Dear Ambiguity – how much wood does a woodchuck chuck?

Ever notice how many words in the English language are ambiguous? Too many if you ask me – and quite frankly, the equivocal usage has thrown many of my conversations as of late …

 

Case in point, so I know someone that works in the wood products industry. And the other day, someone else point blank asked me, “What kind of wood does he have?” And I, well, I stumbled a bit. Cocked (no pun intended) my head to the left and contemplated all the ways I could answer that question. I mean really? First of all I don’t have much of a clue what kind of wood he has (or doesn’t for that matter) but secondly, could they not have phrased that question differently?

 

It’s funny, isn’t it, how certain words can throw you off – even alter your train of thought. I mean did you see all the parodies of Tom Brady discussing the firmness, or lack thereof, of his balls?

 

I have a friend – a different one, not the one with the wood – that cringes every time she hears the word moist. She seriously cannot handle it. To the point where she refuses to buy a Pillsbury cake mix. I mean I get it. It is kinda funny … but there in again, it is just a word.

 

And while we’re on the topic, what about the word lover? Not like she’s a cat-lover, or lover of fine art, I’m talking about the stand alone noun. The word some people use to describe someone, cough, cough, “special” in their life. I mean who says that? Who actually introduces someone as their lover? Nothing ambiguous about that.

 

Anyway, it’s bad enough that we have words that mean entirely different things, are spelled differently, yet sound the same – i.e. their and there, to and too, whether and weather, witch and which … you get my point. I mean what were our Forefathers thinking? Oh, wait, they weren’t responsible for creating the alphabet and the language (Or did language come before the alphabet?) that eventually sprung from it, were they? So who is to blame? Surly not Mr. Brady.

 

According to the website English Club … “the English language really started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century AD ...

 

Rhut rho Shaggy, guess whose ancestors are German? Darn. Don’t you hate it when you find out you have no one to blame but yourself – or the folks that are responsible for putting you on this Earth in the first place. Swell. Eh, it could be worse … at least my brain thinks with ingenuity, right?  

 

“The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.” – Derek Walcott

 

Today’s post inspired by The Daily Post: Twenty-five – “There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it.” OK. I know. I didn’t exactly do this, but the whole “English language” thing got me thinking about words and how they’re formed etc. So there’s the ABC’s on how I got this, outa that. Cheers!

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