Words Fail Me

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How do I find the right words to say exactly what I mean?

Submitted: July 28, 2016

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Words Fail Me.

I know precisely what I want to convey to you, but how can I put it into words so that you know exactly what I mean. So often, it seems, words fail me.

I sit there with pen and paper in front of me, or the keys of a keyboard under my finger-tips. Where am I to find the right words for what I want to say?

I search through the muddled mess of the vocabulary box that resides inside my head. I have my precious 15 year old Encarta dictionary (a gem of a sale bargin) beside me, along with a thesaurus. I want to get it right and 'getting it right' can be a time consuming process.

Eventually I've nailed it. Or have I? I reread it, cross words out, substitute new ones, managing to turn the entire composition into an illegible mess. I type it out again, making further changes as I go along but it still sounds wrong.

Numerous substitutions, removals and replacements later I reach the conclusion that I'm not going to be able to make any more improvements. It's still not right but I cannot put my finger on what word or phrase is wrong. The choice now is whether to go for it and publish, or press delete and be done with the whole thing.

The delete option should be the easiest one to go for but I know that, should I press it,
I'll still be fretting over my lack of communication skills in a weeks time. Can it really be worded so badly that you won't get my meaning?

The answer to that is, apparently, 'Yes'! The intended meaning is missed either through bad expression on my part, or perhaps from a conscious decision by you to ignore it. Once again I find that words have failed me.

But I don't like to concede defeat. One day I'll say EXACTLY what I mean to say. Until then I'll just have to keep practising.



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