I have extolled my love of words many times here. It's something that isn't going away. I like to write them, I like to read them, and I love when they are used in a such a way that I can feel exactly what the writer is trying to express. And that, my friends, is where the problem lies.
The trouble with words is that some are losing meaning. The more often I read certain things, the more often I'm sure they aren't genuine.
LOL is the biggest offender. Are you really laughing out loud? Probably not. Maybe if the comment had been made face-to-face, you would be. But still, I get that it serves a purpose, to simply say "that was funny." I do it too, and I don't intend to stop, but I still like to be conscious of it and say something that means more when something really is funny.
Perhaps I'm too literal, but I recently saw someone on facebook describe the ending of a celebrity's marriage as "devastating." This, friends, is where I encourage you to use a thesaurus. I just find that descriptor about the dissolution of the marriage of someone you don't actually know to be a bit too strong. I understand that devastating is a strong word that conveys a strong, specific emotion, but it doesn't seem accurate. I would much prefer a sentence worth of explanation than a word that doesn't quite fit.
My least favorite - and a sin I have committed many times until I recently vowed to stop - is "can't wait." Can't wait to see your vacation pics! Can't wait for that link up! Um, yes Lauren, you CAN wait. You will probably forget about that thing you "can't wait" for as soon as you click on to the next post. It diminishes the meaning of the sentiment when you use it in the context of things you are truly excited for - your own vacations, the end of a stressful work day, the nieces coming to visit this summer. Just stop it. Use your words to say something with more meaning rather than extending a platitude that we all know isn't true.
I majored in communication studies in college, and a professor once said that good communicators don't use idioms - phrases like "it's raining cats and dogs" and "so hungry I could eat a horse" where wholly unwelcome. I had to stretch my brain, to ask myself how I really felt, what it really looked like, and dig deeper to say the thing I meant to say. And I miss that. In a world of texts and 140 characters, it's hard to really convey all the things I mean. But aren't those words and extra characters where the good stuff comes from? Using all those words is the only thing I can do to show you who I really am - more than a girl behind a screen full of untrue LOLs and empty can't waits.
I want to use all the words in a way that lets you know me more, a way beyond what people in real life see. In real life, it's hard to articulate all the things you want to say; you're fighting for attention with background noise, smart phones, and your own internal distractions. The written word is a place, for me at least, where I can think through what I want to say- something I rarely do in real life. I want to describe everything, and I want you to get it. I want to write with words that are savored and accurate, regardless of the number used. I want to give words the value they deserve and let you know that I mean what I say. I want the trouble to lie in the vastness of too many good words to read.