This is a more-than-slight deviation from what I meant to write today. Sorry. I was going through my bookshelves picking the books to get rid of, and the books to take with me to England. Did I mention I was moving overseas? Grad school. It’s going to be fun. But the point of the matter is, I was sorting through books and I found a paper that my English professor had given out during class. I ended up being the student who could read it with the proper intonation so the others could understand it. My professor didn’t give it any other credit than the title and a mention that he didn’t write it.
I find it fascinating that words can be morphed to create a whole different meaning. Take for instance “lodge, dock, florist”. If you are familiar with this tale, you know this translates with a little nudge, into “large, dark forest”. The reason my professor shared it with us is the same reason I’m sharing it with you. It’s something to wonder and admire at, and to take heed and caution from. It’s much like the teenagers in my classroom who think they’re brilliant for saying “sofa king bored” and that they won’t get in trouble for it.
Instead of typing it out, I nabbed a portion of it from Exploratorium. So, read some of it here, and if you’re interested in the rest, stop by Exploratorium. Google search Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, and there’s all sorts of audio versions available.
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut
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