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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day May 26, 2016 - 9:20am

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 26, 2016 - 1:18pm

Was this actually news to anyone? How about David Foster Wallace? Shake A Spear wrote sitcoms.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel May 26, 2016 - 9:40pm

Beliefs shape language. For instance, in the Christian moral ideal, you gain a sense of good vs evil. This dichotomy creates a divide. But things start to go into it to make it more dynamic. Up is where heaven is, down is where hell is. So we get sayings like "Are you feeling down?" White is good, black is bad. We ask people to stay in well lit areas, they follow the light to the afterlife. This also goes into how racism really began to take hold, at least one of the ways, not the only thing. 

Yada, yada, yada. 

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal May 27, 2016 - 8:38am

I wonder about that ordering.

Maybe we feel "down" because when we're depressed or tired or whatever, we succumb more to gravity. And maybe we feel "up" because we're springy and standing tall when energized.

Or it could be a Mt Olympus thing (the gods are way up there where we can't reach!) that carried over, who knows.

We're probably going to play chicken and the egg with a lot of this.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel May 27, 2016 - 9:24am

Regardless, the belief is still the driving force on the language. Believe the gods are up high, and us lowly mortals are down here, Up and Down.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 27, 2016 - 1:21pm

Dude in the video seems pretty enthused.

@JFD - But there's also "As above, so below."