I learned something interesting yesterday, This weekend is a long weekend here in Iceland and it is jokingly referred to as the national breeding weekend. According to my co-workers, it seems there is a lot of camping and outdoor festivals this weekend, and it is also the time when it is legal to have sex outside :)
so you take a situation where allot of 20-35 year old people are camping out at festivals, drinking large amounts of alcohol (it's Iceland, they drink!) and it is legal to have sex outdoors..
Statistically more baby's born in 9 months in Iceland than any other time of the year so maybe there is something to this breeding weekend :)
But that isn't tee interesting part, the Icelandic word for spouse is the same if you are just living together, or married. So in Icelandic if someone introduced as there spouse you can't assume they are married unless they have rings on.
This got me to wondering if that was the cause of the Icelandic people to live together and have kids, being a couple and having a family isn't tied to the legal sense of it as in N.A.
Then I was wondering does language follow function? Did the word come about because that is how people live. Or was society influenced by having one word for what we consider separate situations?
The Eskimos have many words for snow, because it is such a important part of there life's. So if the type of snow wasn't important to there culture would they have one word for snow?
It makes you wonder!
well I am off to Atlanta early Monday morning....
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