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What's Your Word? (November-December 2011)

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by , November 1st, 2011 at 01:00 AM (1046 Views)
Recently we posted a question on Facebook: “What adjective best describes swimming?” We received nearly 100 responses. Not all were adjectives and some posters couldn’t limit themselves to just one word.

Single words have a long history of summarizing our physical and emotional behavior. Stop. Love. Yield. Yes. No. Fire. (Insert your favorite curse word here.). We use single words to simplify—to reduce a complex series of events or a complicated emotional response into one neat and tidy package that gives us direction, inspires us, triggers action, or simply lets anyone within earshot know just how painful smashing our shin into that coffee table was.

When describing something meaningful, our language offers a cornucopia of words—and there is no right or wrong. Some of the words our members use to describe swimming easily convey why they might get up before the chickens to get to the pool. Others clearly have a special meaning just for that person. “Exhilarating” was the most-used word.

This tag cloud (thank you, wordle.net) shows the responses we received. The larger the word, the more times it was found among the responses.
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