Re: playing at suicide

From: Joachim Maier (
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 03:23:30 GMT

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    >If you think a cry of pain is not a meme of communication, consider this
    >-- in America we say "ouch" or "ow" when we feel pain. In Japan, they say
    >"itai!" or "itai-o!" In China, they say "ai-o" and in the Philippines the
    >say "apo!" or "apo-da!" In other words, in each culture they found a
    >different way to express pain. You'd think an instinctual response would
    >elicit a more uniform way of expressing itself.

    Then it seems to be both, a meme and an instinctual response. Somebody with
    a minor pain, or maybe even just with the fear of pain, will say aua
    German, ouch English itai, itai-o, ai-o and so on, But somebody who is
    tortured will just scream, whatever nationality.

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