Friday, June 26, 2015
  Language update for June



Professor Polistra wanted to gather a larger bucket of linguistic shit, but the first item is 'time-sensitive' as they say on junk-mail envelopes. So it's time to dump the bucket.......

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Woman with a white background:

Heard on Deutsche Welle in discussion of Dolezal.

Parallel to A Background In Incarceration, meaning A Long Criminal Record.

Clearly an attempted workaround of the basic logical problem. Satan insists that Race Does Not Exist, and Satan also requires you to rigidly and precisely enumerate people by race to guarantee Correct Proportions in every profession, subsidy, apartment, etc.

If race is only a background, it becomes something like a college degree. You can acquire it if you want, and you can choose to use it or not. Dolezal chose not to use her white background, like an accountant who decides to be a taxi driver.

Intended consequence: This devalues backgrounds that require actual work, like college degrees or criminal records or job experience. A racial background can be acquired or deleted magically by saying the words, provided you have the Correct Party Credentials. How do you know if you have the Correct Credentials? Easy. If you have to ask that question, you don't have them.

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Perch:

Seems to be spreading among a certain type of literate light-hearted female writer.

"From my perch in Fairbanks, the sun sets at 12:45 a.m. and rises at 2:58 a.m."

"From my perch in Nine Mile, the fire appears to be out."

It's a pleasant birdlike image, not a tired metaphor yet.

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Once and a while:

Not a common usage, just a noteworthy private interpretation seen in a comment. Taking it literally leads into interesting territory. "X happens once and a while" would mean "X happens only once, AND X happens continuously. I'm focusing on the cases when X happens only once." I'll bet Bulgarian, with its multiple aspects, could handle this better.

Some private interps make great sense, like explicatives or working progress. This one doesn't make much sense, so it probably won't spread.


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Resonate:

From BBC: "The shooting in Charleston continues to resonate in American media."

Another piece of passivation.

Resonating is a passive mechanical process, a tuned echo that doesn't depend on human decision. The American media are voluntarily USING this shooting, as they use all events, to fuel universal war and bloody chaos and mass death. Every newspaper and TV station can CHOOSE whether to cover a story or not. When a story is a couple weeks old and no longer contains any ACTUAL EVENTS, continuing to focus on the story is pure propaganda, pure mass murder. And BBC knows this, because it is also CHOOSING to wallow in the story for murderous purposes.

It would be more appropriate to apply mechanical metaphors to the shooter. He's just one of the conscripts in Sharpton's race war. Until now the conscripts have been black thugs who resonated with a year of media hammering by shooting white cops. Now we have a white thug conscript. We can be infinitely certain that the war will grow as Sharpton's media continue the hammering, and dissatisfied adolescents continue to respond as per specification.

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Special note: Professor Polistra thinks it's a good time to start thinking about some Slavic terms like партизан, самиздат, and ионосферное распространение.

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