It was only by a quirk of chance - a swerve - that this ancient epic didn't vanish from human knowledge entirely.
It's not even clear that Poggio and his humanist contemporaries recognized the full implications of unleashing it again on the world, but unleash it they did, and civilization is still grappling with the fallout.
But how did the Western world pull itself out of this pit?
What brought about the rekindling of light and reason in the Renaissance?
The Global Language Monitor's Annual Survey of Global English recently revealed the official word for 2014, and it's not even a word at all.
According to the survey, the heart emoji is the Top Word for 2014, beating out the entire canon of the English language, including Ebola and the Pope.
According to Epicurus, recognizing and accepting this truth would bring a sense of wonder and serenity, and would free us to live lives devoted to happiness and pleasure.In it, Lucretius lays out a worldview derived from the teachings of his philosophical idol, the Greek thinker Epicurus.In Epicurus' view, the only fundamental components of existence are the atoms: discrete, indestructible, invisibly tiny particles that combine in a vast diversity of patterns to form everything that exists in the universe, from planets to human beings.While it's slightly concerning that our top word is in fact a symbol, the fact that an emoji is the winner points to an even larger commentary on our society as a whole, and the way in which we chose to express ourselves in the modern era.Like language itself, the language of dating is in constant flux, and continues to reflect both our use of technology and our cultural fear of commitment.Używamy plików cookie, aby pomóc w personalizacji treści, dostosowywać i analizować reklamy oraz zapewnić bezpieczne korzystanie z serwisu.