The water they speak runs over my ears
So fast I hear white from the words I must fear
For how can I live next to women and men
Who can change my life when I don’t understand?
Every day I go out, step into the sound
That manages to cover my head and surround
Every day trying to keep up again
With a people and world I hope I understand
I know I am strong in heart and mind too
My life has highs and lows same as you
But my heart and mind are locked until…
Part of NaCreSoMo, because this is what interested me today.
Today at lunch my coworkers and I were talking about languages, a topic that will always interest me. One coworker passed along a particular example of a language quirk that I hadn’t really thought about before:
You can say “big red ball”, but you can’t say “red big ball”.
Say what? In American English, at least, the “big” really can’t go after any other adjective.