Praesidium

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Language and Etymology

I was somewhat amused to see this post on the Liverpool FC messageboard, in a discussion that began on the meaning of homosexuality and in which someone had appealed to the Greek root:

The issue is usage, not etymology.

If we go round saying all words mean whatever there [sic] etymological root means, everything will actually mean something else, and language will be destabilised.

Is that what you want? Who the **** are you? Derrida?

Maybe there is a market for Soccer & Philosophy after all...

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2 Comments:

At 11:02 pm, Blogger danbutt said...

That's awesome.

 
At 11:31 am, Blogger Sarah said...

nice post...
i really like this...
very informative n important ideas.....

thnks...


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