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  • Writer's pictureChanel Rion

In Pursuit

The human brain relies on language — a code of understanding, that, in the form of words symbolize meaning and impart thoughts and memories that in our infinite interpretations, define our very sentience. At age one, a child knows about 50 words; by age 3 — 1,000 words; by age 5 — 10,000 words. But vocabulary building tends to stop by middle age. This is not so much a limit in our capacity to learn as much as it is a laziness — a certain comfort attained by the familiar. The voracious curiosity and necessary survival of a child propels their mind to absorb new words to define their worlds. Adults on the other hand tend to streamline their experience of the world out of a need for efficiency — thereby undercutting a fundamental ingredient in expanding one’s intellectual capacity. #Shakespeare is estimated to have had a #vocabulary of 65,000 words. His grasp of language captured some of the most profound nuances of the human experience. By following his #wordsmith ways with the voracity of a child, we just might find that the world is at once infinitely more wondrous and infinitely better defined — and, of course, always, always, in need of further investigation.

~Wordeby’s by Chanel Rion

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