Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Utter Bullshit"

The NYT Magazine has a very interesting article today about current research on depression.  But of course it has to include some linguistic observations:
We "grow sorrowful," but we rarely describe ourselves as "growing joyful."  Imprinted in our language is an instinct that suggests that happiness is a state, while grief is a process.
Sigh.  I called up Mr. Verb (despite the staggering cost of the long-distance call), and his response was, well, "utter bullshit!"


Mr. Verb said...

At least I was right about this.

Anonymous said...

Best. Post. Title. Ever.