Good Morning, If you live in the Northwestern Coast of America. Good Afternoon/Evening if you live further away from me – And for some of you (as I write these words) it’s tomorrow. How’s the future where you are – lol?
The topic today is WORD. I just used a handful of words to say hello to everyone who may be reading this post. Words convey much. They can be fun, they can be provocative, and they can be rich with meaning. And they can be misunderstood.
- word: A sound or a combination of sounds (spoken), or its representation in writing or printing that symbolizes and communicates a meaning.
- word meaning: The way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted.
It’s – number 2. word meaning – that can be the most troublesome for us all. Add to that different languages (and how they may be interpreted) and communicating becomes exceedingly interesting. When we express ourselves with the written word it is very easy for something to be misinterpreted. When we write creatively (as in fiction, or poetry) the reader is free to feel (through the words) what they want to feel and interpret the piece according.
But too often when we write something nonfiction (in the blogging world) it is easy to assume that the reader “understands” the intent, but there is always the possibility for an unintended misinterpretation.
In summation I’d like to say that when I attempt to communicate or convey a message to others, I do so with the sole intent of passing on (hopefully) information that may be of some positive value to others. While I do have and share opinions also, they are my own.
Each of us has our own opinions and how great is that? The world is a richer place because of this. The world is also a richer place because of each of you. And even if we don’t always “get” each other or disagree, that’s okay too, it’s part of the learning experience of life isn’t it?
Regardless of where you live in this global community of which we are all a part I wish for you a happy day and better tomorrow.
15 thoughts on “Words that are spoken – meanings that are heard!”
Well said, Penny!
Thank you Amy! 🙂
It might be surprising that some of what I read on the different blogs can be slightly confusing to me… speaking Afrikaans more than English, some words used by others on different continents can be taken as different meanings… but never your blog, unless you get all verbal like the other day with all the long words of which I had to go and look up half of them…lol
Thanks bulldog. It can be difficult – interpreting other’s words and thoughts. And I did have a lot of fun with the “big words” poem, obviously done on purpose, ha, ha!
AnElephantCant help misinterpreting
He comes from a different continent
He thinks you are wise
And awfully nice
Please don’t misunderstand – he means this as a compliment
An elephantcant help but be a gentleman, he always says such lovely things. Very much appreciated 🙂
Do symbols count too?
I find a 🙂 very appropriate in a strange way!
Me too Marina :), me too 🙂 my friend! 🙂 xoxox
Interesting about languages – ‘terrible’ means ‘fantastic’ in French, for example. When conveying a message we also intentionally or not transform the message I think, or manipulate it, to meet our understanding. I am passionate about semiotics by the way,and find that all so interesting.
I am not surprised to find you passionate about semiotics and I agree, fascinating for the learning of who and how we were, are and will be!
Words take on such a life of their own or do I need to make that ‘there own!’
So true Sheri! Thanks for stopping by and your comments! They’re (lol) great! 🙂
The world is a better place because of you as well my friend.
Something amusing for you: If the grammar police come round, I like to say: there, their, they’re 😉
It is true how something so easily can be misinterpreted. Look at some of the first messages that went between us. When you called me a goofball. I got the wrong end of the stick for it. Glad you put me right on it
Haha I was expecting that 😆