Posts Tagged ‘logomisia’

Making this one even quicker:

Some of the best and most direct responses to my comments came here.  As you got into your own ideas, you handled distaste (and sometimes disgust) with some skill; it’s hard to articulate why we hate the things we hate, because hatred, like love, tends to overwhelm our intellect.  That’s why most love poetry is so incredibly bad.

(It occurs to me, however, that I might be wrong about hate — at least, that hate may not be as detrimental to articulate expression as love is.  After all, some of the best rap songs ever recorded are designed out of hate.  But that may be for another post.)

Scores are here, next to the others.


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Book art by Anagram Bookshop

In the previous post, I asked you to reply in the comments with your favorite words and phrases.  This time, the focus will be a bit more negative, as we consider the language that we hate—our logomisia, if you will.  Like linguaphilia, logomisia is created from two roots: logos, Greek for “word,” and misia, Greek for “hatred” or “disgust for.”  After reading Orwell, Nunberg, and Wallace, you should have a sense of the way language mutates, shifts, and sometimes declines; now it’s your turn to chime in, although the chime might be more of a clarion (or perhaps the bell that this guy is ringing).  After the jump, a few ways to situate yourself before replying.


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