Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal on art:
One of the important things to remember when having grownup conversations is that words get their meanings from us and the way we use them. They are not handed down and set in stone.
This becomes a problem when trying to have a conversation with an ordinary sounding word like art, that doesn’t have a rigid definition like train or vegetable.
In a recent conversation at a magic gathering, we were discussing whether magic could be considered an art form. In recent years (when I realized that you can’t always lean on dictionary definitions of words to do your deciding for you) that in everyday use, when most people use art simply as a snobby sophisticated substitute for good, much in the same way that people will say utilize when use will do perfectly well.