Reality Bites

I’ve been pondering the nature of reality recently, as is one’s wont. Not perhaps to the depths of Descartes or Wittgenstein, but pondering none the less. In fact it’s truer to say I’ve been musing on the linguistic concept of reality or “real”. “Real” is a synonym for “true” in common parlance. So when we are told we can read about “the real Katie Price”, we are being sold, notionally at least, the objective truth about erstwhile model Jordan. But consider how this expression is given an entirely contrary meaning in two parallel phrases. Continue reading