Spelling it Correctly

If you fall in love with the wrong spelling and inscribe it in your mind obstinately, then the entire meaning is not only distorted, but an alternative reality arises from it. An erroneous spelling is also pronounced with the predominant influence of the phonetically distorted word.

Pronunciation matters a lot when you come across a new word and try to use it in a piece of writing. Even before you use the word on paper, your imagination ruminates over its essence and tries to fit into the idea that is floating around. If the structure of your imagination is equipped with wrong spelling and pronunciation, then it can have a contradictory effect on its effectiveness.

We may not realise the fallacious nature of the idea’s existence and contradictions it has to deal with. The silent churning spills over to your argument and the (in)ability to explain the idea in an emphatic manner. It is not only difficult to convince a reader about an original idea but also perceived to be a bête noire. It is essential to be convinced to convince others!

There is a prevalent perception that a writer is trying to flaunt a heavy vocabulary just for the sake of appearing knowledgeable and bask in the glory of self-importance. It is not so! When ideas are not so simple and life itself has to be metaphorically explained, the use of a refined vocabulary becomes a necessity. It is a matter of educating the mind to develop an idea beyond the existing thought process! While using a new word, it is absolutely essential to spell it correctly, otherwise, it will be a huge disaster.

It is not easy to adopt new words, and I have faced situations where readers have turned away from a piece of writing just because it contained an above average vocabulary. It helped me explain the idea in a critical and progressive manner, but the perception surrounding the use of vocabulary defeated the purpose. I believe if literature has to evolve and stimulate critical thinking then it has to move ahead despite the resistance and reluctance.

The idea of coming across a new word, researching more about its etymology is exciting and also helps add more eruditeness. Knowledge cannot stagnate and new imaginations become stale in the mind due to the general perceptions. Writing is a journey of self-realisation, learning, acquiring new knowledge, and honing the craft itself. It is important to spell the idea of writing correctly!

~Amitav

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7 thoughts on “Spelling it Correctly

  1. Convinced to convince others….yes. We have to believe what we write.
    As for the refined language…well, it comes with education and cannot be simply copied. You have to understand it. It will find its audience like the unrefined one.
    Excellent read.

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    1. Thank you so much, Bojana! You have hit the nail on the head! “It will find its audience like the unrefined one.” this line holds much truth.

      It is disconcerting to see the divisive perception and casualness of the approach towards literature and literary pursuits.

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      1. I remember a show I watched with the most unlikely guests u can think of, an intellectual (writer, linguist, siciologist) and a singer(modern stuff, dangerous for the brain, smart and perceptive but lacking education). All of a sudden, she snaps at him saying – why do u talk like that, using words nb can understand and relate to. Are u trying to make me feel bad?
        He starts to apologize the poor thing. That’s who I am. That’s how I talk. I’m not trying to impress anyone.
        Back to our story, some worlds should never meet. If they do, nb should feel (under)privilaged. We are who we are.

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      2. Wonderful that you shared this story! And the twain shall never meet. She was under the impression that he was philosophising. I feel, it is about understanding life from completely contrasting perspectives.

        When you say no one should feel underpriviledged, one should have the maturity to think it is not some elitist/intellectual oppression. Some languages are essential to speak in the literary world, as well as, in philosophy.

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      3. Maturity, yes, and broadness. Not all of my friends are super intellectuals and no, I don’t need them to think better of myself. We enjoy each other’s company. Simple as that.
        Then there are those with whom I can talk more serious stuff.

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