A Brief Look into How We Speak|Mar. 18, 2019

This story was written on Mar. 18 by me.
It’s just fascinating to think about the fact that every individual of us speaks a certain yet very distinct, fully personalized pattern of language, and have an unintentional formulation of choice of words. As far as I know, this happens in people speaking their native language, as well as foreign languages. We all tend to speak, write, and express emotions with a selection of words and phrasings that even we ourselves sometimes aren’t aware of.

Take my friend Joshua as an example. He tends to express his feelings straightforward with little decorating, like “this makes me so sad” or “it looks off.” Whereas my sister has a rather dynamic choice of wording and would say something like “my phone is buried under that humongous pile of dirty dirty (she said it twice) clothes!”
And these choices of words blend into their characters, becoming their personalities. Some other examples include people who usually text “…” in chats, people who like to add “super” before every adjective to show exaggeration, and people who always speak with firmness and certainty.

Besides the distinctiveness of the way one speaks, the wording is also another interesting topic that provokes my curiosity. If I could visualize all the vocabulary I have ever learned and made them into a chart, the words most frequently used will be basic words including pronouns, prepositions, directional words, numeral words, and basic nouns as well as verbs, like dad and eat.
And then there’s another group of words that are a bit more advanced, and will be able to describe more specific meaning. In my case, they are hover (more specific than fly), claim (say), penetrate (go through), glamorous (pretty), hostile (bad)…and so on.
The other group will be vocabularies that I learned, remembered, and then forgot. They are like invincible flashcards flying in my brain and they don’t count as “my vocabulary” until one day they are somehow reactivated.
Over time, people find a selection of words that is both a. Can be memorized and b. Often come in handy. People gradually move them into the “frequently used words” section in their brains and those words will always on standby to be uttered; other not-so-useful (or  not-so-easy-to-remember) words will stay in the back and eventually fade away.

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