How do people organize sound, form a word out of it; and give that word a specific meaning?

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How do people organize sound, form a word out of it; and give that word a specific meaning?

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This is something that I’m not sure I could ELI5 – partly because it’s very complex (and I don’t understand it myself) and partly because AFAIK the medical/scientific community as a whole is still figuring it out. Possibly someone with more specific knowledge than me will be able to help 🙂

Same way we give anything meaning: enough people just agree that this sounds means that shit.

Do you think cavemen thought diamonds are THE thing to get for that fetching cavegirl over yonder? No. At some point a bunch of people decided getting a girl a ring means something, a ring with a diamond means even more.