"Are you sure that's a word?"

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious! If you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious,”. We all know the words to this famous song, or we tell people we do, then mummer over every thing that's not the chorus. This fanticisacal song has been herd by children and adults alike, all over the country for almost three generations. In all of that time, sixty-four years to be exact, no one is able to say what exactly “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” mean.  To one person it may mean wonderment, to another it may mean just good. Words have a way of changing their meaning when switching from person to person. For every word that is used by one person, it is used by another. However no two people share the same experience or feelings. Therefore that word contains a whole new meaning for the second person than it did for the first.  

If you saw a girl  who was being loud and obnoxious and constantly causing drama what would you call her? Drama Queen? Or maybe needy? If you were from the Philadelphia area you would call this girl “Ratchet”. “I know what you are thinking. “Ratchet, isn’t that  some type of  wrench? Can that be an adjective to describe a person?” The answer to that question would be, yes. Philadelphians has adopted the word ratched to mean something totally different than it’s dictionary definition.

In  addition to giving new meaning to already existing words, we also have many different names for the same things. For example, the candy like tic tac looking things you put on cupcakes and ice cream. What are they called? Around the world they are known by many different names such as, sprinkles, jimmies, Nonpareils, and  Hundreds and thousands. One topping many names. Even places in the same county, use different names for the topping. So which one is the correct term? All of them. As long as a word can be identified as something for more than one person, it is infact a word. Even if it is not in the Merriam-Webster's dictionary.

We are taught from a young age that language is something set in stone. That if you can not find it in a dictionary, then it's not a word. Mother’s are always telling their children how to say things the right way. While teachers discourage the misspelling of words. We even do it to our friends, when the accidently say “Me and Sally went to the mall.” instead of “Sally and I went to the mall.” This is an example of something we have been taught to be right. But who is to say that something is right or wrong?

What does French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, and Hebrew have in common, besides the fact that they are languages. Don’t know? Well let me enlighten you. They were all made up. Yup that’s right. That language everyone is so set on was made up by a bunch of guys sitting around making up words, like some kids sharing a secret language. So if they made it up, and made up languages are not considered a real language, then how do we know if what we consider English or Spanish are actual languages. We could have over a million languages if we took in account all of the languages we make up when we are young. But we do not. If we are allowed to make anything into a "real" language, then we lose the a common thing connecting millions of people.

When lose this commonality we start to break off into smaller groups with our own leaderships. As the number of independent groups grow, then the need of a government to unite the whole would become unnecessary. When the government becomes necessary , then  those in power will realize that they are in trouble. Systems that have been in place to keep those in order are now being rejected. So they are being rejected.

We make up words and invent new words for things because that is who we are. We are all unique, shouldn’t our words reflect our person. Yet when we share our words or pronunciation with the world they are rejected, because they are not considered real. We are restricted by the social norms instilled in our communities years ago.