Now, the Word’s dynamic potentia, the metamorphoses of word’s ancient ciphers, need ”
to shift their force and form” – Sponsor a Word – You can own a bit of man’s meaning all for yourself.
The force of Etymonline.com “becomes more explicit as it multiplies ‘folding and unfolding the roots of its slightest signs’ (Online Etymological Dictionary, Derrida, Mallarme).
The battles fought between the Forget & the Word will “drill themselves into” a ”stalemate:”
Chess, game of the privileged and the indolent, of clerks and monks, the “World of Warcraft” of the Middle Ages. Talking among themselves under the college stones, groping for images to contain difficult thought-webs, the boys hauled up chess, an available symbolic language built on situations they all knew they all understood. It could speak in tongues the Bible didn’t know, and they wove “mate” — that strange Arab word for the death of kings, the fate of kings at the moment when they act with perfect freedom yet all paths lead to death, a luscious image — from their eclectic little game, into the tongues of Europe in manifold ways.
Yet, a Word will always stall before presenting its meaning – in the youthful adolescence of a word, say of 15-20, allurement is learned – a word follows the thieve’s noble lie in loyal assistantship, until the Word learns the true meaning of an assistant, in the absence thereof. But don’t let my explanation be any pretext or excuse for not asking the source to tell you the story itself…