From the May, 2009 issue of Touchstone
Words’ Worth by Patrick Henry Reardon

Words’ Worth

Patrick Henry Reardon on the Transcendent Vocabulary of Mundane Signs

I suppose that if we always thought about the meanings of the individual words we use, we should probably speak so slowly as to lose track of our sentences, to say nothing of our paragraphs. Weighing each word, as each word on its own deserves, we would probably speak a great deal less. Speaking less, on the other hand, we may actually finish by saying more.

Perhaps the best times to reflect on the meanings of words are those occasions when we are not obliged to say much, or anything at all. I am thinking of those instances when nothing much is happening, and we are simply thrown back on the contents of our own heads.

No . . .


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