Quote: “You will hardly believe the difference the use of one word…”

Revisiting a classic quote.

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Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman's Club Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman’s Club

Although the Book Week Speech is far more famous, I much prefer Laura’s “My Work” speech from the Mt. Grove Sorosis Club in 1937. It was first published in Irene V. Lichty LeCount’s Laura Ingalls Wilder: Family, Home and Friends (Potpourri). This quote from it has been playing through my mind a lot lately. It seems that people have been getting sloppier and sloppier in their use of words. There seems to be a trend a foot in our culture to change the meaning of words from moment to moment as convenient or to make them a weapon. It is important though for people to remember words have meaning. Let’s make that a resolution for the coming year.

“There is a fascination in writing. The use of words is of itself an interesting study. You will hardly believe the difference the…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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