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Seven Wonders of the Word

flickr-wordsKhalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

This is a funny exercise. Funny in more than one way. Because, can you really reduce an entire language to only seven words? And could those seven words you choose be utilised in a conversation on their own?

Well, there’s a challenge!

The interesting part in these words is that each can mean something different depending on the tone of voice you use, and the circumstances of course.

I chose to include seven words which are widely used and broadly understood to even non-English speakers. And as all ‘good’ vocabulary has it, they include a term of endearment, a term of profanity, an adjective, an abbreviation and…well, words that seemingly mean nothing but are used in pretty much any conversation you have… Just pay attention next time and you’ll see it’s true!

So here are these seven words:

Like – used in for example “it’s like totally awesome!” usually accompanied by twirling of hair around a finger and chewing of gum

Whatever – in like, saying this to avoid continuing a conversation you don’t want to or can’t win

Hello – because it’s easy to have you at it, and everyone in the world knows what it means

F*ck – in many uses, another widely comprehended word

Nice – can be used ironically or truthfully depending on your exclamation and tone

Sweetie – Snoopy’s favourite, it adds a, well, sweetness to anything you say

OK – because everyone knows what this means, and it can apparently never be used too much

But wait, there is something more that can be used in every occasion and in every language, it’s not exactly a word, rather than a sound: “mmmm”, and no, it is not the sound a cow makes (that’s moo), it is a very legitimate sound that if accompanied by a nod and a smile can get you pretty much out of any situation. OK, sweetie?

Nice, huh?

Whatever!

 

Part of Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

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