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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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19 Oct '12 12:45:34 AM

Most betray a wish from time to time to cast all words away; forego their use.

18 Oct '12 08:29:15 PM

Some philosophers only want to use some of the words.

18 Oct '12 06:34:30 PM

Even those Rilke genuinely stuns into quoting the line seem hardly ever to change the life.

18 Oct '12 12:29:04 AM

The philosopher's mythical 'knock on the head'.

17 Oct '12 01:43:19 PM

'Authoritative', meaning, 'sounds like he knows what he's talking about', versus 'authoritative', 'sounds like someone who I'll let tell me what to do'.

17 Oct '12 05:46:01 AM

Or: 'running' an argument.

17 Oct '12 05:26:06 AM

More gross phrases you should avoid if you're a philosopher: 'cash out', 'falls out of'.

16 Oct '12 10:23:50 PM

'the bare possibility / Of going somewhere'

16 Oct '12 12:33:34 AM

A core principle of analytic philosophy, that you should number and indent things.