Tuesday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘…of rogerian expressions, scottian females’

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(new readers? note the throat tendons)

With all gratitude to Lewis Carroll and his timeless question, ‘why is a raven like a writing desk?’ I would pose the semi-rhetorical question: What does a scottian woman sound like when she tries to speak rogerian?

Now has never been a better time to…!”

See?! See what I have to contend with? A reality full of Doctrine remnants, relics, and large-sorta-like-in-the-movie-‘Alien’-these-scary-organomechanical structures?

I’m at work today, trying to earn a living. In the process doing the thing that I do, stumbled upon agent website and written across the front, the above (example is abridged) statement, accompanied of course with a very good photo of the afore-referenced scottian female.

If you’re here (and still reading), I’ll assume you’re familiar with one of primary (and, frankly, endearing) characteristic traits*  of those who live in the worldview of the Herd, the rogerian expression. It’s a form/style/idiosyncrasy of language totally specific to our herd-based brethren. Hell, I’ll go further and say that hearing a genuine rogerian expression makes it a leadpipe cinch that you’re dealing with a roger.

But a rogerian expression is more than simply a curious (and amusing) quirk in one’s choice of words. It is not an error (grammatical, rhetorical, any other -cal), it is a deliberate use of the ‘wrong’ words. It is also quite the aggressive act, because even, (and especially face-to-face), the roger employing the expression will exhibit not the slightest sign of self-consciousness or un-certainty. If anything, they will be ‘on high alert’. We students of the Doctrine are trained to watch the roger in a situation where a rogerian expression is being deployed, because we know how everyone else will react. rogers will appear not to notice anything out of the ordinary and the clarks and scotts will be laughing in delighted surprise. Don’t believe me?  Here, in the block quotes, are a few of the rogerian expressions that we’ve recorded.

…looking at his paycheck, a roger was heard to say: ‘oh man! Look at how much they deducted for aggravated security’

…talking about  a new DVD release for a movie: ‘no, I’m going to wait until they release the un-abashed edition’

…about to talk to a client: ‘I know I have to give them the bad news with the good news, I just won’t baby-coat it’

(and the most recent recorded rogerian expression)…

…writing in a blog about how egotistical certain real estate agents tend to be an unknown roger wrote: ‘ I have to say that, as a professional class, most agents are much too self-absorbent…”


But this post is not about rogers and rogerian expressions, it’s about scotts and their misuse of language. A scott will misuse language incidentally, on his or her way somewhere else.*  The key difference may seem subtle, as in both cases the malapropism represents an act of aggression. The rogerian expression is a way to exert force within the herd; the goal being to establish dominance over other herd members. Unlike the scott, rogerian dominance is a re-orienting of the focus of the members of the herd, as opposed to the starkly and very intimate one-on-one domination by a scott.

So what does this say about our scottian woman? You best bet is to smile and say, ‘there is no better time than this to do whatever it is you want me to.’



*  see?!! it gets under ya skin, I tells ya!

** if you said, ‘yeah 20 feet through the air, on their way for a permanent landing the neck of their unfortunate prey’…. gold star, yo.


Phuct it Phyridae -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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For the record, today’s Post title is not intended to imply a negative outlook on the day ahead. My clever misspelling is in reference to the view on life that maintains that, ‘there are some things in the day ahead you can control and there’s a whole bunch of things you cannot’. Know the difference and things will go much more better for everyone.

(I probably should leave the ‘positive metaphysic’ to Friend of the Doctrine Cynthia over at her new blog ‘Intuitive and Spiritual’. She is naturally gifted in the teaching of methods for changing one’s perspective on life, for the better. I do T-shirts, videos while driving and the occasional funny neologism. In fact, you would do well to go over there, sign up and see the positive side first. I kinda like the more twisted view.)

So, anyway. Its Friday morning, I’m up and sitting here trying to sneak up on some word herds to capture and add to Chapter 35 of Almira and as the day is trying to get my attention. Kinda like a person leaning out of a 3rd story window as you walk along the street, gesturing and waving their hands somewhat wildly, you can hear that they’re yelling something, but the traffic noise makes it unintelligible. So you continue walking, with much less determination, because you can’t tell if what you saw was a warning, an invitation, a welcome or even specific instructions. Clearly there is something imminent and equally clearly this person, who, by the way is waving from a 3rd story window of the very same building that you must visit. All you have to go on is the waving of hands and arms.

So the thought came to me, ‘the challenge in the day that’s coming to light around me with the reluctantly rising sun, like the stranger on the other side of the bed following an exciting but indistinct night, a shape to the blankets that denies the possibility that you slept alone and leaves no doubt that soon enough you will find out, the challenge for me today is not in the answers I get, but rather lies in the questions I choose to ask.’

ok…back to sneaking up on some new words.



Tuesday -the Wakefield Doctrine-

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


I don’t know why it is I think that major-holiday-weeks are meant to be filled with re-print posts, but apparently I do. There’s something about the ‘sorry, can’t do that, Thursday’s Thanksgiving’, …on a Tuesday! As-in-three-days-before-claimed-holiday-off. But as I’ve gotten older and more mature, I think I’ve somehow managed to jettison some of my joie-de-outrage, a quality that used to serve as a stand-in for normal emotional engagement. Like a kabuki Joe Pesci.

In any event, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’… said absolutely no clark ever…anywhere….at anytime!’

from, like the first year of this here blog here, Readers and Readae, I present, from December 27, 2009

oh, man…what is it now?

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine. Sorry to dissappoint, but the Interview with the roger(Progenitor) is not complete and as such is nowhere near ready to Post. Sunday is a time when I try to get something/anything new in but was drawing a major blank until the name James Joyce flashed against my 3am brain and so we are going to walk to amateur experimental-writing land this morning. And by the way there is something weird about trying to write like this and yes I will tell you something you do not in fact know but the loss or surrender of most punctuation is really hard on the typing. Thank god for the occaisional period although I don’t know how many of them I have left but for some reason doing this Post the way I am I am mis-spelling alomst every third word I promise that I will spellcheck this thing and not put you throught that ordeal or misspelling everything in the name of an art for which I have no techniques be warned though I did look up EE Cummings before I started and at the first opportunity I know I will jam a reference to his stuff. My mother used to have an expression that went a little knowledge is a dangerous thing I think this is an example of what she meant although she died in 1979 and could not have imagined this particular form of acting without regard to justification. Although she (my mother) was a clark of the first order so I would bet that she would have no problem accepting the strangeness of this Post. We clarks are good at that we will witness the second coming and not show a reaction. But she was a clark in all the classic forms of expression you must allow for the time/culture she existed in which for my purposes and perception would be the 1950s through the 1970s. But as a clark she was the perfect selfless-to-a-fault mother and just in case there was any doubt about here type (clark, scott or roger) she has a 3rd grade school teacher. Hey no clark there. Anyway not sure how i got off on that tangent. Damd did i just lose capital letters? Oh well what can you do. so i was saying i brushed up on ee cumming because we all had the wednesday in spring 5th grade english class that started on the poetry and who did not like the phrase and the world was puddle wonderful? but the fun for me was that he did not need to use punctuation or even particularly spell things right and he certainly felt free to make up his own words. i never got much into that poetry thing then but like so much i am only now coming to appreciate things that i thought at a previous time i just did not have the time for. and maybe that is part of what this post is saying to me. while it is not uncommon to put things off, i am coming to an understand only now of how there is not a later for things to get done and as i look back i realise how much time i wasted. this is not a negative thought rather for me this realization produces in me the acceptance and will that whatever i might find of interest today i should and must invest all i have to invest in it now, not later. yeah, yeah i know kind of basic, mature adult looking at life shit. bear with me am filling up the page and can get out hopefully without a topic but no, i stayed too long. so i was talking with downspring glenn, who of course is a scott you saw his interview last week and we got on the subject of post writing and what to do when there is no topic. he is just a scott and as such is strongest in the here and now where all those people live but afterall all of us participating in this Doctrine thing are no more a pure form of our type than we are neither so as an evolved scott glenn is able and quite helpful in working on the development of the Doctrine at least as far as this current effort to bring it to the world. did I get off on a tangent? how the fuck could you tell? this stuff is probably harder to write than it is to read at least you can stop at any point an say yeah that was cute that was creative so when is there a point going to be made and maybe i will just check back in on tuesday or so. and btw i have no idea of what the appropriate music is going to be with this odd little post but if the cat smiles it will be what it needs to be. where was i oh yeah, glenn and the discussion of topics for posts. he said hey why don’t you write about the differences between… and then a number of suggestions most sports as a vehicle for comparing clarks, scotts and rogers. i think he suggested baseball, football and golf i said sure that sounds like a good idea and then he moved on to compare the three stooges which he realized we had already done in person i think talking with downspring joanne who i want to thank for her efforts at working on the questionaire which no else is helpin on. damn i wish i still had itlaics. anyway glenns last suggestion was pick a person in the world that you really hate and tell them how much you hate them and why you hate them. good idea. i hate glenn very much much and it is because he is so scottian at times that i don’t understand…ha ha got you going for a second huh? glenn it is strange how presentation changes everything. words are the point but how important is how they are arranged/laid out/presented/fuckin typed? apparently it makes all the difference in the world. so to complete this minor cycle in the overall arch of the post and my spelling is really going downhill, i hoep that this thing does not decide that spelloing does not matter as grammar and everything else seems to not matter. will do my best to hold on to the last shred of coherency almost done. anyway since we always include some new information about the wakefield doctrine in every post. hey do they still do the prizes in boxes of cereal? i still remember the whole digging to the bottom of the box of frosted flakes looking for the prize that was invariably contained in some kind of white paper envelope that was sealed around the edges in a most peculiar way. the lesson? oh yeah hazel used to use that expression the oh yeah thing jeez what a not to be described yet total energy black hole that hole my hazel relationship thing was. even allowing for the first relationship effect which is cheating here because if you bring up a significant life event i don’t think you should try to control it by laying a in-retrospect i certainly understand what i …blah blah blah but it was the focal point of my existance while it was happening and for too many years after it was over. wtf where the hell am i? where are my caps, my parentheses, jeez louise it is a lot easier to get lost in this rather tedious technique than it is to get out. must find paragraph key…i now it is here somewhere none of the keys have letters anymore shit try something hit any k)y ok {? maye hit1234 nah numbers \

Ah! I’m out! Thank you jesus! I am out of that, that, a lot funnier to read than to write, thing. Whew, man I thought that would never end.
Hey, plenty of white space filled in…maybe I can just tie up a few loose thoughts, find some music and put this bad boy in the category: ‘Keep one as Proptype, cancel production run”

Damn, what little typing skills I had, seem a bit messed up by this little experiment. Alright loose end tying time, (in no particular order):

there was a person by the name of hazel; my mother was, in fact, a 3rd grade teacher (quite a good one, but she was a clark); hey I gots italics!; golf is a clarklike sport; football is scottian and baseball is the rogerian sport.

Alright. Now for some music….(man! I just ‘previewed’ this Post, jesus christ what a mess! am thinking of putting music first, be weird but that really, totally is a meaningless term at least for today.) Nah…better put it down here, someplace for the Reader to run to:



Toosday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘come on, if you don’t grin at something in this post, you’re at the wrong blog!’

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


Hey, it’s been a while since I did a reprint post! This one is good ’cause it’s mostly video clips. (I laughed again, as I did when I post it the first time, so it’s ok for you to read and comment.)

(From November 16, 2012)

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)

I read something somewhere this week that Mercury was retrograde and all talking efforts to communicate were, like totally futile. I think that’s just crazy! But this being Friday and we did have the first Wakefield Doctrine BlogTalkRadio show, today can be an easy day, blogistically speaking. There will be time on the weekend to go into the plans for the next show (Wednesday before the Feast of St Roger at 4:00 pm, EST), plus we have the Saturday Night Drive to prepare for and the DocTees should be hitting their postal targets over the weekend.

So casual Doctrine Friday is officially declared here.* Everyone has their favorite movies and (everyone) has a list of the funniest movies. My List below, starts with Annie Hall, Blazing Saddles, Airplane! Dogma (couldn’t find any clips short enough)

Annie Hall

Blazing Saddles



* casual Friday Readers are not surprised that we can’t let even a causal Friday, list-based Post go out there without some insight on how the Wakefield Doctrine applies! so…casual Friday:

clarks (of the three) are the most prone to over dressing for the workplace, now this is not the ‘over-dressing’ that is high fashion well-dressed that rogers will exhibit …it is more an amping up of what the clark thinks is workplace appropriate dress. So, if we have a clarklike female trying to dress appropriately for an office/administrative setting, then don’t be surprised to see a full business suit (with a touch of the 1940s), but with something secretly out of tune (probably some lingerie that not only was not popular in the 1940s, but was illegal in the 1940s)
scotts to celebrate casual Friday, the baseball cap gets turned around with the bill facing backwards, or if the scott is in, say banking or law, then the wingtips get traded for basketball shoes
rogers usually the best dressed of the three, at least in a mainstream Cosmo sort of way, casual Friday presents a special challenge to the rogers, both male and female, the tailored suit gets traded in for a Ralph Lauren hoodie and maybe some jeans (totally perfect condition, unless they were bought that way) and logos!! causal Friday or not, rogers loves they logos… it’s the herd and therefore it’s good


TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘like a writing desk, sure! that’s the allusion I was going for!’

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)

20161008_115210   lincoln


Hey! Lets have some fun! you can tell, from the photo of the three (clark, scott and roger) over there —>
that clarks are, as a rule, all about the fun! So when our Leaderess, Lizzi (‘Fert last tahhm, ah’m not related ta cs lewis!! ah dooant even kna ‘is address, we simply av t’ sem last new!’)

It’s been said that this is the best of all bloghops. And I, for one, agree, even if I was the one to say it in the first place. So lets get on with the fun!

[Author’s Disclosure: the above (and most of the below were written yesterday…or the day before)… zoe’s text this morning prompted me to complete this here TToT Post here.]

1)  the TToT and all the co-hostinae!

2) having work that is … er satisfying (At least it feels that way during the times that episodic stress doesn’t cause my stomach to ripple like a parade flag in a Force 4 storm.)

3) Una… photos to follow…fer sure!

4) Almira  Chapter 28  ayiiee!! me, I must get writing, ya know? (Good news update: got started this morning)  ok, this Sunday morning update!  I’ve re-learned the notion of 2nd person limited POV and am trying my darndest to adhere to the rules. (I got the critiques back from my Romance Writers of Rhode Island group… took me more than a week to open the first one, but I did… because? Because of the Wakefield Doctrine (see Item 8). And the writers making up this group are not only talented but also professional and good-hearted; the critiques were a nice, on-balance-positive insight into my current writing.  (Mostly I got that I need to watch POV. Not that it’s, like, against the law to write in First Person Omniscient, which it isn’t. But for the sake of the story, getting inside the heads of one (and only one) character at time/scene adds to the experience.) So, once again, I look around my changed world, and, after allowing myself a small amount of time feeling, ‘oh, man! this time I really pushed, no way I belong hanging out with these writers’ I’m back to writing the next Chapter…. in which, we better appreciate the love shared by Almira and Sterling Gulch and the fears and conflict that Frederick Prendergast feels as he tries to be an effective CEO for the Essex Company. And, we might even see Becky Stillworth!  Should be out tomorrow or the next day.

5) stuff   (Hey! Sunday Afternoon 4:01 addition …or annotation or whatever is the cool word for adding to a post already published)    Speaking of stuff… so, here I am working on Chapter 28 and Sterling is telling Almira how he was given a letter by his college chum, Cyril Sauvage and that since Cyril was killed in the war, maybe it was time for him to deliver the letter. The letter is address to his Emily (yep, that Emily) in Circe Kansas. So, on a whim I looked up Circe (the mythological namesake of the town that we’re all familiar with) and look at what I found:

Emile Lévy's 1889 Circé

Emile Lévy’s 1889 Circé

(My! Auntie Em! we’re beginning to understand you better and better, aren’t we now?)

Ok  back to work!

6) Book of Secret Rules (aka Secret Book of Rules)

7) TToT co-hostinae of the week!! Kristi Brierley!  Friend of the Doctrine, Graviteer, ‘Blogdominion‘ religio-cultural advisor. (One of the main characters, Orel Rees, is a Mormon engineer living with his family in Provo, Utah.) Kristi was way generous with her time (and patience) in offering me insights into the reality of the world that this character lives in. Her input on the how such a person (though fictional) would experience the events of the story was invaluable).  Kristi is a perfect example of the good that the blogosphere allows… in that it affords those of us otherwise not inclined or socially equipped, the opportunity to encounter people of such inherently good will.  Very cool. She’s on the Facebook…here has a site, ‘Thankful Me‘  and she loves dogs. Whats not to admire!

8) the Wakefield Doctrine because: the Wakefield Doctrine allows me to understand that, though I am a clark (my predominant worldview), I have a scottian and a rogerian aspect. And that means that when I’m up against something I can’t imagine being able to pull off, I let my scottian (or rogerian) aspect step up and allow me to experience the situation in a way that is slightly, but fundamentally, different from how I would otherwise experience it.

9) zoe  for sending a  subtle, writing-the-likes-of-which-Nabokov-would-have-sold-his-soul-for message this morning and it said, and I quote, ‘hey, where you at???’  Where I at, indeed!  lol… ever thang fine, z   thank you for the care.

10) SR 1.3  yo. One Point Three, binyons




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