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The Life in Christ by Nicholas Cabasilas. 1997. Buy at amazon
and The Orthodox Study Bible Buy at amazon

Thanks to Alan L Wong [https://captainalan.github.io/] for the photo.

The Time Machine by H G Wells

the Barbarism of Specialization (philosophy) (by Jose Ortega Y Gasset)

Politics and the English Language (George Orwell)

[Rethinking Writing By Roy Harris. At Buy at amazon ]

Noted linguist Harris (emer., Oxford) challenges the assumptions underlying traditional Western views of writing as secondary to speech. Harris applies an integrationist approach to writing, a topic in which he has previously established expertise in such works as The Origin of Writing (1986) and Signs of Writing (1995). In the early chapters of the present work, he systematically dismantles the theories of linguists and philosophers beginning with Aristotle (with emphasis on Saussure) whose seminal ideas about language as essentially oral reduced the status of writing to symbol of speech. Harris finds fault in Saussure's failure to recognize that writing and speech are separate but integrated forms of communication, with writing offering much more than mere representation of sounds. Aided by illustrations and analogies that are sometimes stretched but often ingenious, the volume culminates in discussions of the signature, the experimental writing of such authors as Mallermé (Mallerme) and Joyce, and the computer, through which the possibilities for integrating forms of communication promise a whole new concept of language. A difficult but important work with excellent bibliography and index, this title is recommended for graduate students and professors in linguistics, philosophy, literature, and communication. — C. P. Jamison, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Choice, July 2001 (C. P. Jamison, Armstrong Atlantic State University Choice 2001-01-00)

am not a pro linguist. but, am gonna babble my opinions anyway.

he says, it's a western tradition among linguists to belittle writing as just presentation of speech. This, i question the veracity, or degrees of. Albeit am not in linguist community.

He then says writing and speech are rather totally different. This i agree. But if his premise is false, he's creating a giant strawman and tear it down.

Then, he mentioned signature, and experimental writing such as Joyce, presumably to establish his thesis that writing is much more powerful than speech. This, i think he's verging into pseudo-science and crackpottery.

Semiotics, a pseudo-science. Fringe.

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[2020-07-14 Semiotics]

American Heritage Dictionary vs New Oxford American Dictionary

English Spelling, My Frend, U No English

Misc Alice Artwork

learn Japanese tools

John DeFrancis Idiot on Chinese Language

Etymology of Tablet

Etymology of Underscore

Etymology, a Pit of History
new index page

Etymology of Compilation

Story Of King Shahryar And His Brother

time to read
The Masque of the Red Death



A shibboleth (/ˈʃɪbəlɛθ, -ɪθ/ (About this soundlisten)) is any custom or tradition, usually a choice of phrasing or even a single word, that distinguishes one group of people from another. Shibboleths have been used throughout history in many societies as passwords, simple ways of self-identification, signaling loyalty and affinity, maintaining traditional segregation, or protecting from real or perceived threats.

[2020-02-23 Wikipedia Shibboleth]

Lojban Vocabulary: food

darkness of humanity series

extol, exalt

etymology of analyze

Swearing and Long Live Latin

One thing i noticed with swearing (me), is that, it tends to reduce quality in discussion. On the other hand, the other extreme of euphemism, such as today we have by politicians and twitter and google etc public relations department, gets us direct lie and fakenews.

[Long Live Latin: The Pleasures of a Useless Language By Nicola Gardini (Author), Todd Portnowitz (Translator). At Buy at amazon ]

There's actually a chapter in Long Live Latin analyzing the swearing of catullus. It's first person, singular imperative and strongly connected to statements about truth. You can't swear for someone else. [from George Jones https://twitter.com/eludom/status/1224632535730225157]

milen gen don't read these classics much anymore, do they?

like Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, Tolstoy, Jack London, Hemingway, etc.

xah peddles classics for survival. you BUY at amazon to make classics great again

let the etymologies seep into u, so that when u write, the diction smells flower.

recalcitrant, incorrigible, now i need to find the etymology of crackpot

“mentally unbalanced person,” 1898, probably from crack (v.) + pot (n.1) in a slang sense of “head.” Compare crack-brain “crazy fellow” (late 16c.). Earlier it was used in a slang sense “a small-time big-shot” (1883), and by medical doctors in reference to a “metallic chinking sometimes heard when percussion is made over a cavity which communicates with a bronchus.”

[etymology of crackpot https://www.etymonline.com/word/crackpot]

let the etymologies seep into u, so that when u write, the diction smells flower. --xah dictum of the day.

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[Slave Nation: How Slavery United The Colonies And Sparked The American Revolution By Alfred W Blumrosen , Ruth G Blumrosen. At Buy at amazon ]

Etymology of Medieval

effect of sketchy knowledge of history may be drastically different than in depth

(on prev topic of history) i think knowledge of history is interesting in that, knowing a sketch or overview may be drastically different than knowing in depth. e.g. i think most college educated American would know the first few paragraphs of us history of Wikipedia. But, that's really just a outline. I think you get very different feelings and thoughts and behavior, if one know US history in depth.

Hyphenated Words

western brain, a constrast of 2 styles

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The Tragedy Of Titus Andronicus
annotated by Xah Lee, Professor of Philology, University of Bovine, USA.

ancient philosophies

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ancient Chinese philosophies 2020-01-16 [Ancient philosophy]

ancient Chinese philosophies, hundred flowers bloom.

which school are you?

Lots to read. Am only familiar with chinese and greek (much of whitemen's brain). But other major are indian and islamic or middle east. Indian am somewhat familiar too, cuz buddhism.

currently working to remove all links to wikipedia on that page

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xahlee remove links to Wikipedia 2020-01-16 7ghrd

currently working on that page to remove all links to wikipedia

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wp links 2020-01-16 y8yt5

Why? because, time's changed. Now everyone knows wikip and use it. So much so that young people find knowledge trite and don't even bother. 2nd reason is wikipedia donation is corrupt. Search xah lee never donate to wikipedia. 3rd reason. I no longer want to link to wikip. In part, it has become a thought well, manipulated by pol interests.

imbibed at his mother's knee

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He was like many people: in intellectual matters he was skeptical, but in moral matters he believed implicitly in the maxims that he had imbibed at his mother's knee. [from Why I am Not a Christian (Bertrand Russell)]

the emoji dilemma

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Am thinking, gonna adopt a messaging style sans emoji. Express via the rich heritage of human animal lang sans the debilitating faak of the pol ridden tracking plush tech of the weabo jargon emoji faak of the ignoramuses n technoheads.

though, to be sure, online instant messaging is a new way of human communication beginning in the year of our lord 1980s, and in this channel of expression, it seems to me, traditional writing system n style is lacking, and emoji feels a void.

to wit, a onscreen at the right moment, is more effective implicit than any explicit verbiage.

Etymology of Screenshot

Language and English

English Accent: Polish Accent 📺

Vocabulary From The Simpsons

Allograph, Variant of the Letter s = ſ and Integral Sign ∫

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