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Topic: Chillax (04/03/14)
- TITLE: Fitting Words
By Larry Whittington
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There are some words the just don’t fit. This is one of those words.
I can’t say that it is a bad word. It isn’t. It isn't ugly. It really has no color. It is a logical word based on its make-up of parts. But it is just not me. I don’t see how I could use it.
Again I say this word just doesn't fit me.
It is not because it is a profane word because it is not profane. It seems to be a word that just shouldn't be used. Again, in a sentence, it is just a word that just doesn't fit.
Writers are known for their words as well as certain phrases. Well know authors have certain words or phrases their readers will often quote because of their memorable meaning or impact in a particular story. These will be well known words or phrases. Some writers may be able to successfully use this word in a story or article and have it quoted by others. But I would say there won’t be many writers using this word successfully. I would not be among those who would be quoted as using this word. I am sure of this possibility because it is not a word that fits me.
Words come and words go. Language changes with time. Word choices change. Word meanings change. Could this word ever change in its meaning or use? Could this word ever become a word known and used worldwide? I don’t see how it could. It would need to be a word based on some Latin or Greek base words. This word comes simply from two very commonly used words. Boring indeed.
Now concerning the use of this word, could it be used in scientific writing? I can’t see it being used. Would well-known doctors or physicians use it in their research papers or technical reports? Not if they are expecting to keep their reputation. Would those versed in psychology or physical rehabilitation use this word as they would discussed the stress in people’s lives? They might only if their clients used it first and asked about their thoughts on it.
So, what is good about this word?
One thing as we grow older, it will be a word we will hear and/or use less frequently. Hopefully, it will be a word what will soon cease to be used. In time it will be one of those words no one remembers except game show contestants. One nice thing it will not be a word on a spelling test for our grandchildren that we will have to drill them on.
So you can see, there are some words the just don’t fit. Truly, this is one of those words.
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