This is the ninth of ten challenges. We are to see something with a fresh perspective, and I have chosen a word.
Last day, I happened to see a TED Talk by cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky, who was giving insights about how language shapes the way we think.
The most intriguing thing that I learned from this talk was about an Australian aboriginal community that speaks a language called ‘Kuuk Thaayorre’.
This language is noted for its use of sixteen words for absolute cardinal directions (north-east, south-west etc.) than words with relative senses (left, right etc.). The people have a much better awareness of orientation than the average English speaker, who might be a tad confused with directions.