I am the philosopher mage of Wireclub.
Spurious_Profile: You mentioned you might not be the happiest chap this weekend. I've made something that will turn it all around: https://voca.ro/1kJtnVqCeNXB
Shadowslacker: "A skillful doctor of words will pronounce the disease to be mortal at that moment when the word in question begins to harbour the adjective parasites real or true. As long as gentleman has a clear meaning, it is enough to say that So-and-so is a gentleman. When we begin saying that he is a ‘real gentleman’ or ‘a true gentleman’ or ‘a gentleman in the truest sense’ we may be sure that the word has not long to live.
. . .The vocabulary of flattery and insult is continually enlarged at the expense of the vocabulary of definition. As old horses go to the knacker’s yard, or old ships to the breakers, so words in their last decay go to swell the enormous list of synonyms for good and bad. And as long as most people are more anxious to express their likes and dislikes than to describe facts, this must remain a universal truth about language.”
– C.S. Lewis, excerpt from the essay entitled The Death Of Words.
fustler: I have a love/dislike relationship with Lewis. He lead grade school me to objective philosophy with the first five chapters of Mere Christianity. Then his spotty logic on many other topics left me flat.
BlueSmiles: I agree with fustler - but Lewis certainly had a way with words. No doubt of his talent. And his point about redundancy in description is certainly true. Although it is used in humour too - such as being "a little bit pregnant" or "very dead". We communicate in so many ways but empirical truths need specific language. So many misunderstandings arise from people not knowing when another is speaking literally or joking.
Spurious_Profile: I can relate to what Lewis wrote here. I see it occurring all around me - the death of words I love and still use in their original definition. More and more it seems, the popular (or loudest) voices rebrand a word for their own purpose and flog it to death in toxic commentary that says little and achieves even less. Without my consent or buy in, words I value are viewed as suspect, are often misunderstood, or indicate falsely to others that I have a certain political learning.
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