I’m going to launch today’s post with the words from John Trader, who said: “…we just can’t celebrate the letter “v” without mentioning the word “vocabulary.” Often what defines the mark of a truly gifted writer, mastering vocabulary is key to rising above the noise and building a solid community of people who are anxious for the next post, the next article, the next commentary. Offer someone a chance to learn a new word or perhaps how to properly use a word they already know in a new context and they will be hooked on your content. Sort of like you do here on this blog!”
It’s been such a pleasure to receive so much input as we’ve worked through the Alphabet together. It’s a shame we’re nearing the end. But many have asked for a round-up of the top, favourite word(s) from each letter, and I’m working on that now.
How will we decide? Vidya Sury has volunteered to round up the words from each post (thanks Vidya). Any suggestions on setting up a voting system?
In the meantime, here’s to the letter V.
And Voila! Thanks to Michelle Quillin, I was introduced to the famous introductory speech from “V is for Vendetta”. Check it out. I believe it comes in close competition to our own Vidya Sury’s “Queen of Alliteration” crown.
Michelle also submitted the word Value, and said: “Today’s customer expects value for his or her dollar, but you also need to recognize your own brand’s value in the marketplace. If you don’t see your services as valuable, you’ll have a hard time sticking to your bottom line when a potential customer demands a bargain-basement price for a premium service. Recognizing and appreciating the value of your services in the marketplace will help you discern who your client is — and who he’s not.”
But it’s important to realize that, “Value, however is not what the business says it is, it’s what the buyer says it is by their willingness to purchase from one business over another and their willingness to meet the price asked by the seller.”
Unfortunately, some businesses don’t look at it from a customer-centric viewpoint. They say, with Vigor and Verve (thanks Jayme Soulati) that “Oh yes, we provide excellent value”, but what does that really mean?
What’s your Value Proposition?
Maybe you’ll deliver your message by Video (thanks Adam Toporek) that, in Judy Dunn‘s words uses “Vaseline-free Verbiage” (and I’m guessing that means NOT using slimy, slippery plaid-coated-used-car-salesman words) With “Vaseline-free Verbiage” you might even have the chance to have your message go Viral (thanks Barbara Klein)
Do you call it a Veranda or a Porch?
(Side note: Ralph did try to out-do our Queen of Alliteration, for which he gets the silver medal. If you’d like to see his V verbiage in full, you’ll find it in the comments here.)
Carolyn Nicander Mohr added “Kaarina, you are definitely the Uber blogger! Nothing like a Vocabulary lesson to get writers involved! For V, I suggest vapid and vacuous, of which you are neither, Kaarina! So I shall add verisimilitude, which is much more apt!” Thanks Carolyn: I’m Very grateful (I tried to find a V word for grateful, but no luck)
Bill Dorman and Hajra Khatoon both suggested Victory, and that’s a word that well sums up what we strive for in business and in life, whatever your definition of Victory is. And Jason Fonceca said: “There’s one v-word that’s really important in life: Vitality.”
If I’ve missed anyone, I extend my Very Vociferous apologies. You can Vex me in your comment below, if somehow I missed your submission.
I will conclude, as always, with our Queen of Alliteration, Vidya Sury‘s submission:
“Umm. Vacillating Vidya.
But what a Variety of variegated, Verdant, Viral, Visual, Vivacious, Voluble and
Valuable comments from the Vox Populi!
Vehemently waited for my Virtual Verbose Vengeful Vapid Vulpine Vile Vigilant
Vindictive Villainous Venomous Vampire Vermin Viper of a Vagabond Vendor to
Vamoose or Vanish but in Vain! He drained my Vital Vibration and Vexed me
Ah, Vidya – Victim in a Vacuum with Vacuous Vacant and Vague Visage, deprived
of this Vent. So Voracious for Vegetarian Vitamins to regain my Valor and Vertebrate
status with a Vacation in a Van and a Vineyard with a Valet.
My Vanity Vaporizes and I Valiantly Vow to
Venture from my Verandah in a Voluminous gown with increased Velocity without
Vice and Vendetta towards the Verge of this Vast Vat of Validation. Who can Verify
the Veracity and Viability of this Victory or Vouch for it? A Venerable Vasco
Da Gama of a Ventriloquist with his Very Velveteen Voice from a Vehicle or a
Vase in a Video?
Viva la voce of the
That WAS tiring!
Signed, again, Vacillating Vidya. I Vacate!”
Next week, the Turabbit makes a triumphant return with Letter W…just wait and see:)