Expanding Vocabularies

A good friend recently gave me a friendly call-out on my use of a non-mainstream and important word, praxis. Praxis is a practice, like the praxis of design. As a writer, I have a passion for people on the planet expanding their vocabularies beyond the few hundred words they daily recycle.

Language shapes lens: the world we see is largely shaped by the language we have to narrate its unfolding. We now have neuroscience research supporting this. Perspective is an intelligence all its own. Language expansion is not just an accumulative function filling the dictionary attic in our brain.

On a practical level, we lift all boats when we share responsibility for using as rich sets of vocabularies as we can in even the most mundane life contexts.