Archive for February, 2010

Some things I’ve learned:

Posted in Artichoke Spokes on February 10, 2010 by Artichoke Spokes

Universes don’t bud out of cement
But left untended by the gardener mind, busy gardening whirlpool metropolises,
Eager little solar systems push their moons
through the cracks, up the stairs,
Reaching slippered feet on the third floor.
Universes infect you through your feet.

I live a million different universes.
One in the quench of my father’s eyes,
In the serenity of my mother’s embrace.
A house full of universes are my loves
Isolation, the taste of nickel.

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The Noun as Insult

Posted in Vicente with tags , on February 5, 2010 by Vicente Peláyez

About a year ago, I wrote a post titled “The Politeness Spectrum of Parts of Speech” in which I argued that, in modern English, some parts of speech have more polite or offensive connotations than some other parts of speech. In particular, bare nouns (e.g. “blacks”) seem to be ruder than adjectives (“black people”), which seem to be ruder than prepositional phrases (“people of color”). I’ve thought a bit more about this progression, and I think I now understand better why nouns are at the rude end of the spectrum. Continue reading