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Metathesizing Stink

/ Language / Every family has some cute story to tell about their precious child’s adorable mangling of the language. My family told how my cousin would be put on the potty and told to “tinkle.” Soon Pat was saying … Continue reading

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Redundancy Surfeit

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Personal / Stories / By Age / Broke Writer / The woman at the car agency told me to record “the VIN number” on some form. “The VIN number?” I … Continue reading

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Cosmopolitan Euphemism

Language / A Straight Dope article offers insight on a particular set of political euphemisms. The Soviet-produced Dictionary of the Contemporary Russian Literary Language defines kosmopolit as “a person who does not consider himself as belonging to any nationality.” In … Continue reading

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Metaphor vs. Simile

@ K. 1999 05 14 Metaphor vs. Simile All thought is metaphor. Vico (Bateson too) My love is an arbetus. She walks in beauty like the night. Metaphor says that A is B; simile says that A is like B. … Continue reading

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Lex Lingus Elasticus

@ K. 1997 When one concept in a natural language tightens its meaning other concepts compensate by loosening. Back in the early days of Mad and Panic comics, one of them had a page lampooning comic book ads. One of … Continue reading

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Language Constructs

@ K. 2001 04 13 So many “things” and their attributes prove to be nothing but artifacts of language. “To Infinity,” for example. 1, 2, 3 … and so on to infinity. We may think of infinity as a number, … Continue reading

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Language

/ Thinking Tools / Language / @ K. 2000 09 11 Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. Ludwig Wittgenstein The spirit of this file is also daughter to Knatz.com / Society files. … Continue reading

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Gender & Usage

Language Group @ K. 2002 04 30 Yesterday I began a piece on language usage which I now find unsuitable and inefficient: so I postpone mounting the complex piece and put this construction sign up in the meantime: Language is … Continue reading

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Diction

Language Group (& Spectrum) 1997 Diction Reactive Spectrum: Pacifying to Incendiary The budding twelve year old tells her mother, “The gardener was looking at me.” The mother tells the father, “Vito was staring at Caroline’s bosom.” The father goes to … Continue reading

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Description / Prescription

Language / Grammar Description versus Prescription Scholars of grammar have a profound tool I wasn’t aware of until graduate school: they distinguish between grammarians who tell other people what to do and grammarians who keep their own mannerisms to themselves … Continue reading

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