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I also note a penchant for prefixes over suffixes, un- in particular because I favor the negative: unbegotten, unforgiven, unhorsed. Whereas –isms are too ideological and –itises too pathological. Some words should be said more than once for their effect, river river. Said once, it quickly shivers and stops. Seconded, it begins to flow. A word is chosen and put into position, for particular effect. It is tantamount to hauling a big rock, carrying it a great distance, and setting it down, only to realize it should not be occupying that spot in this circumstance. It is dead on arrival although you barely have the reserves to move it again. But if not moved, and best before darkness spreads, it will create a hole commensurate with its heft, and it will encroach on the tender shoots of words nearby. If, however, it was the exact word you wanted and rightly lodged, the satisfaction is gratified, on the spot, so to speak. And the entire surround is enhanced. Then, there is its commonly attendant ability to convert its stationariness into action. One can truck on over to that enormous rock and rock it out of the hole it is beginning to create for itself. I rock, you rock, one trucks.

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