the fabulous wordgames

on display every­where.

Changing the meaning of words is nothing new, but as we write the year 2020 not much of what is being served in news chan­nels, from poli­ti­cal and reli­gi­ous circ­les, and other sources, makes any sense with­out being wrapped in an entirely new voca­bu­lary and over­simpli­fied “new­speak”* to back up the mad­den­ing gob­ble­dy­gook and pro­pa­ganda for and against whatever.

This or that factor is presented as either being so much better than it has ever been in living memory, or so much worse than it has ever been – at least in same time­frame, that new super­la­tives have had to be invented to des­cribe the situation and how good and/​or bad it is and/​or will become if we follow these or some other self-ap­pointed leaders and buy into their lines of thought hook, line and sinker.
Conclusion: “those who cannot do much, tend to talk a lot”*.

Life exposed to all those over­sized bill­boards filled with adver­tise­ments for yet more stupid and des­truc­tive ideas, is getting awfully mono­ton­ous and boring.
History repeats itself … like bad jokes.

Guess I am repeating myself too, but I know his­tory (over a much longer timeframe) well enough to learn from and build on it, rather than ignore, hide and/​or rewrite what may dis­turb the over­sensi­tive. History is what it is, regard­less of what any­one would want it to have been.
We have been here before – every other decade or so, and those who are unvil­ling to recog­nise all his­tori­cal facts – including the worst parts in the darkest and nastiest chap­ters, are doomed to repeat most of it … vocab­u­lary and all.

overwhelmed by empty talk?

People who want to sell us something, being it ideas or products, tend to talk a lot and often mix facts and fiction to the absurd. The more they talk the less sense they make, and some sales people seem to suffer from extraor­di­narily bad cases of voca­bu­lary diar­rhea and argue in circles for ever.

quote-text follows

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
— Plato

There are of course many jobs avail­able for talka­tive people these days. As front figures in radio and TV news and enter­tain­ment, as stand-up com­me­dians, as poli­ti­cians, etc., etc…

Note: 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions.' (English Proverb) Many stand up to speak about their fabulous ideas and good inten­tions, but not much of what they say makes sense if we look behind the many borrowed and fasion­able words and hypes they spice up their speeches with. One may wonder how many, if any, of those who speak actu­ally know what they are talking about, or if they are just parroting each other because they think they should, or because they are being paid. Incred­ible what can be said if the pay is good.

So, on the wider stage the voca­bu­lary artistry is pretty mixed and not often all that poetic, and if one tries to listen to it all one risks devel­oping hearing problems and a se­ri­ous head­ache. Or worse; one may actu­ally start to believe some of what has been said, and over­look what those who spoke do – that's how disasters are allowed to happen.

who said what, where, and when?

An interesting set of ques­tions there, often asked but in all but the rarest cases in­a­de­quately answered. Wonder why that is…

In reality it does not matter much who said what, as once some­thing that others can use to their advantage has been said, it will be spun around until nobody who parti­ci­pates or listens in knows for sure where and in what form it origi­nated, and very few care about auten­ticity.

The twists and turns of the most fabulous word­games can go in circles for so long, that variants of what has or has not been said become ingrained in human history in all the wrong forms and with all the wrong source-ref­er­ences. History books are full of mis­quotes, rewrites, white­washing and lies, and from the history writers points of view every­thing that has ever gone wrong has always been “the others” fault.

Unintentional and inten­tional misquotes of more recent state­ments are also plen­ti­ful – spreading pretty quickly via news chan­nels and social media. Thus, taking all with more than a few grains of salt until it can be properly checked, is just com­mon sense. Quoted half-truths and half-lies fall into the same group, as neither survive proper fact-checks.

handling of word­games

I am no leader, and most cer­tain­ly no follower, and I have no serious hearing problems despite my slightly advanced age. Letting most of the lofty gob­ble­dy­gook pass by unno­ti­ced is my pre­fer­red method for dealing with ongoing word­games, regard­less of source.
Even­tu­ally the noise-pol­lu­tion will land on one or another side of some imag­i­nary walls and can be evalu­a­ted, or (most likely) it will end up in the trash­can.

Either way; not much is lost on using the time otherwise spent on listening to what a bunch of more or less un­impor­tant people have to say about this and that, on more impor­tant matters on the local stage. Like watching light rain­drops falling on an autumn flower, or writing down some thoughts about similarly earth-shaking phe­nomena.
I can play word­games too, and I don't need to switch voca­bu­lary to do so.

sincerely  georg; sign

Hageland 03.oct.2020
last rev: 06.oct.2020

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