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"The Magic of Words" - An Attempt at Marilyn L.Davis Writing Challenge
Have you experienced it? The 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 magic 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 catch those moments of enchantment.
The magic of words
Suppose there were no words, only sounds or signs
Think for a while you are in a no word 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. You even do not realize this fact as it becomes a habit. Is it all not the magic of words?
Beautiful word art
Some statistics on words spoken
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 catalogued words and another roughly about 500,000 uncatalogued words. So it amounts to 1,000,000 words 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 consonants as a word (without using vowel) in words like "Gr" or "hmm".
Words used as per abilities and proficiency of a person
- You must be realizing this - usage of words depend 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.
The magic of words crafted by great writers
See the magical flow of words in these following quotes from some great works of greatest writers: -
- "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.
- "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
- "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
- And this one is enchanting, 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
Some more Quotes from Classic Books
More magic of words quotes
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
Brain games to sharpen vocabulary
What do you think?
Which of these poetical or literary genres do you like the most?
Some great writers of the world and their Works
Name of Writer
His Life Period
His great works
1564 - 1616
154 sonnets, 2 long narrative poems, 38 dramas
1608 - 1674
Epic poem "Paradise Lost" & many poetry, drama and Prose works
1728 - 1774
Best poem 'The Deserted Village' Novel 'The Vicar of Wakefield' and two plays and other works
1792 - 1822
Great poems Ode to The West Wind, The Cloud and more than 50 other peotry and prose works
1812 - 1870
A Tale of Two Cities, David Copper Field, among 15 Novels, 5 novellas and hundreds of short stories
1865 - 1939
A Nobel Prize for Literature with great poetry like "The Tower"
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"
The magical power of words
So, this is my way of looking at the wonderful power and magical spell of words. Words which give food and thought to our mind to understand, introspect, communicate, interact and convey more vividly, more beautifully, more efficiently, more accurately and more elaborately.
And this is my simple effort to meet a hub challenge given by our great HubPages friend Marilyn L.Davis at this link: http://mdavisattiers.hubpages.com/hub/Have-YOU-Said-It-A-Writing-Challenge.