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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Word Usage from bad to bombastic to the beautiful


Word Usage from bad to bombastic to the beautiful


Words and expressions are marvelous creations and they grow best through usage.


“In capturing a word, a sliver of lived experience can be observed and defined. If only you were able to catch all the words, perhaps you could define existence.


I use many of these types of terms in some contexts without giving an overdose of them.


If that happens, then the contrived bombastic usage may cause uneasiness to the reader who may be more interested in the content and not the excessive ornamentation or frills.


However, there are two interesting things in doing this (i.e. using bombastic vocabulary at times):-

First it is gives a sheer pleasure of toying with bombastic vocabulary studded texts [tinged with a undisclosed pride in showing off which I used to do during my SSLC and PUC [when I did Advanced English] [1];


Second, sometimes certain single words [in English language itself which are not that well known because they not much used or words from any other language] convey better certain complex states of emotions, psychological states, actions in certain contexts etc. [2]


At the same time there are those who dismiss every write up as too wordy or bombastic just because their range of vocabulary is limited or they feel intimated by rather than getting inspired by people who can articulate more effectively  using certain nicely crafted expressions.


Having said all these, one has to gradually ensure either through practice, preferably out of more of reading and some regular writing, strike a nice synergistically evolved balance created between content and carefully crafted vocabulary which can not only convey the content but also tickle the aesthetic sensitivities to appreciate the art of language. It is like having a very food is nutritious, attractive to look at and also tasty.


Often, one need not have to work too hard to arrive at these either.


On the contrary, life is injected into all art forms when there is a comprehensive conceptualization along with clarity and conviction based confidence in one's perspective, then with these ingredients there comes around a smooth flow of thoughts and ideas along with concomitant vocabulary and expressions, all these leading to an excellent combo package where every part/piece is worth relishing.


This is how great sculptors look at a big rock/mountain/stone and inject life into it carve out great sculptures that get immortalized ; great painters visualize a theme, take a look at the canvas and inject life into it and produce great works of arts that get immortalized; great composers churn a theme and tune and inject life into the them and come out with great lyrics and good musical compositions that get immortalized; great writers weave spells of extremely brilliant write ups and inject life into them that get immortalized in their writings; great scientists strike  a chord through observations and churn the hypothesis  with experiments and inject life into them that get immortalized  in universally measurable, applicable and useful designs and technological devices; great philosophers think and view from in depth perspectives and inject life into premises that get immortalized into great workable and multi-utility concepts and so on. 



So, this process is more or less similar in most realms only the tools and techniques are different.


In language things get a greater attention because language is the queen of sciences and king of arts because all arts and sciences can be expressed and explained fully; enjoyed and experienced at least to a certain extent through langue.


Language helps better understanding of many things. 


So there is no need to explain further because from religious scriptures to political speeches to all scripts, to research findings to song lyrics are weaved out of words of some language.


The greatness of language over any other medium like music, painting, science and so on is its unhindered, unlimited access to any or many or almost all dimensions of life known and perceivable to human beings.


In that aspect language is omnipotent in its influence and impact.


As a medium it uses two methods Oral [speaking] and written [writing].


Whether it is used to express and explain thoughts, ideas, concepts, facts, events, actions, reactions, feelings, imagination, stories, discoveries, descriptions, fantasies, social, religious, cultural systems, dreams are all determined by the favorite frame of reference of the speaker or writer.


Lexicography is imbued with life with all its sweet memories, vicissitudes of living and potential evolutionary growth.



Every dictionary must be a family album of nostalgic moments narrating stories, histories, narrations and all these nurturing the pride of ancestry and heralding a hope for future through the nice anecdotal references.


When lexicology and literature come together and deliver a baby of words and expressions with inherited beauty of etymology and denotation.


They watch the baby grow into a child acquiring connotations as it experiences its life through various contexts.


Then the metamorphosis of child into a marvelous adult happens as it captures the raptures of evolutionary imperatives in linguistics.


Online dictionaries can be spiced up with audio-visual presentations, appropriate anecdotes, captive dialogues and relevant quotations that would enable us to remember the word/phrase/expression because of the impact of the quotations, probably with hints to usage in different contexts.



There are also the other side to this glorious importance to words and expressions. There is one whole tribe called, ‘Munduruku whose language has no tenses; no plurals and no words for numbers beyond five’ [Alex’s Adventures in NumberLand] and the best part is they count and give their produce running into few lakhs every week and they are considered one among the smartest tribes in Rain forests.

Anyway as these are getting popularized by some as would like to add this anecdote.


One Italian friend of mine admonished me for using words like bribe and corruption during UPA regime, instead he asked me to say, “ Busterella” [Italian term for ‘Envelop stuffed with money given as bribe] and I said it is a

“Mokita” [ Word from a language called Kivila, spoken in Papua New Guinea meaning  “the truth we all know but agree not to talk about.”]


One can find large quantity of such words in my reverse dictionary of adjectives [3]






 For a bigger collection read this




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