Search found 34 matches

by NogaNote
Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:49 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Regime and ilk
Replies: 12
Views: 5565

Regime and ilk

I wonder if I'm correct in my impression that these two words have taken on a certain darkness of meaning which was not there before. The dictionary provides emotionally and ethically neutral meanings to both. Yet most people use them to denote that dictionary meaning + a certain lurch into the pejo...
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Book recommenda Mikhail Bulgakov, 'The Master and Margarita'
Replies: 15
Views: 13289

'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov

I second Westernkate's opinion: it is a great book. I first read it in Hebrew Translation which was very well done. In Hebrew the novel was titled: The Devil in Moscow. And this gives you an idea of what it is about: the devil comes to make mischief in communist Moscow. Master is a painter and Marga...
by NogaNote
Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: After Babel, by George Steiner
Replies: 3
Views: 4949

After Babel, by George Steiner

I read this book many years ago. The first part is a response to Chomskey's language theories which I left unread. The second part is about translation history and theory. It is a good and useful read for those interested in Translation. The only thing that would bother me today about it is the masc...
by NogaNote
Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to be
Replies: 23
Views: 5634

to be

I find these kinds of convoluted thinking about language useful. It makes me think in clear patterns. For example, if what Derrida says, that "nonviolent language would be a language which would do without the verb to be, that is without predica-tion. Predication is the first violence", then how wou...
by NogaNote
Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to be
Replies: 23
Views: 5634

to be

I searched a bit further into the mysteries of the verb "to be" and look what I found: According to Derrida all discourse is originally violent, whereby "a speech produced without the least violence would determine nothing, would say nothing, would offer nothing to the other […] it would be speech w...
by NogaNote
Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:22 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to be
Replies: 23
Views: 5634

to be

According to this link: http://www.trans4mind.com/personal_deve ... EPrime.htm

The verb "To be" is nothing but a trouble maker and an obfuscator and should be extirpated from the English language.
by NogaNote
Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Loathing of crowds
Replies: 20
Views: 5965

Loathing of crowds

According to wikipaedia "Phobia is also used in a non-medical sense for aversions of all sorts. These terms are usually constructed with the suffix -phobia. A number of these terms describe negative attitudes or prejudices towards the named subjects. See Non-clinical uses of the term below." http://...
by NogaNote
Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: moiety
Replies: 34
Views: 27334

moiety

Nice, useful word. I used it today even though I'm not at all sure it was the correct context for it. Can you speak of a right having a moiety to suggest that a right may consist of two, maybe unequal but important parts? And that you can't uphold a right without considering its moiety? I am now wai...
by NogaNote
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:30 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a help for translation
Replies: 16
Views: 5598

a help for translation

A "yenta", I believe, is a well-intentioned busybody. A "yachne" is a pathetic, stupid busybody, a fool rushing in where angels fear to tread. Charlotte Bartlett, from E. M. Forster's "A Room with a View" is a classical yachne. In Israeli slang (at least up until 15 years or so ago) the common term ...
by NogaNote
Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: a help for translation
Replies: 16
Views: 5598

a help for translation

I agree with bobinwales that "yenta" would not be a good choice in the case of translation from Spanish. Even if it has entered more general usage in American English, it is too culture-specific to the Yiddish that produced it. In other words, it comes with too heavy an ethnic baggage. I would be ju...
by NogaNote
Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shambles
Replies: 15
Views: 4024

shambles

Do you mean that I should have titled the thread differently? Or continue with the old thread? Can an archived thread be resuscitated?
by NogaNote
Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: gelid immolation
Replies: 54
Views: 9484

gelid immolation

As Erik correctly noticed, I misremembered Grant's description which was about "drinking her mother's amniotic fluid". It goes to show the extent of my mental shuddering at this imagery which my subconscious partly suppressed by downgrading it to "swimming in her mother's amniotic water". And even t...
by NogaNote
Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: responsibility
Replies: 17
Views: 3868

responsibility

Bonhoeffer: “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” His most famous sermon ("First they came for...") has been bowdlerized to serve those who will compare Gitmo to Gulags or concentrtation camps. But having looked at quotes from his writings (thanks for reminding ...
by NogaNote
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: responsibility
Replies: 17
Views: 3868

responsibility

What is a victim, in terms of responsibility? I believe responsibility is ultimately about making good choices. Good choices are a function of freedom and authonomy. Are there ever circumstances which deprive, strip us of the capability of making a good choice? Viktor Frankl , a susrvivor of the dea...
by NogaNote
Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: descriptive/prescriptive
Replies: 10
Views: 2434

descriptive/prescriptive

Descriptive: How things are, look, perceived. Prescriptive: How things should be. We are taught in schools how to speak and write "properly". That's how we ought to speak, in accordance with rules, grammar, nice clean language. When we are off school, we are free to use language as we feel, as we wi...