Sherlock Holmes

“My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere… I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.”

If you have yet to take the time to read any of the Sherlock Holmes stories then shame on you, just kidding… kind of.  The mind of Mr. Holmes is a fantastic world that has so much vitality it will make you look at the world in a whole new way.   His vision will make you question everything, or if his intelligence causes your head to spin as it often does to mine then you can find a friend in Dr. Watson, because he is nearly always astounded (and often annoyed) by Holmes’ abilities.

Word Value

Effect vs Affect

Many people have problems deciding which one to use in a sentence, myself included. Effect and Affect have many definitions, as most words do these days, but the definitions I’m most familiar with made me wonder about how we use these words.

Specifically, effect means the consequence of an action (cause and effect), while affect means, among other things, to pretend or to assume (to affect an accent you don’t have).

Knowing these definitions I wonder why we use the word affection to mean that we have feelings for someone. Psychologically we should have “effection” for someone, because we feel emotions for them due to their actions. To have affection for someone makes it seem as though we are putting a fake emotion forward, using it as a facade. Perhaps that is why the definition for affection as a mode of showing love is considered archaic.  Yet I know people (again including me) who use it still today.

Consider your words.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

I chose to read this book over spring break for two reasons: I enjoy Kurt Vonnegut and I’ve always heard good things about Cat’s Cradle. I am not disappointed. I was initially quite surprised that Vonnegut was including religion so avidly in the books, until I researched Bokononism. Realizing Vonnegut had taken the time to create a religion made me an even bigger fan.