Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
Johnston's attempt to bring clarity to a concept by introducing a standard word for it instead created a muddled linguistic and conceptual mess.
I think this Johnston guy was probably a very smart man at linguistics and poetry, and knew exactly what he was doing.
There's no "real" definition of bokeh, certainly no real definition of what's good and what's bad bokeh.
By introducing a word with no set pronunciation to a concept with no real definition, he's holding up a mirror to our own understanding of the entire world.
Pretty much in the same way that Claude LÚvi-Strauss was talking about 'floating signifiers', something that has no meaning and thus can receive any meaning, as does the word bokeh have no pronunciation and thus can receive any pronunciation.