I was talking to someone this morning about house lingo, those words that only you and your family know and use. It brought to mind this piece, one of the first I posted five long years ago. In other words: you haven’t read this. I think one person did. So what are your house words?
Language is culture. Yogurt is also culture. Beyond that they have nothing in common. It’s language – certainly not yogurt – that binds us. Without language, we would have no community.
Language is also how we exclude others from our community, which should be the slogan on the Quebec licence plate.
Language breaks us down into ever smaller communities. Starting with English, we’re broken down first by accents and then by dialects. A Canadian, for instance, would say “zed.” An American would say it wrong.
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