So many words, yet communication elusive

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There are more than  470,000 words in the English language. The working journalist is accredited with the use of the largest number, something less than 20,000. Clergymen, lawyers and doctors use an average of about 10,000 words.
 The science and professions have the largest number that the average layman never hears of. For instance, medical men and women must know the names nearly 450 muscles, almost 200 veins, more than 700 arteries, 500-plus pigments, 300-plus poisons, 150-plus tumors, and thousands of tests, diseases and bacteria.
Yet, with all these words, think of all the people who still have trouble expressing themselves. Then think of all of us who constantly wonder what they are all talking about!
It’s has been said, “Older people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.”
Over the years it seems the number of personalized license plates on cars has multiplied faster than new car styles. Original rules for what’s imprinted on personal license plates might be backed by our constitutional right of freedom of speech, but certainly it is being challenged. Hidden or ambiguous messages are appearing more frequent. Colored scenery, wildlife, and other backgrounds fill plates making state and numerals hard to distinguish.
We tend to agree with those that believe license plates should be considered more like official documents and not pieces for artistic expression. Personally, we long for Nebraska plates to return to the old days of Cornhusker Scarlet and Cream.
Miniature horses have been cleared for takeoff in passenger seating of major airlines. The approval came after studies showed the miniature horses were smaller than some earlier airline approvals of larger service dogs.
We can’t help but wonder that in the future we might have a baby elephant in the adjacent seat.
The tolerance of some Omaha voters could be tested soon, or in the next election of their councilman. In a metro newspaper report an Omaha City Councilman plead guilty to not filing taxes within the time required, but still expects to keep his council job. Prosecutors said he willfully failed to filing income taxes for 2012, 2013 and 2014 on gross income that totaled nearly a half million dollars. IRS said it wasn’t an oversight. The city was silent on the councilman’s future.
The average person thinks he isn’t.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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