Mine, however, when I'm listening to someone speak or reading a piece of writing, looks like this:
I should have majored in linguistics, probably, but at least in my current field, I'm able to come into contact with language and fellow language-lovers on a daily basis. It used to be that I wrote and edited because I was good at it and I knew all the rules. Now, I love digging into how language works and why it works, and lately I've been a lot looser about those restrictions. Language is a living, breathing, sacred, constantly evolving entity to me.
I have an issue with language. It affects every part of me -- my mood, my outlook, my muscular control. When anyone speaks or writes in a repetitive, cliched, uninteresting way, it makes me want to punch him or her a little, even more than when I spot a glaring comma error or a misspelling. But when someone uses language cleverly, be it with an unusual noun modifier, a large vocabulary, or an outdated expression ("everything's jake," "what's the rumpus?" etc.), it turns me on. Just reading the Wikipedia article about the Wernicke's area gave me a brain boner: "unimodal auditory association in the superior temporal gyrus anterior to the primary auditory cortex"?! I don't even know what that means, but can we make out? Give me those big, rarely used words, those complex-compound sentences, baby. Use a gnarly bit of slang in an otherwise prim and proper sentence. Put two mismatched words together. Give me a synecdoche, a hysteron-proteron, a zeugma. Yoda, speak like. Whatever, just get creative with what comes out of your face!
Is my Wernicke's area simply overactive, or does language have a similar effect on you?