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Weapons, a cultural introduction

Getting to know the word from all angles...

Michal is kicking around the prospect of augmenting his prodigious Fiction Corpus with a book about literature; cites fatigueDictionary icon

I can't reject the possibility of harnessing English as everyone's second language. I do reject the unimaginative mode in which the English language is presented for study.Pointer

Polishing a person's adroitness with a language isn't like creating a more incorruptible banknote. A language - a common tongue - is not merely a tool that you can learn to use with greater amounts of precision. A spoken tongue can not be insulated from the competing values 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 pupil recite English is to cheat him out of its cultural context. A capable instructor has to develop a technique for introducing it; the wisest pupil goes out to seek it.

A dictionary has the potential to be an influential tool. The best dictionaries describe words based on a particular corpus, a body of writing of varying size and consistency. A corpus might contain everything from a book about literature to some very short stories. I developed my "sizable" Fiction Corpus in order to form a distinct 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 fashioned a million words and I have diagnosed them, reframing them - not simply to teach a language but to reveal the human spirit, and to encourage that spirit or soul not just to recite but to happen.

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Understanding the word Weapons

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 weapons in some kind of way.

If you want to communicate an idea using the word weapons, 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 weapons is located in the fabric of a language, the better you will be at exploiting its cultural power.

Pronunciation of WeaponsMargo on a trampoline

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

Video of me pronouncing "weapons."

Definition of WeaponsMargo on a trampoline

I have yet to publish the definition of weapons.

I'm sure it won't take too long.

Common use of weapons in illustrative example sentencesMargo on a trampoline

  1. Are you carrying any weapons in your vehicle, sir? I ask because I know some of you like to carry weapons.

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  2. We heard weapons fire over the hill so we came running as fast as we could.

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  3. They're the ones who called for a weapons embargo and now they're regretting it.

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

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

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

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

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Usage of Weapons 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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Weapons, a morphological approach

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

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

Table of Frequency for the Word "Weapons."

This table lists in descending order the total number of times that the word weaponsand 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 weapons, but I will get to it shortly. -Michal

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Usage of Weapons in Death to McDonalds

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Frame #6410

redbox thinks we should leave half the weapons here on mount washington. in case we have to assault the bridge. im inclined to agree.

Justin Bieber

23 December, 12:05 PM

Frame #3605

hectors willing to get twitter across for ten cleve plus weapons. whatever i can offer he says.

Chase Credit

9 September, 5:37 PM

Frame #6420

im going to stay on mount washington. with about half the weapons. the barge will dump the rest at casanova. then head back to palos verdes.

Justin Bieber

23 December, 12:15 PM

Frame #4215

the wells fargo isnt smuggling weapons into the country. its smuggling women out. from catalina they probably get shipped to china.

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29 September, 2:26 PM

Frame #6427

ive got my weapons off the barge. all thats missing now is a passenger.

Justin Bieber

23 December, 12:22 PM

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Usage of Weapons 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.

Did the first man who successfully defended himself against one of those predators do so with a weapon? If so, whether that weapon was a rock, a spear, a bone, or a horn, did he throw it? or did he hold it in his hand? More importantly, did the first man to hunt down successfully one of those predators do so by holding his weapon? or by throwing it? Which was preferred? Which left the most men living? Which was admired more by the womenfolk? Are we the children of those who threw their weapons? or those who held them?

Verse 4 from the chapter called Arms

He had no idea what the hell those weapons were doing in his uncle's store - but, if he couldn't yet distinguish a rifle barrel from his butthole, at least there was one thing Jesus did notice. The shiny, black nine millimeter pistols with double-action triggers and fifteen-shot magazines were familiar. They were Italian Berettas - like the one I purchased from Goofy - except that these guns were still showing off their serial numbers. They were standard NATO issue - and if one of them was worth four hundred dollars for one's friend, who knew how much they'd be worth for one's enemy.

Verse 14 from the chapter called Arms

"I'm paying you to deliver weapons; if those weapons aren't delivered, I'm holding you responsible."

Verse 161 from the chapter called Arms

"I don't get it."

"They're selling weapons to a Martian."

They were stunned.

Verses 299-301 from the chapter called Arms

"Shut up and listen," said the Krupnik. "That doesn't concern you: where the weapons are going. What concerns you is where the fuck you're going. You're gonna go with me to another car; we're gonna take that car to the Old Town. We're gonna find Nigel; he's going to figure out what the fuck we're going to do about you. He has to pay your sorry little ass - do you understand?"

"Yes, I understand," said Jesus.

Verses 88-89 from the chapter called Arms

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Usage of Weapons 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.

"You will have a brief audience: that is all," said the man. He made a search for weapons; Nike obliged. Then, he was taken down the long and creepy hallway. There was music playing to his left, but very faintly. There were many doors, but all of them were closed.

– Title 3, Regarding a Dream, Chapter 5, The Fifth Day, Part 2, Science & Reform Schools, Section 14, Getting to the Heart of a Matter, Paragraph 49

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Usage of Weapons 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.

The helmet moved. A rider on horseback emerged from behind the rocks. The man was armed. A quiver was on his back. The rest of his weapons were hidden by the barrel of his horse. He approached obliquely. Gog thought he could see a spearhead-perhaps a scabbard.

Gog drew the straight sword of Asvin with one hand; the sickle sword of Mithra with the other. The great sword he left sheathed in his belt.

– from “In the Beginning, There was Gog,” a fantasy story featuring a frank discussion of what the world is all about

The woman cried, "I will." She picked up the weapons. She added, "As soon as I have stood on the bridge and peered into the underworld." She faced Gog with her legs astride. "For now, I am a warrior. We have a land to conquer."

Gog was impressed by this audacity. He accepted the woman as his consort. The people recognized her as Magog, living embodiment of the light of Mithra.

– from “In the Beginning, There was Gog,” a fantasy story featuring a man who thinks he can meet the gods

Gog laughed. "I have an army."

"If that's what it pleases Your Lordship to call it."

"It's too bad the women of Sargon's harem only taught you to use a sharpened tongue. If I weren't afraid you would cut off your toes with it, I might give you a real sword."

Enkidu replied, "A quick wit is the greatest of weapons."

– from “In the Beginning, There was Gog,” a fantasy story featuring a sharp sword

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Usage of Weapons 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.

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

- Michal Slaby

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Usage of Weapons 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.

Steve saved me. He finally found a guy named Dave who was willing to procure some supplement. All Steve had to do was give Dave money and he would walk down to the street to pick it up. He told Steve to wait on the patio otherwise the deal might not go down. Dave left with Steve's money. He never came back. The bar girl had some information. She told us Dave worked for the guy who owned the bar. He helped him fix roofs. She wasn't surprised we were looking for him. She didn't know where he went. I asked if Dave carried any weapons. The girl claimed not to know anything and then shut up.

– from “Woodstock,” a life story based on somebody's real life, namely the author's

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Collocation of Weapons in the Fiction Corpus

Table of Collocation for the Word "Weapons."

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 weapons 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 "weapons." I hope I can get it done sometime soon. -Michal

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