Because it moves and evolves and nests itself within the host objects of
culture and media like a virus. Because it starts with its own context and
eventually merges and recontextualizes. Because it continues to exist in new
tongues long after the speech in which it originated has died yet the
individual words continue to live and often go on to mean something else.

Watch a new word or phrase grow and spread inside a culture. Some come and
go like a brief flareup, some mature and survive. Some lie dormant for a
long time within the nerves of our communications systems, opportunistically
waiting for a fresh outbreak.

on 10/27/04 1:02 PM, Ken Armstrong at [log in to unmask] wrote:

At 11:03 AM 10/27/2004 -0700, Francis Gavin wrote:

And I said that those voices moved through the
culture and lived in literature like a virus because language is a virus.


How so is language a virus?

Ken A.