5 Most Powerful Words

Read and find emotion in these pages. Or leave, and burn a hole in these pages.

Read and find emotion in these pages. Or leave, and burn a hole in these pages.

I know what I want to say but I don’t know how to say it. There is nothing more cliché than saying something is indescribable, especially in the English language. There are millions of words to choose from. Some words are more powerful than others. According to a study from Yale University, here are the 5 most powerful words in the English language.

1. You

In today’s world, impersonal is unimpressionable. If you don’t engage your audience, don’t expect them to pay attention. “You” makes your dialogue about the reader instead of well, you. It’s not necessary to write completely in second person, but an occasional rhetorical question in the text will help you reach out directly to your reader.

2. Free

Signaling freedom, no money down, space, and opportunity, “Free” yanks on the human brain. It gives back instead of  taking away. “Free” is a word that allows imagination, encourages risk, and disrupts restriction, which makes it so attractive.

3. Love

“Love” is full of contradictions. It is strong and weak, risky and safe, hot and cold, depending on who is doing the loving. It is a word that has no accurate synonyms but dangerous antonyms. If you have ever used, you know the power behind it.

4. Save

A value word, “Save” commands attention from readers because it signals opportunity. Anything that follows “Save” is critical to human lifestyle including time, money, life, and so on. Any chance you have of saving your time, money, or life, you will most likely take it.

5. Easy

Life isn’t easy. So when something is said to be easy, we want to know what it is. Also, if a task is said to be easy, people will be persuaded to complete it. An easy way out allows room for laziness but still gives a feeling of accomplishment.

Are there some words you think should be added to this list? Comment below.

Grab A Book

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How many times have you heard, or said the words “I don’t like to read,” or “I can’t write?” But you’re reading and writing all day long. You tweet, text, watch television, and take notes in class. All of these tasks require some sort of literacy skills. Obviously some are more enjoyable than others.

Let’s explore why that is.

Everyone knows you canonly use 140 characters on twitter. Readers like that. Writers don’t. It takes skill to create a complete thought in 140 characters, but to read a complete thought in 140 characters is just plain easier.

Texting is like tweeting, except you have more freedom. Some people would argue that females like texting more than guys because females have more to say.

Have you ever heard a female complain about her boyfriends “one word text messages?” Either way, it is a quicker, and more convenient form of communication. All of the words you see daily are often flashed across a screen or you’re on the move, doing something else why you are watching that television, or scrolling on your smartphone, giving you less time to consider what it actually being said.

I am a twenty-year old college student, and I, too, am in the center of our digital world. I enjoy the conveniences of texting, tweeting, and the joys that come with tablets and smartphones. However, my passion lies with old-fashioned methods of sending and receiving information – like reading actual books with hard covers and writing on notebook paper.

Let’s start an artistic revolution for the leather bound book, the wooden pencil, for words, and for WRITERS. 

Authors like Edgar Allen Poe and Walt Whitman and more have created infinite stories. Awaken the reader inside all of you, and urge people to return to these sacred texts. To become a great writer, you must read great works. And learn how to use them for your own creation.

When was the last time you CHOSE to pick up a book?