Friday, February 13, 2015

ohm vs. uhm

When I was in fifth grade, I had a teacher named Mr. Behm. I actually learned a lot from him.  Most of which had nothing to do with school. It was these lessons -- spliced in-between moments -- when I really got some knowledge.

He used to tell us not to use words such as, "Uhm" or "Like", as filler. Which I wasn't prone to but I have always tried to follow that practice.

However, I was thinking about the word specifically, "Uhm". Something that we use as English speakers to indicate space where a person is trying to reboot the mind. I was comparing the usage of, "Om" in mediation.

Om is a sacred sound. Mystical. Primordial. A shout of consciousness.

What if, by some strange mystery of language, our usage of, "Uhm" is somehow a primal understanding of how to connect with ourselves.

Where are you Mr. Behm? I'd very much like to discuss this with you!

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