Posts tagged ‘language’

Turning together with/out words

September 7th, 2009

Our only apparently unique invention is written language, and there’s lots of evidence that it’s the least effective form of communication we have, and the form most prone to misunderstanding

writes Dave Pollard in his recent blog post Turning Together Without Words.

Quality counts

January 21st, 2009

There is this wonderful short German phrase about quality being more important than quantity:

Qualität zählt!

Transcribed into English it reads:

Quality counts!

Of course, in English, one could wittily say “Quality matters!” Though, if you search the web for these treasures of linguistic and logical quality you will find similar quantities of texts stating the one or the other ;)

Since many writers even dare to add the statement “less is more” I wonder why they do not just stick to it.

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Inflationary use^2

December 19th, 2006

Many agree that there is inflationary use of the term sustainability. In fact, there is inflationary use of the phrase inflationary use of the term sustainability.

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Mensch Janosch über Sprache

November 28th, 2006

Aus Janoschs Wörterbuch der Lebenskunst (München 1995):


Wahrscheinlich gäbe es weniger Unheil auf der Welt, wäre dem Menschen nicht das Wort gegeben. Mit dem er lügt. Und verdreht. Ein Hund kann gar nicht lügen.