Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How the user relates to the concept is contained 'within' the preposition, particularly agglutinative "preposition-verbs" (my favorites!) Much is revealed about the user's psyche. One of the most interesting is the verb "to overcome".

The preposition 'over' places the object beneath the subject. This position reveals the power dynamic between the two nouns. Power is exerted by the subject unto the object. There is a top-down, authoritarian impulse being displayed in this "preposition-verb". Were it a more egalitarian process, the word would be 'throughcome', or somesuch. The two ideas -- overcoming and throughcoming -- are vastly different. Overcoming is overtly masculine and controlling of one's destiny; throughcoming is feminine and subject to one's environment, situations, or other people.

Also, note the preposition-like nature of the verb "to come". The user is already at the destination, in a sense, and thus the 'overcoming' is predestined, but a formality. Were it otherwise, the word would be 'to overgo', or the egalitarian 'to throughgo'.

This analysis makes the transitive form of the verb 'to overcome' especially interesting, in that the form tends to be used in a passive sense; "He was overcome by the fumes." The passivity of this form makes the double positioning of the word quite ironic. There should, rightly, be no position of strength nor fate in a term of passivity. Thus: throughcome --> throughgo; but the term is past tense, so rightfully should be 'throughwent':

He was throughwent by the fumes.

I told you prepositions are the funnest part of speech!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I am currently reading Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus' and will be following that with 'Philosophical Investigations'. I also purchased a small book by Korzybski on Amazon. It's a strange tome: double-spaced, Times New Roman font and a flimsy cover that make it seem more like a grad school dissertation than a commercial publication.

Anyway, I suspect I will make an entry here soon. The last few months turned very unproductive, and I expect to pull out of the Seasonal Affective slump within the next month. I have several projects, including the reading, on the burner, which is usually a sign of a period of mild excitation and productivity. Hmm, I am talking about myself as though I am bipolar...

I am HIGHLY excited by these books. So excited that I can barely get through a paragraph before I drift off into reverie... which was common when I was younger.

I look forward to posting an update here soon.