20 November 2007

a week of thanksgiving (part 2)

According to a bunch of overeducated people at Yale and Duke and similar bastions of the abstruse, the most powerful words in the English language are: you, save, money, easy, guarantee, health, proven, safety, discovery, new, love, and results.

Yeah, I think they're wrong.

The most powerful word in the English language has just two letters and must be followed by a question mark or it becomes as benign as Popeye sans spinach. And can I just say that canned spinach is disgusting on so many levels, especially when consumed at room temperature.

But back to taking over the world. The most powerful word in the English language, according to me, is this:


Truly, folks. Do not underestimate that monosyllabic pearl. I assure you, nothing derails merit like a well-timed So?.

ie "I can bench 400 pounds with my little finger."

"Last night at bedtime, my three-year-old recited the US Presidents in chronological order, alphabetical order, and by height."

"You look like a water buffalo in that dress."

All this to say that today I'm thankful for words. There's rhythm, beauty, and potency embedded in even the smallest among them. May I wield them with care.


Beki - TheRustedChain said...

I don't know that I've ever seen someone so good with words as you are.


Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

You wield them with beauty and wit.

Anonymous said...


Just testing! Don't ban me from your site please. Yes, I agree. They are so powerful that I consider them fightin' words! Most powerful (i.e. drives dad insane with repeated use in the same conversation) kid word? "Why?"

nic said...

heheh...beki & bd, i strongly considered ending the post with so?...guess i should've done it to preclude all the so's in the comments. :)

and thanks, sweet kimmy.

Tonya said...