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On showing one of them to Professor A. J. Ayer, I inquired whether it perhaps might be a 'drogulus'...
608 Suppose I say 'There's a "drogulus" over there,' and you say 'What?' and I say 'Drogulus,' and you say 'What's a drogulus?'
On showing one of them to Professor A. J. Ayer, I inquired whether it perhaps might be a ‘drogulus’… He replied that it was undoubtedly a ‘drogulus’.
Well I say 'I can't describe what a drogulus is, because it's not the sort of thing you can see or touch, it has no physical effects of any kind, but it's a disembodied being.'
Philosophical article on verificationism here, in which Ayer's drogulus is mentioned.
One last dividend from the Winchester book (which, thankfully, I've now finished)—a word I hadn't run across in the OED or anywhere else, and am very glad to know about:drogulus ('drQgjUl@s).
Well I say ‘I can’t describe what a drogulus is, because it’s not the sort of thing you can see or touch, it has no physical effects of any kind, but it’s a disembodied being.’
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Entity whose existence is unverifiable due to lack of physical effects. (from Phrontistery)
May 24, 2008