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The dog jumped over the fence? Polysemys

  1. Apr 6, 2005 #1
    From George Lakoff's "Women, Fire and Dangerous Things"

    I am often working to recategorize everything in existence, and this book mentions how we humans use categories. Schemas. Well, instead of finding something really smart in the book, I found these graphics that just cracked me up. :D I thought I'd share them with you all:

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  3. Apr 6, 2005 #2

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    Sorry, can't see a thing.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2005 #3
    What's so funny about it? And why is this in brain teasers?
     
  5. Apr 6, 2005 #4
    Dave, click the link, duh, I didn't TURN OFF IMAGES the forum did

    Bicycle, where would you suggest?
     
  6. Apr 6, 2005 #5
    I thought they were kinda funny myself. I find myself thinking back to ancient image writings and wondering now what exactly they meant. Maybe they were not tales of heros falling from the stars, but a gooey, messy breakfast that the kids took out of the room.
     
  7. Apr 6, 2005 #6
    They are just symbolic diagrams of situations. "Unusual," perhaps. But it wouldn't have occurred to you that they might be humorous if Teo hadn't suggested it in his post.
     
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  8. Apr 6, 2005 #7
    Thats just not true at all. How could you even begin to know what I find funny?
     
  9. Apr 7, 2005 #8
    Call it a sixth sense. If it's funny, what's the joke?
     
  10. Apr 7, 2005 #9
    Im not getting this at all. But it is early for me.
     
  11. Apr 7, 2005 #10
    I am not sure why you would expect something that makes me smile, would make you feel the same way? I have a masters degree in anthropology, and spent a great deal of time studying ancient non text writing.
    One of the posted links shows a sun symbol, with the adage "the syrup is running". What struck me funny is..what if the ancients ment that too?
    It was funny to me.
     
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  12. Apr 7, 2005 #11

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    What does the "TR" and the "LM" mean in the diagrams? :confused:
    Maybe that's why I'm not getting the joke..?
     
  13. Apr 7, 2005 #12
    I don't think its a joke or a puzzle, I just think he didn't know of any better place to post it.
     
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