Hearing is the sense that we associate with our ears. If we lose this sense we are deaf. Deafness affects people to different degrees. If we are completely deaf we are stone deaf or deaf as a post. If we are affected only partially we are hearing impaired or hard of hearing and we may need a hearing aid.

When official bodies meet to conduct investigations, they have formal hearings in which they hear testimony from witnesses, experts, and in general people with something to say about what is being investigated.

In courts of justice before a trial can be held there must be a preliminary hearing to determine: 1) if a crime has been committed, and 2) that the person charged may have committed it. Whether or not the person did in fact commit it is for the trial to determine.

Hear me! is a poetic way of saying, „Listen to me and pay attention.“ When Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrendered after a long pursuit, he finished a very moving speech with the words, „Hear me my chiefs, from where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever!“

In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony asks a crowd to listen to him with the words, „Friends! Romans! Countrymen! Lend me your ears!“

In a group of people when somebody says something shocking, or does something shocking, or does something that causes everybody to stop talking because of shock and embarrassment, we describe the event later, „You could have heard a pin drop.“


WORD PICTURES by Stephen Browne

published by inlingua GALINDO Language School