Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For the love of words, werds, or wurds

Reading how folks grew up with childhood memories still stuck in their head like a jolly rancher in their back teeth fascinates me.  I open the cover of my latest memoir and wonder. Where they rich? Where did they vacation? How were they disciplined? Were they educated? Rebellious? Ever bullied? Religious? Were they always funny, psychotic, talented, addicted or depressed? This has been a summer packed with non-fiction reading and currently I am lost in Last Words by George Carlin.

George Carlin was an interesting, often smut-mouthed, inventive comedian, thinker and writer. His ability to dissect words and find creative humor was his strength. I love words so I’m enjoying his story and am enticed by his twisted-unique mind.

For example, his “Questions.” These questions merit thought, but you are left scratching your head for insightful answers. At the end, his questions leave you frustrated and bamboozled. These George Carlin quotes are loaded with thought provoking queries.

·       What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?

   What was the best thing before sliced bread?
·        Whose cruel idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have an "S" in it?
·         Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
·         When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?
·         Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all?"
·         Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "assteroids"?
·         What if there were no hypothetical questions?
·         Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
How did he come up with this stuff? What an ingenious and artistic mind George Carlin had. Now, back to my book …

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