Being a psycholinguist and a linguistic philosopher, I have developed myself a linguistic fetish. In philosophy there is what I refer to as the linguistic barrier, which is to say that you can only get so smart, you can only progress so far as a philosopher without understanding intimately the way that language works. Linguistics.
One of the ways you know that a person has approached or crossed that barrier is usually by the presence of a linguistic fetish. Mike Myers has one, Will Ferrel has one, I have one. Ayn Rand didn’t have one and she despised linguistic philosophers. Which might be why she was a revolutionary propagandist and not a philosopher.
Now what is curious to me is that until recently I have not seen any evidence of Richard Dawkins having a linguistic fetish until now. He fetishizes the word paedophilia, instead of spelling it in the…
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