It is impossible to say the latin word for “to kiss” without mouthing an actual kiss. Try it for yourself. The word is osculare – (os koo lah ray) – there you go, how beautiful is it when language physically expresses the true meaning of a word.
It’s wonderful how saying certain words in our own, as well as other languages, can give us a sense of connection with ancient ancestors and an insight into how verbal communication developed in the last few thousand years. With words like “osculare” and “snarl” we come a little closer to understanding why communication became audible rather than remained a mixture of silent body miming and facial expression.Consider these little “thought provokers”: It’s a basic assumption that in the beginning, communication, the development of audible language, required being in close proximity with at least one other creature, human or otherwise. So, did our Homo Sapiens ancestors crave interaction with others and consequently developed a system of language to bring them together or, were they already in close-knit groups and communicated audibly to heighten the experience of being together. There can be no doubt that spoken words combined with gestures and expressions can be an emotionally potent mix. But, and here lies the rub, they are only worthwhile when used in company with others.
Togetherness, now there’s an enchanting phenomenon. Is it something we can sustain in this age of email, Facebook, XBox and Wii where just about everything is virtual – unreal, untrue, unremitting, unreliable and unspoken. Even when people do summon the energy to talk – share ideas, thoughts and observations – they appear to do so without any hint of passion or conviction.