Monday, 9 May 2011

Linguistics & Semiotics

The power of words

They call me Linguo.
I am a word-hoarder: a vocabularian and etymologist.
I suffer frequently from onomatomania—but I like it. [1]
English is a most excellent language because of its elasticity.
I love portmanteau words, and to verb nouns.
I believe that a thesaurus should be drawn with Venn diagrams, not lists. 
Almost no words can singularly express any singular ideas.
The larger the vocabulary, the more accurately ideas can be expressed.
Learning more languages—verbal and non-verbal—increases the ability to express oneself.
Grammar and punctuation serve to elucidate and clarify these ideas.
The ideas are in our heads waiting to be put to words.
Without words these ideas cannot escape, cannot serve us or our community.

[1] Vexation at having difficulty in finding the right word

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