"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Word

Language is perhaps humanity’s greatest achievement and glory. It seems to define us.

Our words provide an amazing capacity to communicate and conceptualise. But their limits are not always clear. We can be lured unknowingly into misunderstanding and meaningless conundrums.

In today’s Guardian newspaper, they publish a beautifully written essay on the significance of words, by Tony Judt.

He wrote with controlled passion, elegance and honesty.

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One response

  1. Lucille

    And when we go abroad, we are diminished as we struggle to communicate in an alien language.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:02 am

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