Our language is full of wonderful words. We use many of them in oral conversation, thousands more in written communications, and have benefitted greatly from the enhancement to our verbiage.

Some words we know and use easily. Everyone knows some small soul who is truly uncouth. But do we ever describe an acquaintance as being definitely couth? Legal usage but unlikely practice.

Mellifluous is another such word. I know two people who share the sweet sounding tones: Garrison Keillor and my husband’s physician. When Mr. Keillor or Dr. Day expound, all things rumble out in deep sonorous tones. Health and wellness are surely just around the corner. And Lake Wobegon is full of folks we have come to care about.

When my grandson was in his new-word-a-week phase he discovered plethora. Suddenly we had a plethora of plethoras. And the word assaulted us from the printed page and spoken admonishments. Useful knowledge to be sure. Another apt addition to language to file away in our brains.

Do you have a friend who is loquacious? Do you describe him so? Or do you agree with others that he is a total chatterbox?

Adverbs and adjectives beget emoticons. My incoming emails are plied with icons. I rarely ever use the little critters myself. For one thing, by the time I find an appropriate face to use it is usually dinnertime and please come now! Sigh.

Rules of grammar state one explanation point will do. Three exclamation points will not shout any louder.

Ditto the use of the term unique. Unique stands alone. Modifying it will not make it any more, well, unique. It is what it is, all by itself.

Language is useful. It is clever. It expands the ways of expression for most of mankind.

The rest of us just download the app for Mr. Roget’s trusty Thesaurus.

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