Friday, 16 August 2013

Five minute Fridays - Small

It's Friday again, and I'm wilting in humidity. But, with the kids downstairs with a movie and my husband out renting us a steam cleaner, I can't say that I don't have five minutes to spare. So here it is: the labour of five (mostly) clear-headed minutes, trying to write my best despite myself. Feel free to join the movement over at Lisa-Jo Baker's site, or at least see what your fellow writers have done with their five minutes today. It's lovely to see. This week's prompt: small.

I've written before about my daughter's love of big words. It's darlingly precocious, but it doesn't tell the whole story. The problem is understanding and communication doesn't lie in the use of complex vocabulary, but in the misuse of small words. Big words tend to be precise, accurate, and one dimensional. Small words, however, have an infinite variety of nuance and meaning. "Esophagus" is a lot easier to define than "fair", "mean", or "hurry". And yet, we're expected to start with these "simple" concepts. Easy to spell, easy to say, but oh so difficult to pin down. Perhaps that's why she's picked up on her parents' love of the big and varied. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before her brother follows suit.

8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful trait in your daughter! So fun to see these things blossoming!

    FMF vistor- nice post!
    Emily
    www.weakandloved.com

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    1. It IS fun. And a good foil to the overwhelming and the frustrating ;) Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. I hope you have a great weekend! Thank you for commenting on my blog! your daughter sounds like a beautiful little girl :)

    Jessica
    http://mybeautifulli.blogspot.com/

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    1. You're very welcome. And likewise!

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  3. I'm dropping in for Five Minute Friday.

    Love this! Keep writing.

    Blessings!


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    1. Thank you :) These Fridays are a great encouragement. And I loved your posts on Friday too!

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  4. I never thought of words like that. You're right, the small ones are the hardest to grasp, define, and live out.

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    1. My dormant linguitic training tells me that the greater the use of a word, the broader the definition. Doesn't much help does it?

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