Posts tagged semiotics

Meta-messages: Why am I “on” the island but “in” the city?

Meta-messages: Why am I “on” the island but “in” the city?

Have you ever wondered why we say in the city, on the island, or at the ballgame? Those tiny words convey a deep-seated (and often culturally varied) understanding of the nature of each location. In other words, the prepositions imply our concepts of the “containers” or our “mental shapes” of the spaces: