Just discovered that in Spanish, the first person, present tense of the verb “crear” (to create) and the same tense and form of the verb “creer” (to believe) are both “creo.” They are the same word and I think the same pronunciation; the other forms/tenses of these two verbs vary both in spelling and pronunciation.

Is this fairly metaphysical? That, for the self, believing and creating are designated the same way? Or am I reading way too much into this?

some thoughts on language

I should probably learn a second (natural) language. I know the rudiments of a few aside from being a half-way decent native English speaker, but can’t fluently speak any of them, nor understand anything but simple expressions. I feel like such an acquisition would change me as a person in important ways.

It’s fun(ny) to ponder how I’ve spent more time studying designed languages that are interpreted and/or compiled into machine code instructions for CPUs to run, as opposed to learning new ways to communicate to people around me.

The parallels between study of & experience of using a natural language versus the study of & experience using a programming language are certainly there: picking up of bad habits; development of slang, shorthand, idioms, and the like; proclivity to sticking to what you know, e.g., solving a problem using the methods or messages you’re familiar with; merging of elements of one language into another over time, or spin-off dialects; dynamic languages being able to modify themselves (e.g., through “monkey patching” in a language like Ruby) and natural languages being subject to neologism and appropriation of rules for other purposes.

But there are of course differences: there is not often the equivalent of verbacious purple prose when solving a particular programming problem; those that learn and acquire proficiency in programming languages tend to know—or at least have a working knowledge of—several if not a dozen languages, while those that speak natural languages may be bi- or tri-lingual and leave it at that; and of course speaking a natural language to another person may just be chit-chat, random, gratuitous, or even unnecessary, while whilst programming, one usually wants to write as much code to solve a problem or get a desired result, and anything extra is fluff. (A notable exception to this would be the act of “commenting” code: leaving instructions or documentation about why a certain piece of code was written to either the programmer him/herself or to any future inspectors/caretakers/users of the code.)

Welp, just thoughts. I should probably go study some Latin. Or Lisp.