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Word Power

Updated on October 20, 2009

The power of Words:

How men first learnt to invent words, is unknown; in other words, the origin of language is a mystery. All we really known is that men, unlike animals, somehow invented certain sounds to express thoughts and feelings, action and things, so that they could communicate them to each other; and that, later they agreed upon certain sings, called letters, which could be combined to represent those sounds, and which could be written down. These sounds, whether spoken, or written in letters, we call words.

A word, then, is simply a sound, or the written sign of a sound, which men of any particular nation have agreed mean a certain thing, actions feelings of thought. Now can such mere signs have any power?

Well, of course, it is not the sing itself that has power but the things it stands for. A foreign word which has no meaning for us, can have no power over us; but the meaning of many words of our language have the power to rouse in us the passions of fear, love, hate, anger, desire, shame, joy and sorrow. For example, the word “Fire!” shouted in a crowded theatre, will put the whole audience into a panic; the word “home” will bring tears to the eyes of an exile; the word “freedom” will rouse a subject people to revolution; the word “death” will chill the bravest heart. To call a man a “Coward” will make him blush for shame, or rouse him to a blaze of indignant anger; to tell him a love one is “dead”, will fill him with sorrow: to tell a poor man he is “rich”, will fill him with joy and there are words for which men have died such as “fatherland”, “King”, and “Faith”.

The power of words, then lies in their association – the things they bring up before our mind. Words become filled with meaning for us by experience; and the longer we live, the more certain words recall using the glad and sad events of our past; and the more we read and learn, the more the numbers of words that mean something to us increase.

Great Writer are those who not only have great thoughts but who express these thoughts in words which appeal powerfully to our minds and emotions. This charming and telling use of words is what we call literary style. Above all, the real poet is the master of words, He/She can convey his/her meaning in words which sing like music, and which by their position and association can move us to tears.

Words are alive, as time passes they are born, grow to full maturity and die, and they change morally. Some that began as common words become great and noble in meaning, like “religion” that originally means a “bond” and some innocent words become degraded, for example; a “villain” originally means simply a farmer, and “knave” simply a boy servant. “Damn” meant at first simply to condemn. And words, like coin, get worn and rubbed with use, till they lose their true meaning and become weak and ineffective: for example, “nice” meant originally dainty, delicate, fine while now it means almost anything. We should therefore choose words carefully and use the accurately, or they will make our speech silly and vulgar.

Knowledge is power:

As I was discussing above the words power; when some of the words combine, it makes sentence and sentences makes knowledge of anything it can be and Knowledge is actually the power. “Knowledge is power” this aphorism means that no great effects of nay kid can be produced without knowledge. The progress of science increases the power of man and enables him to make the powers of nature subservient to his will. If we wish to have striking instance of the truth of this-let us compare for a moment modern London with the state of affairs that Caeser found when he visited the banks of the Thames two thousand years ago, In muscular strength the ancient Britains, who fought in vain against the Roman legions, were probably equal or superior to modern Englishman. Yet how little could their bodily power achieve without guidance of knowledge! They could extract out of the earth a little iron, which was so rare and valuable that they used it as a material for money and ornaments. Their clothes were made of skins, and they knew how to doctorate their bodies with blue wood. They crosses the Tames by swimming, or in small boats which they constructed of wicker-work and covered with skins, their towns were protected by stockades and morasses, consisted of huts in which a single aperture served the purpose of door and window


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