Thursday, February 21, 2008

Scrabbled thinking

Reading the paper today, there was an item about Fidel Castro who has now resigned as President of Cuba. But would people have described him as an "infidel" - which seems to be reserved for talk of someone who doesn't follow a particular religion ... as in "you infidel" ... as opposed to "infidelity" - which, while it can refer to "lack of belief in a religion" is more commonly associated with "marital unfaithfulness or an instance of it". Fidel. Infidel. Infidelity. (Me thinks this is my subconscious* crying out for a game of Scrabble.)
* As ever, I'm not totally sure of whether I mean "subconscious" or "unconscious" ... which according to the Slovoed dictionary (cited above as well) are defined as:
Subconscious: existing in the mind but not immediately available to consciousness.
Unconscious: the part of mental life that does not ordinarily enter the individual's awareness yet may influence behavior and perception or be revealed (as in slips or in dreams).

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