Thursday’s Writing Essential September 20, 2012 Word Meaning

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This week’s prompt is about a topic that I have been interested in since I moved to Georgia. One cannot move to the southern part of the USA from another part without being affected by it. The prompt has to do with word meanings. The other day I read a post by a talented poet and writer (is there any other kind at Gather?) I normally very much enjoy her work but this time though I thought it was well written but I wasn’t sure if I actually liked it. I wanted to encourage her in her writing but I was still thinking about the post when I commented on it by writing “Interesting post.” She wrote back, “What does that mean?” I was taken back for a minute until I thought that “interesting” can mean any number of things especially at Gather.

For example a post can actually be interesting, it could also be hard to understand what the author had in mind but could be grammatically correct,  the post could be filled absurd ideas but it was written well, it also might be good if the typos and grammatical errors didn’t make it difficult if not impossible to read. In my case her post made me think. It would have been best if I had waited a bit to comment on it because after spending some time thinking about her post I determined that it was in fact very interesting and I really did like it. In Georgia there are at least twenty different meanings to the word”hey.” The traditional Yankee meaning of “hey” is give me your attention you. It sometimes but rarely does mean that in Georgia too. Down here ‘hey” can also mean glad to see you or I am happy to see you but I am in a hurry we’ll talk later. Then again it might also mean you aren’t all that important to me but you are in my view or I don’t like you at all but I have to acknowledge you to be polite. The meanings of ‘hey” goes on and on. What determines the actual meaning is how you say  the word, the way you say the word, the inflection in your voice.

Then there are a few words that no one really knows what they mean. The meaning depends upon the one saying the word to a greater extent and to the listener in a lesser extent. The words can mean whatever they need to mean.Examples of such words include “Uffdah or dad gum it. One of these words is south and the other isn’t not that it matters.

Alan Greenspan said “ I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant”

Your Challenge for Thursday September 20, 2012 is to create a post about words and their meanings.

This challenge like other Thursday Challenges has a few guidelines that need to be followed please.

One guideline to remember is to include the words Word Meaning 9/20/2012 somewhere in the title.

Another guideline is to be sure to tag it with Thurs or Thursday Writing Essentials, Gather Writing Essential, Consequence. Don’t forget to Post your post  to Gather Writing Essential.

The final guideline is to not forget that there is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.

* After there are three or more posts that have accepted the challenge I will be making a list of them and posting it to Gather Writing Essentials periodically during the next seven days.

**Any post submitted after Thursday will be accepted throughout the week as usual.

 

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