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10 Fascinating Words About Words

Dave Taubler has been known to describe words as “delicious.” He keeps lists of interesting words he encounters. He also maintains a simmering lamentation about the slow, sad death of the word “irony” (it’s the one word the English language has to describe “a state of affairs… that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result”… we have enough words that mean “something that sucks”).

He writes:

So when I discover a savory new word, I get excited. But even more exciting, I’ve found, is to discover a word that describes other words. It’s like biting into a rich, creamy, chocolatey tart and discovering an even richer, creamier, chocolatey-er filling inside.

So without further delay, I present 10 of the tastiest words about words that I’ve recently discovered.

  1. Retronym
  2. Tmesis
  3. Capitonym
  4. Bahuvrihi
  5. Embolalia
  6. Metonym
  7. Mondegreen
  8. Exonym
  9. Portmanteau
  10. Slurvian

Learning new words is always a treat. Learning new words about words? That’s like a double-helping of a treat.

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True or false hope

Hope:
It is so often the case that wonderful words and phrases have no real meaning
until we meditate for a while on their descriptors.
One such wonderful example is the word ‘Hope’.
To say that I have hope is meaningless.
Is it a true or false hope, a strong or weak hope, a living or dead hope?
I could go on.

Where does your hope in Jesus stand?
I pray it is enriched by the sure reality that you are greatly loved by the Creator and His Son,
whose love will be the sure basis of our hope for all eternity.
It is the only hope that matters.

Join me in hope.
It is the only way to live,
and live and live joyfully and eternally.
Live!!!

~ Alan Hermann

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Depths in Conversation

 

Nabiha Fatima

Picture credits: Josh Hild

Searching for depths in conversation,
amplifies the trenches of thinking.
None of the words is shallow
in the finely knitted phrases
according to the dried ink.

Nabiha Fatima

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Busy minds and words

Often our mind can be full of ideas and words rambling from very floor high stairs.

Sounds me seem very loud into our head but by others the busy mind keeps on talking to them silently. Akhila, the founder of wordsandnotion.com and qualitynotion.com reminds us:

And when there is a time to speak, to add a flavour of spoken words to the emotions, the otherwise busy mind just shuts down automatically and thus pushing me to a hell of silence.

Have you experienced this awkwardness? If yes, “You are not the only one” who have failed to explain yourself properly with spoken words.

When you are neither an introvert nor a less confident person you may continue to read:

Are you failing to formulate the thoughts into speech?

You would be good listener or a good reader, still sometimes mess up with words and ends on the contraries which even you might haven’t imagined.

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Unedited Thoughts

We all have to choose between life and work, words between people or words on paper, white screens or social and other media.

Everything around us may inspire us and bring us further “on route”, so let the words, be it vocally or on paper or in books, always bring life into us and spread life to others.

Chai & Biscuits

The following is the unedited thoughts; inspired from the quote below.

Books

Because they don’t leave us,

Yes some of them may break our heart

But they never leave you, no matter what.

Some of them become a part of you

Some keep you in the bench

Like those benches at the railway stations

At the wintry or that rainy nights

The benches which had witnessed

The silent departures,

The happiest reunion

When you complete a book

It imbibe your soul,

It trades your heart

For the secret it had shared with you.

Then with that infected thought

You look for someone to share,

To explode. Peace.

You look at the book

Then at the clock

You make up your mind

To let the words conjure you

You pick the book

Books

Are better than people

And those who argue

Validate the statement

They are better than people.

Okay! Now…

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Hope Within Our Poetry

Words from deep in our heart give us our character and strength and carry us far away in this world and our other world.

Rivers Renewed

100_1716Scars won’t keep our hope in the darkness,

instead our words will live

within our poetry,

encouraging us,

strengthening us

each and every day.

    

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

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Words reaching the heart


One never knows where words can end up
or
how they can touch a heart somewhere in the world.
As long as the words can come from the heart
they shall be able to reach other hearts
and
would be able to inspire others.


So , because somewhere, someone who needs to read this, is reading this now.
We don’t know who you are, or what brought you to read this,
but thank you for being here.

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Comment exister ? How to exist?

Today’s guest-writer Gyslaine Le Gal

 

Gyslaine LE GAL Romancière et Poète Français/Anglais

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Dans nos regards qui se croisent,
Dans ces silences qui nous parlent,
Les mots ne s’apprivoisent
Que lorsque nos cœurs s’emballent.

Il reste nos sourires qui illuminent
Toutes ces pensées qui se devinent.
Le temps semble figé,
Tout se passe dans nos pensées.

L’absence est trop souvent marquée.
Alors tout semble étranger.
Les choses perdent toute leur saveur,
La vie semble sans plus aucune couleur.

Mais il reste cette douce musique,
Qui accompagne tous ces cœurs mélancoliques,
De ces êtres devenus solitaires, effacés,
Qui ne savent plus, comment exister.

How to exist?

In our intersecting looks,
In these silences that speak to us,
Words are not tamed
Only when our hearts are racing.

It remains our smiles that illuminate
All those thoughts that can be guessed.
Time seems frozen,
Everything happens in our thoughts.

The absence is too often…

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Words spoken too fast or too hard

In the previous article we mentioned the dangers of reacting to quickly and in a wrong way. Around us we always may have people who would love to see us to jaded, become angry or to be helpless. Some people will try to get us so on our nerves we act in an non-Christian way.

The words spoken too fast or too hard then can at their turn also evoke anger or sadness. The same we may have to hear our or others their words taken out of context. Those words also may be otherwise referred to, may even have a devastating effect.

Problem is that once said, once used certain words you can not alter them any more. The impact of speech and language is greater than we dare accept as true. Perhaps not meant to be hurtful or poisonous the can have a terrible effect like the bite of a scorpion.

In this world we do have learned to speak, but forgot to listen.
As old as politics, the question is asked:

“Please listen to the citizens!”.

Nederlands: foto. Deelnemers in de zaal luiste...

Participants in the hall listening to a speaker behind the conference table at the 26th Decentralistiecongres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The conflict model used by politicians, makes it difficult to really be open to another. They discuss a lot, while of true listening is often not the case. Therefore, there is constant, abundant and widely needed rhetoric to convince the other.
Poor listening is a disease of our time. In the political world there is an increasing noticeably cramped of the fellowship. It results in a kind of lack of oxygen that “listening to each other ‘prevents’ ‘Listening’ starts where talking stops.
When we listen with half an ear we do not hear. It’s about making time, to empathize and give space to the other. It means to hear what the other person says or even more: to hear what the other will not say. You will share his or her experience.

Listening happens for 30% with our ears and 70% with our hearts. The right words can do wonders at the right time, because they can comfort, heal and help liberate. Who has mastered the art of listening, is able to find the right words.

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Preceding articles:

An arm around the shoulder

Soft values? Needed heart- and- soul!

Disscusion Questions

For a Dutch version / Voor een Nederlandse versie: Wie luistert, ontwikkelt de gave van het spreken

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Additional reading

  1. A tongue to speak slowly and well-considered
  2. A listening ear
  3. Think before you speak
  4. Be still and listen
  5. Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf
  6. If we view the whole world through a lens that is bright
  7. Feed Your Faith Daily
  8. When we love we do not need laws
  9. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  10. Get up in the morning and pray for the Lord’s blessings

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A Royal Rule given to followers of Christ

In our series of faith and works we also want to remind the readers to Jesus sermon on the mount and on the many accounts he gave how we should behave against others.

This painting is on display at the Kunsthistor...

This painting is on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) in Vienna, Austria (site). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week we will read in Mark 12 and must note Jesus’ comment about the second commandment

– “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” (verse 31).

In this present society it happens in places that people even do not know their neighbours. Hopefully you do talk to your neighbours. In case you believe in god, do you dare to talk about your faith?

Today many people feel ashamed of what they believe or do have the excuse to think that others would not be interested in their faith. From the gospels we get to know that rabbi Jeshua was not at all afraid to talk about his faith in the Only One True God of Israel. He asked his disciples to overcome their shyness and even to put their daily work aside to follow him and to go out into the world to preach the Kingdom Gospel.

From Jesus teachings we also get to know an other important work we have to do. Witnessing is an important task, but it has to be done properly with full seal. Each follower of Christ should, like Christ did, not putting his own will on the first place, but the Will of God. Real Christians should set their mind on the things of God.

Let us try harder to set our minds on the things of God. In doing so, we will recall that even in the Law God gave through Moses; there is the command

 

“’You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:18 NAS)

We call it a Golden Rule or Royal Law
This has been a command for all ages. What a different world this would be if that command was carried out! And who can doubt but that it will be – by those who live in God’s kingdom.

Let us be in training for God’s kingdom now! What better way to show your love for your neighbour than by encouraging them to believe in the words of Jesus! We must try to speak to them in the spirit of love, a desire to share something precious; the pearl of great price!

This will be reflected in our attitude as well as in the words that we use, for we ‘communicate’ as much by what we do – as by what we say. The world has a word for it, “body language”. We must seek wisdom from above as we set ourselves to do this. Remember what James wrote,

“the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (3:17).

 

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Preceding

Letter to a Non-Christian Nation

The Mountain: Radical Love

The Mountain: Radical Obedience

Comments to James remarks, about Faith and works

He who knows himself, is kind to others

Our life depending on faith

 

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Please find also to read:

  1. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  2. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  3. Inculcate God’s words and speak of them
  4. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  5. Kindness
  6. Angry but not sinning
  7. God won’t ask
  8. God loving people justified
  9. Subcutaneous power for humanity 5 Loneliness, Virtual and real friends
  10. We Are The Children Of God
  11. Do not forget the important sign of belief
  12. Christianity is a love affair
  13. The Law of Christ: Law of Love
  14. To be chained by love for another one
  15. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  16. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  17. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  18. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  19. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  20. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  21. The task given to us to love each other
  22. The Greatest of These is Love
  23. If we love one another, God lives in us
  24. Agape, a love to share with others from the Fruit of the Spirit
  25. Love turns one person into two; and two into one
  26. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  27. Incomplete without the mind of God
  28. Nurturing a close relationship with God
  29. Our relationship with God, Jesus and eachother
  30. Our way of life
  31. Golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters obedience
  32. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  33. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  34. Love and cultivate that which is pure
  35. Right to be in the surroundings
  36. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  37. Reflection for today: hating your brother
  38. The one who has not had a taste of love
  39. If You want to start winning the war
  40. Engaging the enemy
  41. What Jesus did: First things first
  42. Love envieth not
  43. No fear in love
  44. Live …
  45. Luck
  46. Work with joy and pray with love
  47. Blessed are those who freely give
  48. When we love we do not need laws
  49. The Spirit of God imparts love,inspires hope, and gives liberty
  50. Self-preservation is the highest law of nature
  51. Growth in character
  52. Spread love everywhere you go
  53. Love is like playing the piano
  54. Love will cure more sins than condemnation
  55. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  56. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  57. God let my compassionate affection be tolerant and kind
  58. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
  59. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
  60. God demonstrates his own love
  61. Unconditional love
  62. Unarmed truth and unconditional love
  63. A treasure which can give me everything I need
  64. Life and attitude of a Christian

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