Thursday, March 18, 2010

word? word. big word.


sesquipedalian

\ses-kwuh-puh-DAYL-yuhn\ , adjective;-
Long or ponderous--having many syllables.

I've decided I'll take a word each week, relate it to those racing notions that cloud my mind, and post the "end result" here. Lets call it BIG WORD. Word? Word.
A lot of poets, (well writers in general), are sesquipedalian. Yes, I said it. Long-winded, over-doing it, doing-the-most etc. I'm absolutely sure the elitists will come for my neck, but its something that needs to be said before it spirals out of control with our youth. I love humans, who speak the words they write. It provides me with a confirmation of their soul. That they aren't phony and presenting something that they are NOT. I'm all for Webster and his numerous books. However, when creatively writing, simplicity is often undermined. As Dre states in "Brown Sugar", "Simplicity provides a fine line between elegance and plainness." I find beauty within the bare things of life. Allow our babies creative expression minus the pretending. Now, if you know these words, like I sometimes do, (I'm such a nerd), feel free to use them. However, don't stress yourself, when writing for YOU, trying to sound more overtly-intelligent than you are. That would just be idiosyncratic.

Idiosyncratic, Riv? Really?

Riva=Sesquipedalian.

*sigh*

-riv-

3 comments:

Danny's Intuition said...

I just love the dictionary...it really is my friend!

Michael DeAntonio said...

Someone's been reading her thesaurus.

Cook.ThePoet. said...

l0l I sometimes find myself scanning for big words when I can simply use a small word and means the exact same thing. I think simple is better but if I know a big word I so will use it l0l

-Cook.ThePoet.