Sheets in the Palace

/ Writing / Letters /

You overhear a snatch of somebody’s conversation, you don’t understand much but may understand part. Personally I love the detail in Shakespeare in Love where Will is walking around London and hears some maniac yell, “a plague on both your houses.” Sure! and he quotes it! not a clue what it means: except that what it means is perfectly clear!

I just scribbled an email to my son and his family that would have to be chapter length if a stranger were to be introduced to the context: never mind, leap right in, get the parts you can get without any intro:

language degenerating into jargon

I wake up this morning my head swimming with digesting DiLorenzo
and my comments on jargon creeping into language
and I think:

We’re taught Jefferson as though it were English!
He was just as immersed in the jargon and unconscious assigned
assumptions of his day as we are!
Of course, and we all understand it, except that no body understands it!

talking as though the soiled sheets in the brothel were clean fresh
sheets in the palace.

I do volunteer that knowing Thomas DiLorenzo’s book on Lincoln and his book Organized Crime would help.


About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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