Res verbositans

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The fundamental ontological character of a participant, other than oneself[1], in a all-hands conference call as distinct from that person’s corporeal body, their personality, their outside interests (in football, knitting, sailing, ornithology, or any other damn thing on the planet but this benighted conference call etc).

This came from Otto Büchstein on his Discourse on Intercourse, whose aphorism convenimus ergo es sharply criticised Descartes more famous formulation, “cogito ergo sum”.

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  1. Büchstein followed Descartes in calling this subject res cogitans, the “thinking” (or, in some translations, “suffering”) thing.