Morning all! I awoke to a really interesting article posted on Twitter by the New York Times, apparently rescinding their recent apology to Mr. Trump for making defamatory statements about him during the election campaign. Here’s the link if you’re interested: ‘A Time for Refusal’. I was flirting with the idea of writing a […]
The Art of Language: How Lewis Nickell Deals With Tourette’s.
Originally posted on Raw, Naked Art:
I don’t know anything about Lewis Nickell, in fact I only came across his videos through a link that a friend had posted on Facebook this morning. What I do know is that I liked the kid instantly. He’s laugh out loud funny, not just because of his Tourette’s…
William wherefore art thou William?
Because I’m in a bit of a silly mood this morning, and the subject of the past week has been a mix of language, Shakespeare and a whole lot of William, I thought this bunch of very funny British comedians would lighten my mood further and sing it all in a nutshell 😉 Not as […]
Truth V Common Sense
Knowledge as representing an indefatigable truth applicable to all of humanity, that is, each and every individual comprising humanity is a delusion. It is a convenience that applies to the person or persons that believe such a notion ensures safety and survival within a localised social and cultural setting. That kind of knowledge would be […]
I Am Metaphor (excerpt)
This is an excerpt form a piece I’m currently writing on the function of metaphor within everyday language. It is also the subject of my essay for my degree course which is taking priority at the moment as I have only week before the cut-off date for submission. Despite my lack of references in this […]
Wot you lookin a’?
What constitutes correct language in not necessarily an adherence to prescriptive norms. Within the english-speaking world alone today there are around 80 different official forms, each with their own distinct lexis, written and spoken grammars and variant dialects. It could be said that many of the intra and cross-cultural differences and divisions amongst speakers of […]
Scratch n’sniff Icebergs
I’m re-posting this piece in light of an ensuing discussion about language that my previous post has sparked. I want to highlight that any notion of truth validated by linguistic exchange is vague at best and relies on mutual trust within a given social group, be they a body of scientists, or you and me […]
Wordplay: Fact or Fiction? – What I learned today…
Wordplay: Fact or fiction? We curry favour by playing with the truth, if there ever is such a thing. Good and effective communication is a negotiation of trust between two or more parties, and if you have that trust then the truth is what ever you wish it to be, even if all parties involved […]
“She turned me into a newt…. but I got better…”
It’s September, the kids are now back at school and in around three week’s time I begin studying for my degree again after a two year break. Life is really busy again, and I know this means I’m going to be blogging less from now on and for quite a long time to come. My […]
What have the Roman’s ever done for us?
The invention of the printing press and it’s promotion by William Caxton, a while back now – exact dates elude me presently – marks a corner-stone in the development of the sciences and education as we know it. In fact if it were not for Caxton’s zeal to print the first ever fully English King […]