Word Association

Australia
February 20, 2007 5:32pm CST
Normally, word association is done with single words. I want to try something different, using a phrase. Just tell me what comes to mind when you read this: "The scars of brittle years".
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I see a stoic, wise person, who has weathered life, known hard times even been scarred by but survived, the scars are like badges showing that they made it through, still standing no matter the difficulty.
• Australia
23 Feb 07
I'm glad I started this discussion, even if there are no adequate words in the languages I know to express my feelings at responses like Mansha's and desiderata's. The way the human mind relates to information is a sight to see. Proves something good about people. So does your comment.
@nowment (1758)
• United States
23 Feb 07
thanks, I agree, how people percieve the same phrase, or word is wonderful to see the learning and the prospect of even seeing a new perception or perspective yourself can be so wonderful. I love to do or say things and just see how people react. I used ask most people "when is your birthday" it is amazing that how a person answers this question can reveal about their personalities. I had begun dating a private detective and did this with him, and he was cautious about the answer. Since he was private detective of course it is his nature to be cautious. Then I told him why I asked the question, and how the responses told me things about them. He agreed, he said I was right, and he even began using this as a way of learning something basic about people. So this phrase, I could see the direction this thread was going, and how it seemed to be leaning specifically for some but since you asked for first impressions first to come to mind, I had to go with the first image or idea that came to me.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Feb 07
It brings to my mind the struggle I went through as a kid but then survived thrugh it all an became what I am today. I wish only that those memories would just go away and wipe out ,there were no scars left ever. When I look back there is no moment to live back and just future to move ahead. I was thinking of composing something bu the pain is so much that no words come to mind except that my past looks like a black slate which someone has completely wiped out, there are no steps to follow to go back and take a look from where I came just the empty road ahead stares at me on my face wanting me to just keep stepping ahead someone is just walking behind me closing every path that I ever walked on , there is nothing to go back to but just a path to surge ahead. I just wrote it like that without thinking, thanks these words were lying in my heart for weeks now, I am thankful that they came out.
• Australia
22 Feb 07
Wow. I had to read that four times to really get it. Well, Mansha, if it helped, I'm glad to have assisted.
• United States
21 Feb 07
I think of someone scars from cutting. *shrugs* But thats just me.
• Australia
21 Feb 07
Actually, that sort of impression is a primary reaction, exactly what I was looking for, very much to the point. "Cutting" and scars, so you've picked a source of the scarring.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
20 Feb 07
The thing that immediately came to mind for me was: childhood. This phrase makes me think of the experiences and troubles that I had while growing up.
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• Australia
20 Feb 07
Yeah, my childhood had a few wafer-thin moments, too. I think "brittle" and "fragmented" are natural corollaries.
@tin112703 (228)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
eating peanut brittle when we were so poor?
• Australia
20 Feb 07
Haven't thought about peanut brittle for years. I can still taste it. Good in times like that, though.