Gnomicon 69

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Tuesday 17 July 2012

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“If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’, what is the opposite of ‘progress’?”
Paul Harvey (4 Sep 1918 – 28 Feb 2009)

This proto-Limbaugh character was someone I used to listen to in the background as I studied all night during first year (1959-1960) of grad school.  He was kind of a kick I thought then; now I still can’t resist a clever paronomasia, especially one like this that hinges on the semantic amphiboly inhering in Latin pro!

The witticism is in fact not entirely without monitory as well as minatory point in this dreadful presidential season when most people, of whatever political suasion, seem to despair of hearing anything worthwhile from Washington – much less expect any serious action to be taken in the interest of serving anyone but the private interests of the lawmakers themselves and their financing lobbyists.

What they apparently deem profound does nothing but confound.

Both sides merely contest protest from the opposition.

Nothing there appears to conduce to produce anything.

Wherein, then, lies any progress in congress?

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One Response to Gnomicon 69

  1. julie601 says:

    Admittedly the English language is PROfoundly CONfusing. If castor oil is made from a plant and olive oil is made from olives, what is baby oil made from? Any rational mind would question why we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway. Were I a native Pole or Israeli or Argentinian I think I’d cling to my native language and not swim in the murky waters of English. One never knows when you’ll step in quicksand. Juliespeaks

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