“Like it or not, there is a deep psychic importance to that whole set of rules and conventions for writing which we tend to sum up loosely as grammar. Grammar is glamour. They are the same word. Like channel/canal or guard/ward or porridge/pottage, the two words just started out as two pronunciations of the same word — a mere matter of regional accent. For grammar was glamour. If you knew grammar you were special. You had prestige, power, access to magic; you understood a mystery; you were like a nuclear physicist.”
Peter Elbow in Writing With Power
“In classical Greek and Latin the word [grammatica] denoted the methodical study of literature (= ‘philology’ in the widest modern sense, including textual and æsthetic criticism, investigation of literary history and antiquities, explanation of allusions, etc., besides the study of the Greek and Latin languages. Post-classically, grammatica came to be restricted to the linguistic portion of this discipline, and eventually to ‘grammar’ in the modern sense. In the Middle Ages, grammatica and its Romance forms chiefly meant the knowledge or study of Latin, and were hence often used as synonymous with learning in general, the knowledge peculiar to the learned class. As this was popularly supposed to include magic and astrology, the Old French gramaire was sometimes used as a name for these occult sciences. In these applications it still survives in certain corrupt forms, French grimoire, English GLAMOUR n., GRAMARYE n.”
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
You'd think after our crazy terrifying flying metal incident a couple days ago outside Detroit I'd avoid fast moving metal...but no back on the horse!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
I love doing odd jobs. Here is a vintage wicker laundry hamper I am giving a make over for a co-worker. As visitors know I love a project. My friend is obsessed with Bahaman Sea Blue...so on it goes. We spent the day yesterday getting ready for family to visit, and doing errands. Like getting an air mattress for Stagg and I to sleep on this week...and for camping trips this summer when my nephew comes to stay with us. I got a three piece cooler too! Did 5 loads of laundry. Washed the floors at home. Cooked a french chicken stew. Made portabella mushrooms and steak for supper with a Cab. I also primed some small paintings outside on our stoop. The plants are really doing well out there.