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The Great Sociology Charbroiled Words List

October 19, 2011

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YOU CANNOT READ anything in sociology (and, extension, the perverse field of linguistics) without constantly bumping into a plethora of pretentious, meaningless words. Those words are what we normal people call padding. The more offensive term is gratuitous padding. Both terms come under the general heading of soloing techniques (see Glossary). If you’re in sociology […]

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis a.k.a. B[W]anker’s Syndrome

September 8, 2010


The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis is a principle of linguistic relativity that has it that we think and behave differently from one another by virtue of the language we have come to speak from birth. In other words, our non-linguistic behaviour is influenced or affected by the cultural and cognitive values contained (“encoded”) by the language. (Cognition […]

Picking tenses

September 2, 2010


English tenses are not for picking on a whim. You just can't pick and use any ole' tense to use just because you're too much of a dumbferk to realise you're doin' it wrong.


August 3, 2010

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