Oxbridge anecdote

I was reading Dave Snowden’s latest post on western cultures preference for thinking in categories rather than relationships. I associate this with a liking for the reductionism of lists.

It reminded me of the old story of someone walking down the street in Oxford. He heard only the tiniest snippet of the conversation going on between two elderly men in front of him. It was “…and ninthly.”

I guess that counts as a spirit of place?

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