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23 November 2008 @ 04:00 pm
Theatrical Muse: Week 258: Question 258  
Name: Dr. Sid Hammerback

Fandom: CSI: New York

Word Count: 615


What words would you like to see added to/removed from common use?


The concept of language is intriguing, because even as one race, we have countless multitudes of different languages and sublanguages, slang words and different pronunciations. We have hundreds of words to describe pain, hundreds to describe joy, and titillating syllable upon syllable slabs of information to accurately pinpoint a certain medical or mental condition. We derive some sets of words from other sets of words that came before them, we whisk language up and reverse it so that some words that meant something a hundred years ago, now mean something else. As a supposedly unified race, at least where makeup and genetics are concerned, we are so very, very different when we open our mouths. What we say in one language, when translated to the other, may not even have the same intended meaning.

Children are a type of being with an imagination that is almost corporeal because of its sheer brightness. The things they say, and the things they do, while sometimes displeasing, can also be just as equally astounding in other circumstances. When they are especially young, each leap and bound in their development seems like the most gigantic milestone, never mind how it comes about or how often the phrase, sentence, word or action is repeated afterwards. Because they are not yet as subject to adhering to the constraints that social norms put upon us, much of what they say is truly inspired and curious, and sometimes, quite disruptive, coming in so many instances, sheer out of the blue. We find them amusing for their cuteness, their actions and their speech, and when they are our own children, we treasure them over so much else.

I am a purveyor of fine tastes and derelict desires, the occurrences of which come about just as naturally as anyone else who chooses some activity or preference to be one which they are inclined to. I like the skilful use of language, and I also have perfect interest in the rivulets and drippings of the base language that things such as slang and denoting titles come from. As such, there is not much I wish to cast out from the English language, nor that of any other. It is a true fact, undeniably so, that we need the words we do not like, such as selfish, pain, and horror, to describe something unlikable, that, without a word to describe it, could go about in the shadows, unknown and unnoticed by large.

We let some words, such as incompetent and excellent, rule us, and define our image as people. We surge on some words and fall with others, like how ancient cities rose and were felled by the passing of time. We create and recreate new and old words, to mean things we can not so accurately describe beforehand, as we can after their creation. In speaking and using language, whether spoken, written, acted out, or even emoted, we convey what we want to, hopefully, when we intend to, as accurately as we desire to. We speak and we marriage glorious ideas with beautiful emotion, and, until we too fall with our ineptitudes and destructions, into the past, all our glorious languages, our words, our sentence structures, even our mistakes, will exist brightly. They will exist brilliantly, calling out to a world that we triumph in describing in the most perfect detail, as well as all the aspects, triumphs and tribulations that it contains. I wish not to exclude any word from common use, on the basis that, while either horrible or good, language always, always, has some benefit, somewhere, in our human existence. Although, it pertains, that most often I still dislike being called four eyes.
 
 
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