O, Fortuitous Doves!

Language is an incredible thing. I love language. Not in the rules-and-regulations-of-language way, but rather in the O-such-awesome-uses-for-it way. I do understand that I’m not being clear in any manner or fashion, and so I’ll try to explain myself. Though before I move on, I would like to say that despite what I said before I am very much a stickler for the rules and regulations of language, insofar as I’m aware of them, and I definitely have my pet peeves about commonly misspelled words and missing apostrophes and such.

Now, to explain what I mean about my love of language. Specifically, the English language. Don’t get my wrong, Hebrew has its own very unique and incredible words, phrases and uses – both the everyday Hebrew and the biblical Hebrew. But right now, I’m talking about the English language. One of my favorite things about it is that it is extremely rich and diverse. There are seemingly endless adjectives to describe things – for example, all the following can mean good when used in the right way: cool, awesome, magnificent, great, nice, alright, fine, etc. Verbs are also extremely specific, and, of course, equally endless – an example for this is the distinction between running and jogging. In Hebrew, there is only running and something called “light running.”

Another thing I love about English – and here is what started this whole post – is how random words can sound so good when strung together, even if they don’t make much sense. For instance: O, fortuitous doves! How thee rustle with luminescent gems, a-sparkle with the glow of Cheddar and Lucky-Charms! Crowned as you are with the pearls of a hundred singing urchins, thou shalt not pass for galloping gargoyles in the harsh winter!

See? A string of words bearing almost no relation to each other – but somehow, you WANT them to make sense. I love language.

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8 thoughts on “O, Fortuitous Doves!

  1. inidoops says:

    great post!

    i was just about ready to google the ‘fortuitous doves’ phrase to find out from which shakespearean play you pulled it out of..

    as a native speaker of hebrew, it is indeed obvious that english is very unique in terms of richness.

  2. The cool thing about language is a somewhat still young country Doc WASP bluegrass picker can exchange ideas with a no doubt young lady student who can speak Hebrew and it all good.

    Dr. B

  3. So incredibly heartening it is, to witness the languid testimony of one so young yet so imbued with a love for the letter. Therein only, darting amidst the catacombs of passion and wonder go the fractal and colliding whims and dreams of wordless flight.

    O, fortuitous Doves, indeed. Tender carefully, ever so mindfully, the olive branch of languages seductions, for only a proper mind can love her for what she is meant to give us.

    In so many respect it is the singer, not the song, that draws us fully into life’s melody. Play on, Emily , pray you . . . play on.

  4. My Spoodini man – That phrase does sound weirdly Shakespearian doesn’t it?

    Dr. B – Language brings folks together, whether in writing or in song, no doubt about that!

    J.W. – I knew you’d enjoy this :). Your first paragraph is amazing! I shall play on, my friend, worry not :).

  5. Thanks, Em :^) Seems video games and reality television had a stranglehold on our youth, so I am genuinely delighted that a woman of your tender years has such fun with writing and a deep love for what words can do.

    I am relieved to know that you’ll still be around!

  6. I love it. Language is indeed very exciting. I think grammar also plays such a wonderful part. Take a phrase written in Italian and translate it direct to english word for word and the sentence structure is so poetic its ridiculously endearing.

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