Speaking the Same Language

 I ran into Alice, a former neighbor, running with her daughter.

First question we always have for one another is, so what are you reading?

I start carrying on about a novel called Belgravia, written by Julien Fellowes who wrote Downton Abbey by saying, it begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, using the word, pivotal, in my abbreviated description.

Her preteen, well-mannered daughter Sara, asks its meaning.

I loved that she didn’t know, but was bright enough to ask. At her age I would have been bored and embarrassed, but being her mother’s daughter she too is an avid reader who loves language.

When you read a lot, your vocabulary can’t help but to increase, therefore you speak with an elegance you’re not always aware of. It’s one of the many boons books bring within their binding.

Alice lets me take the helm since I used the word, so I say in Susannahese, it means it’s key to the story, appearing throughout, hoping my clipped meaning was correct.

I look at Alice for verification.

“That’s right,” she says, think when you pivot in dance class Sara, you go all the way around coming back to where you started because your starting point is that important.”

How I loved watching Sara listen, making the word her own.

When I came home, I still looked it up….an adjective…  

Of crucial importance…the report was missing a pivotal piece of information. Central, urgent and necessary. Something that appears throughout. A sliding or pivotal motion.

I knew all three of us would remember this story since it would forever be essential, vital and pivotal, to our ongoing, literary relationship.       



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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24 Responses to Speaking the Same Language

  1. I was raised in a rural area where speech was basic. Double negatives were common as were weird contractions. There I was using words with 3 and 4 syllables. I read so many books as a kid and many books that were beyond my age (don’t tell Mom) that it influenced my speech. I always swore that my success in business was tied to my early reading habits and the ability to be articulate. The flip side was that I didn’t have any besties in the ‘hood.

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  2. Eilene Lyon says:

    Sometimes I forget just how many words I know – and where they hell are they when I’m writing something that ends up inviting ennui?

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  3. I’m still amazed at the new words I learn, even after all this time of life and reading. English has quite a prodigious lexicon. 🙂

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, a good vocabulary is an added bonus to escaping into an author’s world. Just like Anne Mehrling, I too would mispronounce words I never heard spoken aloud. I began reading Agatha Christie when I was 12 and pronounced her name a-GATH-a, ha ha. As a freshman in college a boyfriend once told me he loved to listen to me because of my vocabulary. Until then I wasn’t cognizant of it.
    Your friend’s daughter is on the right track. The ability to read and comprehend quickly is a tremendous asset throughout life. In fact, it’s pivotal!

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  5. I must admit that Tops early reading list looked like something the Vice Squad might be investigating. I’m going out on a limb here, but I think it’s safe to say the only vocabulary I learned were sexual or crime related. Nothing like some Jackie Collins in your early 20’s to ignite your already heated libido.
    We need more Saras in this world!

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