Saturday, July 2, 2011
I can speak english, lord, as well as you;
Why does English have so many words, and why do so many words mean the same thing? I had never thought about it before, but other languages do not have a thesaurus; this is unique to English. Of course, most languages only have a fraction of the words English does, so a thesaurus is unnecessary. But in English, there are so many words, with so many synonyms and so many homonyms, a thesaurus is a necessary tool.
I leave you with the words 'set' and 'what'. Both common words we all use everyday. The word 'set', all of three letters long, takes five pages, and 15,000 words for its' 43 meaning to be explained in the Oxford English Dictionary. The word 'what' is even more common, usually used every couple of sentences when we speak. I defy anybody to explain what it means.
It looks to be a glorious Canada Day weekend, which I'll celebrate by reading on the patio. Rabbit, Run is almost finished and there are nine other books from The List currently sitting on my mantle, just waiting to be read.