MC's Whispers

Whispering Silences

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?



Part of Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

Single Post Navigation

16 thoughts on “Seven Wonders of the Word

  1. Pingback: Daily Prompt – Seven – Poem / Poetry – “Going Beyond Limitations” | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

  2. Pingback: Seven Things |

  3. Pingback: How to order coffee with the (un?)necessary complexity of human language | Rob's Surf Report

  4. Pingback: What if we had but seven words? | Okay, what if ?

  5. Pingback: 7 words | Life as a country bumpkin...not a city girl

  6. Pingback: Daily Prompt: 7 Wonders | Life Juxtaposed

  7. Pingback: Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Phoenix Flights

  8. Pingback: Seven Wonder(ful) Words | Cheri Speak

  9. Pingback: Seven | Brianne Writes

  10. Pingback: Seven words | A mom's blog

  11. Pingback: 7 for all Mankind? | The Silver Leaf Journal

  12. Pingback: Seven sounds of music | Processing the life

  13. Pingback: How To Communicate With Your Spouse In Seven Words Or Less! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog

  14. Pingback: Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

  15. Pingback: Early Grave – Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | smoke&mirrors

  16. Pingback: Seven Stars | alienorajt

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: