Der griechische Spruch lautet: “Lobst du dein Haus nicht, dann stürzt es ein und du wirst drin sein”.


A Greek proverb says: “If you don’t praise your home, it’ll break down and you’ll be underneath”.

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A unique “ego”

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Alle Becher haben gleich ausgesehen, so dass ich meinen nicht finden konnte. Diese Bekannte, von Beruf Psychiaterin, markierte also einen und gab ihn mir. Ich bemerkte, dass das Wort “Ich” meinen Becher nicht besser markiert als ihren, zumal dieses griechische Wort “Ego” in ihrer Schrift da steht. Sie konterte, dass ich der einzige war, der eine Markierung auf dem Becher wollte und bekam, so dass man leicht identifizieren kann, welches “Ich” gemeint ist.

“Ich” ist ein Indexikalausdruck. Bravo Ria.

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All cups were the same, so I couldn’t find my own. Then, this psychiatrist friend on the boat said: “Wait, I’ll mark yours for you” and wrote simply “Ego” instead of my name. I said that this is not identifying me more than her, let alone if it’s written with her writing character. And then she said “Yes, but it’s the only one that’s marked, so it can be easily identified”.

Well said, Ria. “I” is an indexical.