Vocabulary

Question of the Day January 28, 2012 ~ Big Vocabulary

Do you regard yourself as having a big vocabulary? If so, how did it get to be that way? If not, what do you think of people with big vocabularies?

Yes
I read a lot.
I am interested in most things, certainly all sciences and philosophies and history.
I am not afraid to ask questions, when I am uncertain of anything.

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Hi Torch

Many great points in what you say, and one point that I strongly disagree with – when you say that people who have not extended their vocab to embrace the world vocab have not accomplished much.

To me there are multiple dimensions in which language can be used.
One dimension is communication between people, and that is a very powerful and very useful way to use language.
Another dimension is the use of language internally to create and to order understanding and patterns.
There are other dimensions.
Some people specialise in one dimension over others.
Sometimes, if someone creates a really powerful idea, it is enough that they can communicate it to one other person, if that other person can then take it and communicate it to many others.

Language can be a tool of creation, and well as communication.
Both aspects are important.

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In so far as communication is possible, and in so far as we communicate, then we do influence.

In so far as our opinions influence our actions, our opinions matter.

In so far as any of us, have any intention to create anything different from the probable, almost certain future, then the sorts of beliefs we have are important, and communication is important, and so is the creativity that allows us to envisage something other than “the probable, almost certain, future”.

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