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  • RNDL 09:58 on 2017-10-09 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: language, perfect   

    So tired of the “I’m not perfect” blather by religious people. They’ve no idea what perfect means in biblical language. They’re using it in false humility. Or to justify lack of obedience.

     
  • RNDL 10:44 on 2017-07-03 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: language, meaning   

    John LeCarre:

    To quote Charlemagne: “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” He might have added that to teach another language is to implant a second soul.

    Of course, the very business of reconciling these two souls at any serious level requires considerable mental agility. It compels us to be precise, to confront meaning, to think rationally and creatively and never to be satisfied until we’ve hit the equivalent word, or – which also happens – until we’ve recognised that there isn’t one, so hunt for a phrase or circumlocution that does the job.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/02/why-we-should-learn-german-john-le-carre

     
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