Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Why dreary doesn't rhyme with weary.

Quine points out in so many words that dreary cannot rhyme with weary as they are both feelings, and feelings cannot have any rhyming qualities. Rather it is more precise to say that 'dreary' rhymes with 'weary', as 'dreary' and 'weary' are names of feelings, and names may rhyme. This distinction becomes important in certain circumstances but I thought I'd forward it independent of its context.

Insisted upon due to alternate motivations or during improper contexts, analytic methods can be annoyingly smart-alecky

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