Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

by M. J. Joachim
As mentioned in a previous post, my first article, Honestwriting is about feeding the spirit and so much more! for SoWrite has been published.

The words flowed out of me like lava from a volcano when writing this piece. Can you tell? Did you literally visualize the orangish-reddish glow, tainted by black soot, oozing and creeping along? Is there a faint hint of sulfur in the air – or can you at least imagine it?

“Ish” is a big suffix these days.

Meet me at 3:30ish.
The autumn leaves are turning yellowish.
The candidate acted a little peacockish in the debate.

Without even thinking, we can easily determine the exact meaning of what is said. And yet, “ish,” like so many other prefixes, words and suffixes, tends to add an air of uncertainty – a hint of flexibility and room for doubt.

There’s nothing wrong with words being open to discussion. However, I’m of a mind where you say what you mean and mean what you say. People can debate it all they want. Once it’s been thoroughly thought through, complete with research if required and internal dialog that lets you live with your decision about it, a person needs to have a strong backbone and stand behind the words he or she put out there.

People can say whatever they want about them; they will whether you stand behind your words or not anyway. Your job is to stand firm in a well-prepared statement – be it verbal, written or otherwise. Hey, an awful lot gets said without anyone ever uttering a word! You know exactly what I mean by that, don’t you?

That’s all for now, good peopleJ Wishing you every success with your writing!
M. J.

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