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Wounds won’t heal the way you

want them to, they heal the

way they need to.

Dele Olanubi

  • Writer's pictureConnard Hogan

Muddled Mind in Search of Clarity

Upping the ante . . . with a sense of humor.

Thesaurus Humor

As a writer this cartoon speaks to me.

I find humor an important tool in recovery from my trials and tribulations. Humor lifts me, shifts my mood gears, reminds me not to take myself too seriously. Through writing I embrace my deeper self, that creative well-spring within, and thus challenge, explore and expand my boundaries. The following words highlight my quest to go beyond the common, usual words of conversation, and expand myself with an expanded vocabulary.

The essential nature of a living entity, I say . . . is to interact with its surroundings,

whether in manipulating the inert environment or dancing with other living beings, be they

like or unlike. By analogy, the essential nature of a writer is to interact with fellow humans via

written word in a clear manner.

In my quest as a writer thus—my motivation to commit to print not always clear to me, though I accept this endeavor a function of my journey—I mentioned a list of words, often shunned “in the biz,” to other writers in discourse.

As I would have it, a connection occurred to me, a previous unconsidered idea. To wit, what if I eliminated those words from my spoken vocabulary? And by extension, wipe them from my mental slate . . . as possible? Strike the passive ones, and those words which are stale and tired from overuse, alone or coupled in their contexts . . . as well as those adorned with a cheap bauble? Abandon use of those words, along with their formulated phrases, with their weakened connotations and inferences, conveying a drab rendition of clothing or unkempt hair paraded in the presence of others? Lazy words doing our better selves injustice by failing to enrich?

Each of us guilty in our “day-to-day” dealings, I suspect.

Here are a few aforementioned offenders:

is; be; has; can; could; do; “a bit”; just; must; so; should;

even; am; being; have; then; it; was; would; with; almost;

some; that; thing; been; had; might; shall; and; sudden; very;

as; were; are; may; “-ly endings”

To clarify, I am not advocating condemning these words to nonexistence, for we can't do without use of these staples of our vocabulary. Every word serves a purpose, else why would it exist? I am, however, advocating for communication in fresh ways, more engaging of our attention.

Ain't easy. Yet, I’ll endeavor to practice what I preach, bearing in mind not to let the “perfect be an enemy of the good.”

Bottom line: Work to improve yourself, learn and experience something positive and new every day.

Hint: Keep a thesaurus handy . . . though be forewarned of an expanding vocabulary and shifts in perspective.


* This post updated from its original which appeared on Primate's Big Adventures.

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