I'll let you in a little revelation about my favorite usernames in my virtual sites. First is about my Mikimoto Angel pen name. Mikimoto is a famous brand of pearl accessories in America. I first saw that brand in Vogue Magazine. I got mesmerized by that label, and I thought of using it. I just added Angel from my name "Angela". Thus, the formation of Mikimoto Angel.For my other pen name Mystic Nymph, the word mystic really came from the show Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog. I used to be so hooked to that show. I am also obsessed with mythologies, and nymphs are mythical creatures depicted as beautiful young women who are considered as guardians of objects and places in nature. Thus, the evolution of Mystic Nymph.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The Fact of the Matter and the Matter of the Fact
What is the difference between the fact of the matter and the matter of the fact?
That question puzzled the minds of everyone who attended Professor Emeritus Gemino H. Abad's Centennial lecture about sense for language last Friday, February 29, 2008. I would have to agree that it was definitely a mind-boggling one.
To further explain it, let us first define fact and matter. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that fact is something that exists or simply, a piece of information while matter is a subject of interest or concern.
We could say that both really have a difference when their order in the sentence structure is interchanged.
The noun fact functions often as an inexact name for an idea, a hope, a wish, or some other vaguely conceived “thing” and often simply as a grammatical placeholder stuck into the sentence until the speaker or writer can figure out a destination and a way to approach it. The fact of the matter means the truth about something that is talked about. It is the actual existence of something of great significance. The main concern of this phrase is the real proposition on a controversial issue. We dig deeper on the fact, not on the matter.
The matter of the fact means the controversies behind the existing knowledge. We delve deeper on the issues a fact is raising. We talk about the circumstances a particular issue has.
Both phrases have their own functions even though they have exactly the same word. But if you change their structure, their meanings will definitely be changed.