Cant, Can’t, Kant and Decant

It’s cant that you can’t decant the wine.  Did  Immanuel Kant say this?

Cant, A Gentleman's GuidCant-Noun, meaning hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, also a phrase or catchword that is temporarily in fashion

Can’t-contraction for can not

Kant– A German philosopher who is considered the  father of modern philosophy. According to Wikipedia, he “argued that the human mind creates the structure of human experience, that reason is the source of morality, that aesthetics arises from a faculty of disinterested judgment, that space and time are forms of our sensibility, and that the work as it is “in-itself” is independent of our concepts of it.”

Decant-verb, meaning to gradually pour wine or some other liquid from one container to another without disturbing the sediment.

The Little Engine That Could was famous for saying “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”  How much responsibility do we have for what we can accomplish or can’t accomplish?

Is it cant to say you are woke (aware) of a topic, high key about an idea,  or in a calm (cool) ship (relationship)?

Would you drink red wine if it were not decanted?

Are you a can-do or can not do kind of person?  Do you use cant in your everyday conversation?  Do you read Kant for pleasure?  Do you like to decant wine to drink while you read Kant?  Join the conversation and share your favorite can’t/cant/Kant/decant stories.


2 thoughts on “Cant, Can’t, Kant and Decant”

  1. “Cant” is a fascinating word. In one of its many meanings, it is related to the word “chant”, where you might think of Gregorian monks or salty sea dogs, depending on your mood or social caste. A “cantor” is a familiar participant in Jewish religious ceremonies too. The word has an entirely different meaning if you are in a geometric frame of mind, where “cant” means “inclination”, in either a real or metaphoric sense. I have lived in old houses that have a cant to the floorboards, and I have known people who have a cant toward strange philosophical views (other than Kant’s). I’m not sure where cantering horses or Canterbury Tales fit in, although Chaucer’s knight may well have tilted on a horse at some point. (Yes, I know …. a different sort of tilting, or horse of a different color …. ).


  2. Your comments have moved the cant/can’t/Kant/decant discussion even further along the road than my limited brain could take it. Thank you very much of expanding my mind on this path. Your comments are greatly enriching the content of this blog. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write such thoughtful, enhancing posts. Pat/Bib


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