Category Archives: LANGUAGE

Gnomicon 277

If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the Introduction to Gnomica. Gnomicon  277 Wednesday 13 February 2013 Read gnomica 1-250 here! 251     252     253     254     255     256     257     258     259     260     261     262     263     264     … Continue reading

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Gnomicon 207

If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the Introduction to Gnomica. Gnomicon  207 Wednesday 5 December 2012 Read gnomica 1-200 here! 201     202     203     204     205     206 “Mostly I just kill time,” he said, “and … Continue reading

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Ancient & Modern: The Modern Language of Love

κα]ὶ γ[ὰρ αἰ φεύγει, ταχέως διώξει, <αἰ δὲ δῶρα μὴ δέκετ’, ἀλλὰ δώσει,> <αἰ δὲ μὴ φίλει, ταχέως φιλήσει> <κωὐκ ἐθέλοισα. In fact, if she flees you now, soon she’ll pursue, and if she refuses gifts now, later she’ll give … Continue reading

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Two ‘shoulds’

Here is a brief language riff on the duality of ‘should’. Read the following sentence in which the word ‘should’ appears twice: You should wash your hands before eating, for that should clean them. I think a native speaker senses … Continue reading

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Gnomicon 185

If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the Introduction to Gnomica. Gnomicon  185 Tuesday 13 November 2012 Read gnomica 1-150 here! 151     152     153     154     155     156     157     158     159     160     161     162 163     164     … Continue reading

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Gnomicon 174

If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the Introduction to Gnomica. Gnomicon  174 Friday 2 November 2012 Read gnomica 1-150 here! 151     152     153     154     155     156     157     158     159     160     161    162 163     164     165     … Continue reading

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Gender … again!

I really should just give up, accept defeat, appreciate that the fall of some niceties of the English language into permanent desuetude are destined to continue – and to irritate me immensely.  For certain, it seems, my jeremiads in the … Continue reading

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