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A picture is worth a thousand words

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A picture is worth a thousand words

Chantal Anderson

Reader's question: Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I put together a slide show so you can all see for yourselves.

Could you explain “a picture is worth a thousand words”?

My comments:

This phrase is used to explain how a powerful image can say more than words. Sometimes, it is far easier to communicate thoughts visually through photos instead of verbal discussions. When this is the case it would be appropriate to say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Referring to your question, this person created a slide show because it would be the easiest way to explain their experience. Some believe the original American phrase came from the Chinese proverb that says one picture is worth ten thousand words.

Here are some more examples:

1) The cover of the New York Times was filled with a giant photograph. “I guess a picture is worth a thousand words,” the reader of the paper said to his friend on the subway.

2) In a photograph of bride-to-be Juliet and her fiancé Montague Juliet gives Montague a look of absolute adoration. The photo strikes a guest at the wedding as touching and she says, “See, a picture is worth a thousand words.”

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About the author:

Chantal Anderson is a multimedia journalist at the China Daily Web site. Originally from Seattle, Washington she has found her way around the world doing photo essays in Greece, Mexico and Thailand. She is currently completing a double degree in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Washington.