The f_ _ _ word.

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The f_ _ _ word.

Brevity is the soul of wit. This statement appears in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He in turn derived it from a saying by Sophocles, “a short saying oft contains much wisdom”. The gist is the fewer words needed to convey meaning the better, because the more words, the greater the chance to distort the meaning of what you say. In the case of Shakespeare’s saying, one needs to know the meaning of soul and wit. In the case of Sophocles, it is the word wisdom. Brevity speaks for itself and Webster’s Thesaurus does not even include it.
If one consults a thesaurus, such as Webster’s there are a multitude of synonyms for soul, wit and wisdom but none for brevity. For example; knowledge instead of wisdom. Making the substitution, Sophocles saying would read, a short saying oft contains much knowledge which is ridiculous. Any confusion as to the true meaning can be summed up in the saying; knowledge is knowing; what, when, where and who, facts that cannot be disputed. Experience is knowing how; the truth being demonstrable. Wisdom is knowing why. If this is applied, wisdom has no synonyms, certainly not the word knowledge.
We don’t always know why but the belief that a God created everything has been exposed as a falsehood as it flies in the face of discovery and like the gods of the Pharaohs, the Greeks, the Romans and the Zoroaster’s have been exposed as myths. The deists such as; Thomas Jefferson and George Washington attended church services and were hypocrites because they really didn’t believe but needed to keep up appearances as have many of our politicians since then. They did not flaunt their deism because to do so would expose the fact they did not believe in a God. The obvious reason being the question of where we came from which has been a question without a definite answer accepted by everyone.
What has all this to do with the f _ _ _ word. It is because it has become a shorthand of the ignorant who are not being taught the English language and the meanings of its words, particularly when used alone without context. The f_ _ _ word is at times a noun, a verb, an adjective and an adverb depending on the ending which is put on it. Nor, does it always have a connotation of sexual intercourse. For example; someone f_ _ _ed up. It means someone has committed a grievous error, at least that what I take it to mean when I hear it, which is not often in my circle of friends. The word f_ _ _ is not in the dictionary because it is considered vulgar and unrefined, in other words someone devoid of vocabulary to express himself or herself or illiterate.
It is also used in place of hell as in what the hell. Hell is a word that itself has many meanings. The expression; what the f_ _ _ is the term most usually used in this context. It is also used with the word who as in who the f_ _ _. Similarly, as in why the f_ _ _.
It is not a problem for the younger generation who, when they use the word it is rarely alone but in a context, they can understand without interpretation. The problem is with those of older generations who were taught that f_ _ _ was a synonym for sexual intercourse, a subject taboo in polite society and shunned as vulgar. Like sh_ _ for feces, it was not included in Webster’s dictionary and banned from use on the public airwaves and press, at least for a while.
A word with this much scope should be taken out of the closet so to speak as it is in such common usage it should be added to our lexicon. It would acknowledge the fact that the Progressives, in order to maintain control are breeding illiteracy and people who can no longer think for themselves.

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Geez pmconusa,brevity is the

Geez pmconusa,brevity is the soul of wit.....? What to F..........you could have made your post shorter.

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I never said I agreed with

I never said I agreed with the statements. The fact is I don't. What I was trying to say is that words mean things and if the word has more than one meaning it is because the substitute word is close to but not actually the same and as a consequence is interpreted differently. For example, argument is supposedly a synonym of debate. When we use argument in its stead it is because the volume of the discourse has risen to give the debate some nuance. The problem of understanding is when we translate these words into another language that has not developed the nuances and misunderstands what we are trying to communicate.
Below is the classic example.
How much is 6 + 6?
How much is ך + ך?
How much is 110 + 110?
If your answers were 12, 14 and 220 you are wrong. The answer to all of the above is 12. The reason is ך is 6 in Arabic. The figure 110 is 6 in the binary system.

My point is the only people who can understand those who use the f _ _ _ word for so many others are those who use it the same way. I am sure that if I were a foreigner who learned English in their schools you could come to the U. S. and listen to American youth and now many adults, they would not know what the f _ _ _ they were saying.

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johnw No he cannot !

johnw
No he cannot !

Melvin Udall
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In your example, 110 + 110

In your example, 110 + 110 does not = 12; it equals 1100.

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Pmconusa....... I actually

Pmconusa....... I actually enjoy your posts.....I may not agree...but.....your command of the language is to be applauded.......and your willingness to express your opinions regardless of the opposition should be commended , and you can obviously take a punch.,which is more than an be said for some who post here...........

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Melvin brings the binary

Melvin brings the binary smackdown!

There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don't....

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Boole-ah, Boole-ah! Boole-ah

Boole-ah, Boole-ah! Boole-ah Boole-ah.

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Ignorance is bliss and there

Ignorance is bliss and there are some very happy people on AMG.

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Omniscience is misery, and

Omniscience is misery, and certainty only makes it worse.

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Thank you for introducing me

Thank you for introducing me to a new word. You ought to understand however before you try and equate it to misery.

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Why, Mr. Certain? You have

Why, Mr. Certain? You have no problem equating ignorance to bliss.

Or in the spirit of your math degree, ignorance minus bliss = zero

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Or, (ignorance)^-1 =

Or, (ignorance)^-1 = omniscience

and (bliss)^-1 = misery

hence, ignorance = 1/omniscience

and bliss = 1/misery

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New math as defined by the

New math as defined by the Progressives. Interesting but untrue in any language.

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You mean ignorance isn't the

You mean ignorance isn't the inverse of omniscience? And bliss isn't the inverse of misery?

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

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