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#71 The Right Words

The difference between a right word and almost the right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.
-Mark Twain

I just read this very line and an awe struck me. The perfect lines to say that, we all need a good vocabulary backup. And that does not mean Google translate or a dictionary application in our mobile phone.

I have frustratingly searched for the right words many times, but squares to the actual word. I feel like the word is on the tip of my tongue and refraining itself from jumping out of my tongue. I could not delineate the thoughts precisely without those words. I get the words sometimes, and other times I search the dictionary, but the point is, it doesn’t pop up. The word is so obscure in my memory that I know it and still its so scarce.

There are times when I also get the feeling that particular word is omnipresent. Where ever I see or listen or turn my head. There it is, notoriously and conspicuously in front of me. That is the irony of mind or perhaps the sarcasm of nature. We never get what we want, when we want. But, other than that particular chronograph, we are equipped with superior stuffs, be it anything.

But, thinking like this is not going to catapult me to the zenith of vocabulary or turn me into a virtuoso overnight. And yet, I will keep practising because I know that I have improved a lot. Seriously, a lot. I never know even words which I used in this very post. So, though I have walked deep into the forest I will never cross it as I will remain voracious for more vocabulary.

On a personal note, it is actually fun to listen to the phonetics and learn about the semantics of any word. The etymology is very interesting and mysterious. Yes, it was mysterious as I was not sure which word was I going to encounter next and find the etymological meaning of that very word that I had been using for ages and yet not perfectly clear about.

This might be a little boring for most, but those who are dedicated towards increasing their capacity to explain what they want in effective and precise words, know the impact. And, a lighting bug is not as effective as a lightning, like Mark Twain said.

P.S. I just read that line and couldn’t keep myself from writing about it. I guess I am becoming an incorrigibly enthusiastic and an excited blogger or a socialist.


With love and respect, Adha.

By A lost Soul at Sea

a passionate writer who also happens to be a mechanical engineer and a sailor

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