Yesterday I found myself wondering about the many permutations of the word “scale”.  Why  this particular word, I have no idea, it just popped into my consciousness.  Anyway, I began to consider its manifold meanings and uses, and have decided it is one of the more used, if not useful, words in the English language.  Scale is a word used when we climb a cliff, or a high peak, or even a building.  Yet this same word means the calcified skin cells on a fish, a snake or a lizard; as well as those pesky mineral deposits on faucets and tubs.  It is also used in reference to measurement, as an engineers scale (which may use either English or Metric measures)  or of weight.  We weigh justice in the balance scale, and of course “step on the scale” to weigh ourselves.  Metaphorically, “scales on our eyes” keep us from seeing situations clearly.  Ultimately, I’m simply amazed by the wonder of the word, which like so many in English, both enlightens and confuses, depending on your point of view, on a scale of 1 to 10.


About Bob

Born in 1949 in Colfax, Washington. Attended grades 1-12 there, spent one year at Spokane Falls Community College, then 3 at Eastern Washington. Graduated from there with a degree in Anthropology. Married my wonderful wife in 1970, joined the US Air Force in 1971 and spent 20 years as an aircraft mechanic. Along the way had two great children, a boy then a girl, 4 grand kids and two step grands. After I retired from active duty I finally found myself a public library manager, and now after doing that for 18 years I find myself finally retired for good and all.
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