It’s no secret that I am a Word Nerd. I love words. Their beauty. Their simplicity. Their complexity. Their power.
My favorite thing, since I was small, to do with words is to see how many times I can say or write a word until it no longer makes sense. Or even sounds like a real word. And then I would count how many times it would take until that happened. Usually I could get pretty far into it before a word started sounded ridiculous or nonsensical. Potato was one. I would say it, over and over, until it sounded like I made it up. I would use different accents (POH-TAY-TOH…PUH-tah-TOH) and make it really silly. And this was just last week! 🙂
Fork is one that doesn’t take long to say repeatedly until it starts to sound completely made up. I can usually get to about seventeen or eighteen times and then go, “that isn’t even a real word!” You can’t use a fancy accent with it. You can’t even make it sound dignified. You can draw it out (FOOOOOOOOOOHRK), but that’s about it. I think it’s fun and a neat way to really think about the words we use everyday.
How powerful are the words that you choose everyday? Why do you choose one word over another? Is it the way it sounds? The way it feels? The message it conveys? Is it because you actually know what it means? DO you know what it means? Could you have chosen another word instead? How ridiculous do our words sound to someone with no experience with the English language?
And then I make up scenarios (told you. NERD Alert) where I have to use the word in a sentence to explain to someone who doesn’t know the language and teach them how to say and use it. I would have to convince myself that yes, this word was real, after making it sound completely asinine, and then explain how to use it to someone else. It really is quite enjoyable to do. And it’s a mental thing, so no one has to know you’re being super ridiculous unless you blog about it! LOL
Some people count steps. Some people walk over cracks. Some people imagine others naked. Not me, buddy. I say words repeatedly until they sound like they aren’t real. We all have our “things.” What’s yours? Go ahead and share; we’re all friends here. 🙂