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The Weight of Words

One of the greatest joys of any type of writing is finding the just right word.

But it can also suck.

Words aren’t freestanding. They don’t exist in a vacuum. So when I find just the right word, I’m not just using that word. I’m also taking on the weight of that word and all its previous usages.

As I work on the introduction to my dissertation, I was looking for a word to act as a balance for nostalgia. It came to me, as I was making a concept map, that pragmatism would work well in my theoretical framework.

Self-satisfaction flooded my being. It’s the perfect word.

Yet, now, I have to take into account the entire weight of that word.

Hmmm. Should be interesting.

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