Getting Excited About Boring Concepts

I say boring because I am trying to save face. I actually don’t think its boring – and that makes me a nerd.

The ‘it’s’ I’m referring to is human language. In my case, the English language, but damn language in general is just so freaking interesting. I don’t think I ever mentioned this here, but I’m a literature and creative writing major in uni – so I like this shit so much I decided to spend years of my life learning about it.

Believe me when I say I am head over freaking heels for the written word. So in my love-drunk stupor, I had a thought about language that frankly blows my little brain.

My favourite narrative technique, the metaphor, is basically evidence of the innovation of our entire species. Not one in particular, just the concept of it.

Ok I know you’re thinking of me right now like I’m doing this:

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Thanks for existing – Sunny in Philly meme

But hear me out.

The metaphor is not just those annoying sentences like ‘My wife is a Monster when she’s upset’, aside from that being misogynistic and simple, it’s not the greatest representation of the al-encompassing power of Metaphor.

Think of it like this – in order for us to compare something to convey a greater understanding (the purpose of metaphor) – we would have needed to recognise that there is greater understanding to convey.

To build upon a single idea, an old custom, until it eventually comes to represent how we feel. Father Christmas is a metaphor for the joy and giving spirit we feel around family (at least – St Nicholas is). Heartbreak is a metaphor for intense emotional pain. Everything we say, is in context, is in comparison.

We build upon our babbles, then words, then simple sentences, to be able to convey experiences that the English language just fails to convey literally. Instead we have constructed this insane web of contrasts, comparisons, contradictions…to create the use of English.

It is a simple language, made complex by its users.

Damn its freaking beautiful, isn’t it?

I babble on a bit more about this on my podcast here, and you can check out older episodes by searching for the Confused 22 Podcast on Spotify, Deezer, Podchaser ad Podcast Addict.

Until next time x

Published by Shell Spotted

Art, Insight, Travel

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