November 16, 2005

Language And Other Bullshit

Imbibing of spirits gives rise to pause... sometimes one thinks about serious things, and other times, what is considered serious at the time, is but a farce. Screw it...

Have you ever sat back and thought about language. Not just words, and their pronunciations, but how are their sounds and spellings determined? Where the hell do they come from? Why does a certain letter, or shape, have to be this special sound?

Seriously, language is an intriguing thing... don't ask me why right now, I'm a bit on the plowed side. But you know, all of you bastards have thought at one time or another about our language's roots. Where did this hogwash come from, and why do these letters represent these frickin' sounds?

Look back into history... we've got Sequoyah developing a written language for the Cherokee Nation. How did he determine what sounds were represented by what symbols? His written language was based on syllables... there were 80 something symbols representing each sound.

Our language? Well, hell... it's been in the works for a hell of a long time. Who devised it? You don't know... no one knows. It just is. Pretty piss poor when you think about it... "It is, because it is."

Look at our words, and their spellings. Why the hell does an "f" have to have a "fffffff" sound? I can understand an "S" having it's distinct sound... it does look like a frickin' snake, and ye olde "SSSSSS" seems to fit well. But why does an "F" have to sound like "ffffffffff?"

We take letters and just fling and flip them around, and suddenly, they are words... shit, look at what I just wrote. "Flip" Why's that a word? Who determined that it's actually a word? "Flip" those letters around, and they become another word... "pilf". Heheheh... Pilf... something that a "Pilfer" is likely to do.

And what exactly is a "pilfer?" Well, in many cases, it's taken to make one feel better...

Posted by That 1 Guy at November 16, 2005 01:22 AM

Are you sure you don't have that mistaken with pilsner?

Posted by: Marty at November 16, 2005 07:04 AM

Are you sure you've only been drinking? This reminds me of some late night conversations in college.

And the reason for language: we had to have a way of forming long term memories. Language is our pathway for that. How much do you remember from when you could not speak?

Posted by: RSM at November 16, 2005 07:17 AM

... that's some deep stuff, T1G.... I think I need a drink now...

Posted by: Eric at November 16, 2005 08:26 AM

Sadly enough I've had this same thought track and had discussions about it. Great... my mentality is that of a drunk. :)

Posted by: Contagion at November 16, 2005 08:41 AM

You lost me at the first line *leaves to get a drink*

Posted by: oddybobo at November 16, 2005 09:35 AM

And why does beer taste so good?

Posted by: Ogre at November 16, 2005 10:37 AM

I think we invented it so that we would have words to say over and over again until they are funny... while drunk, of course

Posted by: Princess Cat at November 16, 2005 11:17 AM

That "pilfer" crack reminds me of another fun one. Call someone a "dickfer", "What's a dickfer?" they'll ask. Respond with "To Pee With."

Feel free to groan on that one.

Posted by: Johnny - Oh at November 16, 2005 07:58 PM

Makes me think about Shannon's theory on the limits of data compression:

Posted by: Harvey at November 20, 2005 12:59 AM