Curiouser and Kuriouser

Posted By Kearth on Aug 1, 2021

I found out recently that different people have different names for different things, or even the same things. I find that interesting and not altogether surprising, but still surprising just the same. And interesting. And curious. Interestingly enough, I decided to look into the matter.

Call me Kearth the Curious…er, Kurious. Uncoverer of interesting and surprising and curious things.

Let me start with a story. I like to uncover interesting and surprising and curious things. The end.

So what is that story all about? It means that there are many things out there and one of them is the way that different people have different names for different things, or even the same things. For example, in my village there are those who are younger than others. We call them Youngers. Makes sense. Now, I was in a different village the other day and there were those who are younger than others there, too. But—and here’s the thing—in that village they call them Youngins. Makes no sense. Why would they do that? I don’t know exactly, since I was strongly encouraged to leave the village sooner than expected because of the ruckus they said I caused due to their decision to call Youngers Youngins, and well, that’s what happened. I did kick over a bucket of slop, too. I also gave a dog a mean look out of my left eye. I think that is it, but the real point is:

Youngers instead of Youngins—a different name from different people for something that is actually the same thing.

Another example is when there is a heavy rain. I call it a heavy rain. Others may call it a gully-washer, a pour-down, or even a skrat-splasher. I call it a heavy rain.

Still another example is food called a pancake. I call it a pancake. Most people call it a pancake. Still others may call it a flapjack. Or a flatcake, flapper, flappover, flopover, and flippy-flappy, although I just now made up that last one.

And then one more—When you greet someone, you may say, “Hi.” or “Hello.” the way I do. Sometimes you can say, “Hey.” Others may say, “Hullo.” Still others may say, “Good day.” or “G’day.” or “Greetings.” or “Hiya.” or “How are you?” or even “Howdy-do.”

So, those are just a few examples that I’ve uncovered of different people having different names for different things (or the same things). Knowing that may make us aware of others and how they see—or say—things. We can realize that differences are ok. Of course, when it comes to differences, others are all wrong unless they see it exactly my way. Obviously.

I hope you find this topic and those examples as curious and surprising and interesting and curious as I do. I’m sure there are more examples than the ones I brought up, but those are for another day. I have to end this story for the moment because I’m surprisingly hungry and want to get a flippy-flappy.

 The end.

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