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Words Have Power

December 2, 2019

Words. We all use them– inside and outside of our heads, on the page and off.

I’m even using them right now!

The hardest part about writing is finding the right word at the right time.

Because words have power.

You can have a huge vocabulary and still struggle to find the word you want.

But having an extensive vocabulary certainly makes it easier!

Developing a powerful vocabulary takes time. It’s one thing to memorize words, and something else to learn how to use them, and to get comfortable using them.

That’s why experts suggest reading and reading and reading. Because through reading, your vocabulary will expand naturally as you see words in context in sentences and understand their meaning from context.

Adding a few words each week also comes highly recommended.

There’s lots of techniques to add words to your vocabulary but the bottom line is– words are the only currency that matters on the page.

What are some of the words you’ve found or learned this fall? Share them with us below! Include the word, the definition, and tell us where you found it including the book, the author’s name, and the page number. Tell us why you picked these words to share. Share a link to your blog if you have one also!

PS What are words for? While it feels like no one hears us and no one cares, we still persevere — words do have power.

 

12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2019 1:10 pm

    2 Vocab words:
    1. Pageant- a public entertainment consisting of a procession of people in elaborate, colorful costumes, or an outdoor performance of a historical. Bird by Bird by Lamott, pp.201.
    2. Obfuscation- the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible. Bird by Bird by Lamott, pp. 198.

  2. pdlvjr permalink
    December 4, 2019 1:15 pm

    2 Vocab words:
    1. Pageant- a public entertainment consisting of a procession of people in elaborate, colorful costumes, or an outdoor performance of a historical scene. Bird by Bird Lamott, pp. 201.
    2. Obfuscation- the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible. Bird by Bird by Lamott, pp. 198.
    For Vocab Study Guide

  3. December 4, 2019 1:17 pm

    The Sixth Extinction
    progeny-Children or descendants
    gorge-narrow canyon; steep, rocky clef

  4. December 4, 2019 1:22 pm

    Definitions;
    Drudge: Do hard, menial, or dull work. (Kingsolver 4)
    Commandeering: Take possession of something without authority. (Fletcher 2)

  5. edgaarrio permalink
    December 4, 2019 1:26 pm

    Dejectedly
    Definition: sad and depressed; dispirited.
    Source: The Nature Fix page 9

    Auguring
    Definition: (of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome.
    Source: The Nature Fix page page 10

  6. December 4, 2019 1:26 pm

    Enthusiastic
    Definition: having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.
    Found in: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott, page 21

    Rapturous
    Definition: characterized by, feeling, or expressing great pleasure or enthusiasm.
    Found in: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott, page 22

  7. Soleil Peacock permalink
    December 4, 2019 1:30 pm

    Definitions:
    -Momentous:(of a decision, event, or change) of great importance or significance, especially in its bearing on the future. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.
    -Engulfed: (of a natural force) sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

  8. December 4, 2019 4:02 pm

    Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat (Strayed 69)

    Control:to exercise restraining or directing influence over (Goldberg 53)

  9. December 4, 2019 4:13 pm

    Definitions:
    Ubiquitous: Existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent
    Found in The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert, page 13

    Supplanted: to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
    Found in The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert, page 55

  10. December 4, 2019 4:15 pm

    Definitions:
    Ubiquitous: Existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent
    Found in The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert, page 13

    Supplanted: to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
    Found in The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert, page 55

  11. December 4, 2019 4:16 pm

    Vocabulary Wild

    Exuberant- filled with or characterized by a lively energy and excitement (Strayed, 19).

    Impervious- unaffected by (Strayed 52).

  12. December 4, 2019 4:27 pm

    Definitions:

    inundation: an overwhelming abundance of people or things; flooding (Kolbert 113)

    catastrophism: the theory that changes in the earth’s crust during geological history have resulted chiefly from sudden violent and unusual events (Kolbert 220)

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