Words are all I have!

Good Afternoon and I hope that your Saturday is being good for you. I am having an easy one and have just been chilling watching a little ‘supernatural on video’ and thinking about reading and writing, as my head is not working properly today so I am just letting it do its own thing.

I have been having downtime as nothing is really working for me at the moment. I am a reader from way back and as I grew up I dreamed of becoming a writer…it is still my plan, so today I have been thinking about the world of the word and I am going to share some of my ideas with you. Writing, writer, such simple words but without these two insignificant little words, my world would indeed be desolate. There would be no books, I would be left with a gap for which there would be no filler. Not just my world would be lesser but the entire world would be empty – nothing would ever have been recorded on Science, Physics, Astronomy, Astrology, Biology, and History. There would be no theatre, movies, television shows or the local school performances.  We would never have heard of Mozart, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin or Tenacious D. The immortal words of Plato, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Douglas Adams or Markus Zusak would not exist. “I have a dream” would be just that, a dream and not the speech that defines a generation.  No painting would ever have made it to a canvas. Without those who weave magic from words thus creating our realm, our loves, and our hates, life would be devoid of all knowledge, expression, and beauty. Wordsmiths simply create.

That is such a misleading statement. It is brutal discovering just the exact word, the proper turn of phrase, and attaining it can be murderous. Most of those who penned that book you just finished gave up a considerable portion of their life to bring you that tale. Words require love and passion but also dedication. What fashioned the very words you use to win your fair love? Shakespeare is most likely the greatest wordsmith ever, so I will just him to cover a little of what every writer dreams of.

William Shakespeare was most probably our best writer and the English language owes a great debt to him. William invented over 1700 of our common words by connecting words never before used together or devising words wholly unique. I have included a list of some of the words and statements we have from him, we still use today. The Barb was a genius, and even though every English student the world over cringers at the mention of his name, the rest of us should thank him daily. These are just a sample and I think it will surprise you at just what he really gave us, I have selected ones that I think are the most commonly used. We all have heard, read or used more than one of these expressions.

  • A foregone conclusion
  • A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse
  • A sea change
  • A sorry sight
  • All corners of the world
  • All of a sudden
  • All that glitters is not gold
  • All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players
  • All’s well that ends well
  • And thereby hangs a tale
  • As cold as any stone
  • As dead as a doornail
  • As pure as the driven snow
  • Beware the ides of March
  • Come what come may
  • Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
  • Discretion is the better part of valour
  • Eaten out of house and home
  • Et tu, Brute
  • Even at the turning of the tide
  • Exceedingly well read
  • Fair play
  • Fancy free
  • Fie, foh, and fum, I smell the blood of a British man
  • Fight fire with fire
  • Foul play
  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears
  • Good riddance
  • Green-eyed monster
  • He will give the Devil his due
  • Heart’s content
  • High time
  • Hot-blooded
  • I have not slept one wink
  • I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
  • In a pickle
  • In stitches
  • In the twinkling of an eye
  • Is this a dagger which I see before me?
  • Lie low
  • Lily-livered
  • Love is blind
  • Make your hair stand on end
  • Milk of human kindness
  • More fool you
  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be
  • Night owl
  • Off with his head
  • Star-crossed lovers
  • The course of true love never did run smooth
  • The game is up
  • Thereby hangs a tale
  • This is the short and the long of it
  • To be or not to be, that is the question
  • Too much of a good thing
  • Truth will out
  • Up in arms
  • Vanish into thin air
  • We have seen better days
  • Wear your heart on your sleeve
  • Wild goose chase
  • Woe is me
  • Out of the jaws of death            
  • Pound of flesh
  • Rhyme nor reason
  • Shuffle off this mortal coil
  • Send him packing
  • Set your teeth on edge

So our language would certainly be lesser without the imagination and creativity of Shakespeare.  Our world today would also be lesser for the writer not creating their world of words. Next time you are at the movies, spare a moment for the script-writer; as you giggle your way through a humorous piece in the Sunday paper, think of the reporter; when you loan that book to your friend to read, mention the brilliance of the author. And never be scared to pick up a pen and write out something for or about yourself.

Writers and words create our world and can construct any realm. 

Without words, there is no learning, communication, and beauty. 

Words are the cornerstone of any and all civilisations.

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