Category Archives: Language & Philology

   /ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ/ [lang-gwij]
1. a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition.
2. communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary sounds in conventional ways with conventional meanings; speech.
Origin:1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, variant spelling of langage, derivative of langue tongue.

   /fɪˈlɒlədʒi/ [fi-lol-uh-jee]
1. the study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning.
2. (especially in older use) linguistics, especially historical and comparative linguistics.
3. the love of learning and literature.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English philologie < Latin philologia < Greek philología love of learning and literature, equivalent to philólog ( os ) literary, studious, argumentative + -ia -y3.


Collected (but not translated) by Sundar J.M. Brown, ed. OMG OMG OMG unbelievably entertaining! I’ve gotta learn Korean. I couldn’t resist making some parenthetical comments: 친애하는 지도자 [親愛하는 指導者] Dear Leader 존경하는 지도자 [尊敬하는 指導者] Respected Leader 현명한 지도자 [賢明한 … Continue reading

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The Language of Violence

Considerations: (1) Is violence a language? (2) If yes, who speaks the language of violence? (3) If no, how is violence communicated? (4) Despite the oft-strived for and well known “alternatives” to violence, in the face of grievous threats to … Continue reading

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Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

Watching this video is first thing you should do via your Social Networks today… …it should also be the last. CLICK TO WATCH

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The Failure of Syntax

The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change.  Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the … Continue reading

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Essential Reading: Assessing Steven J. Rosen’s “Essential Hinduism” as a Western Gaudiya

Rosen, Steven J. Essential Hinduism. ISBN: 0-275-99006-0.  296 pages. Praeger Publishers. Publication Date: 10/30/2006. List Price: $44.95 (UK Sterling Price: £25.99). Publication: 10/30/2006. Click here to purchase on Amazon Hinduism, as a religion and a concept, is often a hard … Continue reading

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On Morning Writing

by Sundar J.M. Brown That intellectually indefatigable, spectral league of experts called They, say a writer’s best ideas come in the morning.  I never want to believe what They say.  They, however, are, all too often, right. Morning inspiration from … Continue reading

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Think Tank: The Classical Mind in The Modern World

 by Sundar J.M. Brown There is widespread concern, particularly amongst significant portions of the Generation X population with children, that video games, virtual reality, and the information overload, dowloaded so efficiently by the information super highway of the World Wide … Continue reading

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