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글 쓴 이(By): hongcho (홍이)
날 짜 (Date): 2007년 12월 4일 화요일 오전 04시 47분 40초
제 목(Title): Re: Things you shouldn't say.
Didn't we all take English 101?
Connotation vs intention
Not really (did my undergrad in Korea and I don't remember such subject
covered there... Or it could be my failing memory). :p
Once the words leave you, it's upto the readers to comprehend in anyway
the reader perceives the intention to be, whether intended or not.
I can agree that the listener can have a different perception than the
speaker intended. However, I don't know whether a speaker can wash
her/his hands whenever his/her words leave her/him.
I am not good with examples and have no legal backgrounds, so that's not
where I am basing my opinions. But I think there are many ambiguous cases
depending on the time, the place and the people involved. I think it
comes down to the social perceptions or agreements (since more than one
person is involved).
Of course, this could become a big deal when the society (which could be
your peers, your family, your town or your country, etc.) becomes very
diverse. It truly takes much more effort to maintain a diverse society
than a monolithic one.
Well, I start to ramble again... :)
Anyway, there is an interesting (and somewhat related) story in the news.
A British school teacher in Sudan was jailed and expelled (or waiting to
be) from the country because she let her students (7-year olds) named a
teddy bear (which belonged to one of the students) Mohammed. The name
received the most votes from the kids because it was also the name of one
of the popular kids in the class. But Sudanese is claiming that she had
desecrated the Prophet Mohammed.
Oh, well... I am not saying that the Sudansese are correct. I think they
are over-reacting (probably because the teacher was a Westerner). For
that matter, they should also prison any parents who name their children
What I was trying to say (I think) is that we shouldn't just brush off the
differences of the intention and the perception and walk away. If we did
not try to understand why the other side came to such a conclusion (of the
intention and the perception), we may not survive the fragility of our