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Welcome to The Journey to a Thousand Words!

Today, your path crossed this blog. For whatever reason, you’re here now. Life is made up of these intersecting moments. Things are related in ways we can’t perceive until we look back. Similar to this, this blog, while exploring the effects of word choice, also is about the interconnected paths of strangers.

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Welcome

Salutations and Greetings:

Hello! My name is Meghana, and thank you for visiting my blog!

I started this blog because I love connotations. Every word has two meanings: The textbook definition which we’re supposed to memorize, and then the real definition. The feelings, impressions, memories, and thoughts evoked by every word. What is the difference between a house and a home? An argument and a difference of opinions? A gathering mist and a looming fog?

Every word contains a world. A world that changes from person to person based on their past experiences. A word is more than what the dictionary says it is. Words influence nearly every aspect of our lives.

In psychology, this principle is so significant, it is classified as the Wording Effect. The Wording Effect basically states that the diction (word choice) or syntax (word order) of a phrased question influences the results of the study. For example, in one study, participants were asked to memorize a list of words. Words such as “fight,” “aggression,” or “rage” produced subtle feelings of anger in participants versus words such as “couch” or “pencil” with weaker connotations. A simpler illustration of this effect can be seen in everyday life. Have you ever felt despondent after reading a tragic news story? Or buoyant after reading something uplifting? That is the Wording Effect at work for you.

In this blog, I want to attempt to capture my own connotations of words. I think everybody has a few favorite words. Words they maybe tend to use more when writing papers or when speaking to friends. For me, these are words like brooding, glowering, divine, etc. It might make me seem melodramatic, but there really is a word for everything.

Which is why I think it is really strange that there is only one word for love in the English language. Love is the most complex of all emotions, yet while anger gets irate, fuming, and sullen, and sad gets depressed, somber, and heartbroken, love only has love to express the most far reaching emotion in the universe.

If I thought it would be successful, I would probably start a movement to add words to the dictionary to capture more of what love is. For example, is the love you have for your mother the same as the love you have for your boyfriend or girlfriend? How about a word to describe the exasperating hate-love relationship you may share with siblings? Or a word for a long, warm friendship that’s lasted decades? Some people want to preserve the integrity of love by choosing to rarely use it. Yet others would argue that every time you use it is no less impactful if it is said with the same feelings earlier held.

So what does this have to do with anything?

Words are powerful. Words are strong. Words are the web that surrounds day to day life influencing every move and thought we make. Words are severely underrated: thrown around, abused, and forgotten. And, at risk of sounding like a nerd, I want to start this blog to honor words.

A vignette is a flash. It is a captured still moment.

These vignettes will be inspired by some of my favorite words, and will be aimed at capturing the connotation I see in them. The meaning that leaps to me beyond pages.

Click Here to read the first word.

Thank you.

– Meghana Ravi

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Please get in touch with me if you have any comments, critiques, or word suggestions for me to write to!