Like every blogger I have become hopelessly obsessed with my statistics… 38,32,36…(actually I have no idea what these are). This morning I noticed a spike in activity coming from Stephen Fry’s blog.. Tosh balderdash….titter ye not! For our foreign visitors, Stephen has become a British National Institution for sparkling wit and repartee on the box. The man is clearly immensely bright but seems constantly bedeviled by his own demons.
Right now, I have my own demon looming. An editor of a textbook I am adapting just told me the trade publishing market has collapsed and I couldn’t have chosen a worse time to bring out a book. So I really appreciate any effort with the forthcoming launch of SuperSense which now has me very nervous.
Thank you Katie for posting the link to my blog. As the major retailer, TESCO would say, “Every little helps.” Now I hate that bloody phrase. It’s not even a phrase! It’s gibberish.
In response to the idea that any belief (including supernatural ones) can be easily passed on, I make the point in the book that first they must make sense. A statement can be structurally correct but if it is meaningless then it does not compute. Hence the famous statement created by the linguist Chomsky, “Colorless, green ideas sleep furiously.” Perfectly grammatical but absolutely incomprehensible. Chomksy used it to make the point that language structure is not enough to convey meaning.
Anyway, “Every little helps” is not only meaningless, it’s not even grammatical. And whilst we are on a rant, who the bloody hell is responsible for the current financial crisis… major companies like TESCO’s who suck up all the competition and then finance everything with credit. I prefer the anagram of “Tesco…Every little helps” – “Let every shop sell it etc…”
I feel the wrath of Stephen Fry every time I hear it.
(sorry TESCO if I have offended thee. .. will you please, please, please stock my book in your stores when it comes out?)