Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Language Lust

Language Lust

LUST  initially meant mere pleasure, and carried
no sexy  stigma.  Holiday was originally a holy day,
not any day  officially free from work.  Silly meant 
happy during Shakespeare’s time;  and my favorite:


initially and originally meant IGNORANT  
(ne + scire: = “not knowing,” "no science”),
very nicely indeed and maybe the nicest
thing we take away from our studies and
 scholar ship:  how “nice” we are, how un-
knowing, how aware of our ignorance.  
Right there: stunned  stupid, the 
etymological root image for

our collective nice-ness—pre- requisite for  Liberal Art, yes?

I would rather be NICE than nasty and always school
makes me realize how NICE I am---a  fool with  words,
sentences, etymologies: loving  the play of language 
especially among players:  language users/abusers,
addicts: criminal discriminators & rip-off artists, sampling
&  specimenizing, always diminishing the WHOLE with 
our natural selections: reductionists,  injustice- doers—
overstating & understating, carrying ongoing guilt for our 
nice distinctions and discrete indiscretions.

Confession of NICE is redemptive— let it be known
how ignorant I am as my hero Socrates said (after
advising his buddies to  KNOW THY SELF)

                     I know that I do not know

but it doesn’t eliminate the NICE-ness. The Guilt
 is ongoing and makes  sense how could I not be NICE?

My linguistic TEXTBOOK illustrates what there is to
be  known about  language & it’s like trying to suck
the ocean  dry with a  straw. It doesn’t come close to 
what goes on when we sit in silence or break into
converse-action. It merely  describes (systematically,
I admit) parts of the  parts of the parts  of TALK.  
Nor does it do justice to Helen Keller. 


  1. According to The Gospel of Thomas, Jesus also encourages followers to "know thyself." Perhaps He and Socrates had a similar teacher or knew each other or of each other? I mean, I don't know, for crying out loud--way too nice.

  2. Somewhat kindred spirits: Jesus and Socrates. Neither published.