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In Praise Of Short Words

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Hi. I wrote this for fun, to see if I could write a coherent essay using only one-syllable words. You be the judge.

When we try to deal with big thoughts there is no rule that says we must use big words. In fact, short words are just as good as long ones for most of our needs. Still, most of us find that it’s hard to say what we mean with plain words, so we tend to use a lot of big words when a few small ones would do just as well. We miss the key point that to say the least may be the best way to say the most.

Most of us have learned not to trust big words and those who use them. Of course, not all big words are meant to hide the truth, nor do all those who use them mean to lie – at least some of the time. Big words can be used to make fools of all of us, and though we all know this is so, when it comes to some big words, and some of those who use them, we do not act on what we know to be true till too late, and by then we are ‘had’, as they say.

More and more these days our heads are filled with big new words meant to sell us on false dreams. These big words and the false dreams that come with them may seem real to us at first, but in the end, most of these big words lead to traps that hold us in their grip and do not let go. The odd thing is that most of the time, though most of us know such dreams are false, and are bound to fail, we don’t trust what our own hearts and minds tell us, and we do not seem to learn.

That’s why I say that small words are, for the most part, the best way to find our true voice when we want to speak of things we feel deep in our heart like our love, our pain, our joy, our dreams, fears, and hopes. The use of plain words makes us work hard to seek core thoughts and truths, and bright clean small words leave no dark place for lies, half truths, or vague thoughts to hide. To write or speak this way gives us a kind of strength which we lose if we choose big words that just sound good, and don’t bear their share of the load as we try to give voice to what we see, or to let the world hear what is in our heart. When we speak or write from our true heart and mind then we will find that it is the small words that best help us to say what is true and real in our lives.

The Rule Of One is our best guide to a style that will keep us true to what we mean to say. This rule says that when you have a thing to say that you want to be clear to each one who hears, you must try to say what you mean in words that have just one beat, one clear, plain pulse. When you tune your ear and tongue to this Rule of One, you will find that your mind, tongue and pen flow with streams of crisp, clear words.

There will be times when you need a big word to say what you mean, and of course that’s the way it should be. Big words are there for us when we have to deal with things that are so wide and deep that small words just won’t do. But I find that if I use plain words when I can, more of my thoughts seem to get through to more of those who I want to reach.

We all know how hard it is to be clear and to the point when we try to deal with big thoughts. We are prone to think that plain thoughts are not worth as much as those with more twists and turns. While it is clear that we can’t use short words in all of what we say and write, we can each do more than we now do to make our thoughts clear with the use of short, plain words.

Small words are the breath of our heart and the seeds of our mind, and the skill to use them with grace and art is a true gift. Each of us knows what words like love, hope, joy, fear, and pain mean with no one to tell us. What such words mean is just there, in our shared minds, like bright stars that glow in the night sky where we all can see them and know them for what they are and what they mean. They guide us in our search for a way to speak so that all who hear us will know just what we mean.

So my friends, let’s try to use small, old words when we want to make what we mean clear to all. If a big word is our best choice, then we should not fear to use it, but our tongues are so rich with crisp, brisk, clear, short words that we should try to make them the crux of what we say and write.

Short words are like old friends; they will not let you down.

Would you like to learn to speak and write with style?

 

Author: panaceachronicles

I will be moving to Portland, Oregon in the Fall of 2017 & am looking for an opportunity to contribute to the success of the Cannabis revolution that I helped to start with my 1969 "Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana". "Cultivators" was the first book-length US guide to growing Cannabis, and was a call for individuals to take ownership of this sacred plant before the government and criminal syndicates stole it from the People. Well, it only took 50 years or so, but it looks like the revolution is almost complete, although the struggle isn't quite over yet. Still, I intend to continue to be part of this movement, and am looking for the right opportunity in Oregon to help make the Cannabis revolution unstoppable. Here are some of the skills that I can contribute: Teamwork: I work hard to create win-win dynamics Management: I know how to motivate and lead successful teams Media savvy: I know what editors and readers want and how to give it to them Problem solving: I enjoy helping to find workable solutions to difficult problems Product naming: I create great product and brand names Compelling writer: I craft effective stories and advocacy arguments Strong researcher: I love discovering & validating new, workable concepts Loopholes & Angles: I can find ways to accomplish almost any objective Cultural Awareness: I look far beyond US Anglo culture for inspiration Conservative: I can always do more with less Compliance: I love finding legitimate, innovative pathways through legal issues Milestone Achievements The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana, Agrarian Reform Press, Eugene, Oregon, 1969. The first US grower’s guide Self-published in the face of active FBI interference. Managed initial West Coast distribution. Published worldwide in six languages. 3+ million copies sold. Still in print in 2017. No longer the best – but still the first in its genre. Marijuana Foods, Simon & Schuster, 1981. The first full-length medicinal Cannabis extract cookbook in the US, offering unique extraction options and techniques for creating edible Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. The first Medical Cannabis book to focus specifically on the needs of Seniors. Still in print in 2017. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. 1980-82. Conceived, founded & developed the company & its flagship brand “American Spirit™”. Worked with Native American groups to develop a market for native, natural tobacco produced by Native Americans on tribal lands. Initiated organic growers program. Lost company through bad choice of outside investors – lesson learned. Writer/Producer of “International Straight Talk” video/CBT series. 1995-97. Sponsored by US/SBA, Texas Instruments, Texas Utilities and GTE. Ten full-length country-specific videos with accompanying Computer-based interactive training app. Focus on practical cross-cultural skills for Americans doing business with, or operating on teams with people from other countries. National & international distribution 100,000+ copies. Still used in Graduate Schools of Business & International Management. Countries in series: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, South Africa, Turkey, and Poland. Available on YouTube. Blogger & Social Media Fanatic: 2012 – Present. 150+ full-length posts on the historical and contemporary medical and spiritual uses of Cannabis, Coca and Opium, advocating for the full legalization of Coca Leaf as a natural medicinal plant to complement the emerging range of medical applications of Cannabis and the historically validated importance of Opium as a natural medicine. Plus, occasional political ranting and utopian dreaming. https://panaceachronicles.com My Current Passions 2011 – Present: I enjoy being part of a Husband/Wife team responsible for producing web and print advertising graphics & copy, targeted press releases, videos, logos, branding concepts, marketing copy, brochures, special events promotional materials, and blogs for major arts organizations. http://www.kacckerrville.com 2014 – Present: Online Business & Professional English teaching through SuperProf, located in Paris, France. Interact by webcam and messaging with professional, adult students in a range of countries including Brazil, China, Korea, Spain, France, India and Russia https://internationalstraighttalk.wordpress.com/business-professional-english-lessons/ 2016 – Present: Part of a Husband/Wife team functioning as Arts Editor and Photojournalists for “Hill Country Culture”, a monthly premium magazine with state-wide circulation published by the Kerrville Daily Times. https://issuu.com/hillcountryculture Other Relevant Publications The Connoisseur’s Handbook of Marijuana, Rolling Stone/Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco & NY, 1971. Best-selling history of Cannabis as recreational, inspirational and medical drug. First "coffee-table" book on Cannabis. International Cultivators Handbook of Hashish, Opium and Coca, Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1975. First US book to link together & document the traditional medicinal and spiritual uses of these three great natural plants. The Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco, Cultural Dimensions Press, 1982- 2010. The first grower’s manual for natural tobacco as grown by Native Americans for thousands of years before this powerful spiritual herb become corrupted by the modern cigarette industry. The Coca Leaf Papers, 2012. Medical and scientific research from 1750-1900 on the therapeutic uses of Coca Leaf in the form of extracts and tonics. Extensive bibliography hyperlinked to original historical resources. Advocates for acceptance of Coca Leaf alongside medical Cannabis as a powerful, natural medicine that cannot be co-opted by the Pharmaceutical industry. Cultural Dimensions Of Expatriate Life, 1999-2017. Series of full-length ebooks that currently includes: Australia, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the US, and the U.K. Published for Kindle on all laptop & desktop computer platforms and available with Kindle App for iPad, iPhone & Android platforms. Academic History B.S. Sociology/Anthropology, Dickinson College, 1965 Graduate School, Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, 1968-69 Languages: English (native), French (20% current fluency), Spanish (20% current fluency). Other Professional & Creative History 1965-67 Peace Corps Volunteer, RCD/TEFL, Chad, West Africa 1967-68 Teacher – Head Start program, Caribbean and U.S. 1986-1990 Partner in Lisle Yarns, a high-fashion hand-dyed knitting & weaving yarn manufacturer located in Austin, Texas. Responsible for national sales & marketing, production of publicity, advertising and promotional materials. Traveled to industry shows and presented Lisle Yarns products to fiber arts retailers; interacted with yarn industry media and buyers. Company sold to employees in 1990. 1990-1999 Founder of CultureBanc.com, an online and on-site cross-cultural training company. Designed and delivered original cultural training courses for corporate clients including AT&T, Shell Group, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, GTE, Texas Utilities, Total and British Airways. Company sold to employees in 1999. 1995-97 Computer-based training developer and international management consultant to the non-profit Centre for International Business Studies, Amstelveen, The Netherlands. Part of a multi-cultural team developing proprietary cultural gaming/learning systems. 1997-1999 Adjunct Professor of International Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate School of Management. Developed and implemented the original distance learning curriculum for the Executive MBA program. Taught three courses per semester: cross-cultural research; international business communications; multi-cultural team management.

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