LINEGO

LinegoI was raised in an Italian household where I spoke Italian to my family and English to everybody else.  This proved very useful, especially when having to translate my parent-teacher conferences (“Tony has been very bad” quickly became “Tony has been a delight to have”).

But I’ve always loved the study of foreign languages, linguistics, and etymology for a number of good reasons including the most important – I have no other talents, so I try to give people a line. (As Old Tone’s granddaughter editing this, I can attest to the fact that my grandpa has many other talents- but bragging is not one of them).

Last night I watched Nik Wallenda walk across the Grand Canyon on what he called a ‘line’. It immediately brought to mind how difficult it is to learn and to understand the English language, or for that matter, any language. Nik used the word ‘line’ for what I always thought was a tight rope.

Students of the English language must struggle trying to understand the meaning of the word ‘line’ when they hear expressions such as: flyers use an airline, journalists use a byline, architects draw a straight line, flirters use a romantic line, mothers hang on diapers on a clothes line, presidents use hot lines, suspects are lined up, you wait in line to enter a theater, telephone line men attach wires from pole to pole, construction workers use a line to stake out their work, dancers do line dancing, my daughter is my lifeline, generals draw a line in the sand, Obama drew a line for Assad, I read about it online…

One can say this line of baloney can go on forever, and it really does.

My cold beer became warm while intensely watching Nik Wallenda make history-and that’s no line.

Old Tone About Old Tone

Old Tone is a widowed 84 year old retired University administrator and Graduate School professor; one married daughter, four grandchildren, enjoys the Arts (music, theater, painting), Etymology, travel, reading, loves eating and cooking, limited gardener, devoted Catholic, outdoors man. Banks robbed and parole records available upon request.

Old Tone About Old Tone

Old Tone is a widowed 84 year old retired University administrator and Graduate School professor; one married daughter, four grandchildren, enjoys the Arts (music, theater, painting), Etymology, travel, reading, loves eating and cooking, limited gardener, devoted Catholic, outdoors man. Banks robbed and parole records available upon request.

  • …sign on the line, walk the line, borderline, there’s a fine line, actors are fed their lines, we get transferred to another line, put out a fishing line…. this is fun!! Thanks for the thought-provoking tidbit. And you know, Germans normally drink beer warm. 😉

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