I told the doctor I’d only had sex with one man She said, why ,you are practically a virgin Well, it’s like my thesis.I practically got a degree And I practically had 5 children I practically got a job at a top University Until they saw my engagement ring Well it was a moonstone which is practically a diamond to the shortsighted So when I practically died my husband pulled me back I slipped and practically fell off the Cliffs at Dover I think I am old,practically, and too worn out for another man Or anyone who is practically a man. Gosh, I am practically politically incorrect What am I practicing for,practically speaking At least I am not perfect, no……not again
Bring your own God with you, you can’t help it anyway I have heard you singing, don’t tell me you can’t pray We’re strung like beads along a chain, we’re linked with none left out Every time that someone dies, there opens a new mouth Mouth brings voice, the people’s choice, there is no faking Truth Eat and live, speak and grieve, give and so receive Eyes to see and ears to hear,grace may be about Still the Sirens wail and moan, leave them, they can’t count
Stebbing distinguishes between two types of language: “scientific” and “emotive”. Scie]ntific language is used to make objective claims. Emotive language is intended to evoke strong feelings. Often, in politics (and journalism), emotive language is disguised as scientific language –- giving words “a significance in addition to their objective meaning”. Think of the way “woke” is used by right-wing commentators. It isn’t so much describing someone, as getting you to feel a certain way about them.
Paying attention to whether politicians are trying to appeal to our emotions can help us tell a convincing argument from a cheap, emotional dog whistle. We can then decide whether to allow ourselves to be persuaded by our feelings or to turn to more objective forms of evidence.
As Mary went intoAlice’s living room,she saw her five children playing cards with a cat Hello, Mary, let me introduce my children Tangent is 13, Radius is 11, Euclid and Leibnitz are twins aged 8 and Cyclic is 4 So what is your surname? Blunder Thanks.Shall I sit down? Tangent Blunder,Mary thought, puzzled by such choices Sit down! I thought you were my new cleaning lady What is she called? I never asked her Well, you certainly need a cleaning person Suppose they are binary? Are you a maths teacher? No,I hated quadratic equations Thanks be you didn’t call a child Quadratic That’s the dog’s name And the cat? Imaginary Well, you seem a very clever family What do you mean? You can’t live here, you will have to emigrate to the USA Why? They also use unusual,chaotic names.Odd as they are so religious Jesus Christ ! Not yet but Trump may make a second coming Well.f*ck me Not in front of the children, thanks I only charge £27. I am a woman too I don’t mind.I am binary Binary Blunder, you are giving me headache Well, you know where the door is Where? Where you came in I am supposed to assess you for autism Ooh, that’s nice name.What does she want? It’s a differently wired brain.Einstein was famed Did he have to charge it? No, he was born with it but noone knew I prefer Angst.Can you test me for that? What a blunder Mary ran out of the door.Everything looked blurred and too shiny Don’t tell me this is the end,she whispered