Sunday, November 2, 2008

Words: The long and the short of it...

The other day, when I was talking of a friend, I spoke of her thus, "There is much concealed behind that cheerful face. Her amicable demeanour betrays many a tragedy".
That left me wondering. Did I really have to use such long words to articulate my thoughts? Imagine if we had nursery rhymes like,
" Scintillate, scintillate globule vivific, Fain would I fathom thy nature specific."
Such circumstances would, as the cliche goes, create catastrophes of colossal proportions.

So, boys and girls, I have made up my mind. When I speak or write, you will not find any long words. I will use the good old short words - like the sun, the moon, the stars and the likes.

short words will start to chime
and this will bring forth some rhyme

Aye Aye, Sir! Short sweet words that please the eye and the ear and the tongue and the heart and the mind and the soul.

Why use long words when short words can shed light on big things with grace and charm. Use long words when you think they do you no harm.

And if you read this piece aloud, you will know that the tongue likes bright, sharp, quick terse, swift, brisk short words.

So love them or hate them, but short words are fine!

(PS: the last six paragraphs emerged as a result of a deliberate attempt at writing something with only single syllable words.)


#r!$#!k@ said...

Once I have mastered this art, sir pai, I shall post the before and after ....

Sudhir Pai said...

if you do ever master this art, you'll surely displace me from my line of work!


Purely Narcotic said...

But words have character, just like people! And if that's the only word that befits the expression and precisely articulates the thoughts, why not?

Poetry in motion to poetry frozen? Oh, c'mon Pai..don't disappoint!

Sudhir Pai said...

I had no intension of proliferating any poison against people who have a penchant for wordly possessions! The next time i feel alliterative, i'll mind my Ps and Qs, please! I promise!

Yours punishingly


alok yepuri said...

What was that saying again? "Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice." :D

Sudhir Pai said...

ha ha ha!
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious dude!

Purely Narcotic said...

Post-performance 'f perfunctory practices, precocious perf proffers profuse penitence.

Post perusal 'f previous paragraph, please pander, pretentious personality 'f thine parenthesizing, to previously postulated poetry?


Sudhir Pai said...

Splendidly summarised! Such sudden sequences send strong signals of secluded self-extension and sedentary self-absorption. Superlatives at such a stage will seem to sound stupid. So I'll shut up!


Prasad said...

i have tagged you

Anonymous said...

Interesting conversations there... nice one. Even I have made a conscious effort, albeit with declaring, to use simple and specific words.

Lot of people complain... I talk too much.

Sudhir Pai said...

@Kida: Hey!! Thanks for the tag. That is gonna be my next entry...[:)]

@Max: Hahaha!! To put it crisply, "Brevity rules"!