As a writer, it makes me sad that many favor the convenience of simpler words and shorter sentences – the verbose is villain, the prolix wasteful, when what was really wasted was the opportunity to decorate what was written with every available accouterments, and the sin is settling for the plain.
In a world that promotes truncated language and renders beautifully-crafted words obsolete and archaic to satisfy the predilection of the ‘generation instant’, writers form the remaining cadre of warriors left to fight the battle in the name of exquisite vocabulary’s survival and preeminence, especially since many editors have betrayed the craft in favor of functionality and obedience to capitalist content-making.
I use grand and extravagant words not to alienate those with inferior comprehension, nor to be pompous and pretentious but to pique curiosity, stimulate an interest, and foster a deeper and more profound relationship with words. I don’t say ‘look away if you don’t understand!’ but rather, I say ‘Look it up so that you may understand’. And then use it. Don’t let words entombed in books succumb and die along with its carpet of dust that no one has ever touched.
Very few now gets to come across the whole gamut of words once used to color the language of man in vibrant hues so that the words throb and dance and resonate strongly, firmly, sincerely; indelible like the warmth of love’s first kiss which will never vanish even with the whispers of winter and the darkness at twilight.
Many now know very few words, which they dispense without care and without thought. And that is utterly and truly lamentable.
Nathaniel T. Dela Cruz
18 February 2017