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Status, a cultural introduction

Getting to know the word from all angles...

Michal refuses to study the prospect of amplifying his gargantuan Fiction Corpus with a coffee table book on abstract wall art; cites fatigueDictionary icon

I can't reject the idea of promulgating English as a worldwide language. I do question the ordinary style in which the English tongue is presented for study.Pointer

Fortifying a person's finesse for a language isn't like promoting a more accurate crossbow. A language - a spoken tongue - isn't merely an instrument that you can learn to manipulate with a greater amount of precision. A shared tongue can't be uncoupled from the shared logic of a clan of people of which it is a description. A language isn't recited; it happens - and keeps happening as long as a circle of people keeps using it.

To make a student recite English is to cheat him out of its cultural context. A proper teacher has to find a way to introduce it; the perceptive pupil ventures out to seek it.

A dictionary - properly used - can become an influential tool. A decent dictionary will describe a language based on a particular corpus, a body of written works of varying scope and consistency. This corpus can contain everything from a book about literature to some panchatantra stories translated into modern English. I burnt many candles creating my "outsized" Fiction Corpus to form a unique type of dictionary based on the ability of one man to tell a story in myriad forms. It is a labor of love and listening.

I have devised a million words and I have sorted them, reshaping them - not simply to teach the English tongue but to defend the human spirit, and to encourage that soul or spirit not just to recite but to happen.

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Common artifacts appearing frequently in Michal's Corpus

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Understanding the word Status

A word can represent many things. First and foremost it represents a type of gesture. A specific way of speaking. A specific way of inscribing a mark. A specific way of moving your hand. To know one of these kinds of gestures is to know how to pronounce the word status in some kind of way.

If you want to communicate an idea using the word status, you will need to know what other people are made to think when you make the gesture. You will never have complete awareness of or control over the associations or identities that are invoked by a set of words, but you can know what was and what is a single word's jointly accepted definition, at least for a given place, thereby tracing a direction which will help you to understand what kinds of associations and identities are driving its use.

By using the word yourself, you enter into a long-standing albeit oftentimes unconscious debate over its definition, forever entangling yourself into the history of its use. The way you use it, and which other words you use it with carries weight.

The more you know about where the word status is located in the fabric of a language, the better you will be at exploiting its cultural power.

Pronunciation of StatusMargo on a trampoline

I have yet to publish a pronunciation for the word status.

Video of me pronouncing "status."

Definition of StatusMargo on a trampoline

The term status refers to the complete set of characteristics that can define the circumstances of a given artifact or a person, or at least those characteristics that are presumed to be the most important, such as whether something will happen or not. The association with importance leads to the fetishized understanding of status as being something that not everybody has but which you should or should not be striving to get, depending on your perception of the fetish. It can also refer to a kind of artifact associated with the fetish.

Common use of status in illustrative example sentencesMargo on a trampoline

  1. What is the status of your arrival, my friend? Should I expect you anytime soon or what?

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  2. All he cares about is maintaining his social status.

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  3. That's a status symbol. All those gadgets. Nobody needs that many.

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  4. I have yet to come up with a fourth sentence using the word status.

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  5. I have yet to come up with a fifth sentence using the word status.

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  6. I have yet to come up with a sixth sentence using the word status.

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  7. I have yet to come up with a seventh sentence using the word status.

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Usage of Status in Michal's Fiction CorpusMargo on a trampoline

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Michal's Fiction Corpus of Acceptance Literature (FiCAL) is presented under the Bare Bottom imprint. It is currently comprised of six bodies of work, each representing a different pillar of culture and incorporating a wide variety of writhing styles.

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Status, a morphological approach

I have yet to make a morphological analysis of the word status.

That doesn't mean it's not high on my list.

Table of Frequency for the Word "Status."

This table lists in descending order the total number of times that the word statusand any of its morphological derivations appears in the Fiction Corpus, along with a breakdown of frequency by title, the respective rank of each word in the complete list of all words in the Corpus, as calculated both densely and competitively, as well as the percent increase in frequency of the word over the frequency of the next lowest rank in the complete list.

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Percent Increase over next rankRANKWORDFrequency
TOTAL # of occurencesMCDONALDSJESUSSEXTSIGAJACKSONDINGBATS
densecompetitivemodern/sloppybiblical/tersepoetic/high-browhard/fasttalkymixed salad
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I have yet to publish the table of frequency for the word status, but I will get to it shortly. -Michal

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Usage of Status in Death to McDonalds

An aerial view of Dodger Stadium in the foreground, with an imaginary partially submerged Los Angeles behind

A story bible for a comic book series set in a post climate-change California narrated by eight characters who live through a natural disaster that sinks Los Angeles and triggers a war with an expansionist Mexican government covertly supported by China.

Frame #3395

i called minecraft. shes been reinstated for now. her status is under review. she sounds happy. i told her my idea. shes says wheres the money.

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Usage of Status in The Gospel of Jesus H.

A picture of the planet Mars

An experimental science fiction Christology that makes Jesus the hard boiled narrator of his own early years on a bizarro earth made dark by volcanic ash and informally ruled by a man from Mars who sells bottled air.

YOUR MOTHER IS DEAD: STATUS ASTHMATICUS FINIVIT. PACK YOUR BAGS AND COME FOR THE FUNERAL.

That was it.

Verses 17-18 from the chapter called Adolescence

Then, right below it: STATUS QUO: noun. Etymology: Latin: state in which. 1833: first reference. The existing state of affairs .

Verse 23 from the chapter called Adolescence

"She's got the blues," your father would have to say, and it was true: every time she began to feel better, there was less and less hope that it would last; sooner or later, she would have to be attacked by status asthmaticus; there was no escaping its mercilessly tightening grasp, no way of preventing her bronchial tubes with their mucus-forming glands from swelling - what specific allergen could possibly have caused her pain? - when a breeze, a bad smell, or a change in temperature would send her coughing, and make her throat secrete its mucinous poisons, drowning her in her own mucus and consigning her to long hours of hacking, wheezing, and gasping for air - long, tiresome hours, which inevitably sent your grandmother back to bed for months - how depressing it was.

"Hey, Jesus: where's your mother at?"

Verses 47-48 from the chapter called Adolescence

STO, STARE, STETI, STATUS. Verb: to stand, stand still, stand firm; to remain, rest.

Verse 33 from the chapter called Adolescence

STATUS, STATUS. Noun: position, situation, condition; rank; standing, status.

Verse 32 from the chapter called Adolescence

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Usage of Status in Sex for Children

A drawing of a man between a woman's legs in front of another man in a hospital bed

A literature book narrated by a pair of siblings on either side of the Atlantic whose profoundly weird sexual experiences pose a serious challenge to their traditional understanding of mathematicians, marriage, gay young men and God.

Who knows? Perhaps Nike is a totally different man when he speaks French. I don't know exactly how well he speaks it, but I'm sure that - in the absence of complete mastery - Nike must be at least a little bit more diffident. On the other hand, it might just mean that he resorts to a different personality. He might be able to exploit his status as a flashy, young American. I don't know how flashy, young Americans are perceived in France - I don't think they're much of a novelty - but I suppose it depends on whom you ask. Among the city youth, for example, quote-unquote urban manners from America might just be very appealing - not necessarily when they're accompanied by an actual American, of course.

– Title 3, Regarding a Dream, Chapter 2, The Second Day, Part 1, Labor & Economic Reform, Section 4, The Male Personality, Paragraph 2

I was aware of this development; I was aware that it marked a new stage in our relationship. But I didn't know what it meant, or where it was going. So I felt oddly unaccustomed. The piano looked different to me. I had a new relationship to it. I began wandering around the drawing room as if it were completely new to me, as if I were surveying the premises, looking for distinctive signs, drawing conclusions about status or history.

– Title 3, Regarding a Dream, Chapter 1, The First Day, Part 1, Victory & Calendar Reform, Section 6, The Drawing Room, Paragraph 1, Clauses 10-16

Now there is a question: he may have returned because he was wanting, and of all the many attractions he had ever seen, Nike was trying to relocate the one that most appealed, or, on the other hand, he may have returned because he felt compelled, not by the calculus of his own pleasure, but by a deeper need incapable of description, which Nike could otherwise have ignored, but, having chosen to pursue, was finding himself made uncomfortable, perhaps by the very idea that he must be blindly compelled: in this case, not for any obvious reason, such as lust or curiosity, but by a reasonless reason: that is, Nike was aware that he was pursuing not a physical object (not the woman), but rather a status: the state of being near the woman, having the woman close to him. He was aware of this truth because he knew that if he were, in fact, successful at finding the woman, he would not know what to do with her. This terrified him.

– Title 3, Regarding a Dream, Chapter 3, The Third Day, Part 1, Family & Welfare Reform, Section 2, Understanding Physical Desire, Paragraph 4

I began to wonder whether Luka might not be as timid, or shall we say, as easily persuaded, as the man who shares both his name and his friendship to Nike - that is to say, his potential counterpart in America. It would prove quite a success for Nike, because that creature which we call Luke, after befriending, or shall we say, becoming side-kick to Nike, became sort of a lackey for everyone - until of course, the situation became so egregious that even Nike felt sorry for him, and he began forcing himself to treat Luke with a little more respect - but, unlike Luke, Luka is not an insecure young man: he is a man approaching middle age, with technical expertise in computers and programming, a skill that continues to give him steady employment (for the time being, he says) but which up till now has granted him a sizeable income, and - thanks to France - plenty of vacation, which means that Luka has also pursued his favorite hobby quite seriously, leading to his present claim of status as gentleman-farmer, which Nike can only jokingly dispute, since his current partner has indeed accumulated plenty of produce and livestock, gradually investing less of his time in programming and more of his money into establishing a lively homestead outside of Paris - a very attractive location, especially for a household whose most recent member is a cousin of Nike's, a man who - as we know - is not only in Paris with nothing to do, but who appreciates the sweetly buzzing sound of success, and there is no doubt that Luka will soon outgrow his current small-holdings, especially if both Nike and his cousin have something to do with it.

– Title 3, Regarding a Dream, Chapter 2, The Second Day, Part 1, Labor & Economic Reform, Section 3, Comparing Men, Paragraph 7

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Usage of Status in Tsiga Tsiga Tsiga

Bullets whizzing by a statue of Nikola Tesla

A collection of stories featuring a sexy Parisian ghost, a spooky Moon base full of vagina-faced aliens, a policeman with an Irish name, a truck full of watermelons, a flautist, and a man who has to see another man about a diseased horse.

"Status" does not make an appearance in Tsiga Tsiga Tsiga.

- Michal Slaby

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Usage of Status in Sorry Ms. Jackson

Chiseled letters from an ancient stone tablet hanging on a wall

A real play. With drama in it. Talk fast. It takes two hours. Set in a guest house. In a small community. After a murder. Lots of suspicion. The characters learn to listen to each other. It's funny.

"Status" does not make an appearance in Sorry Miss Jackson.

- Michal Slaby

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Usage of Status in Miscellaneous Dingbats

The title of the book at the end of a string of miscellaneous dingbats

A story book full of short fiction stories. An interesting bedtime mystery. A fairy tale. Science fiction romance. Adult life. Uninspiring gay fiction. Horror.

"Status" does not make an appearance in Miscellaneous Dingbats

- Michal Slaby

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Collocation of Status in the Fiction Corpus

Table of Collocation for the Word "Status."

This table lists in descending order of frequency a selection of word pairs that appear in the Fiction Corpus and groups them according to the morphological derivation of the word status that appears in the pair.

TypeWORDFrequency
TOTAL # of occurencesMCDONALDSJESUSSEXTSIGAJACKSONDINGBATS
modern/sloppybiblical/tersepoetic/high-browhard/fasttalkymixed salad
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I have yet to perform a collocation analysis of "status." I hope I can get it done sometime soon. -Michal

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Large Wall Art Depicting the Human Landscape

Life is a spinning sphere with Joy at one pole and Sadness at the other. Each continuously feeding its pair. Joy flanked by the emotions of Trust on one side, Surprise on the other. Trust leading to Anticipation; anticipation leading to Fear. Surprise leading to Disgust; disgust leading to Anger. Anger and Fear fueling our Sadness. Sadness giving way, in time, to Joy; through Hope, an orientation towards Love. Love, an openness towards Joy, Trust and Surprise; the sum of emotion; emotion amplified by others. Multiplied and divided, in equal parts. Such that to those from whom it has been subtracted, we must add. Until we are whole.

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