Language, Thought, Sunrise, Sunset

Steve Witham (
Sat, 30 Nov 1996 00:37:12 -0500

>Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 11:04:50 -0500 [a while ago]
>Awhile ago I begand compiling a list of outdated words which not only did not
>CORRESPOND to our day to day life, but perhaps were detrimental, or ENTROPIC.
>At the very least undermining advancment.
>One good example is the use of SUNRISE, and SUNSET>
>Anyone have any good ones to add to this lexicon of loser linguistics?

Sorry if sunrise and sunset don't correspond to your daily life. I tried
to make them widely accessible. If you want to return the phenomena (the
subjective experiences of a sun's seeming to rise and set) and their names
for a refund, I can use them (they're a couple of my favorites, actually).
If you change your mind later, you can rent them from me. My rates will be
reasonable, but not as low as you were paying. I must warn you that the
experiences won't be quite the same as when they were free, especially
after you've disowned them and tarnished their names ("loser linguistics").

Which reminds me that "loser" is a word whose utility I've been wondering
about lately.


"It just keeps going and going and therefore you yourself have to keep
 going and going." --Energizer Bunny researcher