Semi-Daily Journal Archive

The Blogspot archive of the weblog of J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics and Chair of the PEIS major at U.C. Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously Blogging

This is well-worth tracking down.

Hoisted from comments:

Jonathan Goldberg: Talk of colorless green ideas is not necessarily incoherent. This was proven to me by a poem that served as the intro page to a volume of essays (to which, alas, I've lost the reference) on Philosophy of Language.

It was three or four verses starting with the conceit of a seed in winter as the idea of the tree it would become in the spring. The last line, of course, was "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously." By the time one got there it made perfect sense. Brilliant.


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