Monday, March 21, 2016

Poetry Break: Weak Power of Words

As we gain insight into language, we come to recognize its intrinsic ambiguity
Sounding Words
"Have a nice day" might be "Have an ice day."
Or vice-versa . . . but if we adopt a hermeneutic of suspicion, we'll know which way to read . . . until our hermeneutic of suspicion spirals inward upon itself, questioning turtles all the way down . . .

Is "multiguity" a word? "Megaguity"? I'm looking for a word that means more than "ambiguity."

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At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Malcolm Pollack said...

I can't listen to the local news station's weather reports without hearing from some "meaty urologist".

The traffic reports, too, seem always to be telling me that a broken-down vehicle is "blocking Elaine".

The phenomenon you refer to here, though, is called "metanalysis". It's how "a napron" became "an apron".

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks for the term "metanalysis" - we also see it in how "a nadder" became "an adder."

Jeffery Hodges

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