The Language Thing

entropy: the other constant

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it. — JKRowling

I’m not sure I can verbalize the degree to which I value language.  It’s this supple, magical thing that we use.  Words are as close as we can get to trying on someone else’s skin, someone else’s perspective.  They’re our best defense against isolation and madness.  We use them to heal and to hurt, to connect and disconnect, to share the sublime, and to create horrors of unimaginable proportions.  Language should be respected.  When words no longer mean what we think they mean, when marketing and jargon and double-speak take over, no one can know anything for sure.  You end up at a table with everyone nodding and not one person in genuine agreement with another.

There are aesthetics to language; design principles as outlined in Strunk and White, just…

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