Sunday, June 21, 2009


When one is almost able to say something yet can’t seem to put it into words with the right term at the tip of his tongue, it’s perhaps due to the composition of different words conveying the same meaning. Of all the possible terminologies, there could be one that can be used as fittingly as to express the exact message.

Despite these many words, language, vocabulary, expressions, terms, dialect, idiom, lingo or what have you (case in point), neologisms are still created. Is there a need for new words if what’s already spoken or written is understandable as meant? Another thing, there are even considered highfalutin words of which its usage isn’t preferred if only because of its pomposity. I believe that the only reason as to why these supposedly ostentatious words are considered such is because it’s not often used for fear of being misunderstood. “Ostentatious?! Can’t you just say grandiose? Or even that’s considered pompous, I mean showy?”

Duh? time… I mean, the time has come when “duh?” is commonly used more than its now understandable connotation “Are you stupid?” The use of simple words may be all that is needed to basically get your message across but is that of what’s being imparted precisely comprehended. For instance, where words play a vital part in manifesting feelings, “love” and “adore” could mean the same but saying “I love you” could be just that compared to the frankly more passionate “I adore you”.

There is a good reason as to there is an advantage for the formation of as many words. However, simplifying a word isn’t the use for a simpler synonym but its rate of recurrence in usage. Getting used to hearing or reading it renders it to be as ordinary. The rebuttal of the majority to understand the expediency (oops sorry, I mean suitability) of word usage confirms their ease to rather settle for unfussiness (I could have said simplicity but…) perhaps or bears out their contentment with “just that” more than “that’s it!”

Substantialiscious is a neologism I’ve read from a Sneakers’ wrapper meaning: the weight of something when you weigh it with your tongue. Is there even such a word? Well, until now there is. It’s not common as it’s not ordinarily used considering the point being who would even bother to know that feeling with your tongue. Does it have a synonym? Highfalutin? Could it be used to describe that seemingly mind-boggling weight at the tip of your tongue when weighing up for a better term for something?

I really don’t know if you understand what I’m trying to get at. I can’t effortlessly explain it the way it would be more comprehensible. I can’t quite find the right words. It’s at the tip of my tongue. It’s substantialiscious…
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