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Sunday, 25 March 2012

about Four-Letter Words


How many -letter words do you use on a daily basis?  Love? Snow? Rain? Lamp? Star?  Moon?  or ?

I'd love to hear your suggestions and i promise to print them as long as they are .  

Why so prudish, you ask from up there in the Peanut Gallery?  Because, i am so tired of hearing people swearing,  and of  the constant vulgar utterances  that constantly pop up in these days of multi media frenzy. Fortunately, it can still make me blush because I am amazed that one’s mouth could spill something so vile and in the next moment, kiss their kid or significant other with those same lips.   Vomit on me, why don’t you!  Yuk and double Yuk!  I hope the day never comes that it becomes so natural to me that it will not embarrass me.

My theory is:  There are enough words in our language to convey any kind of feeling.  Does one really have to resort to crude comments to catch others' attention or assert their self-importance? 

It sure seems like one does!   TV shows are getting more and more permissible with their lines.  Every little mishap and slip of the tongue is now cleverly and/or comically dealt with as an affirmation of the right of expression,  a freedom right violation if someone objects or a wardrobe malfunction if body parts inadvertently emerge at an inopportune time.  
It seems to me we are de-generating by the hour  ; Evolution of Man Wall Clock
maybe we'll turn back to Darwinians apes quickly and effortlessly if we ignore it long enough!  Hey, monkeys are not expected to have to think after all, it might just be a blessing of some kind.

I want to celebrate words!  Terms describing how I feel:  Pleased, gratified, overjoyed, enthralled, enraptured!  Blown away, appreciative, energized and “on top of the world” are only some of the words i can use to express my positive feelings!   What about when a lousy mood falls upon me and  I want to vent?  Frustrated, hoodwinked, flabbergasted, tormented, irritated, furious, sickened, revolted, fuming, exasperated, muffled, opinionated and even flummoxed!  At times, I have also felt offended, neglected, belligerent, bothered, perturbed and disturbed. What about you?  What words disturb your sense of propriety or make you want to yodel with glee?

Now maybe you can't afford these words; maybe you're on a strict letter budget!  So let's find some good four letter words that reflect your intelligence:  Nice, able, epic, real, true, good, and cute! Glad, edgy, smug, wild, open, real, best and last also fit the bill; keep going if you insist on sticking to 4:  keen, most, poor, past, slow, cold, warm and rich count as well; who said four'ers had to be vulgar?  ;-)    Great F-word to remember? Fine! !    On a roll?  Free!  Fast!  Fish!  Fame!   

Merci to all of you making an effort to carefully choose your words.  There are enough of them out there to describe every situation; we just need to take that extra step once in a while, to show that our vocabulary is not limited to a few fashionable utterances; it can be such a pleasure to express the most mundane circumstances with a suitable and meaningful statement!!

Salut to my fellow wordsmiths out there~ and for those of you who are a little gun-shy, I urge you to venture beyond those comforting four letters and really express yourself!

Onward and word!

 Better be a Little "S" than a Little Less! 

22 comments:

  1. Bravo for your awesome and sophisticated vocabulary my sister! Some words I had never seen before: flummoxed? hoodwinked? I would look so cool using those in a french conversation! "Chu vraiment flummoxed là!" Thank you! ;)

    Impressive!
    xxxxxx

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    1. Thank *YOU* !!! I dare you to fit flummoxed in a conversation, especially a french one! Something you should catch on video while it's happening!
      Undubitably yours, my forever Sis-Wa, i ship to you...lovings by the truckload! ♥♥♥

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  2. I wouldn't be surprised to see a french version of flummoxed showing up in french sooner or later. A few years ago, one of my friends said in "french"; "... j'ai été flabbergasté!!!". In french it's "sidéré"!
    You are right, it's easier just to repeat what others are saying without tinking too much (it hurts!!!).
    Long live intelligent and meaningful words (four letter or not)!
    Use them, show them around! Maybe you will start a new trend!!! ;)

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    1. Way to go bro!!! thank you for the encouragement! Wouldn't it be nice to start a trend like that? Where the worst insult that could be said to someone is that he is acting like a hockey puck or that we are flummoxed by all this flabbergasting! You taught me a new one today: sidéré~ must not have been invented by 1979 when i moved away :-) train cars full of hugs for you my brother - i love you! ♥♥♥

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    2. So we are even; I didn't know flummoxed!!! ;)
      Love you too!

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    3. It's a good day when we both learn new words!!! Do you remember when Papa, you, Zab and me would play "Dictionary" chez lui sur la rue Idéale et qu'on battait toujours les autres équipes"? ça n'a pas changé! on aime encore les mots and.... we are good at it! xxxxx

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  3. Hi, I'm visiting from the a-to-z challenge, and wow! I'm GLAD I found your BLOG!!! I LOVE your ideas and your writing, and am really looking forward to MORE!!! Enjoy the challenge; I can't wait to see what you come up with!
    #76, A Heart 4 Heaven

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    1. Thank you so much Elaine :-) Welcome to my little red world, always from the ♥ - i'll come and say hello in your blog. I can't wait to see what I come up with either (ahah) Cheers, Sylvie

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  4. I'm stopping by to say hello before the A-Z challenge begins. I'm a new follower here :)

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    1. Welcome to my red world, Martha. Looking forward to reading you as well :)

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  5. I try my hardest not to curse. Like you I believe that there are plenty of great words out there that can be used instead of a swear word. I occasionally slip, usually when I am already in a bad mood, tired or feeling rushed.

    I often say things like "boogers" or "monkey butts" when I am frustrated. Not four letters but they make me giggle when I say them and thus diffuse some of the frustration.

    I stumbled over from A to Z (#618 - Stretching My Wings). Good luck with the challenge!

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    1. Welcome to my red world, Heather. I commend you for turning frustration into giggles by your choice of words. Way to go! Happy A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to reading what you have to say.

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  6. Amazing post! I came across your blog via the A-Z Challenge. I now follow your blog :) Please check mine out over at yadinbromberg.blogspot.com

    Good luck with A-Z!!!
    -Yadin

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    1. Thank you Yadin: You can be absolutely certain i will come and say hello! The best. Sylvie

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  7. I agree with you all the way, Sylvie!

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  8. Thank you Marilyn - that means a lot to me ♥ i am not off my rocker after all! S

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  9. Amen! and Amen! I agree wholeheartedly. Good for you. Clever post.
    Ruby

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    1. Thank you Ruby! You belong here with your fabulous name! Cheers, Sylvie

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  10. LOVE THIS POST. I HAVE VERY often and on MANY occasions bragged THAT I HAVE a VAST enough vocabulary THAT I do not NEED vulgar, crass and barbaric language to illustrate my point of VIEW.

    One of the signs of an intellectual mind is mastery of one's native language. Retreating to the gutters of linguistics impresses no one and often turns people away from one's point of view simply due to the fact that they cannot refrain from communicating in a less than perverse nature.

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  11. Thank you Brett- i appreciate that comment; may what comes out of my mouth always be a pleasure to read back, not an embarassement! Cheers, Sylvie

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