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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Word Economy

What are you drinking this morning. The other day my barista made me a sample of a peppermint patty hot chocolate. It was delicious not as strong as a peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks. I think I will have another!

I was reading Heartbound by P.I. Alltraine. It made me think of word economy something that I haven’t thought of since my poetry days. In poetry, you are limited in the words you can use so every word counts. When you take that skill and apply it to a novel you come up with a great lexicon. I like how this author’s bio talks about her strong background in poetry. I like to think writers that spend time with poetry have a more eloquent way with words.

Overall, I think authors could use more vocabulary in their arsenal. I think word diversity is really important. I think an excellent book is one that has you reaching for a dictionary. Kindle has made it even easier you just have to highlight the word and it gives you a definition. In the word’s of Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If ” we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”


If we are voracious readers we should have an expansive vocabulary.

What do you think?

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  • Maggie December 11, 2015, 3:34 am

    Hey! I totally agree with you! It is such a positive thing to be fluent in our own language! I wish I was a poet, but I find it difficult to rhyme most of the time! :D By the way, I’m drinking my morning 50 cups of coffee and that peppermint patty hot chocolate sounds to die for! :D
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    • Jessica December 15, 2015, 5:56 pm

      MMMM…. Coffee sounds so good right now but I’d be up all night. It’s actually called a frosted mint mocha. I got it wrong. Peppermint patty is with peppermint and dark chocolate, the other is chocolate milk and frosted mint… almost like spearmint it is to die for!

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