What happens when you have unexamined assumptions about the correlation of language/classification with reality. From Michael O’Flynn:
… the Late Modern expects scientific tracts to lurk within ancient texts. In a word, they lack an appreciation for empirical fact as regards linguistics, translation, and literary criticism and prefer high-flown theories based on wild assumptions about primordial goat-herders.
But we digress.
We should point out that just as fugols are not birds, water is notH2O. …
Read the whole thing. It will have you looking at water–and language–just a little differently today.