Verbal Trick

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Austrian-british philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) once said, "To understand a language is to understand a way of life." Every year, new Internet buzzwords are created, and outdated Internet buzzwords disappear. British dramatist and poet Ben Jonson (1573-1637) said, "Language most shews (shows) a man: Speak, that I may see thee (you)." That remark is still true today.

French sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Pierre Bourdieu (19302002) wrote the book, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, in 1979. He believed that people are divided into different social classes through distinction of their cultural capital — non-financial social assets, such as interests, tastes and cultural consumption.

Chinese scholar Ma Ling also believed language is used not only to communicate, but also to form a community and to realize social distinction. For example, people in a certain profession tend to use specific slang, and other people find the slang hard to understand.

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