Today, I’m kicking off my own personal celebration – vocabulary month. I lied about the “national” bit – but hey, International Talk Like a Pirate Day had to start somewhere! And I PROMISE it won’t be as boring as it sounds.
As a writer, words are my business. I think about words. A lot. More than most people, maybe. Words are tools, sure, but like many other tools, they can be functional, they can be used to create, and they can be dangerous in the wrong hands (mouth?). Words can be strung together in ways that are sublime, absurd, serious, humourous, heart-wrenching, joyous, exotic, erotic — well, you get the idea.
I’m guessing if you’ve ever taken part in a spelling bee you might have difficulty seeing the appeal (I’m assuming it’s terrifying – I’ve never been in one, I don’t think Canada has them) but I’m gonna try and change your mind. I’ve had a lot of amusement from vocabulary.
As they said on an old SNL Celebrity Jeopardy skit – “The Pen is Mightier”… or, you know, “The Penis Mightier”. 😉
There’s worse things to celebrate than the love of language, right?