Thursday, January 31, 2013

No Language in Our Lungs

Update from my daughter's Chinese class:

She now knows the word for "Electric box."

She still has no idea how you would say "Blue."

I'm beginning to suspect colors have been declared capitalistic.


Anonymous Sherri said...

"Blue" is a concept that doesn't exist in all languages, or came very late to some. Here's a fascinating article about color and language:

6:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just read an interesting article about how some cultures don't differentiate between blue and green, or didn't until they encountered a lot of traffic from foreigners. This BLEW MY MIND. One word encompassing the whole blue/green range of the spectrum.

Chinese color words come up a bit in the post, and more in the comments--you might enjoy. :) Me, I'm hung up on "electric box." There's a word for that? Are we talking, like, television? Car battery? The thing you put Schrodinger's cat in? I'm baffled.

6:21 PM  
Blogger MommyLisa said...

Electric Box could be blue. :)

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Lydia G said...

I laughed and then I got educated by your readers. One of many reasons I love your blog.

8:28 PM  
Blogger StevenIre said...

There is something called electric indigo. I’m guessing its blue2: Electric Boogaloo.

10:21 AM  

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