Sometimes ordinary language tells us far more about social life than we at first realize.
For example, take two common phrases:
“I can’t believe it”
“Let it sink in…”
What’s going on when we say that? Or, better put, when do we say that? And what does it tell us about the word “belief” — a word we usually use as if it names some pristine interior realm that’s only secondarily projected out and expressed in public. Continue reading