language and mind

June 10, 2011

The mirror and the wonder of the mind – the indispensable vanity

Filed under: language use, linguistic trivia — Tags: , — teresapelka @ 10:41 am

Bloody Mary vowed never to be back from her looking glass. Alice journeyed the checkerboard in a mirror world.

Some say you see yourself in a mirror. I’m for the notion of an optical counterpart – it has to be the attachment I have for myself as perceivable from within my person. It could be also part my Theta Criterion, the argument happens to be not overtly present. ;)

The object as nowadays, the mirror, correlates to admiration. The ancient ‘speculum’ derived from the action of just looking and seeing — without much any appreciative aspect. This would be yet the looking-glass to connote self-admiration to a contemporary editor (!) :)

Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (in which case the archaic term looking-glass is sometimes still used)’, we may see in Wikipedia.

Well, syntax must be an indispensable vanity. ;)

The ‘looking glass’ has a theta role about it: a looking glass is the glass we look into, and not a glass to look at us. Like ‘running shoes’ and ‘swimming suits’, it clips a verb phrase into a gerundive.

Syntax could be termed a wonder of the mind. Should there be associations to narcissism, some self-adoration is going to remain absolutely necessary. ;)

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