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I've always been fascinated by "hidden information"; things like astrology, prophecy, magic, religious insight etc. (though all those things sadly turned out to be total bs). So I've always kind of been interested in deciphering cryptic messages.
I also like knowing why people do things the way they do - I don't know, I guess I've just always been super frustrated by not knowing why I have to follow a particular rule.
So I guess it came natural, just like my love of music. I fell in love with the German language because of their dichter und denker (writers and thinkers, people like Goethe, Beethoven (despite music), Luther, Nietzsche, Marx, Hegel, Kant, and so on). That showed me a lot of words like "Schiff" or "zämen" or "macht" alongside words like "Fisch" or "so" or "jung-". It became very interesting to me looking at all the hidden connections, and I began to see things differently.
When I was between middle school and high school, I had a chance to visit a collage library, where I checked out Szemerenyi's Intro to PIE; highschool had required latin, and I picked up a bad habit of not memorizing vocabulary by taking the English and the German and stepping back to PIE, the going forward to Latin (eg have/haben < habjan < *ha(v)janą < kapi-ian-an < kap > capio, capere or give/geben < geebjanan < ghehbh- > hab-eo, ere, ui, itum). which of course was stupid, but hey.
Things I really like are fossil morphemes, like rattle, tickle, whittle, etc all having this "rapid repetition" suffix -Cle, or like finger being a really ancient diminutive of fist. I like how languages seem to form vocabulary in parallel ways; supervise in almost every language is over + see. I like knowing things like words don't really have genders; the "female" words just have an ancient abstract suffix overgeneralized because women were called birth-givers which comes from a verb. Verbal nouns are abstract, and for that matter so are fluids and groups of things as opposed to things-in-themselves, whence -a's use as a neuter plural too.
I like seeing information for what it is; my suspicions that every word is generations of fossilized noun classifiers and verbal affixes piled on imitative sounds really helps me to understand how to take things for themselves, and not for fetishized awe like man from clay (adam from adam) or platonic chairs.
I got little to no support thought. Nobody likes to hear "it's not actually female, it's an old verbal suffix used so if we skip a beat we won't be lost" when they think feminists are trying to ruin language or men are using it as tools of oppression. Nobody wants to hear you try and explain poshlost when you can use "banality" even though they aren't really alike.
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