gardener of human happiness


It's a mystery to me why people first began to make words for things tens of centuries ago. But another very interesting mystery is why we naturally produce words that mean nothing, like 'um' and 'uh'.


These words just seem to flow unconsciously out of us, usually when we're working on what to say or how to say it.


I suspect that every culture has them. In Japanese, people say 'ano...' or 'ehto...'


There are neurolinguists who are trying to understand just how language works. I've got a hunch that they never will until they can figure out 'um' and 'uh'.