Lost in translation

Okay, as many of you know, I’ve been studying languages for quite some time now and on the drive home I started thinking about the old philosophy regarding individual perception of things. (eg. I see an orange, you see an apple .. but when I say orange, you hear apple) And I thought maybe this applies to language also.

At this point I noticed a few cars with obnoxious personalised number plates and thought, “hell, maybe perception can apply to language also.”

For example:

Someone drives around with this number plate:


Most people see:


I see:


Someone drives around with this number plate:


Most people see:


I see:


Someone drives around with this number plate:


Most people see:


I see: