Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bill Vallicella, in fine form on the overuse of slang:
Too many people use the word ‘stuff’ too often. Here is an example. I was brought up to believe that it is a piece of slang best avoided in all but the most informal of contexts. So when I hear a good scholar make mention of all the ‘stuff’ he has published on this topic or that, I wonder how long before he starts using ‘crap’ instead of ‘stuff.’ “You know, Bill, I’ve published a lot of crap on anaphora; I think you’ll find it excellent.” But why stop with ‘crap’? “Professor X has published a fine piece of shit in Nous on temporal indexicals. Have you read it?”

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