[ by Charles Cameron — trump triumphing, trump trumped — which is it, obvs? ]
Both op-eds, both from Washington Post, yesterday, June 10 2017:
My point being that we tend to write as though what seems obvious to us is obvious period, when it obviously isn’t always. A pity.
Why Comey’s testimony was utterly devastating to Trump Boy Scout James Comey is no match for Donald Trump
Oh I mean, everyone does it — I no doubt do it too. But according to Dorothy Lee, Linguistic Reflection of Winto Thought, among the Wintu there is an “attitude of humility and respect toward reality, toward nature and society”:
I cannot find an adequate English term to apply to a habit of thought that is so alien to our culture. We are aggressive toward reality. We say, This is bread; we do not say, as the Wintu, I call this bread or I feel or taste or see it to be bread. The Wintu never say starkly this is; if he speaks of reality that is not within his own restricting experience, he does not affirm it, he only implies it. If he speaks of his experience he does not express it as categorically true.