It recently dawned on me that although the English language has around 1,000,000 words, only about 150 - 170 of those words are categorized as prepositions. To wit:
Tags: english, language, words
English is preposition deprived.
~ bereft? ~ distressed? ~ straitened? ~ embarrassed?
Hm-mm, how many can I end one sentence with?
Am I missing something? Those aren't prepositions.
Where you see ~ bereft? think English is preposition bereft?
It just seems odd to me that, in a language with a million words, only about .015% of those words are prepositions. Yet prepositions are super important.
I guess the English language just has a thing for nouns, verbs and adjectives. English is also very keen at adopting or using words from other languages.
I have Mencken's book on the English language on order from the library, so I thought that thoughts FROM this community might help me prepare FOR the read when I go ON vacation.
I don't even know what a proposition is.
There you go. Preposition.
Maybe the language reflects our inclination to describe things and actions, and our relative lack of interest in relationships. Or vice versa?
Add two more, courtesy of the navies of English-speaking nations: fore and aft.
For reasons known only to OED, it says fore is a prep'n but is silent on aft.
Join Think Atheist
Welcome toThink Atheist
Get Started Nowor Sign In
Or sign in with:
Started by Unseen in Small Talk. Last reply by Stutz 9 hours ago.
Started by Unseen in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Psychology. Last reply by Unseen on Friday.
Started by Belle Rose in Ethics & Morals. Last reply by _Robert_ 10 hours ago.
Started by Unseen in Philosophy. Last reply by Unseen yesterday.
Started by Dale Headley in Small Talk. Last reply by Pope Beanie 12 hours ago.
Sunday School April 26th 2015
Sunday School April 19th 2015
Sunday School April 12th 2015
Posted by Simon Mathews on April 15, 2015 at 4:14am
Posted by Belle Rose on April 15, 2015 at 1:00am
Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com
© 2015 Created by umar.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.