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Why are things called what they are?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Ok, slightly weird, but bear with me...

Why are words called what they are? Like who said "I'm going to call a collection of letters put together a WORD".

If you know what I mean.

Or why is a phone called a phone, or a roof called a roof? Or why is air called air?

What I mean is, who invented all the words in the English (or any other) language?

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    wind ... what kind of word is wind!!!

    and why are farts politely called "wind" when they clearly arent the same lmao

    :rolleyes: did i think of this too much?!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Words or lexis date back thousands of years. It started off by word of mouth and then got written down. Words change and words dissapear and others appear. Its a fact of nature. Its just a way of communication. If there's not a word for something then someone will make one up and then others will hear it and it finally ends up in the dictionary.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by pie

    :rolleyes: did i think of this too much?!

    Don't worry, I'm inspired by Jon from Big Bruv, it's really got me thinking about things. Weird things.

    Like why call a monitor a monitor? Why wasn't it called a "Chinterbag" or something like that?

    I'm using examples, but do y'all see what I mean?

    No is probably the short answer to that
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by jacaranda
    It started off by word of mouth

    how do they know that if they didnt know what words were :crazyeyes
    Originally posted by Bri-namite
    Like why call a monitor a monitor? Why wasn't it called a "Chinterbag" or something like that?

    I'm using examples, but do y'all see what I mean?

    No is probably the short answer to that

    its ok i see what you mean (probably because i dont live on this planet lol) i had the same conversation the other day with my mate :eek2: scary...

    my chinterbag is too small .. :D

    and why mouse for the pointy thing - why not just "pointy thing"?! why mouse?! i dont see any relation!!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Saying "Moist" is funny.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you say the word 'door' often enough, it sounds reeeeeeeeally weird.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    the word or term 'milking' is funny...im milking someone for all they can get.....lol the visions...oh the visions!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by jacaranda
    Words or lexis date back thousands of years. It started off by word of mouth and then got written down. Words change and words dissapear and others appear. Its a fact of nature. Its just a way of communication. If there's not a word for something then someone will make one up and then others will hear it and it finally ends up in the dictionary.

    Wow, a post that didn't make you sound stupid :eek2:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I always wonder the same...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    BUT

    If a chair was called a balloon
    and a cat was called an orange
    and a cup was called a kettle

    we wouldn't know any different.

    After feeding the orange I sat on my balloon and had a kettle of tea. :p
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: BUT
    Originally posted by NinjaMaster
    If a chair was called a balloon
    and a cat was called an orange
    and a cup was called a kettle

    we wouldn't know any different.

    After feeding the orange I sat on my balloon and had a kettle of tea. :p

    :lol:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: BUT
    Originally posted by NinjaMaster
    If a chair was called a balloon
    and a cat was called an orange
    and a cup was called a kettle

    we wouldn't know any different.

    After feeding the orange I sat on my balloon and had a kettle of tea. :p

    :lol: Very good *claps* I used to think about this all the time, it was one of my many obsessions :p like what if birds and cats and dogs all switched around. Like 'the dog flewdown the street and the cat chased after it with the bird coming quickly up behind it' (that took me a long time to figure out so don't laugh!)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    why are things called what they are

    sometimes i wonder why things are called what they are. like why cant i say kitchen bed couch pillow, but in the english launguage meant " May I have water?"
    how did words get it defintion. i have so many unanswerd questions:crazyeyes
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
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