Where would we be without words?

The Washington Post turned again to the Planet Word museum coming to the District in 2019. Its editorial today ends with these stirring words, which I think should be a watchword for Toastmasters:

Without words, we would have a much harder time shaping the world we live in. But the power of words also operates on a smaller, more idiosyncratic scale — whether it is emotional, like the frustration of the perfect phrase hovering just out of reach and the satisfaction when it finally comes to you, or personal, like a private joke that means something only among friends or family. In her note, Ms. Friedman offers another answer of her own: Without words, “we would be less human.”

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