I Never Knew You Could Construct A Language This Way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In Chicago, I worked for a time at a tiny company that provided direct mail and letter-shop services.  One day a young, blond man in his late teens or early 20s delivered a package.  “What do you guys do?” he asked.

“We make sure the junk mail gets to your house,” I replied.

“Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I didn’t know there were people who did that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” he said with an intonation expressed a naive wonderment the memory of which will abide in me for a long time.  His enthusiasm at discovering heretofore hidden aspects of his world was endearing.

My reaction to Tagalog is much the same, laden with much the same emotional tone of unending wonderment:  I never knew you could construct a language this way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


About Cliff Wirt

I am a banking DBA with various and sundry interests, including art, poetry, philosophy, music, languages, relational algebra, database administration, and blueberries. Don't forget the blueberries. Some of these interests tie in in surprising though usually tangential ways with database theory. Even the blueberries. I have published one article in a Philosophy Journal, and I have one painting in a corporate collection (housed in what used to be the Amoco building in Chicago). According to 12andMe, my paternal haplogroup is I2, my maternal H5. The Neanderthal percentage of my ancestry is 3%. My most famous ancestor is William Wirt (from whom I get my last name, though possibly not my Y chromosome), who defended the rights of the Cherokees before the Supreme Court, and ran for President in 1832, carrying one state. My homepage is at http://www.cliff-engel-wirt.com. My FaceBook page is at https://www.facebook.com/cliffengelwirt. My LinkedIn page is at https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=4298877&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic. View all posts by Cliff Wirt

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