3V0933.02 Fixity of Part Relations: idioms are central (8/12/80)
As we set out the supper on the table, Peggy in her high chair already
was delighted to see the food. “It’s macaroni and cheese,” she
exclaimed, “Peg,” I said, “It’s cheese and macaroni.” “Not cheese and
macaroni,” she argued adamantly, “It’s macaroni and cheese.”
What is she arguing about ? What is the name of this dish to her ?
Is the name an unstructured thing of no parts — and thus not a thing
capable of being reordered ? Or does the order of parts play a
significant role for her in the interpretation of meaning ?