Archive for September, 1999

ttt: Does Not Commute

Will Quale defines a category of phrases that he calls "And Phrases." (Actually, he calls them "& phrases," but for clarity I've changed the term a little. I've retained his practice of writing the phrases themselves with ampersands, however, as I'm rather fond of ampersands.) An And Phrase is a phrase of the form "A […]

sss: I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like

"A mind's reach should exceed its grasp, or what's a meta phor?" —unknown, riffing on Browning Metaphors and similes equate or compare one thing with another. They can be used to describe the unfamiliar in terms of the familiar, or to shed new light on the familiar by comparing it to something unexpected. And sometimes […]