October: Start!

Well, look at that; it’s already October.  And you know what that means – it’s the eighth month of the year!

–I mean, tenth month of the year (dang it, Latin!)!

It also means that it’s officially O.K. to start decorating for Halloween, and that’s a good thing.  And it’s time to start thinking about a costume for all those parties you’re sure to attend.

Like this one, here:

 

formalsuit

 

This…formal suit?  Hold on, I think I’m missing something here…  No, that’s–that’s all it says.  Formal suit. Is that just a…no, includes mask.  All right, yeah, good.  Got to have the mask.

You know, the featureless blackout mask that people are always wearing with tuxedos.

Wait.

Wait.  Maybe I’m not missing something, but – what’s the opposite of missing – finding?  No. Overincluding?  Extracluding?  Yeah, maybe I’m extracluding something.  Is the suit not the costume, but the costume is the suit?

Are you not dressing up as a fancy person wearing a suit, but as the suit itself?

…wh–what?

O.K.  All right, Halloween, you’ve–you’ve, um…yeah.  O.K.

 

Bene scribete.

Something Positive

Plus

 

One of the most important benefits of language is that it fosters the organization of thought.  One of the most interesting things about the study of language in its many forms is what it tells us about transcultural psychology.

For instance, do you know what is perhaps the most widely disseminated term in a given language?

Gracias.  Grazie.  Merci.  Danke.  Arigato.  I’m willing to bet that the majority of you native English speakers could tell me not only what that means, but also the language to which each of those words belongs.  I bet many of you have even used one or two for fun in an otherwise English conversation.  And yet, I imagine most of you couldn’t tell me off the top of your head what the word for ‘I’ is in those same languages.

That says something kind of nice about what we at large have felt is most important to be able to convey to our fellow earthlings, don’t you think?

 

Bene scribete, et gratias vobis ago.