What words do we use the most? What would an organisation’s collection of words, it’s Linguistic Corpus, be? Why am I using the same words over and over?
We have habits and fashions in regularly using certain words as individuals and within our community, as within an organisation. The following pages, words and lists began in exploration of some of the recurring words we use in the workplace, and their alternatives.
The process of creating a written list allows categorisation, and to “hear” all it’s words on one page. Rhythms and patterns are revealed in underlying structure, definitions and synonyms sat together give polarity. Lists were condensed, abstracted and edited into other lists, cropped, moved and altered. Some reappeared digitally, synced to the auditory beat of work meetings.
Does the rhythm of a list promote it’s content?
Which word is most positive? What are it’s echoes, undertones and associations? Where are meanings fixed or changeable?
Emails (lots of), marketing, reporting, blogs, research, words in dialogue or unidirectional, all requiring another take, another form of language. A lot of word choices, uncountable possibilities and typos: I still don’t know what an “Onion project” is, although I definitely sent this out in email.
The written form holds its importance as a visual document, and on paper it can achieve real world tactility and tangibility. When shared, it may be carved forever in stone and email recipients.
Recycle, delete, trash…
… we can remove emails permanently in one easy action. But what is happening to books on a shelf, or literature in an in-tray? Overlooked, unseen, forgotten but not deleted.
Does a text hibernate when we are not reading it? Does a book die when you close it? Why is it so still?