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Definitions, Ironies, Semiotic Whirligigs, Wisecracks …
@ K. 2001
If I live long enough I may add examples from my Semantic Dictionary of the 1980s.
Note: Some modules at Knatz.com are “essays”; others are the briefest sketches: inviting additions and revisions. My glossary entries will tend to be the latter for a time.
Understand, these are merely terms that I’ve gotten around to. No two thinkers’ lists would be the same even if “completed.”
More than one module in my teaching directory makes the point that the more important a word, the harder it is to define. Many readers and listeners apply inappropriate meaning to complex words when a second, third … or sixth meaning is intended. I begin this file with mere fragments, hoping to develop it over time. Already (1999 07 19) I begin entries for terms that also have their own directories. To whit: Myth and truth. Indeed, if a word belongs in this glossary, it probably also deserves its own module. I think I’ll do thing next.
2000 04 17 I added a note to myself to mount a directory of interesting euphemisms, a favorite of mine being “funeral home.” I would also like to add a directory of favorite oxymorons: “public school,” “Roman Catholic” … And I did: under Favorites.
2000 08 22 Perhaps more important, especially since my massive revisions kabolixed my Index, I should add a menu of links to terms developed in the modules.
2001 04 01 This file is perhaps 2% done. But other “definitions” are scattered throughout Knatz.com. If I had the resources in staff or time, I’d review the whole and add links from here. A week later it would be out of date again.
For some of the best, clearest, most important definitions I’ve ever seen, visit bk’s BlackCrayon.com.