Quirks of Ontology

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 birdswater is notH2O. …

Lilypads on the water.

Not H20.

Read the whole thing. It will have you looking at water–and language–just a little differently today. 

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