[lit-ideas] Re: America's Greatest Word

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:13:22 -0800

JL Speranza wrote
McEvoy goes American and writes:

"the concept of 'ok' is arguably not a very precise one compared with '3',
usually conveying a meaning that achieves only o.k. levels of precision"

He is having in mind Tarski:

"Snow is white is true" iff snow is white.

Tarski wrote, 'Snow is white' is true iff snow is white. Many people think that's all he ever wrote.

OK should be written with all caps, as at the beginning of this sentence. Periods after the letters (O.K.) are OK, but 'okay' is

Frege said that a concept without sharp boundaries is no concept at all. Wittgenstein said, 'Stand roughly here.'

Robert Paul,
trying to get a grip
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