How Come Only Six??

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    In the English language there are, apparently, about 170,000 words in current use, and 20,000-30,000 words used by each individual person....according to the top result in my Google search.

    So, has it ever occurred to you that out of 170,000 (or so) words we only get 6 to ask questions with?

    Who, what, when, where, why, how. That's it. Oh, seven if you count my purposeful use of 'how come' in the title of this thread which is just another way to ask 'why'.

    So, what's up with that? Are there really only 6 ways to orient in space/time, 6 trajectories, if you will, to cast your mind toward acquiring all the possible information available in the universe? Something seems not quite right with that....like we're being ripped off by language.

    So, if you could devise a seventh question to add to our language..a 7th way to orient toward information gathering in space/time what would that word be...and what information would that word seek to find??

    Make up a word that works as a question and describe what it means without using one of the existing six questions.....that's your assignment.

    At the moment I've got nothing to offer....just some dishes to do that's all.
     
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    That seems be the answers to the questions “who”, “what”, “where”, “when”, “ why”, “how”
    I can’t think of any other points to be made
     
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    I want there to be more!!
     
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    Yes there are only six but often times there is more information after the six words to help make a question more interesting

    Ex. who was , who wasn’t, why is ,why isn’t.....

    I believe this is why a language is made up of more than one word at a time usually
     
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    But there is no more, unless you invent/conjure something else.
    In my simple mind those SIX cover all the bases
     
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    Did you say there are only six words that allow us to ask a question?

    Is there a reason that I'm having trouble understanding this thread?

    hee hee

    Can someone please explain this to me?
     
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    Six is too many and overkill because everyone knows the answer "to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything,” is 42 (semi obscure Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe reference lol)
     
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    Wassup with that?
     
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    The one that’s watching all of us?


    See there is a question without using those six words
     
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    WHY did the chicken cross the road?
    To prove to the armadillo it could be done
     
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    Yes, of course you don't have to use those six words....I see I wasn't clear in my OP.... :) You can ask a question without explicitly using one of those words but all questions will be oriented toward answering one of those 6 questions....that's what I meant.

    So, "Did you say there are only six words that allow us to ask a question?" orients toward the question 'what?'..as in 'what did you say?'

    "Is there a reason that I'm having trouble understanding this thread?" ...is asking 'why?'

    "The one that’s watching all of us?" asks 'who?'

    So, regardless of what words you use you will only have those 6 choices of what you're asking about. That's what I was meaning.....I think.
     
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    Huh?
     
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    Corkleflum?
     
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    "____ much?"

    As in, when someone falls down and you make fun of them by saying "Walk much?"
     
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    I thought this was gonna be about the number of strings on the average guitar.

    I was going to direct you to the seemingly endless amount of 7 and 8 string guitars I just started noticing.
     
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    This? That? Yes? No? Maybe?

    Do you like this?
    Do you like that?
    Is that a yes?
    Is that a no?
    Is that a maybe?
     
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