Rhetoric

The word rhetoric once denoted ways of communicating one’s thoughts by devices called “rhetorical devices” “Appeal to authority” (used in terms like “expert/scientists say”) is a rhetorical device often used by journalists to convince readers of the validity of their opinions. But today maybe 2500 years since the devices of rhetoric originated, the noun rhetoric  … More Rhetoric

Les Changeant/Prenant la route du haut

The boss, “the man”,  knows the language of descent. Anger thrown at the Godless is now directed at the “far right”-“white supremicists” ,”racists”, “sexists” socialist – proletariat enemies of the virtuous, bourgeois – middle class.   “The idea is to take the high road — avoiding any direct reference to Trump — by airing an … More Les Changeant/Prenant la route du haut

Racism and Rationalism

Has anyone using the media expression “racism” ever thought about its meaning? It’s probably a new word, a  poetically born  abstract noun resembling sociological, anthropological or economic academic jargon in its rhythm-rime; sounding like socialism, communism and capitalism, implying  adherence to the principles of communists, capitalists or socialists, or to the beliefs of Catholicism or … More Racism and Rationalism

Words

Words that people are afraid to say discipline all speech. Racial/ national epithets are freely hurled among friends. For as long as I can recall the only people who spontaneously said the word “wop” were my mother and a friend. I have always felt that among the human beings who would never use the word … More Words

Where are they hiding?

I’m still looking for experts and scientists who know something and who are able to speak directly for themselves on their own terms without the media filter. The subject I was looking for today was the Executive order to tenporarily halt people originating in 7 Middle East countries from entering the U.S.A. What I got … More Where are they hiding?

Dig

“Dig”  and “cool” were words that I first remember in a  context that seemed to have preceded the birth of rock and roll’s popularity, words that shaded mysterious cultish initiates who behaved and spoke as though they’d tapped into the essence of  existence: for as in another of their cult-like expressions:  they knew “where it’s … More Dig