Scorekeeping in a Language Game

 

©Richard Hanley 2009
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(Psst...) If you promise not to mention that

Keep it under your hat

Temporize when I'm up to bat

We can talk

What I want to say is gonna be rough

Not good off the cuff

Shift the boundary and true enough

We can talk



Accommodation, attention, all dependin' on the situation

And for some reason it's easier to raise the bar

Current behavior, acceptable—tomorrow won't know (if) I'm coming or 

Going to plan—it's just your way of keeping score

 

Tell me what is a poor boy to do

Where is the glory?

There's a nice knock-down argument for you

Which is to be master?

 

If I must I'll be presupposing

The rest of the story

But I mustn't do any such thing

Must I?

 

Accommodation, attention, all dependin' on the situation

And for some reason it's easier to raise the bar

Current behavior, acceptable—tomorrow won't know (if) I'm coming or 

Going to plan—it's just your way of keeping score 



You're not properly ignoring something if you're not ignoring it

And if things aren't up to standard, you could acquiesce in lowering it

 

(Psst...) If you promise not to mention spit

Keep exes and whys out of it

Shift the boundary a little bit

We can talk
We can talk 


Constitution, regulation, specify the kinematics of a well-run conversation

Confusing, hard to call, but it's better than false, unwarranted or trivial


Accommodation, attention, all dependin' on the situation

And for some reason it's easier to raise the bar

Current behavior, acceptable—tomorrow won't know (if) I'm coming or 

Going to plan—it's just your way of keeping score