Every language projects the culture of its people. Some languages, like English, French are spoken in more than one country, while others are spoken in one country only, or in the territories bordering that country, at the most.
Even when one language is spoken in several countries across the continent, every day words change to indicate our culture. Let’s take the word ‘Survive’. This one word indicates so many things about a culture at micro-level.
According to Oxford Dictionaries, “survival is the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances.”
But we have nullified the actual meaning by using it for trivial things. For instance, we say, I survived her constant chattering. Though listening to an extremely talkative person is not an ordeal to the extent that it could endanger our existence.Why do we use words to show the world how brave we are or what a difficult task I accomplished? It could also reflect on how much of a victim we feel we are.
Do you use certain words for the sake of the above mentioned feelings? If so, then why?