[bctt tweet=”The words we use every day, in every encounter, say a lot about who we are!! Are your words genuine?? Are they You??” username=”Jaebyrd1″]
Some of the aspects about yourself that can show are your education, what part of the country you come from, your occupation, your social standing, your confidence level, etc.
I was a CRN for over 30yrs, so medical terms & health words are in my personal vocabulary. My husband was a steel worker, so grass roots, country, southern Missouri, biker terminology were in his.
Each of us has our own vocabulary. My grandmother was big on learning new words that you might never use but are interesting. She jokingly called these words “pretentious”, words to make you appear as someone that you really aren’t. Words that make you appear more educated, smarter, of a higher social class, etc.
She instilled that quest for knowledge & new words in me as well.
While searching for a motivational quote this week, I came upon a word I had never seen:
Paraprosdokian – a derivative of a Greek word, which means beyond expectation. It is a wordplay type of literary device. Its final part of a phrase or sentence is unexpected. Its unexpected or surprised shift in meaning appears at the end of a stanza, series, sentence or paragraph.
Here are some examples:
- To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
- Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
- If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
- War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
- Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
- You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
- I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
- To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first & call whatever you hit the target.
AND…..my personal favorite…..Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine!!
Some years back, I had a book on my Nook that was such fun!! It was:
“Wordbirds – An irreverent lexicon for the 21st century” by Liesl Schillinger & illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel
The book’s definition of a “wordbird” is a memorable neologism whose meaning can be effectively & whimsically enhanced by an accompanying bird drawing.
Example (without the drawing, which was a bird looking in a mirror):
“Solooksist – a vain person who never passes up an opportunity to admire himself or herself in any reflective surface.”
Still on the hunt for a motivational quote, I stumbled (down the internet rabbit hole) upon some clever definitions of words:
- ADULT – a person who has stopped growing at both ends & is now growing in the middle.
- BEAUTY PARLOR – a place where women curl up & dye.
- COMMITTEE – a body that keeps minutes & wastes hours.
- DUST – mud with the juice squeezed out.
- EGOTIST – someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
- HANDKERCHIEF – cold storage.
- TOMORROW – one of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
- WRINKLES – something other people have, similar to my character lines.
I think it is important to choose your words carefully because they can be a self-fulfilling prophecy if you aren’s careful. What we speak can send an intention into the Universe that we don’t really want to see manifest!!
I know first hand what it is like to be misquoted, to have my words misunderstood or taken out of context. We should always present ourselves in our best verbiage, being authentic to who we are.
I was having a discussion this week with a “Branding” guru & one of the things that she stressed was to be yourself. Use what words you normally use, respond as you normally would. If grammar is not your thing then a misplaced comma or, like me, the overuse of exclamation points & double punctuation, are part of our identity.
It is part of what makes us unique!!
My posting would actually be a nightmare without spellcheck!! I type fast & sometimes hit two keys at once. Lots of misspelled words!!
I am saying all of this to make a point!! [bctt tweet=”BE YOURSELF, YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF!! BE REAL!!” username=”Jaebyrd1″]
Be mindful of the words you use. Be proud of who you are & what you have accomplished, especially if you are going through a change. The accomplishments are in the past & you are looking at a NEW future. You can either adapt & go with the flow or get run over by the change.
Make Change your Friend!!
I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this!! Please comment below & tell us what change you are facing & what challenges you have!! I really want to hear from you!!
Oh, before I forget, I DID find a motivational quote:
“….it’s a life’s journey of finding ourselves, finding our power, and living for yourself, not for everyone else….” ~ Mariska Hargitay
“Though no one can go back & make a brand new start…..Anyone can start from NOW & make a brand new ending.” ~ Carl Bard
I hope this info is helpful!! If you have any questions or concerns or suggestions, please comment below or send me an email!! I promise I will get back to you as quickly as I can!! I would LOVE to hear if this works for you, too!!
My business email is fixed!! Thank you Google!! So please use me Jaebyrd@jaebn.com email address!!
Thank you for being part of my world!!