Saturday, March 16, 2013

Caturday ~ feline language

This kitten is learning to speak, and it sounds like Greek to me.  When I was about ten years old, a young man in my neighborhood was sitting outside in the sun learning Greek.  I was curious, so he taught me the Greek alphabet.  I memorized all 24 letters as easily as I had learned the English letters a few years earlier:  "Alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta, eta, theta, iota, kappa, lambda, mu, nu, xi, omicron, pi, rho, sigma, tau, upsilon, phi, chi, psi, omega."  Learning it was fun and relatively easy.

That memory work came in handy twenty years later when I took Greek in college and later in seminary when I studied Greek again because the New Testament was originally written in Greek.  Learning early is key, and I can still rattle off this Greek alphabet more than six decades after memorizing it.

I found the cute little kitten photo online earlier this week and was surprised yesterday to find two more cats saying "mu" — or should that be spelled "mew"?

Do you think these two are a bit nerdy, as the artist asserts?  Or are they simply speaking Greek?


Helen's Book Blog said...

Learning early is definitely the key!

Ginnie said...

Interesting post. My memory and my spelling have become atrocious but I can still reel off words to songs that I learned in the 40's and 50's !!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Born in 1940, I learned the Greek alphabet sometime around 1950. We're in the same boat, Ginnie.