Wednesday, March 19, 2008

language

I had a series of random thoughts today while driving to get some coffee from Starbucks about the English language and how funny it is. Take the word "interested". You can use that in a variety of contexts. It is one word but can be used differently depending on what words you pair with it.
-I am interested in language.
-I am interested in Joe Shmoe.
-We are interested in having you interview for the position.
-I am interested in Joe Shmoe.

The word "love" is also used so much that its meaning is often lost or greatly exaggerated. What is love? "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." People flippantly (including myself) use the word "love" to say that they love tv shows or food or people...but love means so much more than the way it is being used.

I appreciate language. I am trying to learn the Spanish language better than I currently do. I have the privilege of singing worship songs in Spanish, some of which I know better than the English translation! It is a beautiful language..."Suspiro hoy dentro de mi, cada minuto cuento para verte, ven a mi, ven a mi" means roughly "With every breath inside of me, I'm counting every moment til I see you, come to me, come to me".

I don't really have much more to share right now on this subject, but I may re-visit it in the future. Until then, think about what you say and how many times we use the same words to describe completely different situations! It can be very amusing.

1 comment:

Katie said...

I am really curious as to the origination of this thought train, and a couple things.....I shall pick your brain when I see you tonight :)