Sunday, June 17, 2007

Irrational and of a Magical Nature

Jorge Luis Borges (August 24, 1899June 14, 1986)
In lonely basements and drafty attics on park benches and noisy coffee shops people are at it, they are writing. People have been writing down there thoughts for ever and I must say I do enjoy reading about the lives of such people. Often incredible tales of loves gained and lost, of hardships and near miraculous recovery and behind them they leave huge literary gifts. Never has it been so easy to read about the lives of writers. Jorge Luis Borges for example, an Argentine writer who wrote this:
"It is often forgotten that (dictionaries) are artificial repositories, put together well after the languages they define. The roots of language are irrational and of a magical nature."
-Jorge Luis Borges, Prologue to "El otro, el mismo."
I came across the above quote having followed a link given me by one of the monks who is keen on words, that's Etymology. The Online Etymology Dictionary is a real gem for those who are interested in exploring the roots of our language...which are irrational and of a magical nature.