Quotes and Sayings about Vocabulary



"I was probably just trying to be Dennis Miller, but without the vocabulary to actually be Dennis Miller. I guess I was just less interesting than I am now, if I am interesting at all."
- Todd Barry
(Related: Now, Trying, Vocabulary)

"As you can appreciate over my lifetime I've developed a large vocabulary of sounds each requiring certain physical techniques often combined with a specific effect box."
- Adrian Belew
(Related: Effect, Vocabulary)

"There is a continuum of values between the churches and the general community. What distinguishes the handling of these values in the churches is mainly the heavier dosage of religious vocabulary involved."
- Peter L. Berger
(Related: Values, Churches, Community, Religious, Vocabulary)

"In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind. It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology. Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: Fact, Mind, Psychology, Shakespeare, Vocabulary)

"I think the most overused words in our vocabulary in the South are black and white."
- Artur Davis
(Related: Vocabulary, Words)

"Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant."
- Ani DiFranco
(Related: Anger, Men, Music, Women, Vocabulary)

"The citizen is becoming a pawn in a game where nobody knows the rules, where everybody consequently doubts that there are rules at all, and where the vocabulary has been diminished to such an extent that nobody is even sure what the game is all about."
- Andrew Eldritch
(Related: Rules, Vocabulary)

"In fact, eloquence in English will inevitably make use of the Latin element in our vocabulary."
- Robert Fitzgerald
(Related: Eloquence, English, Fact, Vocabulary, Will)

"The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love and friendship. A true friend would die for you, so when you start trying to count them on one hand, you don't need any fingers."
- Larry Flynt
(Related: Love, Friendship, English, Trying, Vocabulary, Words)

"Being a mother gives you an incredible feeling of empowerment, you think if I can go through such pain and that level of sleep and still operate and not be grumpy you can do anything. It can be quite scary, you can't function your brain, forget your vocabulary."
- Anna Friel
(Related: Mother, Being, Empowerment, Feeling, Forget, Pain, Sleep, Vocabulary)

"It's like learning a language; you can't speak a language fluently until you find out who you are in that language, and that has as much to do with your body as it does with vocabulary and grammar."
- Fred Frith
(Related: Body, Grammar, Language, Learning, Vocabulary)

"The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax, are fascinating: how important connotation is, what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Language, Vocabulary)

"There is a way in which all writing is connected. In a second language, for example, a workshop can liberate the students' use of the vocabulary they're acquiring."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Example, Language, Students, Vocabulary, Writing)

"My mother was a very literate person who had educated herself. She had an exceptional vocabulary."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Mother, Vocabulary)

"Most jazz players work out their solos, at least to the extent that they have a very specific vocabulary."
- Lee Konitz
(Related: Work, Jazz, Vocabulary)

"This African American Vernacular English shares most of its grammar and vocabulary with other dialects of English. But it is distinct in many ways, and it is more different from standard English than any other dialect spoken in continental North America."
- William Labov
(Related: African, America, American, English, Grammar, Vocabulary)

"Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure."
- Tommy Lasorda
(Related: Failure, Pressure, Thinking, Vocabulary, Word)

"I've created a vocabulary of different styles. I draw from many different ways to take a picture. Sometimes I go back to reportage, to journalism."
- Annie Leibovitz
(Related: Journalism, Vocabulary)

"In the younger days of the Republic there lived in the county of - two men, who were admitted on all hands to be the very best men In the county; which, in the Georgia vocabulary, means they could flog any other two men in the county."
- Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
(Related: Men, Vocabulary)

"Of course there are big differences in length and character and vocabulary, but each level has its particular pleasures when it comes to the words one can use and the way one uses them."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Character, Vocabulary, Words)

"If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary."
- Malcolm X
(Related: Vocabulary, Word)

"We're looking to help our guitar buddies do their thing while at the same time we try to create something we might enjoy listening to ourselves. If anything we are trying to develop a vocabulary so we can converse more fluidly."
- Pat Mastelotto
(Related: Time, Guitar, Help, Listening, Trying, Vocabulary)

"Arthur Young's Reflexive Universe - fascinating but too schematic to fit into my scheme. The most I could hope for was a sense of the vocabulary and some possible images."
- James Merrill
(Related: Hope, Sense, Universe, Vocabulary)

"I always try to think of a vocabulary to match different musical situations."
- Roscoe Mitchell
(Related: Vocabulary)

"Tired is not a word in my vocabulary."
- Brittany Murphy
(Related: Vocabulary, Word)

"Losing is not in my vocabulary."
- Ruud van Nistelrooy
(Related: Losing, Vocabulary)

"The most important word in the vocabulary of advertising is TEST. If you pretest your product with consumers, and pretest your advertising, you will do well in the marketplace."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Advertising, Vocabulary, Will, Word)

"It's interesting to help someone find their vocabulary. There would not have been a De Niro without a Scorsese."
- Jason Patric
(Related: Help, Vocabulary)

"Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Science, Vocabulary)

"So long as we use a certain language, all questions that we can ask will have to be formulated in it and will thereby confirm the theory of the universe which is implied in the vocabulary and structure of the language."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Language, Questions, Theory, Universe, Vocabulary, Will)

"We live in a time when the words impossible and unsolvable are no longer part of the scientific community's vocabulary. Each day we move closer to trials that will not just minimize the symptoms of disease and injury but eliminate them."
- Christopher Reeve
(Related: Time, Community, Day, Disease, Injury, Trials, Vocabulary, Will, Words)

"When I wear high heels I have a great vocabulary and I speak in paragraphs. I'm more eloquent. I plan to wear them more often."
- Meg Ryan
(Related: Vocabulary)

"So far as the advocates of a constructed international language are concerned, it is rather to be wondered at how much in common their proposals actually have, both in vocabulary and in general spirit of procedure."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Language, Spirit, Vocabulary)

"Human vocabulary is still not capable, and probably never will be, of knowing, recognizing, and communicating everything that can be humanly experienced and felt."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: Vocabulary, Will)

"Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds."
- Dorothy L. Sayers
(Related: English, Vocabulary, Writer)

"Sound is the vocabulary of nature."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: Nature, Sound, Vocabulary)

"With a very few exceptions, every word in the French vocabulary comes straight from the Latin."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Vocabulary, Word)

"We use the word 'hope' perhaps more often than any other word in the vocabulary: 'I hope it's a nice day.' 'Hopefully, you're doing well.' 'So how are things going along? Pretty good. Going to be good tomorrow? Hope so.'"
- Studs Terkel
(Related: Hope, Day, Pretty, Tomorrow, Word)

"Words are not even within me. They're not in my vocabulary to really express the kind of feeling that I had."
- Tanya Tucker
(Related: Feeling, Vocabulary, Words)

"The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose metre is one's biography, joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island."
- Derek Walcott
(Related: Biography, Body, Luck, Sound, Vocabulary, Waking, Walking)

"I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both visually and intellectually. The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses. It's a metaphor for women's lives, their creativity."
- Vera Wang
(Related: Wedding, Women, Creativity, Metaphor, Vocabulary, Weddings)

"I've actually become much, much dumber through being married and having these children. I find that I'm not half as sharp that I once was. I can't even help them with their 4th and 5th grade vocabulary and math work at this point."
- Patrick Warburton
(Related: Work, Being, Children, Help, Vocabulary)

"The vocabulary of pleasure depends on the imagery of pain."
- Marina Warner
(Related: Pain, Pleasure, Vocabulary)

"We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
- Booker T. Washington
(Related: English, Unconscious, Vocabulary, Words)

"One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Names, Needs, Vocabulary, Will, Words)

"In my eighties, my best friends are in their fifties, and I have many friends at university. It keeps one young, and up with the vocabulary. That's terribly important, especially for a writer."
- Mary Wesley
(Related: Friends, University, Vocabulary, Writer)

"First, we have to find a common vocabulary for energy security. This notion has a radically different meaning for different people. For Americans it is a geopolitical question. For the Europeans right now it is very much focused on the dependence on imported natural gas."
- Daniel Yergin
(Related: People, Americans, Dependence, Energy, First, Meaning, Now, Question, Right, Security, Vocabulary)