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Introduction to Gnomica.
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?
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