Locke's explanation of language is not very clear to me. I feel like he tries to really explain all of the issues with language in very in depth ways, but then talks about how more simple ideas are better for easier communication between humans. This essay to me was not a simple idea at all, and I found it hard to follow. One part that stood out to me was under number 9 when he says that sounds are learned first and then the meanings come later. this interested me because I remember I have many nieces and nephews that I watched learn how to talk and then in turn learn the meaning. At first, they would try and mimic what we were saying and only paying attention to the sounds they were hearing. they were not even yet old enough to hold a conversation. Later, I watched them try and put meanings to all of these sounds that they were learning. this was fascinating to me, but I never looked that closely into it until after reading this essay.
One part of Locke's essay that particular lost me the abuse of words. Section 23, He said that language was used to make known one man's thoughts to another, and to do it with as much ease as possible and as quick as able, and third to convey the knowledge of things. He said that anything outside of those is where words are abused or deficient. I can not wrap my head around this being true. I don't think that I can agree or possibly I don't fully understand the ideas that he is trying to get across about this matter. I think trying to use language as quickly as possible can make ideas hard to follow and less clear. No?