Where "down" is in Old England

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 9 18:44:44 UTC 2010

At 12:34 PM -0400 8/9/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 8/9/2010 12:06 PM, Rick Barr wrote:
>>Now I see it's a prevalent phenomenon when "up" is regarded as the center,
>>but I do recall that when I asked Hebrew speakers in Israel why people went
>>"up" to Jerusalem, the explanation was that Jerusalem was perceived as being
>>a spiritual high ground. Some of these connotations may have been stirred
>>into other "ups."
>So we have to reinterpret being sent "down" from one's school, even
>back home to London.  Thus London must be the periphery, and one's
>College the center and acme of the universe.  A new perspective on
>"For God, for country, and for Yale"?
Right.  Of course the full quote ends with the phrase "but not
necessarily in that order".


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