Thank you again! I appreciate the compliments.
Rick and Ben actually use a lot of good words. I used to say something like, “I’m not trying to be right for the sake of being right…” but then I heard Rick use the word pedantic a couple of times and it’s just easier for me to use that word now. To be honest, however, the intention is usually to be more didactic than pedantic, but more for accuracy and not necessarily in a negative way.
As far as the tenets of ‘good writing’ are concerned, semantics and syntax are, indeed, important, but empirically speaking, I would argue that careful phonology is often taken for granted.
Good examples of bad phonology include:
A tenant is a person who rents a land or property
A tenet is a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true
Taken for granted is to assume something as true, real, unquestionable, or to be expected
Taken for granite is to confuse something with a rock (I guess)
A rottweiler is a dog
A rockweiler is a word made up by drunken rednecks that think they are talking about a dog
You get the idea.
Phonology and aphasia can seem similar in meaning, but the former is being careful and knowledgeable about semantics and the latter is a medical condition that causes people to confuse their words. To be fair, I discovered both of these words tonight while I was writing this.
If you really want to learn some cool words, I recommend casually browsing the German language. The Germans have a word for everything, seriously. Germans have words for things that you wouldn’t even think about.
Petrichor is a personal favorite. I find the thought of petrichor particularly soothing, especially on a bad day. It’s a very powerful word for me. Thinking about petrichor makes me want to breathe in very slowly and deeply.
On a different note, I’m sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well. I hope things get better. I’m not sure if you’re into meditation or holistic healing, but I’m a firm believer that most causes of disease, or the lack of being at ease, begin in the subconscious mind.
Louise Hay suggests in her book that a fever is often caused by ‘Anger, burning up’. A phrase on which you can meditate is:
“I am the cool, calm expression of peace and love.”
She also suggests that migraines can often be the result of the ‘Dislike of being driven. Resisting the flow of life. Possible sexual fears’. A phrase on which you can meditate is:
“I relax into the flow of life and let life provide all that I need easily and comfortably. Life is for me.”
Depression relates to ‘Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.’ Her phrase for meditation is:
“I now go beyond other people’s fears and limitations. I create my own life.”
Only you know what these mean to you, and you’ll have to think back to what was going on in your life just before you started getting sick to make any meaningful connections, but I would also add that I would probably be angry a lot if I were a corrections officer. I don’t think I could do that job and be satisfied with my life.
I’m not suggesting you should take any specific immediate action, but I do think your mind and body are trying to communicate with your spirit in a way that will bring you greater peace and wholeness, if that is what you want. Not everyone has a desire for peace and wellness. Who am I to say what another person should want out of life?
That said, if you are, indeed, seeking peace and wholeness, it might require major life changes, or maybe just a few small adjustments. Being sick in bed is a good time to seriously contemplate life’s decisions and consequences.
I think our minds and bodies have reasons to offer us those ‘opportunities’. We, as humans, enjoy being entertained and many of us are actually afraid of the ‘silence’. That is, we crave constant distraction to avoid facing our deeper thoughts and processes. Entertainment can inspire us, but for the sake of mental health, our minds also need quiet time to reflect upon our actions and heal just as much as a broken bone needs to be set and remain undisturbed for a period of time.
Anyway, like I said, only you know the deeper meaning of what this means to you. I don’t know you personally, but the Universe is offering these ideas to you. I’m just the conduit. Things happen for a reason. You’ll have to decide any deeper meaning for yourself.
I hope it helps.