November 3, 2018

What's The Good Word

In It may be too early in the day to try to spell, or even pronounce, this gangly word:

Onomatopoeia.  Does this help:  “on-o-ma-toe-p-uh?”

Its roots are Greek, meaning “word making.”  This seldom spoken but often used figure of speech imitates the sound of what it’s describing.  Mumble through this list and see what I mean:  Bang, coo, oink, meow, roar, chirp, soothe, crash, pop, baa, boom, beep, bow-wow, choo-choo, fizz, hiccup, moo, screech, splash, toot and zap.

This linguistic tool can add a splash of color or a soothing sound to your word making.  The Old Testament proverb reads, “Like golden apples in silver settings, so is a word spoken at the right time.”

Our discourse can be coarse or caring, harsh or helpful.  Will you join me in this whisss-purrred prayer today?

“Let the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Helper and my Savior.”  Psalm 19:14Psalm 1:1-3

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