Magic words: performative utterance in fact and fantasy

Magic words: performative utterance in fact and fantasy

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performative-utterancesThe word abracadabra—the favorite exclamation of magicians—may derive from a phrase in Hebrew that means ‘I will create as I speak’. At least, that is one of several folk etymologies that are associated with the word; others suggest that it originated in Latin, Greek, or one of several other Hebrew phrases (perhaps avra gavra—‘I will […]

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