Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Random thought (although I'm sure I've already wondered about this, perhaps aloud and in this very LJ): if bad writing obscures meaning and impairs communication, then how come a whole breed of scholars gained the notoriety that they've got? How did they get read and noticed? It may be that by now, the fact of having read their torturous texts has become a self-sustaining rite of passage and a badge of honour; but how did they acquire fame if their texts were so impenetrable to begin with? Take that, Pinker ;-)


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