#AtoZAprilChallenge: Fiction

 “Fiction has the interesting double sense of a kind of Imaginative Literature and of pure (sometimes deliberately deceptive) invention… A general use, ranging between a consciously formed hypothesis (‘mathematical fictions’ 1579) and an artificial  and questionable assumption (‘of his own fiction’), was equally common. Fictitious, from C17, ranged from this to the sense of deceptive … Continue reading #AtoZAprilChallenge: Fiction

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Dialectic

 According to Williams dialectic “appeared in English from the fourteenth century, in its Latin sense to describe what we would now call logic. Dialectique, dialectica, dialektike, were all, in their primary senses, the art of discussion and debate, and then, by derivation, the investigation of truth and discussion… Plato’s version has an important subsequent history: … Continue reading #AtoZAprilChallenge: Dialectic

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Communication

 Raymond Williams, author of “Keywords” (see entry for “K” on April 12) wrote: “Communication in its most general modern meaning has been in the language since C15” (15th century). The word stems from Latin communis - common: “hence communicate - make common to many, impart. Communication was first this action, and then, the object thus … Continue reading #AtoZAprilChallenge: Communication