Fuck you, Shakespeare, et al.

Posted on November 26, 2008

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Every instance of successful language-use is well-suited to a particular circumstance and a particular end or, perhaps, a few circumstances and a few ends.

The durability and communicability of language allows particular instances of it to be accessible to many persons and, because of this, any particular instance of language often seems intended for any number of circumstances and ends.

When an instance of language seems relevant to many or even all circumstances, it is an indication of the adaptive capacities of a person or persons and of the relations between persons, rather than some feature of the instance of language itself or the person who first used the instance of language successfully.

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