Phrasing and paraphrasing

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.”
~Noam Chomsky (1928)

Is this a sentence, you ask? In Chomsky’s framework, yes it is. Chomsky pointed out that a sentence can be syntactically correct but semantically meaningless. To translate this quote into your daily life, remember that if you’re not careful in your choice of language, you can also produce semantically meaningless sentences that have consequences other than what you intended. I remembered this quote when I saw Picasso’s drawing…pinches my brain strings – numbing, intoxicating – and yet I find it fascinating. Like a sweet, bad grip of hell…wait…that’s sexy! 😉

Photo: The Dream and Lie of Franco – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice


Categories: Art

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