“The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it”- Michel de Montaigne

To me this quote holds true for all cases. In life there will always be judgements made. Society is constituted of many judgmental thoughts, and sometimes we say things that we do not necessarily mean due to the impact of our emotions. Being bias in judgement is virtually impossible to eliminate. I like this quote because it holds true and supports that language does not have meaning unless there is someone that listens and can comprehend it.  From personal experience, I know that the listener sometimes mishears things or captures the meaning of words differently from how the speaker intended it to be.


How does writing compare to speaking?

TOK Language


2. The quote by Michel de Montaignelp’,I:I “The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it” reminds me of a common comment that I often hear when friends of my grand mother greets her at a shopping mall store or on special occasions.  Comments like “Hi! Clarice, you’re looking good,” “did you lose some weight?  I’m standing next to her listening to all this thinking yah right.  When in actuality, my grandmother had gained weight and always looks tiered and grumpy.  My thoughts was, that although my granny liked the introductory pitch of her friend, she knew it wasn’t the truth she went along with it but it made her feel good any for a while. As far as her friend, the flowery good parts of her greetings flowed like honey and the truth lay hidden within her inner thoughts.  I have noticed that this style of meeting friends and even strangers is quite a common practice with sales oriented and people who want to strike up a positive conversation with people.


1. How much could you know about the world if you had no language or means of communicating with other people?

Having no Language to communicate with others at first may seem like a handicap but can also be a blessing in disguise.  Am I to assume that we are taking about the hearing impaired?  The other is of a person who knows no language but can hear.  Communication for the later would become positive or negative depending on the person that you are trying to communicate with. Facial expressions like smiles when they speak or displays a poker face or frown with eyebrow movement and body language can help in the effort to communicate similar to that of me Tarzan and you Jane .

2. What are some examples of words that have entered the English language as a result of the computer revolution?

Some of the words that I have encountered as a result of the computer revolution has helped me understand the some of the specific operating programs, system problems and communicate with computer systems support.  Some of the words are as listed Hacker, cookies, desktop, software, IP address, File-maker Pro, Photo-Shop Quickens hard drive and megs.

3. Try to define as precisely as possible these words: a. triangle b. love c. table What is the difference? Which was easiest to define?


Triangle has three sides and three 60 degree angles the total sum of 180 degrees


Love is an intense feeling of another person that you would like to spend the rest of your life with but for many, love fades as time and old age changes the shape and chemistry of our bodies.


Table is most common in our language as a piece of furniture to dine on.  Our dining table is used to prepare food for our dogs and a storage area for stacks of stuff including the six chairs that surrounds it.



The Triangle was by far the easiest because there is only one way to define a triangle.


Love differs and is a individual choice and expectation of love for both parties weather traditional or same sex.


The table can be describe in its traditional use but can be found in homes being used in many other ways such as an office desk, grooming table, arts and craft.



4. Birds fly and planes fly. Since fish swim, why don’t we say that submarines also swim? What do submarines do?

Submarines are actually war fighting under water boats capable of delivering nuclear missiles

On the lighter side, “Yellow Submarine” a 1966 song by the Beatles is a children’s song, written by Paul McCartney

5. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of everyone in the world spoke a common language? What would be gained and what would be lost?

The advantages of having a universal language would be the ease of communication with each other.  The disadvantage would be the interpretation of words as it is defined in differing religions.  What maybe okay in one culture maybe taboo in another.

6. A lot of advertisers describe products as “natural”, because there are connotations that “natural” or “organic” is good. Can you give examples when “natural/organic” is bad?

One example of when labeling by the correctness of the words can be misleading is when the product is said to be free range.  What is free range?  My interpretation is that the animal is bred, born and nurtured by its mother on the open organic pasture.  The companies who are most likely factory farms want their consumers to think that their animals spent their short lives outdoors, enjoying sunshine, fresh air, and the company of other animals.  Furthermore, are the animal inoculated with growth hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive?  Additionally, when the companies label free range, how big is this range and two, is the free range pesticide free?  In conclusion I perceive the usage of universal words and language as good but can be also bad when used to mislead and deceive.



4 videos:

Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography – Language:

My question is what is proper language Stephen Fry said one of the most insanely incoherent response and wasn’t even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.

subject. I think that I know how to use proper grammar, but sometimes what I say is considered correct but, in a Island environment it is not what is commonly used. For example, I remember in attending a Keki’s first birthday party, I greeted people by saying “ Hi how are you” their response was “ “eh howzit like eat?” The truth is, even when people know which is correct, they still stick to the ways of the plantation language. The use of proper language has its place and in Hawaii, one should be able to vacillate between the two or will be mistaken for a snob or Hi Maka maka.

Stephen Fry Interview – Fry’s Planet Word – BBC Two:

Stephen said language really is the only thing that separates us from other animals. We are separated from the animals by our spoken language.  If we measure our superiority based on our ability to communicate with each other, I feel that we are being led on the wrong path to being human.  It is a known fact that some cultures do not place themselves above the animals and actually worship them as equals.  It is my belief that the promotion of a superior attitude is one of the primary causes of hate, war and unrest in the world. that I find interesting is how two words can mean the same thing but be used in completely different contexts based on their connation. An example is what he said during his interview that “a patriot loves his country and a nationalist hates everyone else’s.”

Stephen Fry discussing swear words with Craig Ferguson:

Stephen Fry analysis of the swear words such as the F words is the typical culture disapproval of words depicting the female genital connection with the word.  Torture is seen torture a word that depicts unending pain and suffering at the hands of a tormentor is allowed in a society that condones some inhumanity o man.  This chasm of right and wrong is what causes the confusion of our society to search for the true meaning of the spoken words.

The birth of a word – Deb Roy

This experiment seems to me like a whole waste of time and ridiculous amount of energy spent on how an infant actually forms words.

In my opinion, all normal infants develop the use of language by imitating the sounds of words then connecting those words with the language he or she is being exposed to.

A more worthwhile experiment would have been a research on how a hearing impaired person is able to learn to form words vocally.



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