Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Treatment for Hardening of the Categories

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Treatment for Hardening of the Categories

Article excerpt

Comedian Steven Wright was confronted by a friend saying "Your socks don't match!" Steven responded "Yes they do. I was going by thickness."

When my current partner, a composer and artist, came to live with me, he immediately started treating my hardened categories.

One day, I came home from work and opened the kitchen cabinet to take out a glass. Jim had evidently put the clean dishes away earlier in the day. As a person who likes things in the right place, I had to stifle an annoyed complaint--the glasses and cups were all mixed up.

However, as a person in love, I wanted to find a cautious, friendly way to make my complaint, and as a student of general semantics, I wanted to practice delaying my reaction. So I looked closer, to ascertain the difference between his way and the tight way, which involved function, of course, not form--I keep mugs and cups on the left, glasses on the right, aligned by use, juice glasses first, then milk glasses, then tall tea glasses. …

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