|Forum topic by HamS||posted 02-01-2012 01:06 PM||962 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
02-01-2012 01:06 PM
One of the distinct pleasures of lumber lockin’ is meeting and talking with people from all over the world. It is pretty apparent that the lingua framca of this site is English. However, it is clearly evident to me that there are many different dialects of English in use and it is a side hobby of mine (Perhaps a result of my stint as a linguist in the US Army) to try and figure out where someone is from based on their usage of the language. It appears to me that a “Timber” means any piece of wood to some, while a “Timber” means a LARGE piece of wood to others and to still others it means wood that has not been cut down yet. I once heard that the US and Great Britain were two English speaking countries separated by an ocean and a common language and I had a good laugh, but it seems to be so true. When I meet and talk with Europeans, I can always tell whether they learned English in school or from American Soldiers because if they learned in school they had British accents and used the British variant and if the learned from soldiers they used the coarse and profane language of soldiers (that is a trait of soldiers from everywhere) and did not even realize it.
I truly enjoy seeing how much alike we all are in our struggles to tame the wildness of our chosen medium. It doesn’t matter if the grain is in English oak, German beech, Phillipine Mahogany, Indiana walnut, Georgian pine, Russian fir, Chinese birch, Indonesian bamboo (I am running out of stereotypes) or Australian (Help me out I don’t remember one), we all have to make sure we don’t plane against it and we have to worry about it moving on us after we think we have it tamed. We are fighting the same problems around the world, yet we solve them in different ways.
I suppose that someday the sociologist will read the postings on this site and wonder about us, of course I wonder about us as well. We are truly a diverse and interesting community.
-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.