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Words Words Words...A Smorgasbord of Possibilities

Updated on May 1, 2021
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My love affair with words began the year I received a Webster's Dictionary for Christmas. Page after page that would become stories.

All of my life a passion of mine is learning new words and finding ways to share them with others. As a young girl my love for words was already evidenced as I read, read, read and loved being read to as well. I was fortunate to receive many diaries and journals as a young girl and thus began my journey into discovering the power of words....I found a way to share a part of me with others.

What Words Would You Use to Describe This Gorgeous Creature?


In the hub linked herein gives some thoughts about these wonderful combinations of letters and sounds we know as words. It was a fun write and I hope you find it to be a fun read

A verbarian is someone who creates or coins words. Does that describe you?

Our language is unique and wonderful and crazy complex for some.

So many words. So many meanings for them. So many pronunciations...accent this and accent that.

Some words are impossibly, ridiculously long ...and I ask "Why"? Really ...are all of those letters necessary???

A letter dropped (or added) in a word can and does change the entire intent of a passage.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

— Robert Frost

Endless Ways to Assemble ....


Words Take Control

Tumbling one over the other, words perform somersaults in my head, every day whether I am sitting down to compose or not...

The who's, what's, when's, where's, how's, wherefores, here-to-fores, rambling around bumping into each other thinking they have the most to say.

Out they come in torrents fast they may not make much sense at first. And how can I speak of these WORDS as if they have a life of their own? Because in many cases I lose control of them. They become the Writer. They take over and write the story themselves.

Pictures and Words ...Beginning to Use Words


Angles? Angels? What????

A niggling feeling just at the corner of my noggin' has been present for months now.

All about words and how they interplay and become a story, a poem, a song, a conviction, a dream, an idea, a confession.

All without me.

I become the instrument only, the tool, for these sounds and letters to evolve into whatever they may.

There is actually one word that caused me to finally write about the others as a topic

That word is ANGELS. Those of you that come to my pages and read know I have written about ANGELS many times and that I sign my comments with a remark about them.

More than a few times I have written 'ANGLES are on the way' and have stopped, to proofread, and realized what I had done. I know that in all of the times I have signed off with 'Angels are on the way' that at least once I have written 'Angles are on the way' and have not caught the error. No doubt someone who was reading is still trying to unravel what I meant.

Surely someone out there thought me daft and dotty like Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that most skillfully crafted of stories.

Funny or Not???

Or how funny (or not depending on what you may consider F U N N Y) when someone says something like: What begins with 'F' and ends with 'uck'?

You is 'firetruck' of course!!!

Confession: The first time I heard this I was about 14 or 15. And I laughed along with everyone else. But I had no idea why I was laughing. I lead a very sheltered life.

How Easy It is To Use the Wrong Word

After that of course I began to chuckle and think of all of the other words that when a letter is dropped or a letter is substituted with the correct one what a difference the result may be.

All it takes is a tap of the wrong key and there is the unwanted word that changes the meaning of your whole passage.

A Couple of Instances Where Ordinary Words Have Been the Source of Amusement or Confusion~~Some a Bit Irreverent

We rode on a shi* last summer.
There was a sign saying when to crap.
Ass all of the questions you wish.
We read Little Horse on the Prairie in class.
She said Angles were on the way to comfort us. (pstraubie48)

Had to include my faux pas on the chart...there are so many others...the list could go on and on

Simple Words Can Sometimes Be Problematic

Even more smiles for us (but not so much for little ones ) can come with a letter dropped or added that should not be there at all.

cut/cute...I cute my finger on the piece of glass.

bit/bite....The bit on my leg was bleeding.

car/care....He drove the care to the store last night.

fat/fate...He felt he was too fate to enter the contest.

So many chances to get it wrong or right.

shift/shirt....My Daddy worked the nightshirt for many years.

steam/stream....They used a stream engine to pull the cars down the track.

Emotions Churn within and Spill Out Onto Our Page


Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

— Buddha

Learning to Write

When I was still teaching, those first noble attempts especially by kinders at formulating sentences into something called a paragraph was endearing and often amusing. I do wish I had saved some but I am sharing a few here (in callouts) that I found at

I am runing away becas you think I farted when I dident. You are mean.

— unknown

hope you get lots of presents and a Happy Merry Christmas.

and you are fat.

(Sometimes we do not have to say everything that we are thinking!!!)

— unknown

Thank you for making me food so I don't die.

— Brendan (I think)

A Few More Writing Endeavors by Kids....They are Often Very Candid

These few little quotes are from

Kids often say exactly what they are thinking when they write. That was one reason I always read their writings before reading to the class And any writings of a personal nature were not shared in class.

dear Mrs. Mcmahon

your a good teacher but not my most favorite

— unknown

Dear God

Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.

— Joyce

Where my love affair with words began

Deltavile, VA:
Deltaville, VA 23043, USA

get directions

A small town along the coast of Virginia where my imagination swirled with ideas and feelings as I listened to the call of the ocean.

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Jamestown 4H Camp was a place where my journaling grew.

Jamestown, Virginia:
Jamestown, VA 23185, USA

get directions

Going to camp in Jamestown fostered even more my fascination with words.. I met my first boy friend there the summer I was 13.

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.

— Truman Capote


Please watch Fantasia...for me it expresses musically the complexity that I feel about the interrelationships of words.

It is an amazing presentation of classical music that will feel immerse in a land of wonder.

An Endless Symphony

Closing a group of paragraphs, somehow signaling that all that needs to be said has occurred often leaves me feeling..... 'not quite.' How they entangle one another calls to mind you know that Disney movie? If not you really must give it a look see.

Even as I revise and edit this article after a number of years, I find this to be true---one should never become too enamoured of one's words. Most times, on closer inspection, an even better way may be found to paint your picture. A very wise man taught me that when I was just a fledgling teacher and I am thankful for that.

Not quite. All of these symbols, put together to make words and sentences and paragraphs and stories, has not been said. Not yet.

There is more. Always more.

A new twist on an old idea.

Thoughts dusted off and rekindled.

Kind words. Unsettling words.

Prophetic words.

Heartfelt outpourings.

Leading us to somewhere...if only to think and peruse and consider.

And is that, after all, just enough to expect from words?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Patricia Scott


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