|Linguistic Linguine With Anger Sauce
||[Aug. 27th, 2008|04:20 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
What is the language of anger other than a recitation of socially inappropriate nouns and verbs?
Sometimes, just silence. Or the silences between words.
how close it is to fear and hurt. For me, its the moments of long and deliberate silence and breath before the socially inappropriate behaviour.
Hmm ... silence, the sound of an ax chopping wood, slow, strained words that squeeze through the body as though anger takes up all the available space.
The use of sarcasm with intent to maim.
Echoing others: there's hurtfulness, and there's deliberate hurtfulness, and there's the air of "I'm being careful not to give in to the impulse to be hurtful", and there's the deliberate air of yadda yadda. All of that is what I would call the language of externally directed anger.
Then there's the language of internally directed anger - pain, and injury, and twisting of various sorts.
There's also what I would think of as the in-the-moment anger, which is much more about specific actions.
I'm not actually sure what you're asking, if in fact you're asking anything at all.
Edited at 2008-08-28 07:07 am (UTC)
2008-08-28 08:17 am (UTC)
I was thinking about how people express anger - using words like "fuck, fuck you, asshole, shit, motherfucker, go screw," etc.
If you break these types of words down into categories, they're all (1) bodily fluids, (2) the orifices that emit those bodily fluids, (3) acts normally done in private, and (4) insults to one's ancestry (usually including bodily fluids, orifices, and acts normally done in private).
I find it interesting that "shit" and "asshole" can be expressions of anger while "mucus" and "mouth" are not (although "snotty" is on the line).
And that lead me to wonder about what other language we use to express anger. Was there something beyond these meta-categories?
People went with some really interesting interpretations that I wasn't expecting and that's AWESOME, actually. Really interesting response and a wake-up that my thinking had gotten into a particular rut.