[ExI] Joy in the transcendence of the species

Spencer Campbell lacertilian at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 20:01:23 UTC 2010

Max More <max at maxmore.com>:
> I know many of you are fascinated by the intricacies and peculiarities of
> language. Perhaps you might be motivated to help me figure this out:

Yes! Me! Me!

Well, except that the one area of linguistics I actively dislike is
the art of the portmanteau.

I think the word you're thinking of would refer also to "joy in the
existence of humanity", "joy in the existence of animals", "joy in the
existence of macroscopic life", and on down the evolutionary ladder.
It would also explicitly celebrate all progress in the arts and
sciences. Joy in evolution and revolution, joy in the complexity of
life and technology past, present and future, without any distinction
made between the two.

It'd be a good word.

If you wouldn't mind, I'd be keen on arrogating it for my imaginary
language. You know, the one with a complete set of grammatical rules
but no words to speak of. The one no one, anywhere, is the least bit
interested in but me.

Not bitter!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go pop a few more seriousness pills.

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