The importance and use of Words
Posted 1/21/08
- like i always say before starting a new topic sorry if this is a duplicate. there are a hell of alot of word threads, but they are mostly game threads, and it wouldnt be as thought provoking as this one

Anyways, we use words all the time, but we hardly take it for granted. We use countless amounts of words everyday. But have you ever just thought about words in general? Words are very important to use, because it relays out communication. It gives a way to communicate to one another. But haven't you ever thought about it a bit more though?

Like for example, how did we come up with words? Like how did tree become T-R-E-E. Most of the time it would come from the latin root word. But where do we get those root words from? How is it that we came up with 26 letters of the alphabet?

Its amazing how the human mind works actually, like how we are able to interpret and comprehend shapes that convey a meaning. All that I have said up till now was a bunch of words, and probably most of your posts would be words as well.

I don't know, I just thought that something as simple as words would make a great thing to discuss.

- also u can post anything that has to do with words, such as unintentional phenomenon of them like how mom backwards is the same, and how it looks like wow upside down for example
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Posted 1/21/08
Hmm i guess this is a good topic for discussion. Hard for me answer but seems good. lol

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Posted 1/21/08
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lyk tis? i don't think so.

interesting topic to ponder on about hawt..
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Posted 1/21/08
Deep and good observations. I agree; American is very hard to learn. So many words sound alike but mean different things. Like: there, their, they're. And the slang is changing and evolving all the time! Hard to stay 'trill'.
I like that LIVE backwards is EVIL. Are there any universal words? Like OW ? There should be some; after all giving someone the middle finger pretty much has the same meaning everywhere, doesn't it?
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Posted 1/21/08
Words are, I believe, formed from various sources. There are of course the most often noted 'pictograms' of the ancients. The evolution of these pictograms has formed some modern languages like Chinese. By evolution, I mean a general simplification.

The other way words we formed were by a sound of something. Such as a snake 'hisses' or a horse 'whines'. Taken from these sound words were various evolutions and minor changes in the words themselves, and eventually, lead to the construction of totally new words to represent new ideas that had nothing to do with the sound.

During the human history, I'm sure many many languages came and went, only the most favorable were preserved in our everyday speech. Thus is a system that, quite obviously, leaves many dead languages behind. Latin is a very good example.

All in all, these languages can be viewed as systems, systems for the communication of ideas, and these systems were constructed for the most part, based on human logic. (which I might add is in itself also a system)

Present day, I may say the word 'tree' to you, and assuming we were both educated in the english language, the idea represented by the tree could be transmitted from my brain to yours.

Herein lies a major problem however. Taking into account that no one's educational experience is quite the same, the same word can hold as many meanings as there are people on earth to hear it. That is fault number one.

Fault number two is the problem of ambiguous definitions. Take the word 'tree', it can be given the meaning of a group of organisms from the kingdom of plants. But under quite a different context, it could hold a completely different meaning, such as a family 'tree'.

There are not only two faults to language, but I will stop there as I think I have made my intended point.

These faults were, however, only to be expected. As the word 'tree' does not inherently mean a plant nor a diagram. In fact, the word 'tree' inherently means nothing. It is only after we humans used logic and attached meanings to words that their actual definitions came into existence. But logic is not perfect, we employ its many uses, but it is faulty at its core, much like most systems we have constructed for ourselves. Yes that is correct, logic is indeed a system, just like language is a system. And these systems were, to quote regulus, "imposed upon our reality, and not our reality themselves."
Considering that the language system is imperfect already, and the system used to impose it upon us, logic, is also imperfect, the end result (our everyday language) stood no chance of being perfect. As such many revisions are being constantly made to the English language, and I would suppose for any other language in the world.
Posted 1/22/08


Even though they are just words, they can bring up different emotions, also its alot more difficult than people think.

Words can also be put into lyrics as well, and can be used to show and express one's feelings.
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Posted 1/22/08
It's just a language people form to be able to communicate with each other, it starts somewhere and evolves through time.
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Posted 1/22/08
i have never given much thought to how they came to be, i guess in my mind we learned them when god created adam
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Posted 1/22/08
I thinks it's cool how we can use words to represent objects, images, and emotions. Without those meanings attached they would just be noise. I also find it interesting what people associate with different words. In Romeo and Juliet Shakspeare included the line "were it not called a rose, would it smell so sweet?" (not exact quote but i was too lazy to look it up )
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