How to say GOOD and BAD in various languages
How many ways of spelling GOOD and BAD might there be, and how many different meanings from all around the world?
Thousands surely, or enough to fill up your traveller's phrase-book at least—a pocket-size bible, more likely, if you include the individual opinion of each person you meet. For the interpretation of anything depends on who does the talking, and the story goes changing anytime you turn around, even if you speak the same language. In short, there may well be a different optic for each thinking person on the planet—plus a couple billion variables, for those who think twice about things on some days.
What would such diversity prove, in the bigger picture?
For instance it could mean that life is a hopeless a jungle of meanings, and in turn that would explain why we never seem to agree on the least issue.
Does it really come to this much though, or is the sheer variety of meanings an illusion of the misunderstanding we experience all day long, starting first thing in the morning?
Might this perpetual communication breakdown be in some way related to the biblical episode of Babel, one wonders #1
Incidentally, would there be as many variants for most words, or is it that those two are more important than most? And are the variant views mostly conflicting, or merely divergent due to climate and country?
Is the notion of GOOD and BAD a point of universal conflict, because it is an everyday imperative for some, and only a part-time obligation for others?
Either way, is it a good thing if everyone has a different standpoint, as in Variety is the spice of life, or is the old saying the more the merrier something we all say but no one believes?
It is true that so much variety on your plate could spoil your lunch, just to think of it.
Fortunately, there may not be as many versions of the same fact as it seems. One way to find out is to compare the etymology (spelling and intended meaning) of these two hot words in various dialects. This will be available when we come back.
Meanwhile check #2 to see how etymology works.
And there remains the question of at what point does variety become a nuisance?
Is it true that most of us would rather have more of a diversity than too little implications in a big world?
To be continued...
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