Daily Prompt – Sounds Right

This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?

I’ve never really thought about this. I do however find myself mulling over a word because the more you say it or write it, it just looks / sounds weird.

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Daily Post: Take That, Rosetta!

If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

Oh easy – German.

German is a language that I’ve always wanted to learn… just for the sake of learning a language. It’s something that is also part of my family. A number of my Aunties and Uncles were born in Germany, and my mothers parents were German. Although I’ve never been to Germany, I would love to go one day. No particular reason other than to just see where our family came from.

…and then I could go exploring all over the rest of Europe!!

One of my favourite things about the German language, is that everything basically sounds quite nasty and intimidating, even if you’re saying something sweet. Especially if you shout it. You could tell somebody that you love them; that you simply cannot live without them; and that you would give your heart to them and follow them to the ends of the earth… but if you shout it in German, it would probably be quite frightening.

On the flip-side, you could probably tell a person that you’re going to beat them with a tyre iron until they’re unconscious, then break every single bone in their body individually before slowly cutting off each finger and toe until they slowly die from shock and blood loss, before burying their body somewhere that it’ll never be found… but if you said it in a quiet, sultry kind of voice, somebody would no doubt think that you were quite possibly trying to pick them up.

This is what I love about languages other than English – they can convey the complete opposite emotion of what they’re saying, depending on the tone used when speaking.

I think if I just woke up speaking German, I would probably use it to weird my friends out, and only speak German around them. Or remove myself from conversations completely until I was expected to chime in with something like a comment or a opinion… and then do so in German.

Now, you didn’t specify can we only speak this language, or can we read it as well? If we can read the language, then I’d be on a flight to Queensland to my cousins place and start going through all the boxes of my grandfathers books and journals that he had, which are all in German, so that I’d be able to translate everything into English so we could then share it with the rest of the family. They don’t really speak German, and probably only know a few key words / phrases, and being able to translate everything grandpa had would be quite an incredible gesture to everybody. Also, it would give me more insight into who this man was – unfortunately he passed away before I was born, so I never met him. He was big into astrology and was one of the few re-founders of Uranian Astrology. He was also some kind of scientist, but I don’t really know much about him other than that.

Also, I picked German because Lady Gaga has a song entitled Scheiße which I absolutely love and secretly wished she released as a single. OMG… imagine the remixes. THE REMIXES!! Musical magic!! Plus, I went to her Born This Way Ball three times when it was in town and it was my favourite part of the whole show, hands-down!!

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Daily Prompt: A Bird! A Plane! You!

You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other

OOH, tough call.

I think I would choose the ability to speak and understand any language. Given that there are so many different languages and dialects in the world, and our societies are now quite multi-cultural, they involve a variety of different languages.

Have you ever been into a Philippino nail salon? You can’t understand what they’re saying, but you know those bitches are talking about you, and absolutely picking you apart… or is that just racial stereotyping? Are any of you Philippino and work in a nail salon? Care to share your comments?? No? Didn’t think so!

I would love to then use this superpower and work as an interpreter / translator for some organisation like the UN, or perhaps a giant global company that does big business deals with all types of internationals – then I can be involved in brokering deals between people who don’t speak english.

I could yell and scream at people who piss me off in their native language so they’ll actually understand what I’m saying instead of just looking at me blankly. *lol*

I wouldn’t have to rely on Google Translate!!

I wouldn’t need to have subtitles turned on when watching foreign films!!

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