[NetBehaviour] interesting new language

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Sun Mar 15 14:38:44 CET 2020

Yes, I like Max's dives into word origins. You feel the grittiness and 
shrillness of the here-and-now is turning into something more considered 
and more cultured. And I like 'Our whole immune system is like a 
library' as a quote.


On 13/03/2020 19:37, Bjørn Magnhildøen via NetBehaviour wrote:
> i think that's nice deconstruction of 'news' as a virus
> hysteria brings out the best in people
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 6:09 PM Max Herman via NetBehaviour 
> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org 
> <mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
>     Hi all,
>     Some odd emails are arriving.  Such as, from the local Theater,
>     announcing that my tickets to /Twelfth Night/ are canceled, as are
>     performances of /The Bacchae/ and a new work called /CenterPlay/.
>     Canceled by what?  A non-living yet self-reproducing molecule.  An
>     ironic creator of empty theaters, unplayed plays both
>     Shakespearean and hockey.  How novel!
>     I got another email from the Public Broadcasting System called
>     "what you need to know about the Novel Coronavirus."
>     Novel, is a word, it means book, or narrative, new narrative,
>     nouvelle, and in this sense is old as /Don Quixote/ or /Moll
>     Flanders/, not that new anymore (though perhaps newer than /Hamlet
>     Prince of Denmark)/.
>     At one time it meant "the new books" arguably, neobiblia, novi
>     libri.  Corona means crown, but going farther back meant garland
>     for military service, from the PIE "bend," as in, you bend a
>     branch of leaves so that you can place it on someone's head, "they
>     fought."  (Art is from a similar PIE root for joint, arthritis,
>     arm, a bend that bends?)  An identifier of something done and of
>     identification.  Virus means poisonous fluid, possibly from PIE
>     "ueis-" to melt away, flow, rot perhaps?  I often think of the PIE
>     root weid- to see, but I don't know if they are related.  Flow,
>     see?  I try to imagine two hominids trying to talk to each other
>     at some point, one more motivated, the other patient, one
>     scribbling with a stick or spoken words, saying "see?  see what I
>     mean?" scribble scribble chatter chatter.
>     So, book-garland-poisonflow?  In any case, it all seems very like
>     haunting, very like memory.  The novel is what we don't know yet,
>     right?  A virus isn't new if we have memory of it.  Our whole
>     immune system is like a library. We each have our own, but we also
>     are part of each other's.  Similar perhaps to how libraries are
>     connected.
>     All of which calls to mind Hippocrates I think.
>     Best regards,
>     Max
>     https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=novel
>     https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=corona
>     https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=virus
>     https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=vision
>     https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=art
>     https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=medicine
>     https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Telomere-structure-A-Telomeres-are-composed-by-a-double-strand-region_fig2_323523320
>     Chapter Four: Hippocratic Medicine and Greek Tragedy
>     https://brill.com/view/book/9789004232549/B9789004232549-s005.xml
>     https://www.etymonline.com/word/*weid-?ref=etymonline_crossreference
>     https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=*weis-
>     PS - sadly or happily, that same Public Broadcasting Service email
>     announces Niall Ferguson's new TV show Networld, tragically or
>     comically, debuting on March 17, the night I was supposed to see
>     /Twelfth Night/, the night on which Saint Patrick drove the snakes
>     out of Ireland.
>     https://www.pbs.org/video/niall-fergusons-networld-preview-cpi5cf/?utm_source=whattowatchnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=secondarypromo6&utm_content=20200228&utm_campaign=networld_2020
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