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Etymology for Entomologists

    self:
    Man. These botanical names are crazy. Who came up with this stuff?

    god:
    That would be Adam.

    self:
    Really?

    god:
    Sure! That was his job. I'd make things, he'd name 'em.

    self:
    So, Adam spoke Latin.

    god:
    No. Latin came later. Tower of Babel, remember.

    self:
    Ah.

      ...

    self:
    What language did Adam speak?

    god:
    Hebrew, of course.

    self:
    Couldn't be. We know Sumerian was around much earlier than that, and I think Akkadian is the earliest language we have any record of.

    god:
    Let's just split the difference and say it was Aramaic.

    self:
    That's a little vague, don't you think? It's like telling people I speak a Romance language, or Asian.

    god:
    But, you do.

    self:
    Not in any practical sense. It narrows the field down, but that doesn't tell a person what words to use if they want to communicate with me.

    god:
    Doesn't it?

    self:
    No.

    god:
    Suit yourself.

      ...

    self:
    Did Adam even have a word for language? Would he need one, with no other languages to compare it to? Did he break down the rules of grammar, or were those pieced together after the fact?

    god:
    If so, he called it "language". But not in English like that. In Aramaic!

    self:
    You're not really God. Are you.

      ...

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lindasings
Sep. 6th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
You bug me
Uh, what does this have to do with insects?
self
Sep. 6th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
that damn shifty diety...
Mysterious ways, my ass.

I swear, the word meant something else when I looked it up a few days ago...
athea
Sep. 17th, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
Still smiling...
heh
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