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Word-Farming

First Impression(s): Interesting to this escriteur owing to its origins, being the first printed sheet from a printing press. Considering the laborious work of setting movable type (wood block or metal type characters), the first ‘virgin’ sheet of paper was the final test to see whether the typesetter and inker had done their job correctly (hence why first impressions are so important).

nb. I’m fascinated how terminology functions like dialect given time. There are many examples like Knock on wood, Bodge, Shoddy that escape into the wider lexical environment.

double-nb. There’s evidence to suggest that a large amount of grammatical rules we use today – everything from commas to quotation marks – actually comes from a printers need to regulate movable type in a limited space. So that means that language itself; communication, conversation, and the way that sentences and thoughts are constructed owes some of their current usage to the physical process of reproduction – not just the realm of personal emotional expression as we might have thought… I don’t know what that points to; that humans and their objects are involved in a process of co-creation of each other?

triple-nb. One of the earliest recorded forms of the printing press was the Mesopotamian stone cylinder, used on wet clay circa 3500BC!

Solnit’s Ax

…hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency…

You row forward looking back, and telling this history is a part of helping people navigate the future. We need a litany, a rosary, a sutra, a mantra, a war chant of our victories. The past is set in daylight, and it can become a torch we can carry into the night…

Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities 2016

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