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A long, winding stream

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram Don’t like feeling like a fish flopping on an August sidewalk? Don’t give up hope. Next week, I begin a new job. I’ve been invited by the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University to teach a course in general semantics. There’s a bit of…

The code of our country

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram In 21st-century America, honor is an option — not necessary, not sufficient, desirable only if it doesn’t jeopardize the bottom line. I grew up playing sports in the Texas Panhandle. On my bedroom wall, I had a plaque inscribed with a then-famous Grantland Rice saying: For…

A word by any other name

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram Changing words doesn’t change what they refer to — but it may change attitudes. Words have been in the news a lot lately. Of course, one could make the argument that what we call “the news” is nothing but words. We hear and read about “the…

Calling Out the Symbol Rulers

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(Published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics Volume 62 No. 1, 2005) Nothing illustrates the power of symbols and language quite like a presidential election. Of course, those of us who know a little bit of general semantics recognize that this ‘power’ lies not in the words and symbols…

De-Mythifying Meaning:


Presentation Proposal for the NCTE Annual Convention, November 18-21, 2004, Indianapolis Convention Center Title: De-Mythifying ‘Meaning’ 50-word Annotation: Four educators apply principles of general semantics to debunk common myths regarding ‘meaning.’ Such ‘meaning myths’ inevitably lead to communication breakdowns, media manipulation, unrealistic expectations and slow self-development. Participants will takeaway practical…

Eating Menus

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(Published in ETC: A Review of General Semantics Volume 61 No. 1, 2004) This issue of ETC marks another transition in the organizational evolution of a discipline. Published from 1943-1948 by the Society for General Semantics, then from 1949-2003 by the International Society for General Semantics, ETC now falls under…