Creating Sticky Thoughts . . . .

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There is a creative side to public speaking!

As I was listening to a message, a speaker said . . . .

“God not only sees, but He oversees!”

I am not certain if the speaker came up with that thought and phrasing, but it captures a biblical idea or concept.  It is a creative way to word the Lord guidance and direction.  Whether the speaker heard that comment or creatively put it together himself, I know that the rhetorical technique can be understood and duplicated.

Such statements, phraseology, wording can be used to frame a main point, a Big Idea, or it can be used to merely frame a truth which comes out of the verse or passage at hand.

After hearing the speaker make that well-framed statement,  I decided to see if there was a useful list of compound words available.  There are a few good possibilities  — here is a link to one such listing of compound words broken out by category.

There are many compound words in the English language which can be used to capture an idea.  What makes compound words useful is that . . . .

√  compound words are composed of two words which (typically) when put together create a word whose means is something different than either part of the compound word.

√  a compound word is composed of two distinct words which (typically) each mean something different than the whole.

Because it is a compound word, the speaker can use both the compound word as well as one or both distinct parts of the compound word, all in order to frame a point or idea.

To effectively use such compound words, one needs to verbally emphasize the single word which resides in the compound word so that the connection is made.

 

Other Examples & Possibilities:

Here are some other examples which I created off the cuff from that linked list of compound words.

oversees:  “God not only sees, but He oversees!” or – “God is not only over everything, He oversees everything.”

meantime / sometime: God not only has time in His hands, but He has your “in the meantimes” or your “sometimes.”

anyone:  If there is any situation or if there is anyone who is in a situation . . . .

overview:  The Lord is over all because He alone has the overview.

because:  The “cause” will explain the “because.”

I Samuel 17:39 –And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”

and

I Samuel 17:32 — Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

backbone:  He has your back, but you also need a backbone!

improve:  The Lord wants to prove and improve Joseph, and us!

 

  • somethings
  • inside
  • elsewhere
  • without
  • footprints
  • superstructure
  • passport
  • bypass
  • across

 

No surprise, some of the most useful words on the linked list may relate to the category of time . . . .

afternoon
anytime
bedtime
beforehand
birthday
daylight
daytime
deadline
everlasting
everyday
hourglass
lifetime
mealtime
meanwhile
nighttime
overtime
someday
sometime
springtime
stopwatch
startup
stopwatch
summertime
sundial
sundown
sunrise
sunset
sunup
timekeeper
timepiece
timetable
weekday
weekend
whenever
wintertime
wristwatch

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