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From your elementary biology, voluntary actions are activities under the control of the brain, blah blah blah whereas involuntary actions are activities that occur without thought or not under the control of the brain. Now take a closer look at this ‘scientific paradox’ (love to call it that, if I may); Involuntary talking. A Mystique Mysterious huh? Absolutely impossible (French accent).

OK  here’s the argument. Have you ever been caught in a situation where you just babble out words unreasonably and without meaning, cos you’ve been startled (or say woken up from the world of Morpheus only to meet questions from your teacher stampeding towards you). Well there’s your involuntary talking. Absurd huh? Here’s how it was propounded:

“                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         31-3-09
…roll was being conducted and someone’s name was mentioned. Apparently he was chatting or doing something else and wasn’t attentive. Upon getting to know his name had been mentioned, he responded in much confused state of mind, “sss-ii-rr prre- yyeess pprr sssir sir present sir!” Not that he’s a stammerer. He’s just undergoing what Kofi Dei, after a ‘quick deductive thinking’, calls the phenomenon of Involuntary Talking.”
– from my high school diary.

Mystique Mysterious: a mysterious character in Benjamin Kwakye’s The Clothes of Nakedness.


Onomatopoeic Yam.

Back on the grid!

Onomatopoeia quite some word huh? I remember having trouble spelling this word in literature class (the last four words, always interchanging them) and the master worsening the case with his relentless stressing of the last two syllables, ‘poe-ia.’ Onomatopoeia, of course, is the formation or use of words that imitate the sound of something. The cat meows, goats and sheep bleat, door creaks etc.

Words such as hiccup are as a result of the sound one makes when ‘hiccup-ing’(hmm?). The cuckoo is named after the sound it makes, “cuckoooo”, and also the zip ‘cos it goes “zzzzziiiiiippppppp!!!”

I love yams

Fried Yams with Hot pepper

Fried yams with hot pepper

and I’ve always wondered how the word ‘yam’ came about. According to Wikipedia, “Although it is unclear which came first, the word yam is related to Portuguese inhame or Spanish ñame, which both ultimately derive from the Wolof word nyam, meaning “to sample” or “taste”; in other African languages it can also mean “to eat”, e.g. yamyam and doya in Hausa or “to chew” in Dholuo language of the Luo of Kenya and Northern Tanzania.”

Cooked Yam with Palaver sauce

Palaver sauce with yam

Well, I kind of have this ‘conspiracy theory’ on the origin of the word yam based on onomatopoeia since childhood.

Know why it’s called yam? (Draw closer… whispers) cos it goes “yyyaaaammmm!!!!” 🙂

...cos it goes "yyyyaaaammmmm!!!"

...cos it goes "yyyyaaaammmmm!!!"

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