Words

“Even before we actually tell any stories, the language we use teems with them in embryo form. There are words that simply denote things in nature: a pebble, a tree. There are words that describe objects we make: to know the word ‘chair’ is to understand about moving from sitting to standing and appreciate the match of the human body with certain shapes and materials. But there are also words that come complete with entire narratives, or rather that can’t come without them.”

 – Tim Parks, Where I’m Reading From (2014)

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Words