Quick rant here…
When one hears an excuse enough times, especially one that is blatantly outrageous in its underlying con-text, it sometimes causes one to boil over with the urge to lash out and utterly destroy the character of the one using the excuse.
In this case, having just heard such a term used for the 100th time at least, I’d like instead to practice my repose and dissect the problem calmly and rationally.
It is often the case that people in their discourse and cognitive dissonance use the term “wordsmith” in a dualistic fashion to defend whatever disposition they find themselves in. This term is used as a single phrase that implies a two-fold meaning, one being the defensive notion that “I am not a wordsmith,” while at the same time offensively inferring that “only a wordsmith would say such things.” In other words, the use of this term singlehandedly stops the conversation and thus the furtherance of knowledge sharing, and at the same time belittles the speaker or writer by creating an ad hominem attack on the character of he who studies and attempts to use words correctly. Amazingly, this seems to be a very popular response when the Reality of things, specifically the artful and alternative legal and metaphorical meaning of words of art, is presented and verified by multiple sources.
And so I am creating an new logical fallacy here, by the name of “The Wordsmith fallacy,” though logic and reason are nowhere to be found in its use.
So let me be perfectly clear while at the same time venting a bit of repressed and pent up aggression when I say this:
IF YOU AREN’T A WORDSMITH THEN YOU ARE FUCKING ILLITERATE!!!
There. I said it. Feels surprisingly liberating, really.
“Am I therefore become your enemy,
because I tell you the TRUTH?”
—Galatians 4:16, KJB
The synonyms of this term wordsmith are not many, those being “writer” and “author.”
–WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
In its most simplistic definition, we find the following:
—American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, 2011, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
1: a person who works with words; especially: a skillful writer
–Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, online, 2015
Controlled by words…
The legislature is the author of law. The court administers that law and writes opinions. The president writes executive orders and presidential directives. The attorneys at bar write everything else, from procedure to rules of evidence to the over 100 Uniform Codes.
Oh, but they are just wordsmiths.
Sure asshole, and their skillful writings, being experts on the terms of art of the legal language just happened to enslave you and your illiterate family and their illiterate forefathers before them for generations.
Yeah, but they’re just wordsmiths!
Right dickweed, that’s the point. Because you are not. Because every contract you sign, every law you are bound in surety to follow, every flattering title you pretend, and every aspect of your life is controlled by their words. Yep, they smithed your person (status), they smithed your license, your social security card, and hell, they are even the smiths of the banking laws, which let’s face it, that number’s game is a whole other language most of us are also quite illiterate at.
Sure, but they are still just wordsmiths.
How fucking long can we play this game? How many times can you play this fallacy? How long can you “stick with stupid?”
Not ironically, there is already a word to describe this fallacious tool of idiocracy that has long been in existence, and of course each word leads to a connect-the-dots story to be told:
WORD-CATCHER – noun – One who CAVILS at words.
CAVIL – verb intransitive – 1. To raise captious and frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason; followed by at. It is better to reason than to cavil. 2. To advance futile objections, or to frame sophisms, for the sake of victory in an argument. – verb transitive – To receive or treat with objections. Wilt thou enjoy the good. Then cavil the conditions. – noun – False or frivolous objections; also, A FALLACIOUS KIND OF REASON, bearing some resemblance to truth, ADVANCED FOR THE SAKE OF VICTORY.
CAVILER – noun – One who CAVILS; one who is apt to raise captious objections; a captious disputant.
CAPTIOUS – adjective – 1. Disposed to find fault, or raise objections; APT TO CAVIL, as in popular language, it is said, apt to catch at; as a captious man. 2. Fitted to catch or ensnare; insidious; as a captious question. 3. Proceeding from a CAVILING DISPOSITION; as a captious objection or criticism.
SOPHISM – noun – [Latin sophisma.] A specious but fallacious argument; asubtilty in reasoning; an argument that is not supported by sound reasoning, or in which the inference is not justly deduced from the premises. When a false argument puts on the appearance of a true one, then it is properly called a sophism or fallacy.
–Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language
So, is it fair to say that using the term wordsmith to escape discourse and ensnare the conversation is but a captious, sophist method of fallacious rhetoric? Or am I being too damned word-smithery for you?
At this point I have figured out the whole game, how everything was stolen from us through attainder and escheat, and how the feudal system is alive and well through contract, for the words of the contract make the law.
Oh, but those are just words, right?
There I go again. Damn wordsmith.
Well, I leave you with this final thought. In overcoming my own arrogance in using the English language in the pointless rhetoric we are bombarded with everyday, I was presented with a piece of information that I could not have imagined to be true, and one I followed to its suprising end. It spawned a whole discourse on the legal language, in the form of my upcomming works, an encyclopedic journey through legalese. And nothing I have ever done has been more enlightening, revealing just how illiterate I was in using the language I learned in public schools; the one given to us to keep us dumb to the designs of those wordsmiths we complain so much about but never learn their art.
And so to be clear, here is what you think you know.
DOG-LATIN – The Latin of ILLITERATE PERSONS; Latin WORDS put together on the ENGLISH GRAMMATICAL SYSTEM.
–Black’s Law Dictionary, 4th Edition
You see, my fallaciously caviler detractors, a slave-master never teaches his slaves his mysteries, never revealing the artful law and its structure of words that entangles him in intangible chains. He keeps his slaves illiterate, spiritually and deductively, just as the priest-class has kept the multitude ignorant of its words for many centuries, so that the people may listen to the wordsmiths (priests) rather than read the Source and True meaning of their words.
The lawmakers will never teach the general population that which they seek to control them with, keeping their private language as their secretive terms of art, revealing them only under oath in private associations; conspiratorial combinations of men acting as agents (attorneys), as officers of the court (crown). And guess what, the translators of the Bible too will never re-smith it into anything but dog-Latin, so that despite the fact that there are more Bibles than people on this planet and that they are given away free and can be found available in every hotel room, these wordsmiths of the king ensured that you would never be able to read it’s words in their true intent. For they only teach us dog-Latin. They keep us all public-minded, through public-education, by the vulgar public language, while they privately control the “higher” one to ensure constant confusion. The Bible is written in the king’s language, legalese; as a mostly parabolic metaphor. And the legal fiction is opposed to dog-Latin.
“All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And so, my illiterate compatriots, when you finally figure out that every word you say in dog-Latin carries the opposite meaning of the legal wordsmith in a black robe you are speaking to, perhaps then you will comprehend why you always loose in court. Why you can’t figure out how to exit their system based on their artful words. Why you can’t quite grasp how you are tricked into volunteering to be subject to them. And why you always turn away from perfectly good conversations simply because you can’t speak the language that sounds exactly like your own, public, dumbed down version.
So learn the language or continue to eat shit.
SHYSTER – noun -“unscrupulous lawyer,” 1843, U.S. slang, probably altered from German Scheisser “incompetent worthless person,” from Scheisse “SHIT” (n.), from Old High German skizzan “to defecate” (see shit (verb)).
It’s up to you…
The roots of language are
irrational and of a magical nature.”
—Jorge Luis Borges, Prologue to “El otro, el mismo.”
“Names are an important key to what a society values. Anthropologists recognize naming as one of the chief methods FOR IMPOSING ORDER ON PERCEPTION.”
—David S. Slawson
“There exists, for everyone, a sentence – a series of WORDS – that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of WORDS, that could heal you. If you’re lucky you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first.”
―Philip K. Dick, quoted from: ‘VALIS’
“…and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by CRAFT, and put him to death.”
—Mark 14:1, KJB
“In politics, nothing happens by accident.
If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”
—President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“In doubtful cases, the presumption always is in behalf of the CROWN.”
—Latin Maxim, AMBIGUIS CASIBUS SEMPER PRAESUMITUR PRO REGE. Lofft, Append. 248. (Blacks 4th)
“The latter part of a wise man’s life is taken up in curing the FOLLIES, PREJUDICES, and FALSE OPINIONS he had CONTRACTED in the former.”
—Jonathan Swift, ‘Thoughts On Various Subjects, Moral & Diverting’
Cure yourself, or stand in painful prejudice and ignorance. But keep your fallacy and false opinions away from me! For your dis-ease is not medical, but contractual. And the only solution is end of contract. No really, the word solution in legalese means only one thing: end of contract.
Oh, but that’s just word-smithing again…
–Clint Richardson (Realitybloger.wordpress.com)
–Saturday, January 23, 2016