Words that are spoken – meanings that are heard!

(originally posted on March 27th – a few things to remind ourselves!)

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? 

word meaningsThe 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.

  1. word: A sound or a combination of sounds (spoken), or its representation in writing or printing that symbolizes and communicates a meaning.
  2. 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 sharingin 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.

~ Penny

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10 thoughts on “Words that are spoken – meanings that are heard!

  1. Thought provoking, Penny. Many a time, I read what others have written on their blogs and I am so confused because the words making up the content of the post indicate or imply that each reader would understand because there’s the assumption that all the readers are from the same place, like the US or UK. But poor me from Ghana, some of the contents are so alien to me and I’m lost. 🙂

    I’ve actually stopped commenting on such blogs and even don’t do some of the challenges going round! 🙂

    • So true, Celestine. So true. I agree with you. I’m trying to come up with a nice word for each of us citizens of the planet earth. A good equalizer because we all live on the same planet. So far Christina and I have come up with “Earthers” – too ‘tree hugger’ sounding, “Earthlings” – sounds like we’re from outer space (not a bad idea). “Eartharians”, verdicts still out on this one. I guess the point I’m making is that in the things that really count, we (all of us) are very alike, I would rather we (other bloggers) worked on our similarities and universal “ties that bind” to bring our Global community closer together. In the meantime, just know I’m honored to have you as a friend! 🙂 xo

    • What a lovely compliment Ute. I thank you. I agree in essence about the right words. What a difference they make. Hope your week is proceeding smoothly and spring continues to brighten your day! xx

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