Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Think about it...

In my reading today I came across a common phrase that I have heard/read many times before, but for some reason it stuck with me and I started wondering about the various different meanings of it. Sometimes that happens to me, you know, sorta like when you type or write a word that you've typed or written a thousand times and all of a sudden you can't remember how to spell it, or you look it up and it's spelled correctly but for the life of you it looks wrong. And the more you look at it the more wrong (wronger) it looks.

The phrase I read today was: "She marveled at how little things had changed." And I wondered, was she marveling that everything had not changed much, or was she marveling about all of the little things that had changed? Think about it. Makes me go, "hmmmmm." It's one of the many reasons why I love and adore the English language, and how words mean things, sometimes different things in different contexts. It's delicious.

Another one of those phrases that blew my mind recently was "make believe." Think about it. MAKE BELIEVE. Really — think about it. Incredibly awesome... or am I just a little bit nuts?

The image above is from one of my new clear stamp sets by Impression Obsession. The set is called Read This and the SKU number is CL305. Click on the image for a link to see the whole set and how to order it if you're interested. Lots of other great designs in this set as well... and as always they all are also available as individual cling or wood-mounted rubber stamps.

Anyway, let's all thank God for our powerful minds that let us appreciate and understand language and communicate with other people on the planet through little squiggles on a screen or a page. It's a wonder. It's full of wonder. It's wonder-full. Wonderful.

"Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow." —Oliver Wendell Holmes

"It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water." —Franklin P. Jones