60 Seconds: Same Word, Different Meanings, What Gets Lost?
by Diane Wyzga | June 7, 2021 | 60 Seconds, Podcast | 0 comments
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All my life I’ve had a love affair – with words. The other day I was in a conversation about words and their definition, in particular the rightness and wrongness of how a word is used.
When I say the word “runner” what comes to mind? You might think athlete! And you’re right! But what if you said runner bean (like a butter bean); the decorative runner on your kitchen table or hallway floor; what happens to pantyhose when snagged; a go-fer on say, a movie set; slang for someone who leaves you high and dry at the altar; or my favorite, Road Runner. Each is right in its own context.
But what if I said your definition is wrong? How might this delete your experience? What if this is the way we delete histories, cultural narratives, societal stories – by calling them wrong? What have we lost? And how do we get it back?
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Music: Mer’s Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron Music
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