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Thread poster: Nora Escoms

Nora Escoms  Identity Verified
Argentina
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Feb 15, 2003

Hi, everybody. I received this quotation in today\'s World Wide Words newsletter:


\"Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider

magnetic field. No one owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used.\"

David Lehman; quoted in the \"Cassell Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations\" (1996)]


Isn\'t it a wonderful comparison?

A great weekend to all of you!



 

Arthur Borges
China
Local time: 00:01
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Nora, I like it ahelluvalot. Feb 16, 2003

There\'s a quantum biology out by Francesco Varela that is an outrageous improvement on dear but dusty Darwin - I dream of quantum grammar.


Words do have souls of their own, though. I keep thinking of words like \"papillon\", which in French is both \"butterfly\" and \"bow tie\". So this soul is a soul of shape or form.


 


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