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A Few Words To Think About

Updated on December 12, 2008

Thinking About Words, I am

There are times when a word will get stuck in my head and I can not shake it. It is the same as when a song keeps running through your head. Over and over it turns. It can be enough to drive me crazy if I let it. No I don't. I have learned to enjoy the oddity.

These words make me think about stuff. DEEP STUFF. There are times when the words pound in my head so hard that I am driven to creativity using visual art as an outlet. I have not been able to do any serious artwork since the loss of my studio but the words do not realize I am without.

Lately I have been going through a lot with this word thing. Since I am not able to share any artwork, I thought it would be interesting to share my word obsessions. Maybe there are others who also have this curious mental behavior. I would sure like to hear from anyone out there who does. Leave a comment below if you also have a word thing going on in your head.


The One That Haunts Me The Most


The meaning is someone who is uneducated about a specific thing or maybe about everything. I use to think so, anyway. I looked it up in the dictionary and found a more complete explanation. I pretty much covered what the dictionary states with my version.

One day I started thinking real hard about this word. I got to thinking how so many people are ignorant. Not that they are not educated but because they choose to IGNOR to justify their action or lack there of. I was thinking about a specific supervisor at the time. She was giving me some sort of rhetoric about an unpleasant work situation and I could not stand to listen to her B.S., no, not another word.

That is when I decide that this word was really a double edged sword and called the supervisor IGNORANT. She was shocked with her fancy job title and all her education. I did not hold back from there as I figured I was in waist deep already. I explained that I felt the worst kind of IGNORANCE was self imposed and that was exactly where she was coming from. I fell in love with the word ignorant that very day. It goes through my mind from time to time. A wonderful bit of the English language.

The Eyes Of The Beholder


This word is a curious one. I hear people say things like, "Oh isn't she beautiful?"

The word seems so shallow to me. It is used too often and has lost the flare it was given. Like the commercialization of Christmas or something. I always start searching for flaws when I hear someone make this statement. I especially do that when I see lots of make up and fancy clothes. I start thinking about what that person would look like if she were butt naked, standing out in the open for all the world to view. No fancy clothes to adorn her. Would she still be beautiful? Maybe, but maybe not.

And what if we could not see? What if we were blind? Would that person truly be beautiful from the inside out? Just something to think about. Beauty is a word I often ponder. 

The Walking Contradiction


I will behave in class, I will behave in class....

100 times writing this phrase on the blackboard after school and etching the impression deeper and deeper in the youngsters brain.

To BE or Not To BE, Yeah, Yeah.

HAVE, hum?

The two words together do not add up to what I think this teacher was trying to teach me. A total contradiction in the English language . How did that happen, I wonder? Sorta puts me in the mind of the state of our economy. HA!The way I was seeing it I was acting in my way, having my way, being my way....

What the heck does all this repetition have to do with any of it? Was I misunderstanding something? There, as I stood at the blackboard, wearing out numerous pieces of chalk.... to this day I am trying to figure out how they got this combination to explain something I see from a very different point of view. The English language is a strange one. It is beautiful though!    


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      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      Nice hub, thanks!

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana


      thanks for reading my hub. i have no idea what that is called but i bet they have a label for it.

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      Just found this hub and loved it. I, too, have music and words that repeat in my head. Very interested in Constant Walker's comment that the condition is called Radio_head and is common to musicians. I am not a musician but very interested in music and have a son who is a musician. I also have words that repeat in my head. I wonder what that is called?

      Your discussion about Ignorance is amazing. I have always thought it better to be called ignorant than stupid because at least there is some hope for you if you are merely ignorant! Anyway, willful ignorance is a sorry state of affairs.

      Thanks for a thought provoking hub.

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      jayb23 9 years ago from India

      Brilliant Hub. The topic itself that you have chosen is so deep. This hub is something that Iam able to relate to my life

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana


      I don't know how deep I get but I do know I can get on my own LAST NERVE. HAHA> Glad you dropped in.

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I find myself doing the same thing on occassion and it gets on my nerves. It just goes to show what deep thinkers we actually are. Wherever I go my mind is always thinking about something.:)

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Research Analyst, I agree with you, I just feel words are often overused and I too am guilty of doing so. Thanks for reading my hub and commenting. Have a great day!

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      Research Analyst 9 years ago

      Beautiful is a good word because the meaning seems to fall for anything other than someone's outward appearance such as: the music is so beautiful, or that was a beautiful thing to do, or how beautiful those clothes are or the place we just visited was so beautiful. LOL

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Feline, I am guilty of overuse myself, guess I was on a nice roll when I wrote this....LOL Thanks for commenting.

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      Feline Prophet 9 years ago

      Just stumbled upon this! I'm that way about the word 'nice' - ever so often I think it's such a wimpy, unsubstantial word! The English language has so many alternatives and yet we find ourselves using nice to describe everything from a hub to a tub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi C.S. Alexis, I am intrigued. LOL And I am now into deep stuff called thinking or pondering. Hmmmm... to my surprise, there are a lot of words that I do think about like family and life and love and God. And lots more! LOL Thank you for pointing this out. I had fun poking through my thoughts. Happy New Year :-)

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      I am happy that you shared your words here. Thank you Barbie. A wonder of BEST WISHES for the holidays to you, from me.

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      Barbie-Perkins 9 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

      C.S. Alexis,

      Usually the words that stay in my head are lyrics to a song.  Like right now this is what is in my head. "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know who holds the future. Life is worth the living just because He Lives."  Thanks for sharing.

      Have a Wonderful Christmas!  ~ Barbie Perkins

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Thanks OTC (is that the "other CW" or "over the counter"? Hmm). It's a fun resource. Of cource, you've got to look up dirty words... the origins are always fun... and you know you want to. ;-)

      And I'll check out Christoph's hub. His stuff is always good.

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      countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

      CW- Thanks for that link and even I would book mark it(Btw have you checked Christoph Reilly's hub about scientific talk it is funny). Also hope you are recovering well.

      Alexis- The pleasure is all mine to have met a thoughtful, creative and a wonderful person.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Hey C.S.  Found a website you might enjoy - I bookmarked it for future reference (I love reference books!).  It's an online etymology (word origins) site.  I used to have a book about word origins which got more use than anything else in my small library of books.

      PS: Be sure to look up "behave." You were right on the money!

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana


      Interesting comment, thanks for sharing. I would also like to thank SweetiePie for steering you in my direction.

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      countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Alexis- This happened a long time back once me and my brother were arguing (it turned out to be a heated discussion) I went to my dad and told him that my brother is very short tempered. He told what about you? I didn't realize immediately then he told me if you were also not short tempered then you won't find him short tempered. I guess we have to be able to understand the other person more before being judgemental. Great hub and thanks for sweetiepie for pointing me to your hubs. Certainly a thumbs up hub from me.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      yes Constant Walker, I have but not the one about water. I do enjoy the show. It has always been fun to see how things are accomplished from the inside view. Glad you keep in touch, Wow!

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Thank you, C.S., for those very nice words. Learning new things is one of the free joys in life, eh? It almost always makes me go "Wow!"

      Speaking of going Wow, have you seen the new Discovery Channel show, "How Stuff Works," yet? The Wow-Factor, one hundred fold! Last night's was about water. Ya, plain ol' water, and it was incredible.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Zsuzsy Bee... Thankful you enjoyed this, and glad you commented. C.S.

      Peggy W...... We were flooded as a direct result of rain from hurricane Ike. You could check out those hubs I wrote if you are interested. Thanks for reading my hub.

      Constant Walker..... I love it when you come to visit my new hubs. You always make me smile but best of all you make me think. Thanks for commenting and glad you realized you can still learn. Joy to your world. C.S.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      C.S., the song running through your head over and over again thing is called "radio-head," and it's very common in musicians. Where do think the band, Radio Head, got that name from?

      "Ignorant" is definitely the one that stands out, eh? Many people use it as an insult, but since when is it an insult NOT to know something? In fact, it can be looked on in just the opposite way: "Oh, so I can still learn!"

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      Peggy Woods 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What happened to your art studio? Sad to hear about it in any case. Keep writing. That is also an art form in which you excel.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      C.S. Another gem of a hub. I loved it.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana


      Thank You for commenting. There is more to everything beyond the visual point of view. I am trying to hone up my instincts if that is possible. Happy Holidays to you. C.S.

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very thoughtful word lesson. There is always more to words than meets the eye.