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    Default a moment of topsy-turvy

    "In a world which really is topsy-turvy, the true is a moment of the false."
    What does "a moment of" mean here?

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    1. topsy-turvy = with the top downward and the bottom up, upside down (inverted)

    2. false = something false = a lie

    3. moment = a) an essential or constituent element, as of complex idea

    b) a phase or an aspect of a logically developing process

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    Has "moment" any physical or mathematical implication here?

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    "In a world which really is topsy-turvy, the true is a moment of the false."
    What does "a moment of" mean here?
    In a topsy-turvy world [ a world that is back to front], something that is untrue can for a short time be regarded as true.

    Do you have a little more context? This is an intriguing sentence.

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    This sentence is from Guy Ernest Debord's The Society of the Spectacle.This book is consisted of about 220 aphorism-like paragraphs and this sentence is one of them.

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    no help?

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    Sorry - what more did you want to know?

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    Question Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    It doesn't really make any since to me and it's very confussing!

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Do you have a little more context? This is an intriguing sentence.
    now what?

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    Default Re: a moment of topsy-turvy

    Are we at cross-purposes? I have my information and am grateful for it. It has helped to read the aphorism in the original French, which actually makes the concept much simpler.

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