Writing is like

Writing is, like, sort of speaking in words that, ah, are written, sort of fing;…

But when you write for poetry or song,

Your Mind, then, soars way up unto the heights,

Inspired it becomes for short or long,

And makes a better work for Fancy’s flights.

The secrets of good work, I’ll teach to you,

And best you’ll be forever, good and true.

(And best you’ll be remunerated, too.)

Man a Person

  • But “man” just means “person,” unless some particular “male” or “males” are meant. This double usage exists in English but not in Latin or Greek. In Greek the two nouns, “anthropos,” and “aner,” and Latin has “homo” and “vir.” Both “anthropos” and “homo” are used generally for humans, and rarely specifically for a “male person.” “Aner” and “vir” are used for a “male” person. English used to use “wer” as the noun for a “male” person until “man” usurped it. English “wer” is “cognate” with Latin “vir.” English “wer,” “male person,” still exists in “werewolf.”

Thus, as said, “man” is perfectly compatible with inclusion of both sexes in any work name; fireman, policeman, draughtsman, garbageman, et cetera.

Only ignorant losers, like the PC idiots, would make fools of themselves, not having done any research into the question, but instead by asserting blatant bias by men against women using a false narrative of male violence against and hatred toward women and that from time immemorial, when, in fact, language used by both men and women was inclusive of both sexes. IF THERE WERE, INDEED, ONE SEX WITHOUT PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE, IT COULD BE CONSIDERED THE MALE, SINCE, HAVING NO SPECIFIC WORD FOR “MAN,” AFTER THE OBSELETION IN USE OF “WER,” MEN HAD TO SHARE “MAN” WITH WOMEN, WHILE WOMEN ALSO GOT THEIR OWN NOUN, “WOMAN.” AS I SAY, WOMEN GOT TO SHARE AND HAVE THEIR OWN NOUN, WHILE MEN HAD TO SHARE.

Does that paint a different picture for you in contradiction to the divisive, hateful, sordid tale of hatred and lIes that has gone down as de rigeur “truth,” over the last fifty years?

The Memory of the Setting Summer Sun

  • The memory of the setting Summer Sun,
  • Of warm and happy Life under his gaze,
  • Has given way to Autumn’s dark and dun,
  • And Winter’s icy dark and shortened days:
  • Now Winter thinks himself to be the god,
  • T’whom all must bow t’appease and supplicate,
  • While he destroys Life’s happiness by rod,
  • Of punishment called loneliness and fate;
  • But Sun is growing stronger by the day,
  • To melt the seeming Fate of Winter’s cold,
  • And introduce his own by golden ray,
  • To grow all future Life in living gold:
  • This is the Fate I make for you and me;
  • For I am Sun and you are Life, you see.
  • Copyright, John Justice, 2015

Man, oh, man; aah, woman

Hey, man! There are two uses for the noun, “man.” One is as a word for any human being, “featherless biped,” person, homo sapiens, et cetera. The other is as a noun for a male man (not a postman), a male person, a homo virilis, a bloke. The first is general to all human beings, while the second is specific to a male person. Thus, to call a fireman, postman, policeman, and such doesn’t show hatred to women in any way, but rather is inclusive of them.

Mente et Manu

“Man” is the English for both any human being and a person of the male sex. Thus women are “men” in the former usage, but not in the latter. The word, “man,” is from the Proto Germanic, “mann,” and even more remotely from the Proto Indo-European, “man,” which has two entries: one is “man,” “man,” and the other is, “man,” “hand,” as in the Latin, “manus.” A derivative may be “men,” meaning “mind,” as on “mental,” etc. The Uni of NSW has the latter and last meanings in their motto, “mente et manu,” “by mind and by hand.”

The Subject and Predicate

Every thought or idea directs itself, at least ostensibly, towards two parts, a subject and predicate. The subject is the main focus of the idea. The subject is the main “actor” about which everything else is concerned.

The predicate is that, which is said about the subject. The predicate begins with the verb and includes the objects direct and indirect and most circumstantial happenings. Clauses are like sentences, that aren’t, however, ended but are joined to the main clause and describe attendant circumstances to add more meaning to the main clause, which is the sentence proper, indicating the main action of the subject.

The subject does the action in the “active” voice. It does the action for itself in the “middle” voice and it is the recipient of the action in the “passive” voice. But the subject remains the focus.

The “subject” is from the Latin, “sub,” “under” or “up to;” and “ject-” meaning, “thrown.”

“Predicate” is from “praedicare,” “to speak before,” meaning “to speak about.”

The sentence expresses an idea – complete in itself – that puts a subject and something about it.

 

Then once I found a diamond on my round

  • Then once I found a diamond on my round;
  • It had a different gleam from all the rest:
  • I picked it up and brushed it off and found
  • It more beautiful than all the others’ best.
  • When I put it in my keep, it said to me,
  • “You don’t know me; you’re better off without.”
  • “I know just what you are and what can be;
  • “Most wonderful,” said I, “without a doubt!”
  • So you see, my Love, I know your soul and you,
  • Though only knowing you for some short Time.
  • That a diamond is a diamond, is most true;
  • That you are you’s a fact that’s most sublime.
  • I knew right from the start your heart was pure,
  • So marry me: let love always endure!

Copyright, John Justice, 2015