Tag: Khalil Gibran

These Seven Words Get Me Every Time


If you weren’t already aware, I love words. I’m not quite sure where the love stemmed from, but it’s one I can’t deny. I like to think part of it comes from my godfather. Growing up, he kept a dictionary where he marked every word he looked up. Needless to say his vocabulary is quite impressive.

Recently, I came across the visual artist and writer Khalil Gibran. Though born in Lebanon, he grew up in Boston’s South End and became quite the prolific poet, thinker and artist. In Sand and Foam, he writes,

We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words.

But who should decide those seven words?

Even if they (whoever they are) asked me to decide on THE seven words, I wouldn’t accept the task. Too big. Too great. Right here, I’ve already used more than 100 words. How could I get it down to seven? However, I thought I’d give it my best shot. Why not?

Here’s my seven words, no explanations. I just want to know your seven words.

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Please*
  4. Thank You
  5. Love
  6. Food
  7. Bathroom
  8. Sleep

Now get to it. Seven words and seven words only. In the comments.

*I’m going with the reasoning that body language could convey this as much as saying it means.