Okay, so…language

Cat, Friendly, Animal, Portrait

The cat actually has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter. I just love cats and thought this one was cute.

Don’t you think it’s weird when someone tells you that the word they are using comes from a Latin, or Greek word, meaning the same thing?  I think it is.  My question, of course, is where did the Latin or Greek word come from?  Cave people stared the whole thing so maybe all language began with meaningful grunts, then progressed to one or two grunts together, until they got to words.

People made up Latin and Greek.  The poor cave people didn’t have anywhere to go to get their words.  They literally had to start from, scratch, so to speak.  Well, they couldn’t speak, not in the beginning, anyway.  Physically impossible.  There is a debate about all of that, since some believe more than one kind of cave person was living at the same time and one group could actually communicate better than the other, so they won.  Either way, no one probably sounded like us.   I don’t know what they called a tree, but I imagine a lot of pointing was done when they began.  I could be wrong.

So, who started writing Latin, or anything else?  What are Latin’s roots?  I doubt the Latin Quarter in Paris had anything to do with it (snicker, snicker).  I just want to know when the first Roman stood up and started speaking in sentences.  What did people say BEFORE someone decided to make Latin up?   That’s a real question.  What came before all the languages and how did they turn out the way they did?

There’s always Pig Latin, or ig pay atten lay.  But that’s just the bastardization of something pigs say.

Who made up languages?  Some guy sitting on a fallen log, writing in the sand with a stick, naming things?  It just seems weird to me.  Language wasn’t and then it was.  Our past is something entirely different than what we believe it to be, since there are no eye witnesses.  People digging around thousands of years later are telling us what they think, but realistically, they only know a few things and extrapolate from there.  In other words, more guess work.

So, we have a lot of words in different languages, that mean the same thing.  But if you don’t speak the other person’s language, everyone becomes a cave person, pointing, watching body language, facial expressions, or looking things up on their phones (cave people couldn’t do that, in case you’re wondering).

We seem to take a lot for granted.  Everything, in fact.  The farther we get from nature, the more we get lost in other ways of living.  Not may people seem to care about how cave people communicated or how language began, or how some people used hieroglyphs,  while others made up something else, and all the rest.  Latin is considered a Dead Language.  Too difficult, complicated, not enough speakers left, or all of the above.  Whatever the cave people said, or grunted was not written down.  They were artists and just drew on the walls of their caves in glorious works that show all of us that creativity and beauty are something we’re born with…something that naturally lives inside of us.  Think about how our culture tries to kill that and make us all the same.  Cave drawings were the graffiti of its day.  No one thought it was defacing property.

Anyway, that’s just what I was thinking about this morning.



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13 Responses to Okay, so…language

  1. Lotus Laura says:

    Interesting to think about! (Love the cat photo)

  2. coloradopoet says:

    I read this for the cat picture! Rabbit trail… aren’t they amazing creatures:) I took Latin in high school and we all said that “dead language” thing … but now that I’m a nurse I find it’s just a tiny bit alive in medical lingo!

  3. Resa says:

    Agree about cave art being graffiti.

  4. equinoxio21 says:

    Very well put Gigi. My personal theory is that one day babies started to teach language to their parents. The egg vs. the chicken, right? And the parents who did not speak then, were amazed at the babies talent, and talked back to them, and thus was language invented.
    (I like Latin, Studied a bit at school. Has helped me tremendously to learn languages. Even non-Latin based languages.
    Au revoir. Arrivederci… 😉

    • I like that theory. Let’s go with it. Babies did it. I wish I knew other languages. I learned a few words in French, for when I was there but not easy to remember them when you don’t used them. Spanish is important in the US now and I have forgotten those words as well, unless I’m at my favorite pizza place and they let me practice on the. 🙂

      • equinoxio21 says:

        Never too late. 🙂
        I was fortunate to live in many countries before I was even 20. So picking up a language is just a habit. Accents too. Each language and accent is a different way to tell the world. Au revoir.

  5. It’s difficult when there’s no one to actually talk with. You were fortunate indeed. A friend I used to have, from Sweden, spoke a lot of languages. She said it’s easier when different countries are so close. She heard them all the time.

    In America, you can barely understand people from the south and even those who might be out of your area. There’s Chicago and then there’s “downstate.” But the southern accents are tough. So difficult to understand sometimes. The slang is different, in different places, the accents. Dog and dawg. It’s really funny. Supposedly we all speak English but…it’s different from one pace to another and people here are from everywhere, so they speak English with their own accent. It’s amazing we can understand each other. Hahahah

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