Did you know that there is a word to measure pain? Or that there is a word for the tiny ring through which a shoelace passes? Or that the heady fragrance of rain on dry earth ( manvaasanai ) is called ‘petrichor’ in English? Poet Srividya Sivakumar believes that “behind everything that inspires you is a series of words.” A little one whose gibberish makes no sense, the communication between an expectant mother and her child…words sometimes take meanings even before they are uttered. When used effectively, words are full of possibilities, said Srividya. “You could write a book, write original status updates on Facebook instead of copying someone else’s…” It’s funny how some people play with words. ‘Gym-body’ in place of ‘muscular’, ‘Cycle-gap’ for a small gap you can barely get through, ‘homely girl’ meant as a compliment for a traditional girl… One has to use words well to be taken seriously. “Words are the core of who you are,” said Srividya.