Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wo-men.

In the word 'women' there has always been an inherently and glaringly obvious warning to english speakers. That warning is found in the the first two letters: 'w' and 'o,' forming 'wo' or it's equivalent 'whoa.' Whoa comes from the Middle English whoo and who and came about in the 15th century. The first two definitions for whoa are as follows:

1. A command (as to a draft animal) to stand still
2. Cease or slow a course of action or a line of though: pause to consider or reconsider - often used to express a strong reaction (as alarm or astonishment)

So, when we say women or woman, men should stop and consider the rest of the word. It would do a lot of good for men in general to cease of slow a course of action or line of thought, or even consider or reconsider women more carefully.  

I have on many occasions been alarmed, or astonished by women. And, unfortunately I neglected to whoa. I more often tended to woo. And that is the problem. Women are not to be trifled with. 'Women' the word, is a command: Whoa, men. Like, "Hold your horses, (because if you don't you're seriously going to regret it)." I'm not going to go into details, but I think in one way or another most of you will agree.

Picture of 'Birth of Venus' by Boticelli found on this site.

  

3 comments:

Scott Earl said...

I appreciate these recent posts because I feel rather scorned by a woman recently. Apparently from the sounds of it, you probably have been too.

Michael Powers said...

Yeah, it happens. I get my share of scorn, ridicule, and lack of appreciation, but that doesn't bother me nearly as much as ambiguity.

Scott Earl said...

Fair enough. I guess that's more accurately what I've got, non-responsiveness.