It is one of the single most powerful weapons in existence. Having an expansive vocabulary goes far beyond just being a mark of education or intelligence. Having a deep understanding of language, and how it works is your arsenal.
My personal vernacular ranges from east coast ebonics, to Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Associates in Computer Science. It also includes colloquialisms from all over the country, as well as the science behind my certifications: Fitness Nutrition Coach, and Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Coach.
I’m not saying all of this to brag. I’m telling you because the prevailing attitude these days that “it’s just the internet” and “nobody cares” is wrong. It is just plain wrong. You are being tested. With every conversation, you are being weighed, and measured. Whether you know it or not, you’re being mentally sized up in every conversation you have.
I use my vocabulary like pieces on a chess board. I appear to be less educated, and even weak minded when it suits my purpose. I trounce people in conversation when strength is needed. I play a careful game of cat, and mouse to draw out people’s intent (if it helps, think Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers).
Having a firm grasp on language is an important skill. It allows you to excel in life, rather than just exist.
If I’ve picked on you in the past about grammar, punctuation, and language, please understand that I’m honestly trying to help. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the doors that are opened with the understanding of language.
*Edit to add* My personal battle with dyslexia has taught me much about language.
Tohono O’odham Community College Gets Top-Notch Art Degree Program
Fransisco A. Fraire Jr. has been drawing for as long as he can remember. Now he’s a student at Tohono O’odham Community College, and thanks to a new Fine Arts Associate Degree program there, he will be able to smoothly transition to the Institute of American Indian Arts to continue his education.