SoCS – 10-22-22 What are We Talking About?

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “bowl.” Use it as a noun or a verb—use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

A bowl is a round container with a concave surface. You can eat soup or salad out of it. Wait… I’ve eaten salad out of square containers. Are they square bowls or not bowls at all? If they’re considered square bowls, either they don’t fit the definition of a bowl, or the bowl definition doesn’t allow for exceptions. I’m so confused!
Our language is fragile and often inaccurate, but communities, and on a larger scale, cultures have something more… common understanding. Language plays a role though. A common language is an essential core to human relationship cohesiveness. Last I checked, the U.S. has never ‘officially’ assigned any ‘official’ language. Whew… that’s a bit overdue. U.S. citizens have had a ‘common understanding’ (forever) that it’s likely, maybe, probably, English but foreigners from countries that have their own designated ‘official’ language might be afraid that their language is against the law here or something. Ugh… I’m getting more confused!
Well, at least we can agree on the time, right?
Wait…we have Daylight Savings Time, Regular Time, Mountain Time, Central Time, and who could forget “Time to make the donuts”.
Never mind.
There is, after all, consensus on our good ole American food choices.
Everyone I know loves a stack of pancakes for breakfast… or griddle cakes… or flapjacks… or hot cakes. Give me a break! Aren’t those the same thing? I think they are. So, the breakfast isn’t different, but it’s called a different name according to where you’re eating it. I wonder if your grandma made you pancakes in Connecticut and mailed them to Texas if they’d taste different under the Texas label of flapjacks? Even harder, at what point in their journey does the name change. If the plane crashed halfway to Texas, when the package from grandma is recovered, WHAT’S IN IT? Does it depend on where the crash site is, or does it depend on what region of the country the person who recovers the package is from?! I GIVE UP!
Happy Saturday Everyone! Do whatever you wish, I don’t want to know!

Here’s a clip from Good Morning Vietnam offering a coherent English lesson. Enjoy!

17 thoughts on “SoCS – 10-22-22 What are We Talking About?

  1. You have covered a lot of ground here! And you have me thinking now: when is a bowl not a bowl? When it’s square? Well, l I’ve just Wikipedia’d it: apparently it is a ‘typically round dish or container” Hmmmmm…

  2. Oh, this is good! When is a bowl a bowl or not a bowl. How about a cup? Is it a bowl – sometimes you can have a ‘cup o’ soup’ in a bowl? Confusing for sure. And we’re in TX and call them pancakes even if we cook them on a griddle. We cook ours in a skillet, so maybe skillet cakes? haha 🙂

      1. Yes, born right here in TX, lived right in this city most of my life, except when the Mr. was sent places by the Army. Then we’d re-locate, but right back to the old home town. 🙂

  3. What a fun stream! When I have pancakes, it’s for lunch or dinner, or I might make them for my granddaughter for breakfast. Either way, I’m way overdue for some pancakes.

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