Wherever that phrase came from, I think that in full it says, “A word to the wise is sufficient.” So if that’s true, perhaps a multiplicity of words would be brilliant.

With that in mind, here is the result of some depth of research that would serve to substantiate that idea.

It has been found that those who are less well adjusted frequently use words such as “no,” “not,” “never, “I, ” “me,” “my. They are typically chronic pessimists, killjoys and those who have other personality maladjustments.

Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, discovered that “Words form the major portion of our thought processes.” That is to say that when we are thinking, we find ourselves forming words that verbalize our thoughts. As our brains consider ideas, we even engage in imaginary dialogues with people. Some even talk to themselves while all of this is going on.

On the positive side, some words like comfort, sunshine, pleasure, beauty, delight, courage, fragrance, sweetheart are what psychologists call emotional words. They carry force and impact on others.

Since we tend to think in words, it follows that the more words we have at our command, the more clearly we can define our thoughts either to ourselves or to others. In fact authorities find that the size of a person’s vocabulary is often an indication of his intelligence. That is true, they say, unless they are some who might be described as “educated beyond their intelligence.” These are people who have acquired a sizeable vocabulary but are unable to think their way out of a simple problem.

Generally, however, the more intelligent a person is, the more necessary he finds it to acquire a vocabulary which will enable him to do justice to the expression of this thoughts.

So as you come to an understanding of all of these things, it will not only enable you to do a little character analysis of your associates but it will remind you to expand your vocabulary and watch your language so that a word from you will be both wise and sufficient.

Gregory B. Anderson–director

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Comment by Jack Hadley on August 26, 2011 at 7:42am
Well said, Greg. I think it was Buddha who once said, Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” Perhaps as you suggested above... The more words we have at our command, the more likely we’ll be to pick the precise word that brings peace.

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