Andy Capostagno, Semeiotikos

Being seriously irritated by the painful drone from the various commentators, during the Rugby Cup and, especially, the great Paris finale, I was saved by using my remote’s mute facility, only to realise that I also lost the electrifying background sound of the crowds.

I set out to find out more about commentating, as the practice of offering a personal interpretation to an event, or happening. I found that the Greeks had a word – Semeiotikos – (‘the interpreter of signs’) – answering an obvious need to understand signs that may indicate potential illness or disaster. The term Semiotics, aka Semiology, the study of signs and symbols, stems from Semeiotikos.

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