Seven wonders

#301: Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Hmmm… that’s a tricky one since the world is made up of so many wonderful words – superfluous for one, just because of the way it sounds! The first two that sprung to mind however, were ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ (hyphenated so it only counts as one word mwaha!), as in my opinion, portions of the world could do with using manners more often. Then, in no particular order, I would want to keep the following words: family, love, passion, career and happiness. The only other word I’d want to keep is music as there is no possible way that I could live without it, but then I thought it would be quite redundant considering the volcabulary had been dramatically shortened.

Express yourself

#297: Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.

Right now… Literally, I cannot seem to think of one specific moment where I have been unable to express myself properly. The only minor things I can think of have been due to language barriers (I.e. Not speaking each other’s language sufficiently enough for the conversation to continue on that topic).

Express Yourself


#269: The language of the future: what will it be like? Write an experimental post using some imagined vocabulary — abbreviations, slang, new terms.

Well, I’m hoping that 86 years from now language wouldn’t have changed all that much. Fair enough, we do speak differently compared to the folk back in 1928, but I sincerely hope that vulgar, slang terms and people that ‘tlk lyk dis innit’ don’t take over.

Just my opinion…

Practice makes perfect

#265: Tell us about a talent you’d love to have…but don’t.

To be able to understand and use British Sign Language fluently – not a talent per se but a skill I long to possess. I know the fingerspelling alphabet but it’s not exactly going to get me very far in a conversation! My desire to learn this language was reignited whilst watching The L Word on Netflix, as from season 4 a deaf character joined the main cast (I’m still convinced, and fuming slightly, that it was a rush ending to the show as there are so many things that didn’t add up – plus with the average season consisting of 12 episodes and the final season only showing 8, there’s definitely reason to believe it came to a fairly abrupt end!). BSL is a truly amazing language and seems a complex one at that, but with over 70 million people using signing as their first language, I want to be able to communicate efficiently and remove any barriers that might have cropped up.

p.s. I’ve just realised that there are only 100 more blog prompts to go until the 365 day challenge is complete!

History of language

106: Write a piece of fiction describing the incident that gave rise to the phrase, “third time’s the charm”.

I’ve never used this term before, but I’ll take it to mean the same as ‘third time lucky’. 

The origins of “third time’s the charm”, comes from the old folklore tale of the swashbuckling pirate, Cap’n Diego Mowhawk, and his trusty parrot, Pepe. It is said that over many winters, Cap’n Diego attempted to overthrow arch enemy, Cannon-Balls Sid, and reclaim his mountain of stolen treasure. However, after seven long years of trying, he had still not been able to get his hands on Sid’s gold. So he tried a different approach – Cap’n Diego kidnapped Sid’s parrot, Lester, and replaced him with Pepe, his eyes and ears, in a bid to take over whilst perched on his unsuspecting shoulder! Pepe failed twice at removing Sid from the equation; once by dripping poison into his tea (yes… pirate’s drink tea), which an unfortunate crew member mistakenly drank, and the second time, Pepe attempted to drop a sword from a great height, only for Pepe to realise he was actually not that strong. Cap’n Diego was sure that Pepe could succeed and convinced him to give it one more go, reiterating that third time’s the charm. And indeed it was! Pepe used Sid’s love for Lester against him, leading him into the most dangerous establishment known to man, a place that no other pirate has ever returned from… this place was the Mermaid’s Cavern! *GASP* To cut a long story short, it is due to Cap’n Diego’s success, that this somewhat superstitious phrase was born!

What really happened (apparently):

I couldn’t complete this prompt without looking into the true origin of this saying! Apparently, it dates back to English common law, in which if someone were found to be guilty and were sentenced to be hung, and if the accused was not killed after three attempts, he would be released and forever classed as third time lucky!