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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lascarina, Jan 2, 2016.
a blind Bulgarian mystic or a mute Mexican muleteer?
Not the cheers and the jeers of the young muleteers
Who hadn't got a penny
and weren't paying any...
Is it one of your games?
Is it double letters or alliteration?
I need to know.
It could be, if people want to make a game of it.
a hammer than a nail
Would you rather swing on a star or carry moonbeams home in a jar?
Unspeakable or uneatable?
I had a friend who went deaf late in life. She hated the way it cut her off from other people; it isolated her so much.
a humble human or a recidivist robot?
A god or a dog?
God, if he exists, lives in dogs .. . . . everyone knows that, don't they?
*I'd prefer to be mute, than blind, if I had to choose*
A rich woman's play-thing
Would you rather have living eyebrows that crawl about your face, or leave a trail of paprika wherever you go?
There was a BBC article today about the unusual case of a man who had a stroke and can now only say yes or no. He can understand a conversation perfectly, but can only participate in it by giving a yes or no answer to questions. To complicate matters further, the stroke left him unable to write as well.
Would you rather live in the Star Trek universe or the world of Dr Suess?
Would you rather have veins on the outside of your skin or have your mood directly dependent on how high your socks are pulled up?
My poor nan had a stroke in her final months which left her with a type of aphasia. We believe she could understand what was being said, but her speech was muddled beyond comprehension. If you asked her if she wanted a cup of tea, she would nod and say "fish barrel dancing toot on the wino" or something like that. Sometimes it'd be strings of numbers instead of words. She seemed completely unaware that what she was saying made no sense, which was frustrating and sad for all of us. It was the same with her writing. Her last few letters to me are just a random string of words and letters. I still treasure them.
There was the famous case of the man who could only say Tan. Can't remember his name (something like Legbourne?). It was analysis of his brain and discovery of certain lesions that led to identification of the parts of the brain that control speech production and understanding.It's a bit in the front left that does the speech production, but further back that does the comprehension bit (and a bit on the right that interprets context, intonation etc). I might have got that the wrong way round, but if you google Wernicke's area or Broca's area, it can explain properly. Fascinating stuff.