By the year 2050, the entire world’s skin tone will be beige, and religion will be just a memory.
While I think that the first part of this prophecy is inevitable, I feel that the prophet who claimed it was optimistic – or pessimistic – that it will occur so soon – and the second part will come to pass, only when, as Freud said, The last human loses their fear of Death.
This past century has been one of inclusion and amalgamation. Widespread, free movement of people, things, ideas, and information is finally breaking the grip of tribalism, isolationism, and the extensive US vs. Them mentality. “Seasonal” fruits and vegetables have become a thing of the past, with daily airplane flights from Chile and Australia.
Immigration and tourism has opened so many narrow minds to the facts of other races, other religions, other moralities, other social customs, other legal systems, and other languages. Language is the easiest and most often absorbed. Here in Canada, because of the Province of Quebec, every citizen, from Inuit to immigrant, must have at least a working knowledge of the poutine that the locals claim is French. Many French words, phrases, and place-names have crept into the “English” language, because of French explorers in Canada and northern United States.
Spanish exploration and conquest in Central and South America has resulted in the insertion of many Spanish words and terms into the, especially South and Western United States, ‘English’ language. ‘Lazo’, the Spanish word that also gave the word ‘lace’ to English, and means noose, or bond, became ‘lasso’. His cousin, la reata – the rope – became the cowboys’ lariat.
All of which deviously brings us to the word of the day
An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; through Louisiana French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo “dungeon,” of obscure origin
From the same base comes ‘calabash,’ an organic little dungeon of a gourd, with all the little seeds held prisoner within – the inspiration for Jimmy Durante’s girlfriend, Mrs. Calabash. Good night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.
Good night!! Isn’t this fool done prating yet??