LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||11/SET/2009 11:09 PM|
|Assunto:||Fast vs Quick|
I didn´t study the subject thorougly, but it seems to me like it boils to colocations, period.
Yet, I deem this kind of reasoning very interesting, every time we are learning a language (and begin to understand some minutes of it); we begin to 'play' with the words.
Might have a difference between Fast and Quick, I am not suggesting that is none.
What strikes me as an interesting feature is, with time we lose this ability (alas!).
We take the word´s meaning for granted, and forgo what there are in them (and within them).
Back to colocation, and candidate words for questions like this (assuming that I am a kid, and I am):
Why instant coffee if he is made as fast as the others fast food? why not then, quick or fast coffee?
In Portuguese, for example, my son was singing just awhile ago: "você não presta mas eu não gosto de você..."
This is the reasoning I was talking about, I think ninety percent (or more) of adult people would stick to the 'official' version of the music.
Kids feel free to kid, to play with words, to make puns, to create.
When this phase pass they become 'calm and collected', even cirscumpect (when they turn into teens) and from then on, many forget how it was like. What a pity!
Also, I am not saying that with time we completely lose the faculty of playing with words, the problem is, we don´t do it more often.
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