End of ADS-L Digest - 10 Feb 1994 to 11 Feb 1994 ************************************************ There are 5 messages totalling 152 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Words 2. blue laws, monkeys 3. English Grammar (2) 4. terms of venery, primate order ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 12 Feb 1994 01:12:56 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Words A week or so ago, someone asked if we believe in words. Sure, I believe in words. My literary colleagues believe in words. They claim that we think in words. That we remember in words. That we build social bridges with words. That we build highway bridg (no no no; gotta scratch that one). Where are those words that we have access to. We learn them. Where do we learn them? They're "out there" avaialble to all of us who speak the language. Some of us are much better than others in reaching "out there" and selecting just the right words to do what really works well in personal interaction, in poems, in fiction. Out there where? Wel, I suppose in the ether. Yeah, that's where words would be if we reach "out there" and pull them into our subconscious so that we can do everything we do with words. Yeah, that's where they are. In the ether. Alongside phlogiston. Yeah, that's it! That's it! That explains the fire in the bellies of the great orators. DMLance