Lichtenberg on the capricious Nature of Language

by Florence Sunnen

“It is as though our languages were in a state of confusion: when we want an idea they bring us a word, when we require a word they bring us a dash, and when we expected a dash there stands an obscenity.”

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg – “Notebook F” in: The Waste Books. Translated and with an introduction by R.J. Hollingdale.