Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

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

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SEVEN.

Up the hill and turn to the left.

So let’s talk about Seven. The photo shows the path to the part of the village where I live and in the background is the ever present first chain of the Jura Mountains. There are altogether seven chains, beginning at the northern edge of the middle land in Switzerland. If you climb the first chain you arrive in a valley and then appears the second chain and so on over seven mountain ridges until you arrive in the flat lands again. From my area you would be reach Basel if the Jura was not in between, which is also on the border to France and Germany, so imagine that language mixture which bring us to the subject of the blog.

Naturally, being an ignorant infidel, I had never heard of Khalil Gibran. Not wanting to be left out I had a quick look up. It seems he died somewhere in the middle of the 20th century, being born in the 19th so we never had the chance to meet. I had a glance through his works and discovered it is probably not my sort of thing, although I would not say that his books are not interesting. He seemed to have a few quotes in stock with sense behind them, but reducing language to seven words is rather extreme.

I noticed some of my blogging colleagues mention George Carlin. Basically I do not know this person so well although the name rings a bell. I discovered he is a comedian and even found seven valuable words to use, although more for using when angry, injured or annoyed, so-called swear words. I also have a few in my vocabulary, even in two languages: English and Swiss German. Believe me Swiss German have more than seven and some can be quite colourful.

I am now not going to bore you with my choice of seven words to replace the many others in our language, but I gave this problem a thought and decided to base my research on the process of elimination.

Who needs definite and indefinite articles, they are superfluous (so is that last word). The Russians never even have them in their language. Do we really need adjectives? They can become the words of insult, so let us cancel them. If you happen to be speaking or leaning one of those languages where you have case forms, then adjectives complicate everything. You have to conjugate them. There we can be thankful that the case forms in English have either disappeared or no longer play an important part. Now if you are speaking Latin (no wonder it is a dead language today), German or Russian, you will never get the hang of it. You can learn it, but when speaking time is lost by exploring which word to use in the correct version and I definitely dislike losing time when speaking, it is a waste of time and energy.

You want to speak arabic, then you have a problem. They even have sun and moon letters and slip the word for “and” (wa) in between each word in a list. Yes, they have very long lists – bread and butter and tea and fruit and jam and and and etc. We have now reduced the use of adjectives and articles. Prepositions can also be a means of complication. Some need the dative case, some the accusative and some another case belonging to some other language. One way or the other who needs them, so just eliminate them.

Nouns? Why not, just point at the object you mean. The object is not present? Then do not use it. Do we really want to talk about things we cannot see? Just save it for a time when we are there and can point to it.

We have verbs describing an action. Does it really interest anyone what you are doing, thinking or saying. Your actions are clear to be seen, so why use a verbal description?

Basically I think I have just eliminated language as such. There is not very much left, except for the swear words, so perhaps George Carlin is right.

Personally I think this Khalil whatshisname missed the point somewhere. Reduce my language to seven words? What a boring life. I love talking, having a conversation, I even talk to my cats when no-one else is here. There are times when alone that I have quite an exciting conversation with myself and seven words would never suffice. As far as understanding is concerned, if I want someone to understand I manage. Sometimes having a loud clear voice suits the purpose. And if I something annoys me, I drop a hammer on my foot or shut a finger in the door – then I can always revert to the George Carlin linguistic talents.

Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

Words of Pingback

  1. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Musical Foodie Love
  2. Seven Words | Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | likereadingontrains
  3. Daily Post: Seven Wonders? | Pen and Pixels
  4. Seven. | Crossroads
  5. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders – I feel, you feel, becomes we feel
  6. Early Grave – Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | smoke&mirrors
  7. summing it up | bodhisattvaintraining
  8. Nostalgia | Nature Activities
  9. Seven words | James Clegg
  10. Seven Wonders of the Word | MC’s Whispers
  11. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | veryvanessalynn
  12. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | The Fountain
  13. Seven | The Magic Black Book
  14. Who Made The Most Sense Khalil Gibran or George Carlin? | The Jittery Goat
  15. Seven Wonders | Relax
  16. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Under the Monkey Tree
  17. My Seven Words | Life Confusions
  18. The Only Seven Words Left In The World | sayanything
  19. Daily post: Seven words. Or alternatively… | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  20. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders « Mama Bear Musings
  21. Daily Prompt: Seven little words for a blustery Monday | Nicki
  22. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Randomize ME
  23. A Poem: Seven Wonders | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  24. Seven Leaves (Daily Prompt) | photo potpourri
  25. SEVEN WORDS THAT MAKE US | crookedeyebrows
  26. Reduction of Languange | mutatiomagistra
  27. 7 | Hope* the happy hugger
  28. Super Seven | thinkerscap
  29. My Apologies to George Carlin | Not a Punk Rocker
  30. Seven Stars | alienorajt
  31. How to order coffee with the (un?)necessary complexity of human language | Rob’s Surf Report
  32. You got me | dawnyhosking
  33. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | robbiesdailyplanet
  34. The Seven Words | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Crow Arrow, Inc.
  36. Communication | Rock it classy
  37. Touched by Seven. | Blue Loft
  38. Seven Words… | Haiku By Ku
  39. Words of Wisdom | meanderedwanderings
  40. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Awl and Scribe
  41. In Seven Words.. | That girl with the spectrespecs
  42. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Of Glass & Paper
  43. Seven Words | Momma Said There’ld Be Days Like This
  44. Daily Prompt: Seven Words | …and she writes
  45. What Is It About The Number Seven? | Just Visiting This Planet
  46. Seven Steps to Successful Pumpkin Carving | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  47. How To Communicate With Your Spouse In Seven Words Or Less! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  48. Not enough | Life is great
  49. DAILY PROMPT: SEVEN WORDS, SEVEN MYSTERIES | SERENDIPITY
  50. Just seven words. | ExLibrisMachina
  51. Seven | The Land Slide Photography
  52. Seven sounds of music | Processing the life
  53. RAINBOW | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  54. Seven | Brianne Writes
  55. I see on this Earth: | The Visionary Hollow
  56. 7 for all Mankind? | The Silver Leaf Journal
  57. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Books and Movies
  58. Seven Things |
  59. I Recognize the Light in Your Soul…..(daily prompt wp) | Daily Observations
  60. Seven. | Sun, Sand, Stars and Dreams
  61. Seven Wonders | Taryn Marie Writes
  62. SEVEN WORDS | Emotional Fitness
  63. Seven | Ripples of Truth
  64. Seven words | A mom’s blog
  65. Say it in 7 | Writing Daily
  66. Daily Prompt: 7 Wonders | Life Juxtaposed
  67. Communication In Seven Words or Less | Kansa Muse
  68. eight, wonders | pesrevsanatpesrev
  69. Seven Wonders or the Seven Words of Life | mother of nine9
  70. Expression in Seven — E.I.T.C.A.W.M. | e. e.
  71. Sette parole – A very short post | Neva Samaki
  72. The Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Lucid Gypsy
  73. Seven Heavenly Words. | The life of T
  74. My Secret Seven | Winging it
  75. Seven Wonder(ful) Words | Cheri Speak
  76. My Seven Words | A chain of thoughts…
  77. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Phoenix Flights
  78. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders by Henrietta Maddox | Henrietta Maddox Webloner
  79. The story goes like this . . . | tjbarkerseattle
  80. My Seven Wonder(ful) Words | Mirth365
  81. Seven | The Attic Blogger
  82. The Only Non-Superfluous Speech | On Gorgeousness
  83. 7 words | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  84. Daily Prompt:Seven Wonders | writer in progress
  85. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Steve Says….
  86. What if we had but seven words? | Okay, what if ?
  87. Seven wonders. | Evanesco Waffles
  88. Daily Prompt: Seven – The voyage | Ord i Bild i Ord i Bild i Ord i Bild
  89. If music be the food of love | A Wondering Minstrel I
  90. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | 4cornersteacher
  91. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  92. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders « The Blogging Path
  93. Daily Prompt | What A View On A Sunday Afternoon | Mac’s Blog
  94. Seven plain and simple | tornin2’s Blog
  95. Daily Prompt: An Expression of Seven Wonders with a Minimum of Words Between Us | theempathyqueen
  96. To Know Khalil | rarasaur
  97. Daily post/seven words | annetteharris42
  98. Seven principles to life | Hotel Goddess
  99. seven words. too few, too many. | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  100. From the Ground Up | Wiley’s Wisdom
  101. 7 photos of 7 ancient ruins: turkey | wise monkeys abroad
  102. Seven Wonders | View From The Third Eye
 

11 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

      • Perhaps; I thought the Pimsleur method worked very well for that particular language though. I do wish there had been classes in North Dakota when I moved here as I had been told (by a very suspect family member) because I was doing quite well with it.

        Like

  1. Personally, I feel there are just too many grammar rules: dangling modifiers, faulty parallelism, end of sentence propositions…blah…blah…blah. Very restrictive and boring especially for a happy blogger. Sometimes I just feel like writing what I want to write (in very few words) but then the grammar police come out with with the paddy wagon. Good post. By the way, I remember George Carlin well. He was hilarious but then got a bit weird when the drugs caught up to him.

    Like

    • Although my mother tongue is english I often have to find the english word In a german-english online dictionary as I get a bit mixed up sometimes speaking swiss german all day. Thanks for the comment

      Like

  2. Your marvelous discourse on language brings to mind the passage from the book Catch 22 where Yossarian is malingering in the hospital. He has been assigned the task of censoring the soldiers’ letters home. He begins tactfully, only striking out militarily-sensitive details, and then evolves (devolves?) into wonderful absurdity: he blacks out all words except for articles such as a, the, an etc. and even crosses out the sender’s name from the letter, signing it “I yearn for you tragically, AT Tappman, Chaplain.”

    Glad your post brought that anecdote to mind, thanks!

    Like

  3. Pingback: Daily Prompt: 7 Wonders | Cassie ~ Jux.ta.pozed

  4. Pingback: Daily Prompt – Seven – Poem / Poetry – “Going Beyond Limitations” | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

  5. Pingback: Daily Prompt: THE SEVEN WORDS OF SISTA | Phoenix Fights

  6. Pingback: 7 for all Mankind? | The Silver Leaf Journal

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s