Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
One of the fun things about telling stories is being able to choose the words necessary to paint pictures in the minds of those who read the story. Bad choice of words and no pictures, no pictures in minds, no interest in stories from the EastWing. Now words to be written down must be chosen with care.
Somewhere I read that a person never really dies until all their written words vanish from this earth. WOW! And so now you know why we all remember the names of those who wrote the bible. Matthew Mark Luke and John, just to name a few. I’m sure you too can add to that list.
Our spoken words, on the other hand, tend to have a life expectancy measured in par secs. For those not familiar with par secs, it’s a very short measure of time. A real, real short period to time. An old saying of “In one ear and out the other” kinda describes a par sec. Our spoken word last only as long as those who hear, remember what was said. Our spoken words just don’t last long in memory.
Maybe that’s why for many of us, our spoken word tends to flow like water over the dam after a big rain storm. Many times our words flow free without much thought as to their impact. Many times maybe too free. A wise man once said “The most difficult thing I have to do in life is keep quiet”.
Written words on the other hand must be chosen with care. Happy words are always the choice. Fun words to say always are better than harsh sounding words. I sometimes play with words just of the sheer fun of saying words such as “Cumquat” or Antidisestablishmentarianism. Now that big long word is very seldom ever found in genuine use, but it is most often cited as an example of a very long word, in fact many think it to be the longest word in the dictionary, it is not, that title belongs to, are you ready for this,
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis which is the longest word in the English dictionary.
But fun words and big long words aside, I love the really fun words that have a whole world of meaning within the word itself. A great example of this being the word “YONDER”.
Yonder is stone cold Hillbilly. Yonder is also a unit of measure. A precise unit of the measurement of distance. The only issue with Yonder as a measurement of distance is the distance is only in the mind of those who utter “Yonder”. To be properly used as a unit to measure yonder must be coupled with a more descriptive words such as “down, over or out”. These words when accompanying yonder allows one to determine their next step in the process locating the whereabouts of the elusive yonder.
Yonder coupled with down provides a direction to seek the distance. One should not make the mistake of assuming down yonder indicates a southerly direction. It does not. Nor does over yonder indicate either east or west. Over yonder simply means what’s being pointed toward. Down yonder on the other hand can mean a direction without it being pointed out. Or down yonder could also be accompanied by a directional point. Such differences in down yonder and over yonder can be attributed to the whim of the user of the term yonder. Out yonder is, in the minds of many, the holy grail of yonder seekers. This term encompasses a much larger territory and has no possible directional connection what so ever.
My earliest recollection of encountering yonder was as child hearing two coon hunters discussing a lost dog. When asked where did he lose the dog, he replied “Out yonder”. Two days later the coon dog came home on it’s own. Then when telling the story of the return of the dog, “He was just down yonder and came home all by himself.
Yonder. Now that’s a fun word.
From The EastWing, Talking ‘Bout Words, Mean Words, Big Words, Happy Words, Yonder,
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