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#1 2019-12-03 19:36:52

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2444

recantation < incantation, recounting

In an article about the McGahn case (for any of us who may know or care much about it):

[Judge Jackson is] occasionally incoherent. (An example of the latter: 102 pages in, after providing a list of policy arguments the Justice Department presses in support of its claim, Jackson snipes, “unfortunately for DOJ, its mere recantation of these aspirational assertions does not make the proposition any more persuasive.” But DOJ has not recanted anything — Jackson apparently meant to say incantation.)

or recounting. (Why don’t we have a word recountation ?)
Recanting is of course an opposite to affirming, and incantation in this context at least presupposes affirmation that the arguments listed are valid. Anyhow, it strikes me as a blend of sorts, with similarities (opposition being a similarity) of both meaning and pronunciation/spelling. It seemed an oddity worth mentioning.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#2 2019-12-04 10:49:12

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 1083

Re: recantation < incantation, recounting

It seemed an oddity worth mentioning.

Why not indeed. And here’s a fuzzy simbling dragging in notions of recognition as well as calculation.

For those of you who’ve been along this road at least once, this might be a funny reckonation of your trails.

“The facility stated I can’t attend Native services, festivals or do crafts not until I have tribal reckonation and affiliation!”



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