Sunday, June 26, 2011

Live and Let Language

"For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss -- a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world's thirstiest gerbil." - Molly Ringle

There is an amazing beauty to language, and the way you can tie into a single sentence layers within layers of meaning. So much of what we say is defined by context, and that allows a creative person to craft a sentence that means different things to completely different people between contexts. It's even easier when you stop and think about how many words and objects and ideas are already loaded with symbolism to begin with, like a strawberry, or a cup of lemon ice.

Sometimes it's not even just about meaning, you can layer in humor with sincerity and sadness, tying together these multitude of emotions. I hope anyone who reads this is inspired to make a little more love to the words they write and say because of it, if only for a little while.

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