“You’ve lost your way with words,
Or at least that’s what I’ve heard.
You’ve lost your way with words,
And to me, what could be worse?”
~The Starting Line, “Way With Words”
Having a way with words—being able to express things with intelligence and eloquence—is an important thing. Of course, words have always been the beloved tool of poets, authors, and bloggers, but they certainly do not reach their limit there.
Everyone can use a way with words. It conveys a sense of credibility and confidence. It helps scientists publish their findings. It helps leaders deliver moving speeches. It helps historians decode antiquated written sources. It helps web designers create clean layouts that still convey maximum information. It helps teachers express a foreign idea to students in a relatable way.
But not just in the professional sense does our use of language help us. It is our way with words that allows us to calm a panicked friend or intrigue a lover. It is how we introduce ourselves and explain apologies. It is how we contextualize the stories of our own lives.
The better we can use words, the better we can say what we mean.
What’s more important than that?