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photoblog image Viktionary: I must from hence (Shakespeare)

Viktionary: I must from hence (Shakespeare)

500 000 is the amount of words in the English language.

5000 is the amount of words used by an average native speaker (my vocabulary is about a half of that at best :-) ).

24000 words are in Shakespeare's vocabulary.

There are words that lost their meanings from being overused, like "love" in "love you". These words are bright and shiny, like the bronze door knob in an Irish pub. 

On other hand, there are some words that people hate, and that what happens to the "must", which no one likes to use.

Viktionary: I must from hence (Shakespeare)

500 000 is the amount of words in the English language.

5000 is the amount of words used by an average native speaker (my vocabulary is about a half of that at best :-) ).

24000 words are in Shakespeare's vocabulary.

There are words that lost their meanings from being overused, like "love" in "love you". These words are bright and shiny, like the bronze door knob in an Irish pub. 

On other hand, there are some words that people hate, and that what happens to the "must", which no one likes to use.

comments (17)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Nov 2007, 03:39
A vegetable version of "Charlotte's Web"...the Lichen speaks to us of imperatives.

Is the floral muse concerned about Global Warming, and so letting humankind understand we "...must put the brakes on our un-governed resource consumption"?

Or, is it something more personal and immediate, like the helpful spouse's fridge-list for her forgetful mate "Must Do's....1. Take out the trash can before going to bed each thursday night..."

An impressive, thought-provoking post, VZ. Thank you for the stimulation.
vz-nostalgia: "The Lichen Speaks to Us" I like it, Ray. It could make a great title too.
As for the stimulation part- wrong address, my friend. You got to see Mark Varley's site for that
http://markvarley.shutterchance.com/ smile
  • Mike Reid
  • United States
  • 2 Nov 2007, 13:11
All the lofty talk is nice.
I just see an old ad for men's fragrance.
vz-nostalgia: Well, Mike, as an old Russian saying goes "Everyone sees things throught the degree of one's depravity" smile
Just remember- you will never get laid, if you smell like mold and lichens. smile
That's great, moss like flowers.
vz-nostalgia: Did you mean "must" likes flowers, Ms. Florence?
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Nov 2007, 15:21
1,110,000,000 is the results on Google for must. Interestingly I thought most of the first 100 we "must not" do - I will spare you the politics. Also Must is freshly pressed grape juice, that contains various quantities of pulp, skins, stems, and seeds and the analogous term in beer brewing is wort.

A good photograph that combines considered thought and beauty. Hoping this is a series in the making....
vz-nostalgia: Funny you mentioned "must" as a freshly pressed grape juice, Mike. I'm impressed. At one point of my life I used to live in Moldavia, a region famous for its vineyards. When the grape harvest season arrives, the streets of Kishinev, the capitol of Moldavia, are full of yellow metal barrels on wheels, filled with "must" instead of the traditional milk. The barrels were rolled out to the street corners early in the morning. On the hot late summer day the fermentation of the juice starts right after noon. By 5-6 pm, just when the working class starts heading home, the grape juice has already gained a few degrees of alcohol. Two-three glasses of must, and you're in a right kind of mood! smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 2 Nov 2007, 16:21
Funny writeup and shot. I guess it is really lichen eating away at the letters, but I'd prefer to think of it as mold. Good find!
vz-nostalgia: I hope there were just a few them left after this letter munching. My current life is a constant struggle with the language. It will be so much easier with a shorter alphabet. smile
excellent blogging vik
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, doc.
What an interesting post, both the photograph and the text! Well done on both counts. (:o)
vz-nostalgia: smile, Ms. Roz, as always.
  • Kelly
  • United States
  • 2 Nov 2007, 17:57
a bit contrived, it looks like this is part of another word and you wanted it to just say MUST? However, once I get past that, the picture is quite stiking.
vz-nostalgia: You might be right, Ms. Kelly. I don't remember now. I dug it up from my archive. I snapped it in the park.
Great image and very thought provoking. Actually, I quite like the word 'must' - because if it didn't exist, in my world nothing would get done!
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: Ha-ha. We like to use the word "must", when we say it to others, but hate it, when it applies us. Apparently, you are an exception from the rule, Ms. Ingrid. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 2 Nov 2007, 18:54
VZ, your command of the English language is a must-have. Amazing how the Lechen has mustered on the wood. Your blog and your picture both pass muster with me smile
vz-nostalgia: You're flattering me, Ms. Kathryn.
I will rest my English textbook, when I reach the skill level of making puns you have. smile
That interesting text to think, Viktor. In addition the photo is magnificent. I like much!
vz-nostalgia: The pleasure is mine, amigo.
  • Garth
  • United States
  • 2 Nov 2007, 22:44
I prefer to think about this in terms of Viktor's love of little imperfections.....

"mussed"
vz-nostalgia: Gartho, my friend! You know my weakness very well.
"Must has been mussed". I love it!
Like your text and pic to follow - I like pics and Texts that make me think a little bit longer than fragments of a second...
vz-nostalgia: I'm with you, Aksel. Photographs are much like books or films, you return to some of them again and again, the others are forgotten after the first glance.
This is a fabulous image with a luscious shade of green. I enjoyed your comment on words.
vz-nostalgia: I'm glad you do, Chad.
very cool shot...
The colors and detail are great.
I would have moved the cam just a bit to the right to avoid the T from touching the edge. but this is great anyways.. good job.
vz-nostalgia: I feel the right side is a bit tight as well. I don't remember the reason for this, as I took the the shot some time ago.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Nov 2007, 11:32
"VZ: I hope there were just a few them left after this letter munching. My life, as a constant struggle with the language, will be so much easier. "......Cannot agree with you more Viktor...wouldn't it be great if some more letters would be eaten by the lichen smile. There or to much words to learn for us newbies to the english?
lovely photo with great details!
Petra
vz-nostalgia: smile On other hand, Petra, what kind of life is that without a struggle? A boring one. smile
there's a quote I love by Robert Frank that always pops into my head each time I read your clever creative texts beneath your images. "when people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice" ...sometimes I look at your images multiple times, more often, I read your writing multiple times. You sometimes write factualy, sometimes artfuly, always cleverly. I enjoy the interspersion immensely smile
vz-nostalgia: Ah, Ms. Julie... You got me blushing once again!
I also want to thank you for a new word I learned today, "interspersion". I'm getting closer to 5000 with every passing day! smile
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