Gnomicon 101

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Introduction to Gnomica.

Gnomicon  101
Saturday 18 August 2012

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Yogi ordered a pizza.
The waitress asked, “How many pieces do you want your pie cut?”
Yogi responded, “Four. I don’t think I could eat eight.”
Yogi Berra(12 May 1925 – )

I have to say that “there is something … there is something Krylovian” about many of the famous and fabled quips this legendary Yankees catcher during the forties and fifties came up with over the years.  Or is there something sort of post-modernist Borgesian about his often catachrestic but striking use of language?

One wonders how much of all this was conscious put-ons and how much was just the way his mouth-mind coördination worked.  Apparently he never went far in school, but he certainly had a fabulous way with words.  I mean, just think about that, “Four. I don’t think I could eat eight.”

It’s kind of like saying that just to show how much I love my country I’ll pay four time my share of income tax assessed at $1000 by remitting 4000 quarters.  Or, if you lose 10 pounds in a month, I’ll lose 16 times as much by losing 160 ounces.  Or, if you run 1 mile in 420 seconds, I’ll run two miles in 14 minutes!

Well, I came across the Berra quote, and it amused.

It’s very direct, refreshing, uncomplicated.

Finally, just for the continued fun of it, for what might well be considered Borgesian, consider the following that I’ve culled:

It’s like déjà vu all over again.
I never said most of the things I said.
You can observe a lot just by watching.
He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.
Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.
Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.
If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?
You’ll have to admit some of this stuff is screamingly funny!  Right?

Incidentally, the bit about Krylov and “something Krylovian” comes straight out of that great cinematic masterpiece, “Being There”:

Yes.  Tell me, Mr. Gardiner –
do you by any chance enjoy
Krylov’s fables?  I ask this
because there is something…
there is something Krylovian
about you.

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5 Responses to Gnomicon 101

  1. Al Cram says:

    I prefer to believe that despite the lack of formal education Yogi was a genius and he was just playing with words to please himself and see if people really thought he was a half tick off the trail. Perhaps that’s true for Joe Biden as well, but I’m afraid in his line of work I’ m thinking he should preview more carefully the words that are emitted from his brain to the waiting audience.

  2. laohutiger says:

    That is a very interesting observation re Biden — does the same hold for Dan Quayle? What will Ryan reveal …?

  3. Al Cram says:

    Despite the fact I’m conservative enough to always vote republican I sometimes have to hold my nose to do so. There is and was no hope that Dan Quayle could ever have thought or have expressed himself in a manner appropriate for a vice president. If my choice had been Yogi or Dan I would have elected Yogi. Really I’m a man without a party these days. I lean closer to libertarian than either of the political bullies currently spending billions to feed us “information” that has been “spun” so long and hard that it smells. The current ratio seems to favor a grain of truth to twenty five pounds of hard spun garbage from both camps. Still, the socialist leaning garbage smells far the worst to me, but this is America so we aren’t done spinning til the last vote is cast. I’m sure I’ll survive whatever the outcome.

  4. laohutiger says:

    You should start your own blog — I’ll be the first to sign up for your articulate musings!

    • Al Cram says:

      Perhaps when I find a partner and can slow down at work. I do love your erudite musings and marvel at your command of language and the classics. I think I need something like your writing to get me thinking outside my working life and on to interesting philosphic subjects. You have been quite prolific of late.

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