On diction.

What’s the world’s most popular word? Or perhaps favourite. Interesting, huh? Everyone has his/her opinion. This would take forever to discuss. All great writers and inspirational authors have had a fair share in this debate. Joseph Conrad was fascinated by ‘Impenetrable.’ Tolkien and Edgar Poe both claimed ‘cellar door’ as the most beautiful word combination in the English language. Shakespeare was particularly obsessed with ‘sweet on sweet.’

I like the word ineffable. It means a feeling so big or vast that it can’t be expressed in words. And yet, because it can’t be expressed in words, people have invented a word to express it, and that makes me feel hopeful, somehow.

ineffable

The beauty of this term can be further appreciated from the following quote:
“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. ”
– Douglas Adams

 

MALIAM KATENDE WILDER <maliamwad@yahoo.com>

Favorite word.

Iam still thinking of one. However, I read a book by Amy Tan The Bonesetter’s Daughter where by one of the characters in the book explained his favorite word as Vapor This is how vapor appeals to all senses,” he explained.”It can be Opaque but never solid. You can feel it,but it has no permanent shape. It might be hot or cold. Some vapors smell terrible,others quite wonderful. Some are dangerous, others are harmless. Some are brighter than others when burned, mercury versus sodium,for instance. Vapors can go up your nose with a sniff and permeate your lungs. And the sound of the word,how it forms on your lips,teeth and tongue…vaporzzzzzz it lifts up, then lingers and fades. It’s perfectly matched to its meanings.”