Tenacious

1 a : not easily pulled apart : COHESIVE -a tenacious metal- b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance -tenacious burs-
2 a : persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired -a tenacious advocate of civil rights- -tenacious negotiators- b : RETENTIVE -a tenacious memory-
synonym – STRONG

One of the favorite words around the company I work for is tenacious. That is how the company approaches every single project… we will stick to it until we achieve the goal we seek. Tenacious is a word that is used in Spanish quite a bit. It is an adjective that is very common used to describe people and situations. English has a lot of words in the vocabulary but are not used as much as they should. I find myself running out of words to describe things when I write in English, and it is not for the lack of language register but rather because I would either sound elitist or be accused of using “big words.”

Languages are a beautiful thing, and I believe that English is not used to its fullest potential. While I believe that one can be a lot more descriptive in Spanish, I think a similar level can be accomplished in English if more people accepted a wider range of vocabulary. Stories told between friends would be a lot more picturesque; story telling would be revived as an art form. You first have to love the language, then learn it and ultimately use it with tenacity.

3 Responses to Tenacious

  1. HA!

    Sorry, dude, I couldn’t resist:

    “…I believe that English is not used to ist full potential”

  2. I agree, I think English is imprecise enough with it being utilized to ist fullest.

    I have no problem using big words when I write or talk because I want to say exactly what I mean. I don’t use them just for the sake of using them though. If other folks don’t know the meaning of the words, they should read more ;)

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