Friday, 24 July 2009


"Societal, what an awful word!" wrote DH Lawrence in a letter to someone or other, just after unfortunately having to use the necessary word, and how right he was. Through the use of it, and other similar linguistic artefacts, you feel transformed into some kind of machine, some inhuman instrument for producing joyless constructs of all-conquering seriousness; but there is happily a compensation, and that is that the use of such words as societal are a key, a key that provides one's entrance into an arcane fellowship, an esoteric brotherhood: a brotherhood of assholes.

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