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Words…

Dictionary, Focus, Book, Word, Text

life is
made of words
everything we do
or think
is made of
WORDS
without them
there is
little
to nothing
we
TRANSLATE
everything
into
WORDS
and then we sometimes
translate the words
into pictures
pick up a book
in a language you don’t know
and the words simply become
marks on a page
but few think about
the part words play
in their everyday lives
like breathing
we simply
take them for granted
when
in fact
words
are truly
everything

Art…words

Orange Red and Green Abstract Painting

you can have the old masters
the portraits
the saints
all their amazing detail
give me color
and boldness
something to see for myself
don’t spell it out for me
just let me fall into the painting
and find my way home

 

Photo:  Steve Johnson
Pexels

Language…oh, yeah

Elephant, Black And White, Animal

I think it’s time we get serious about the elephant in the room.  Language.  No matter how we look at it, no one REALLY knows where it came from.

The first beings that were kind of like us, didn’t have the physical equipment to be able to speak.  Another group, who were around at the same time, were more well endowed, as far as vocal cords and all that stuff went. But does anyone think that one of them picked up a twig and said, “STICK,”  then suddenly, that word was passed down to every generation thereafter, like monkeys using tools to get insects out of a log with a stick?  Or, do you think they sounded like they were speaking ig pay attenlay, otherwise known as pig latin?

See that’s the thing with this whole language mess.  Who made it up?  Where did it come from?  I love it when someone says, “It’s from the Latin word apple.”  Excuse me?  Where did Latin come from, and who, or WHAT, decided what to name EVERYTHING and invent verbs?

I think it’s impossible to find the beginning of language.  Did a man walk into a cave, take one look at the wall and say, “Nice hand and antelope drawings now what’s for dinner?”  I don’t THINK so.

Did Latin just spring up from an old toga?  Nope.  Languages have lots of words.  How did any of them get to mean what they mean?  Who or what, made it all up.

And..let’s not forget that it’s HARD TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE.  So, how did they all simply appear, or did the aliens really do it when we started getting cozy with each other and wanted to overthrow them for abuses in labor laws?

There is no logical way to get to the BEGINNING.  Just like the Big Bang that never happened.  When we don’t know something we pretend that we do, or make up a theory and then everyone says, “OMG finally, we can stop trying to find out what really happened and just tell everyone a story that they’ll believe, because humans aren’t all that bright, and we need more grant money.”

How did language happen?  Don’t let anyone tell you how the cave people sounded, or what they talked about on a rainy day.  NO ONE KNOWS.  Remember what they said about dinosaurs skin, until they found out some of them had FEATHERS?  Hard to believe anything we’re told, isn’t it? Look what happened to Pluto.

Do you know that there are words and sounds that you CANNOT pronounce if you didn’t learn how to do it as a wee tot?  That’s true.  So again, who made that up and where did it all start? I don’t believe that Latin was invented anymore than any other language.

I think language was given to us.  Then our memories were erased, not that we’d notice if that happened right now.  We really aren’t that bright…we’re just good at fantasizing.   We don’t know where all the words came from.  And why isn’t there just one language?  Again, the aliens did it to us, but let’s just say they didn’t.  How many words do we really need for STICK?

I don’t think we’ll ever know the truth.  The early people with the more advanced throat things, killed and absorbed the group who could only grunt.  It is possible the less well endowed group couldn’t argue their case, but I think, it was just one of the first power plays to take place between our cousins.   “Hey, look these guys can’t talk, let’s kill them and take the women.”

I don’t look things up on Google very often, since the answers all come from other human beings, and who can trust any of them?  Big Bang, feathered dinosaurs…I mean come on, something is weird in the language department.  There is no way to explain it.  I mean do you think a bunch of guys sat down, after inventing the wheel and fire, and started making up Latin?  Yeah, I don’t think so either.  I think they did a lot of pointing and grunting, just like a lot of guys still do today.

And you know males had a hand in it, since the language is so bloody sexist.  If aliens were involved, I’m thinking the alien males aren’t much better than the human ones.  And I bet the aliens don’t know where their language came from either.

There’s a lot more to this than meets the word, believe me.  I mean stone tablets?  We were trying to communicate from the beginning, but you don’t just develop a language when you don’t have paper, or do you?  Don’t you need a LANGUAGE in order to write?  Duh.  If you didn’t have words, how could you leave a note?  So where did it all come from?  And yes, oral stories have been handed down from generation to generation, no paper or stone tablets needed, but the stories were told in WORDS.  Where did the words and meanings come from.  Where did the descriptive words fit in?  How did it all begin?

 

From: SETH GODIN

Code words

That’s all language is.

“Banana” is not a fruit. It’s a word that we use in English to identify a fruit.

And code words work beautifully as long as the person you’re seeking to communicate with understands the word the way you think they do.

Often, when people with goodwill and shared values end up disagreeing, it’s because they didn’t understand the code words that were being used.

In fact, it might be the only reason.

Yet another sign…see below

you are worthy of love sign beside tree and road

  1.  Who decides who is worthy of anything, let alone love?
  2.   What are the exact rules/qualifications for being worthy?
  3.   How many of those rules have to be met to make one worthy?
  4.   Exactly what does worthy mean?
  5.   Who made up the definition?
  6.   Why does one have to BE worthy, in order to be loved?
  7.   What if someone doesn’t want to be worthy, or loved?
  8.   Isn’t everyone automatically worthy just because they showed up?
  9.   If everyone is worthy, why is this an issue?
  10.   Are these words supposed to make people feel…  Loved?  Better?  Worthy?
  11.   Who is the person telling others of what they are worthy?
  12.   Is the writer worthy enough to tell other people things he has no control or authority over?  What exactly does the writer do that makes him worthy to tell others they are worthy?
  13.   Do we need to be worthy for anything else?
  14.   Will these words be meaningful to those who feel unloved because they feel unworthy?
  15.    If we weren’t told we had to be worthy of something, there would be no need for signs.  Being told we are worthy, implies that being unworthy is a strong possibility, even if we don’t know for sure what that means.
  16.   Seriously.  We are insane.  We make our own problems.  We have be bored out of our minds to worry about worthiness.  Expectations KILL.  And people reading the sign, instead of watching the road, might make them unworthy of living.

 

Being unworthy means you aren’t meeting the expectations of others, including your parents, religion, friends, culture, etc.  It’s that simple.  You can’t be a priest because being a woman makes you unworthy….blah blah blah.  However, if you are a priest, you can rape as many children as you like and you will still be worthy to represent your male god.

Worthy is a word that is defined by people who want to control others.  Name calling, bullying, conformity, and other people telling you whether or not you’re good enough, is so ridiculous, I’m surprised we don’t all fall down laughing, except the brain washing is really good, since it starts at birth.  Worthy pits people against each other…that’s why the word exists.

Think about it.

 

 

Photo:  Tim Mossholder
Unsplash

Question…words

We all know how to pronounce the word CHILD.  We all know how to pronounce the word CHILDREN.

Both words are spelled exactly same way, at least at the start.  So why isn’t it CHILD-REN, or why isn’t CHILD, pronounced, CHILL?  Why isn’t it Child-wren, or even CHILLEDWREN?   Maybe that would simply mean a cold bird, I’m not sure.

Who thought up all these goofy things?   Things we all simply take for granted.  I mean why isn’t the tiny brown bird called a Ren, instead of wren?  Were did the “W,” or double “U,” come from?  If it’s childREN, and REN is pronounced REN, then why do we need the “W”?  How does that make any sense at all, unless the language is really a CODE of some kind.  A code that was implanted in us before the earth cooled, so we could be monitored by aliens, the moment we evolved enough to have a larynx.

No wonder it’s hard for people to learn English as a second language.  A lot of Americans can’t even learn it as a FIRST language.  The language doesn’t make sense.  It’s convoluted.  I am glad slang exists, because at least it comes from the everyday humans..

Imagine the first cave people…thinking in pictures.  They had no words.  Not yet.  They grunted, pointed, and mimed. They didn’t have the words or physical parts to be able to speak.  No one could even say, “I’ll be back at the cave before the big orange thing up there dies again.” Because there was no word for cave, or BIG, or orange, or anything at all.

I wonder what the first woman who had a child was thinking when she felt the fetus kick?  No words, no clue as to what was happening. And then having a living being rip out of her.  That must have been kind of terrifying, and she couldn’t even name the baby, or whatever they called it.

And what about home plate?  Who came up with THAT bright idea?  Some guy picked up a stick and hit a round thing and said,”WE NEED BASES AND A PLATE AT HOME, home being right here, where I’m pointing with my foot (foot?  inches?  YARDS? what?).  Later we’ll need umps and an out field, but you’ll all know where that is, because it will be …out in the field.”  Why not a home dish, instead of a plate?  Like so many other words, plate has way more meanings than I’m comfortable with.

CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING.

A dish goes on the roof now, and not just on the the table where it gets friendly with the spoon.  After all, the dish did run away with the spoon, right?  Dish can also mean a person who is a hunk, or hot, or fantabulous.  See?  We’re just silly. Really, really, really silly. Or maybe, it’s just me.

Words from the street…

Art=Change signage

Art matters.  Art makes a difference.  Art is a revolution.  Make art.

Photo:  Utopia By Cho
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Words…A Story poem

Vintage, Typewriter, Write, New York, Letters

there used to be power in words
truth
a sense of reality
something we could
depend upon
but now
all we get are
lies
and
insanity
and still
we write
and
try and tell
the difference
in what we
say
and read
at a time
when
corruption
is all around us
and truth
is just another
word
in the dictionary

Melanie wrote this in response to the words that don’t have a rhyming word to go with them…

I know they say you can’t make a rhyme with orange
and when I try I get stuck with something like door hinge
You can try and try for over a month
and never make a rhyme with ninth
And if you want to really understand the word bewilder
just try your best to find a rhyme for silver
and when it comes to spirit
just give it up, I don’t want to hear it!
Now some people want to rhyme with chimney
but i confess that has never been me
and while I love the color purple
you won’t get me to jump that hurdle
I guess I’m not that kind of woman
cause perhaps I’m only human

😀 That was fun!!

wordifull.com

THIS is the coolest thing…the words on the walls move, and make patterns, like mountains, trees, etc., then suddenly there is a quote from a book that takes center stage. There are sound effects, waves crashing against the rocks, rain, fire crackling…is incredible and so very beautiful. American Writers Museum 4 pictures

You could sit here for a long time and never be bored.

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