About

This blog is meant mainly to be a permanent home for posts I write to email groups (mainly on language) that I* want to keep somewhere. It is also where I post my word tasting notes, which are also available by email.

Sesquiotica is things sesquiotic. Sesquiotics is three times as good as semiotics. Lend me an ear and a half! A word isn’t much good if it can only mean one thing at a time.

Words are delicious and intoxicating. They do much more than just denote; they have appearance, sound, a feel in the mouth, and words they sound like and travel with. All of these participate in the aesthetic experience of the word and can affect communication. So why not taste them like a fine wine?

* I = James Harbeck.

15 responses to “About

  1. Or you could delete it, if you don’t think WordPress’s boilerplate quite captures your unique essence.

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

  2. Still finding my way around this all…

  3. I need a bigger taste of sesquiotic, the word, not the title. k?

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  6. Stephen Fry has something rather lovely to say about language for enjoyment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY

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  8. Sesquiotica – another gift to the world from Toronto!

  9. You might get a kick out of my blog in which each posting begins with somewhat ‘crazy’ prose poems, then goes on to include other poetry, usually that of other poets. After a month-long hiatus, I’ll start posting again very soon. Claudia Coutu Radmore
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  10. Really neat name and concept for a blog. I love linguistics. Cheers!

  11. Mr. Harbeck, will you do an entry about the misuse of prepositions, or what I see as the misuse of prepositions? For instance, instead of saying “good for you,” I find that many Americans in their Internet writings are saying “good on you,” which I believe is an Australian expression, and it just irks me to no end every time I see it. “Good on yer, mate!”

    I do a lot of transcribing of interviews and I’m appalled at the college educated people who continuously misuse prepositions. Could you address this?

    Thank you,

    -Shelley Fleming

  12. Couldn’t agree more, the SOUNDS of some words can be intoxicating.

  13. I like your sense of humour. I look forward to reading more.

  14. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award, because I think is the cat’s whiskers, I write better after I read you..

    Should you choose to accept it, Please go to this link http://rebrandinglife.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/a-100-days-to-a-new-name-day-27-finally-an-acknowledgement/
    (I think) you would need to insert a link back to my site.
    Copy the versatile blogger icon from this post you can insert this into your own new post.
    Choose 7 random facts about yourself you wish to share and type these in for your readers.
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    Tell these bloggers you have nominated them for the award and add a link.
    Good luck and thanks for writing so beautifully!

  15. Enjoyed your Slate piece on the terrifying “mor”. Which by the way is probably the first real word to most Danes and Norwegians as it means “mother” in both languages and is short enough for small kids to master.

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