Words Work Wonders or Blunders

The capacity to express the desired message in a few words is a hallmark of effective writers. Great writers use language which is clear and to-the-point. However, it is also a heartfelt desire of every educated person in India and abroad to write effectively. In order to write correct, English one needs to master the ins and outs of the language.

One who can explore all the possibilities and potentialities of the language can write it in an Inimitable style. Most of the sentences written by such an Inimitate knower and practitioner are the sentences that will live and play on the lips of the readers.

Language is not merely play or jugglery of words. Words in themselves are nothing although the famous writer, E. M. Forester has called them “The wine of life “.Before the words can really become the wine of life; they must come from the heart which has responded to and communicated with the world at large. Words are dead but they are brought to life by the magic touch of the man of genius. A very rich and all-embracing experience must precede good and impressive writing. Language can develop in society alone. So, correct English can be written only by the person who has studied life with his ears open and heart feeling sympathetic. Wide and careful reading goes a long way in developing a beautiful and effective style.

Words are of primary importance in any kind of writing. Words can work wonders and blunders. We Should be doubly cautious with words as compared to swords. The use of words should always be judicious and well-tuned. Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour before he falls into the trip of ostentation in addition affectation, to be direct, simple brief and lucid. The familiar words should always be given precedence over abstract words. Words must take the reader most delightfully by surprise and leave him with a catch in the breath, wondering. He can then appreciate Tennyson’s famous line.

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“All the charm of all the muses often flowering in a lonely wood. ”

A word is often made effective by contrast. They should be used to express different shades of thought. From the word, we proceed to ‘Harmony’ and ‘Proportion’. Every writer must have a nice sense of proportion that will tell him where to begin and when to stop. Form and appropriateness of detail are also paramount. Closely connected with the selection of detail is the question of accuracy. Accuracy and Harmony must give rise to unity which is very basic of effective writing. Harmonious contrasts create but discordant contrasts destroys. By the one, our impressions are built up and strengthened; by the other, they are knocked down like proverbial ‘ninepins’.

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Effective Use of Words

This blog is mainly designed for those who want to learn the art of correct English. The site is divided into many sections. Some sections deal with Grammar and How to Write or Speak Effectively and other sections with written composition, analysis and answering questions etc. It is that knowledge of grammar that can teach us how to write correctly and speak effectively. Flowery expression of effective expression may not be grammatically correct. So grammar is the root and expression is the fruit Many new sections have been introduced to make the blog more comprehensive and beneficial. Writing prompts have been given in some sections. These exercises will be very useful for learners. They can easily give wings to their thoughts.

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  1. […] Aright selection of words is thus an integral part of the composition from the standpoint of both the writer and the reader. It is the duty of the former to make himself clearly, accurately and easily intelligible. To this end, he must find the words that exactly and completely express his thought or feeling. On the other hand, the reader is not always anxious to inquire whether the writing is an adequate or faithful expression of what falls in the writer’s mind. All that he expects and cares about is that “what is placed before him to read is in itself complete, appropriate and clear. These are the minimum qualities which will include him to read any piece of composition. The liberties of the writer are, therefore, restricted to this extent- must be clear and he must be interesting”(Classen). […]

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