A wise to the word

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By John Pawlak

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. A play on words? A play about words? May I have a word with you about your play? It doesn’t matter if you hear what I say. It only matters if you hear that I said what you may or may not have heard. Understand? No? Good!

  Let’s face it, language is confusing. Language is a truly horrible way for people to communicate. A large branch with thorns sticking out of it is a far better conduit for conveying one’s true feelings. But unless your are extremely careful with choosing the correct sized thorns, your adverbs and adjectives can start looking like participles and prepositions, and your bloodied friends won’t really know what you’re trying to say.

  And so we are resigned (if not consigned) to using English to express our thoughts. Other languages are no better. Languages such as Japanese, German, Korean and Turkish put the verb at the end of the sentence. That totally ridiculous is. Clearly in America, this certainly a problem for most people would be.

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