On Nonsense

Philosophy affects vocabulary. Ideas shape words. Consider the word nonsense or the phrase it makes no sense. The Oxford online dictionary says of nonsense: Spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense: he was talking absolute nonsense. This is not entirely helpful since make no sense is another way of saying nonsense. A … Continue reading On Nonsense

To Be Honest

We all have verbal ticks or stutter phrases. Some say “you know” a lot; others say “I mean” frequently. We’ll let that go. However, there is another phase equally as common but unequally significant: “To be honest…” One physician I knew (a very fine man), prefaced nearly ever answer to a medical question with this … Continue reading To Be Honest