Thesaurantenical: On refuting arguments based on grammar and spelling

The obvious grammatical effluvia of academic discourse wrapped in the absent specter of Pericles pen shows the dishonesty of the academician. There is only shame for the academic hiding behind bellicose diatribes in obfuscation of honest discourse. An attack on grammar is the last gasp held in an attempt to impoverish intellectual discourse while toiling in the dung heap of “ad hominem” sophistry. In a culture of his vanity and imperiled ideas the social order of the academician is challenged by those who he can only engage in fallacious name calling with because his homilies will not withstand the test of daylight and logic. The academician mistakenly imperils his science while in a stupor of ill-considered ideas he lashes out with the sword of injustice only to be bitten by the poison of his politics.

Attacks on grammar and people is but one thread in the unraveling tapestry of scholarship. There is a presumptive arrogance in hiding behind imprecise and obfuscated language of academia. In attempting to use $3 words for $1 concepts there is not much to be said other than they have ceded the high ground. English is a living language of emotion and ideas and those are what we should be talking about. Attempting to foil politics while holding up singularly ideas of scholarship baked in the ovens of Popper, Kuhn, Newton ignores that even science is a political process and subject to the scrutiny of the public. Hiding behind large words is a travesty and failure of the academy in its primary role as service to society. It shows an ultimate hubris in the rampant paternalism found in the attacking of other peoples work.

2 comments for “Thesaurantenical: On refuting arguments based on grammar and spelling

  1. Borton
    June 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I read these posts, and I keep waiting for you to be branded a heretic and burned. I’m not saying you’re not correct, it’s just odd for me to see an academic point out the flaws in the academy. I also know that by posting this reply I run the risk of setting my self up for a line of painful socratic questioning, but I just couldn’t resist any longer.

  2. sam
    June 17, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Why do you think I have not been burned at the stake? Perhaps you might think about what the term tenure means? Is there a correlation between tenure and academic freedom?

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