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"This was literally the Phoenix rising from the ashes."

By any measure, Gwen Ifill is an extraordinary individual -- a black woman who has risen to great prominence in broadcast journalism, a field that is otherwise largely dominated by white males.   But the other day she stumbled badly in her characterization of a procedural turnaround  in the legislative processes in connection with the international trade deal now being worked out.

Clearly there was no actual bird flapping about in the halls of Congress, so why on Earth did she say there was?   Well, she fell into the all-too-common habit of using certain words without regard for their meaning, or in contradiction to their meaning. There was no literal Phoenix, but there was a metaphorical or figurative rising from the ashes.   She should have said,

"This was figuratively the Phoenix rising from the ashes."

or,

"This was the Phoenix rising from the ashes, so to speak."

[Incidentally, I have long suspected her surname is a misspelling of "Eiffel", the name of the gentleman who designed the famous Tower in Paris.]
This quoted from a well known and presumably respected financial analyst.

Sure, I sometimes get my tang all tongled up myself, but I am spared the embarrassment of doing it on nationwide television.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.   
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, ....

        from Sonnets from the Portuguese
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

How do I love the artwork of Rene Wiley?  Let me count the ways...

renewileygallery.com/

She is practically my neighbor, having a studio/gallery in my adopted home town.   I walk past it regularly, and sometimes stop in to see what is new.   I don't think I've met Rene herself, though I've met her husband and her daughter (married, and an artist in her own right) when they were minding the studio/gallery. 

Her work is unclassifiable, so far as I can tell.  It is not tediously photorealistic, but neither is it sloppy or amateurish.  None of the conventional labels I know of -- Impressionism, Expressionism, etc -- fits it at all.   It is sui generis.

Any work of hers grabs me in a way no photograph of similar subject matter ever could.    I know that for a fact, because the subjects of many of her works are as familiar as my own back yard.

I like to tell myself that she is showing me, not how the world actually looks, but how it is reconstructed in her mind, improved by the elimination of boring detail.
Nothing important is lost in translation, nothing is distorted,  the essence of things is sharpened and emphasized.     I think it is true to say of her work, as it has been said of others, that it is not abstract, but more real than mere reality.

 

Is there anyone out there to whom that sentence does not sound painfully wrong?

It's quoted from some financial commentator, who shall remain nameless.

It violates one of the basic rules of English grammar, the agreement of subject and verb.  If that isn't clear, perhaps it will help to establish what is the subject of the sentence.

The subject is what the verb asserts something about.  So, what is it that is being said to be at an all-time low?   Is it debts?  No, it's servicing.

It might be confusing that "servicing" looks like a verb, not a noun.  A verb that functions as a noun, as this one does, is called a "gerund" -- a grammarian's term I was taught long after my parents had taught me to speak correct English.   Such terms, and the rules that mention them, are scholars' attempts to explain why correct speech is correct, and why anything else is unacceptable. They attempt to get at the thought processes expressed by correct speech.  If the thinking is muddled, the speech will sound wrong.
Note to myself:  Box2D is the function library on which Angry Birds is (or once was) based.   It's a "physics engine"; i.e. it governs the motion of objects in the game approximately according to real-world physics. I believe it's a free download. If it weren't,  I could probably write such a library myself, but don't care to re-invent the wheel.

Why do I care?  Angry Birds is extremely popular, or was at one time.  The more-or-less realistic behavior of inanimate objects in the game was probably one of many factors favoring success.

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I claim to be a professional artist, because I have actually sold a few paintings, though none recently.

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Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: abstract (algorithmic or mathematical), not "abstract"
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"This was literally the Phoenix rising from the ashes."

By any measure, Gwen Ifill is an extraordinary individual -- a black woman who has risen to great prominence in broadcast journalism, a field that is otherwise largely dominated by white males.   But the other day she stumbled badly in her characterization of a procedural turnaround  in the legislative processes in connection with the international trade deal now being worked out.

Clearly there was no actual bird flapping about in the halls of Congress, so why on Earth did she say there was?   Well, she fell into the all-too-common habit of using certain words without regard for their meaning, or in contradiction to their meaning. There was no literal Phoenix, but there was a metaphorical or figurative rising from the ashes.   She should have said,

"This was figuratively the Phoenix rising from the ashes."

or,

"This was the Phoenix rising from the ashes, so to speak."

[Incidentally, I have long suspected her surname is a misspelling of "Eiffel", the name of the gentleman who designed the famous Tower in Paris.]

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golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
One fan said he enjoyed Shakespeare's plays, but found the dialogue tiresome in that it contained so many old cliches!  The explanation, of course, is that those cliches originated with Shakespeare, and they became cliches because they are so pithy and quotable.

In some quarters it is fashionable to invent a name for one's personal philosophy.   Asked how I see things, I once answered that I would call myself a Methodist, except that the term is already in use and means something other than what I would mean by it.  Indeed, I said that I consider myself to BE a method.   Hence the importance to me of the quotation in my signature line.
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golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Testing new signature line.
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Leiika Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
lol I'm using ubuntu as well :)
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Leiika Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Thanks for the critique and +watch! I really appreciate it!
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JPLafontaine Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014

Thanks for the Fav ! :) (Smile) 

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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
+fav Thank you ! Have a nice day :wave:
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gabo2020 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:
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ilovepumpkin2014 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Thanks for the fave!
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StoneSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Welcome by StoneSorceress

welcome to the Stone Sorceress gallery 
please enjoy your visits :D
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peterbru Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks for the favs... :)
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