Saturday, November 23, 2013

Huh?

A  L  O  H  A !
" No matter how smart
you thought you were,
you are actually
way less smart
than that."

David Foster Wallace










" We are always
the same age
inside." 

Gertrude Stein











" The face of a child
can  say it all.
Especially
the mouth part
of the face."

Jack Handey




Are Today's quotes:
Profound?
Paradoxical?
Stupid?

I suspect there is no
correct answer.




Is there a universal word
understood all over our globe?

Dutch scientists say 
"Ja!"
[ That's a 'Yes']

10 languages on 
5 continents:
Dutch, Icelandic, 
Mandarin Chinese,
West African Siwu,
 Australian aboriginal 
Murrinh-Patha -

ALL use
"Huh?"

" -only 'Huh?' occurs 
across languages 
whose phonetic patterns 
otherwise vary greatly. "

 Mark Dingemanse, 
Francisco Torreira.
 Nick Enfield, 
Researchers,
Max Planck Institute
for Psycholinguistics 
(Netherlands) 


New York Times (Link)


As I told my (blog invisible) husband:
"I cause nice people ALL over the world
to go "Huh???"

                                    Warmly, cloudia




30 comments:

kaykuala said...

Huh! Yes, it is universal. Safe to just 'huh' and develop friendships. Nicely Cloudia!

Hank

the walking man said...

I could be the same age I was when I was the age I was when I started to write this. But I don't think so.

Tolga said...

i'd like to go back to my childhood with this age. have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

Those people said those dumb things? Must've been the VOG affecting their brains.
Good to know I can use "huh?" anywhere.
Have an easy day; don't confuse hubby or the kitty.
DrumMajor

Brian Miller said...

huh?

ja.

smiles.

we're all confused...ha.

aloha from va

Adam said...

cool quotes

TexWisGirl said...

laughing. :)

LOVE your 2nd photo of the sky! wow!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

and it is a word expressing confusion. I can buy that. :)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Si or oui do well, too!

I think a component of intelligence is the awareness of the limitations of what we know. Another one is what is really important!

May you have a joyous day. Hang loose, and smile lots!

LOLfromPasa said...

Delightful :).

ds said...

Confusion is universal…there's some relief in that :-)

Cloudia said...

♥ Thanks

ladyfi said...

Definitely young on the inside!

Lovely shots.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for adding to my smarts today (always necessary).

Bob Bushell said...

Huh????????????

Hilary said...

It's a good thing you live in Huhwaii. ;)

DeniseinVA said...

Huh? Just kidding ;) Loved this. I wonder what why more people don't speak Esperantpo?

DeniseinVA said...

What did I hear you say? Huh? ;)))

DeniseinVA said...

Of course you have to make allowances for typos. That should have been Esperanto which you probably figured out faster than me.

Mr Bouchard said...

Even up here in Quebec we say huh? even though it's not used in our main language(french).

Keep the quotes coming. Inspirational or not, they're food for thoughts!

Meredith said...

Great quotes like the ones you posted enrich our thoughts.

Birdman said...

Nonsense Gertrude!
We are the age we want to be.

Mama Zen said...

Huh? LOL!

EriKa Napoletano said...

Happy Sunday, cara Cloudia!

Sandy Carlson said...

That was fun! Huh may be the universal acknowledgment that we don't know everything! Huh for humility!

Karen S. said...

Huh? Hehehehehe! I believe your quotes today were spot on, every single one. I had to laugh about your hubby comment! Enjoy the rest of your weekend Cloudia :)

Teresa said...

You also cause people all over the world to go "Ah!" with your stunning photography!

Kay said...

Hmmm? Really? Isn't this funny? I wonder what other similar words there are.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Things that make you go huh :)) I like it and I like the Jack Handley quote, that's what I love about children!

LONDONLULU said...

We are all united in our confusion!:) I heard this on NPR and loved it - to think it could've been a word from our first language!