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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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1 Feb '14 08:47:55 PM

There is a 'we' spoken in agreement, a 'we' used in seeking agreement, a 'we' used to define with whom and in what agreement shall consist. And there is a use of 'we' to declare that one is with someone else: what Goffman calls being part of 'a with'. But how do (and can) two people alone together say 'we'? (And how is that like, or unlike, a solitary's use of 'I'? Or saying 'I' to oneself? Why do they say 'we' and not just 'you' and 'I'? Do they?)

1 Feb '14 08:30:51 PM

A counterpart for 5.62's 'language which alone I understand': 'that language which we alone understand'.

1 Feb '14 08:27:42 PM

'… to speak about the will in so far as it is the subject of ethical attributes': so, to really communicate the purest joys, the most personal sufferings (the most personal dimension of them), in their heights or depths?

1 Feb '14 07:32:20 PM

'… the feeling of owning a publication…'

1 Feb '14 07:21:16 PM

Good Samaritan Nones

31 Jan '14 08:14:32 PM

Grown-ass folks are never too good for simple things.

30 Jan '14 05:53:26 AM

'I don't want to sound arrogant, but we're old school and we know what sounds cool.'

28 Jan '14 08:21:59 AM

'… and we no longer recognize, or take an interest in, the difference between things and beings (the difference!)' (CR 468): say (when not a fantasy), as in art, when confronting a character on the page, a figure on the screen?

26 Jan '14 10:36:29 PM

An intermittent internet-era delusion: The feeling that your choice of topics, of words, your intentions alone in writing something, might be enough to tag specific readers so they know to pay attention.