As a “certified” — or perhaps certifiable — word lover, I’m enchanted with magical words of all kinds.
Using the right word at the right time is a kind of magic. It makes the story sing, creates a memorable bit of dialog, becomes a lyric that echoes in your imagination, or morphs into a meme with hash-tags and cat videos that go viral.
Right now, I’m concerned with MAGICAL words — the incantations of alchemy and the dictionary of unseen power. Sometimes the power of the word(s) is obvious. We all know OPEN SESAME. It’s the phrase that opened the mouth of a cave full of hidden treasures in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
Abracadabra brings to mind stage magicians, some more reputable than others. Tooling around the Internet will tell you that the etymology may be Aramaic for “I create as a I speak” or similar translations. Whether it’s a historically accurate incantation or a relatively recent invention of popular mythology and literature, the idea that words can, and do, magically manifest a change in reality is truly magical.
I don’t think anyone can get passed the age of seven without the fantasy of altering the world through a wish written, spoken or whispered. Before blowing out the candles or in a letter to Santa we hope that magic will turn our words into concrete reality.
Even long after the letter to Santa and birthday wishes age, we write things down or say them out loud to clarify, share or make ideas REAL. Everything from “I love you” to “I need help” are necessary steps in relationship transformations.