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.