You are all probably familiar with the commercial where the announcer says, “What’s in your wallet?” Well, What’s in your vocabulary?

“Is the air around us vibrant with such words as ‘freedom,’ ‘love,’ ‘success.’ ‘beauty,’ and ‘happiness.’ A wealth of such words spoken morning and night is a mental medicine-chest of incalculable value. It tunes the spirit to the right key. Instinctively we become positive and effective through their influence.

Before the SAT exams teenagers walk around with vocabulary cards trying to improve their knowledge of words they will never use. People will underline words in books that they don’t understand, and later look them up in a dictionary. Perhaps, we should be more conscious of the descriptive words that make up our daily conversation.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. Dear Webb,

    I very much enjoyed this posting. Our teachers tell us that ALL of our thoughts, words and actions are forms of prayers. Further, we attract more of what we put out there… so if we tend to be unhappy a lot, we attract more situations that will reinforce unhappiness. So in many ways, we manifest that which we speak of. Our vocabulary and how we use it is indeed of high importance!

    Your friend

  2. I love this post!! We create our world through our thoughts, words and actions!!! So our vocabulary is so important!! You said it beautifully!!!Here is how I end my kids yoga class…
    May our thoughts be full of peace ( love, courage, etc)
    May our words be full of ______.
    May our hearts be full of ______.

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