Post by jimlynch on Jan 13, 2023 1:40:50 GMT -5
“Where and what exactly is the surface of a cat?” > > Where and what exactly is “the surface of a cat”? What does this even mean? How many possible meanings are there? What kind of phrase is this? The surface of a cat is “where and what exactly”. Where and what precisely is the surface of a cat? What is a surface? Where to start?
Paragraph Two, in which the ModPo Student expresses an opinion or two.
Every body is a different body. Every cat is a different cat. There is no cat. There is no cat and it has no opinion. It is not even astonished – not exactly. I can sense nonsense a mile away. I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm doing it. Morally speaking, Jane Austen's cat was the most cat-like cat in England. Precisely speaking, my dictionary is the most dictionary-like dictionary in South Carolina.
SURFACE: Sur: over, super, on top of, above, up. Face: too many meanings to list here, but common enough. More importantly, derived from L facere, to make, to do and (see Do) Gk tithenai, to place, set. [Dare we look up make, place and set?] (As in How To Do Things With Words) As in poetry, poesis, poiesis – creation; or poet, poietes, poien, to make, create. Is Retallack overdoing it here? Can it BE overdone??
SURFACE: Overlook. Overrecognize. Overmake. Overdo. To rise up. To surface to the surface. Face the face. Turn and surface the music.
Does J.L. refer to jail, and to The Prison-House of Language (Jameson)?? Or to jail as in cage, as in John?
Does Jane refer to plain, as in plain Jane or Jane Doe (read Do) or plain sense?
Does Austen/Austin refer to austere: somber, morally strict (watch your manners), sensible?
SENSE: In what sense is sense a “mechanism of meaning”? Is meaning feeling? Is meaning perception? Can one smell rationality?
In this section we will skip left over the science of Bananometry and get right to the tip.
Two of Al's questions, compounded:
“In what way can “precisely” be distinguished from “exactly”?”
“What is to be gained, if anything, from “the continual discovery of fresh types of nonsense”?”
Precisely everything, exactly nothing. Fresh better than frozen or rotten. I prefer my nonsense pre-cut. In the face of the blow, prior to the strike. Exacta: perfecta – opposite of errata, error? Exactations of Attention? Can you feel the nonsense, can you measure it? Ex-act. Out of act. From act. Former act. Forced. Forced Measurement. You can't force sense to make nonsense. This sentence makes no sense. Exalt the exact and excise the precipitate. In what way can “exactly” be astonished from “precisely”?
What isn't sense that wasn't nonsense at one time? When I was three? I was reading my father's copy of Swift's Gulliver's Travels and I couldn't understand a word of it. When I was 1 year and 2 months, I couldn't even make sense of the pictures in it. I learned to read by not reading, by not being able to read. We can make sense of nonsense by not being able to make sense of it, but sensing it nonetheless. We can make sense of the world (which is nonsense after all) by not being able to. That's where we begin to MAKE THINGS. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I don't know a damn thing about J.L. Austin and it's been years and years and years since I have read a few Jane Austen novels. Joan Retallack's pretty cool, tho.
You don't need a philosopher to tell you that words are complicated, that language is complex, a system of “compound collisions”. Just any dictionary and some time and patience. It isn't true that there is a lie inside believe. Throw out your televison programming. Throw out your tele-lie-vision.
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