Sunday, September 09, 2007

Oh no, it's not just semantics anymore!

Here, the Pocono Record has broadened the war on the scientific study of language ... in talking about Larry Craig's problems (well, one small subset of them, those connected to this career as an elected official), they write:
He's launching a whole new campaign in linguistics, revolving around what the word "intend" really means.
This sure looks like a situation that used to be described with "mere semantics" or something. Now, our whole field is tied into this creep lying.

And yes, that was a real band, it appears — see here.

4 comments:

pc said...

Wow! That's crazy.

Mr. Verb said...

Or we've become the whipping boys and girls of the media ... I thought Colbert's and Stewart's recent jokes about the uselessness of linguistics were pretty funny, but maybe this is the dark side of that ... .

Anonymous said...

I went looking for "The Semantics" on iTunes as well... found another artist (Hip Hop) called Semantix... but perhaps the best was an album by the group "Back Yard Tire Fire" called "Bar Room Semantics" --- I wonder how many students would enroll in a course with that title? I'd take it...

otherwise, I have no excuses for my fellow Pennsylvanians from the Poconos... I do like their use of "old saw" at the start, I haven't seen that phrase in a while...

Anonymous said...

Oh, I bet you're all just misinterpreting -- "campaign in linguistics" probably just means that he's using human language to convey it!