Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Thought 311: Pinch of Salt

It amuses me when someone says something like "I take what he says with a massive pinch of salt" because a mere pinch can never be massive by definition.

That everyday language does not follow the rigorous rules of mathematical logic is perhaps one of its greatest charms, which is why I'm suspicious of people who rail against, say, double negatives ('I don't know nothing') and redundancies ('he's a clever wit') while not appreciating the spiritual communication at play in such perceived irregularities. 

This is a charge that could be laid against linguistic logicians who take issue with language's multifaceted and poetic capabilities since lacking the precision and absence of contradiction present in mathematics.