Precisely - the impossibility of a closed/independent semiotic system/circuit.Another point would be that if you were to communicate in an entirely original way then nobody would be able to understand you as communication only works by virtue of shared signs, symbols, language and so on.
"It's the thought that counts."I suppose you put sincerity behind whatever tools are to hand. You could sincerely send a generic greetings card because that was all they had in the shop and it wouldn't necessarily diminish the sentiment behind sending it, just the communication of that sentiment.
For me, there is something almost paranoid or neurotic (?) about the paralysis - as if the sheer mass of learned insincerity precludes all sincerity.All this stuff can make it incredibly hard or impossible to speak at all. I
M sure some of you have experienced that at some point in your lives. Paralysed by the impossibility of honest speech.
just does a lot of work doesn’t it, neutralises and reduces demystifiesIf I notice myself writing too much like myself, I try to tweak it. I noticed I use "just" a lot and started hacking away at it. I sometimes start sentences with "Case in point," and stopped myself doing it again earlier in the thread.
This is something I pick up on in my own language. I'm conscious of constantly referring to "I", but I also don't want to speak for everyone else so I'm in two minds about referring to "we" or "you" in that way.Yeah, I think Barty said he noticed himself using it a lot too. It worms its way between the words and you end up with phrases like "It's just this..." as opposed to "It's this...".