Re: Language and aging
- In my personal experience, I usually count half years when I'm
considered too young for the profession I have. When I was one of the
oldest teachers in a school I worked (I was 28 and most of them were
between 20 and 26), I preferred to ignore the months passed, but now
I'm a 32 and a half university professor and most of my colleagues are
much older than I.
2013/6/20 Jim T <clanrubylion@...>:
> I received this from a friend (in pps form) and thought I would share to the list as it brought up interesting ways of looking at age in the English language.
> Do you realise that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?
> If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about ageing that you think in fractions.
> 'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half.
> You're four and a half, going on five!
> You get into your teens; you jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
> 'How old are you?'
> 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13,
> but hey, you're gonna be 16!
> And then the greatest day of your life ...... .
> You become 21.
> Even the words sound like a ceremony.
> YOU BECOME 21... YESSSS!!!
> But then you turn 30. Oooohh,
> what happened there?
> Makes you sound like bad milk!
> You BECOME 21, you TURN 30,
> then you're PUSHING 40....
> Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone
> But wait!!!
> You MAKE it to 60.
> So you BECOME 21,
> TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50
> and MAKE it to 60.
> You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70!
> After that it's a day-by-day thing;
> you HIT Thursday, June 20, 2013!
> You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime.
> And it doesn't end there Into the 90s, you start going backwards;
> 'I Was JUST 92.'
> Then a strange thing happens.
> If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'