I’ve been wanting to take part in Kitty’s Word for Wednesday meme for a while now. I like different writing challenges and as much as I like writing erotica I also like to write ‘normal’ stuff. I also find the more I write the more I can write. I wrote this last week and was waiting for Rebel to post the prompt for Wicked Wednesday to write something for that. Turns out that this post contains an epiphany I had regarding my first and longest lasting love affair so I’m going be lazy and use it for both.
The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. cuckoo, sizzle).
Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek onomatopoiia‘word-making’, from onoma, onomat- ‘name’ + -poios‘making’ (from poiein ‘to make’).
I have always loved words, I have always loved to read. To enter another world and to fall in love, to be seduced by the way the author uses words and to reach the end sated yet longing for more. A good book for me can be a lot like sex.
One of my favourite words is onomatopoeia. I love this word, I love it as a word, I love how it sounds and I love what it stands for. Sizzle, hiss, crack, and one of my favourite onomatopoeic words – susurration – I love words, I love how the English language, even with all its weird quirky rules, can adopt and adapt words from other languages, and how in the right hands, it can be manipulated to say the most incredible things.
I’m old-fashioned, I like proper spelling and punctuation, I still can’t quite accept messages from people in textspeak (see, that word didn’t exist a few years ago!) I’ve spent the best part of the last five years really looking into the evolution of language, reading books on language,
faffing, sorry, researching on the interweb (another one) and watching TEDtalks on language, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I wrote an essay for a communications course that I had an epiphany. The essay was about the impact technology has had on our lives. I wrote a section on how we can communicate with anyone, anywhere, using textspeak and emoticons, I also included a text conversation between teens and I suddenly thought ‘This is still language, this is still beautiful in its own way. It’s just the way language is still changing and evolving as it has always done and will continue to do.’
The English language has always changed and evolved and I love how this word has come down to us through Greek and Latin and has lasted through the centuries to become a part of my language.
I am so passionate about language I’ve even included a few references.
Empires of the Word – A language history of the world by Nicholas Ostler. Covers the evolution of the major world languages and at almost 700 pages it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Globish – How the English language became the world’s language by Robert McCrum. An interesting take on the spread of English and so much easier to read than Ostler’s book. But then it’s not a heavily researched book for scholars.
The Unfolding of Language – The evolution of man’s greatest invention by Guy Deutscher. This is by far my favourite of the three as he guides you through the way some languages have developed and changed, explaining some of the oddities e.g. laziness leading to dropped endings so creating a new word.
TEDtalks. I absolutely love TED and here are a couple of really good language videos playlists.
A couple of videos are on both lists but don’t let that stop you.
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