,India

      Great info on words.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Alicia. I wonder you are waking there (right now it should be midnight there) and also am glad it appealed to you. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful contribution to the challenge, Venkatachari. I loved reading your ideas and looking at your great illustrations. The quotations were interesting, too.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, John Hansen. I am humbled at your comment. Thanks for the visit and votes.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You did a wonderful job with this challenge Venkat. Very impressive and well researched. Great quotes. Voted up.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you very much, Marilyn. I am humbled with your praise and appreciation of my work. I am over joyed to see that it appealed to you so much. I treasure your appraisal so much. Thanks once again.

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      Marilyn L Davis 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Good morning, Venkatachari M; what a wonderful example of all the outstanding uses of words. I knew people would elaborate in various ways on my challenge and you have certainly done a remarkable job of conveying many of the uses of words. Also, the statistics are added value. I think this is a great response to the challenge! ~Marilyn

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Dora, very glad to see you. I also loved that lines of Walter Abish. They are the starting lines from his book, The Alphabetical Africa. He has done it so beautifully and amazingly.

      Thanks for your nice comment and appreciation of my work.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to see your comment, Patricia. I was writing the comment and power went off for more than 40 minutes. It's true that we are very fortunate. We can use words for communicating, writing, and giving blessings. And that too in so many beautiful ways. I like your blessings "Angels are on the way to you". It is so nice a blessing and I always feel happy on your these blessings from you.

      Thanks for your visit, nice comment and the blessings. Wish you all my best wishes.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Catherine, I am too glad at your comment. I attempted it with too much hesitation and didn't expect that I can do it that much. This is all due to inspirations from all of you.

      Thanks for the nice comment and votes.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      For me, this is outstanding among the other articles responding to the challenge. What an interesting read! The Walter Abish quote is so unique. Thanks.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      We are so fortunate that we can use our words to express so many feelings in unique and wondrous ways.

      Thanks for sharing this with us...

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I too have a love affair with words and I liked your quotes that demonstrated beautiful usage of words by famous authors. I have read that English has many more words than other languages because it borrows words from there languages. I loved your word picture also. Voted up and I, B, U.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for your visit and leaving a comment, Larry Rankin.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting concept.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you Devika, for your visit and the nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Bill. I am honoured at your praise of my humble presentation. I mentioned only a few of them here to show the vivid styles of writers. They and many more great writers are the real pillars of this literary world.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Mary. I am humbled at your appreciation of my work. Thanks a lot, for your nice comment, voting and sharing.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You so nicely presented this hub on a great challenge too.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done my friend. Nice response to the challenge, and you listed some giants in this fine article. Oh, to be able to write like some of these greats.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      You've looked at words from many angles. They are certainly the tool of our craft and the quotes you've supplied show that so well. This is an excellent reply to the challenge.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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