Friday, March 30, 2012

God bless

How would God Bless be a neologism in Ratology?

There are at least two ways to see God bless in Ratology...

Def. 1.  God bless as in the conventional sense of God bless.

Def. 2.  Ignorance is a bless.  God bless you, I or whoever with ignorance.   In other words, a more restricted kinda blessing.... 8-O lol

When do I use what?  Depends.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Sesquipedalian means the act of using a long word... polysyllabic.

"Sesqui" in Latin means one and a half.

"Pedis" as in pedal means foot...

One and a half foot is very long.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Following the logic of illocution, modality expresses the intent of the speaker or the speaker's degree of commitment to attributes of the expressed proposition.


In Latin locūtiō:the act of speaking, discourse; a way of speaking, especially shared by a subgroup of people;  an utterance, word, mode of expression.

The word loquī in latin means to speak.

Locution: a word, phrase, and speech; the style of speech.

Illocution: il- not; locution:word, phrase etc-->  Il-locution means "not" "words, phrases, etc."  Thus, illocution pertains not to the words, phrases, etc used but the aim or intent of the utterance.

Given the definitions... what is an illocutionary point?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lingua franca

Just learned today.  Lingua franca is a language used by people with different mother tongue.   For instance, English is the Lingua franca.

Apparently, the original lingua franca came up around Renaissance era.  It was a mixture of Italian (80%), French, Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese and Arabic.

Wow.. people in the old times are really polyglots.