Re: Short Story Submissions
For my MURASKI'S pen submission I had a hard time choosing one ..but in the end i chose apostrophe.
(') APOSTROPHE (')
What is the deal with an apostrophe? Why do we need them? Who created them? Why does such a teeny tiny mark require such a huge word to name it ? Is their a true purpose for them?
When I look at an apostrophe I think hillbilly or French. Have we as an society become so very lazy that now we can't even say can not? Does it deplete what is left of our waining energy. Have we stretched ourselves to such a limit that simple speech is to taxing to even use an entire word?
Is it really that much easier or simpler to say can't? When I say can't I pronounce it cain't. Does this make it even more wrong? If I say the word liquor, I am going to a store for a lovely bottle of an alcohol containing beverage. But if i say liq'uor, I have inserted that elusive apostrophe. Have I now been transferred to a fancy French restaraunt with the perfect ambiance. And a waiter with a cloth ever so delicately draped over his sleeve.
Why do you suppose that small little mark changes so much. If I make a group of them and combine them with I's I then have a grocery store icon...II'''III'I'I''I'I'I'''I'I'I''''II'''I'I''I. I now have created a potentially austere barcode. I don't even want to take my mind there. Some things are just best left undone .
Does an apostrophe actually enhance a words meaning? Does it give it potential for greatness? Does can not look better as can't? Or does it is sound better as it's? Will does not get more attention as a doesn't? Will we sound more sincere if we say have not instead of I haven't?
What is becoming obvious to me by each passing second of stretching this mind, is it is a blatant massacre of the alphabets vowels. When apostrophe appears the A E I O U 's seem to disappear. Now my silly mind with nothing more important to do now wonders where these little lost vowels go. Is there a euphoric old folks home for lost vowels with a little black apostrophe guarding it's doors? Is that little the apostrophe refusing to release them back out to society once more?
What scrying genious back over the years created such a masterpiece with a simple tiny stroke. Does it actually revert back to the basics of time when symbology was all there was to design. For example there are countless meanings for the symbol of a triangle even in this time. It is a three sided equally measured object in mathmatics, or the universe coming down to man and man going up to the universe in spirituality.
So if maybe an apostrophe truly started out as a symbol. I beleive it may actually mean the following. I am lazy, I am to busy to be bothered, I am in a hurry, I am brilliant. Yes I now propose that that silly little mark, just simply means , I am smarter than I care to share. Maybe I like apostrophes's after all.