Earlier in the twentieth century, some French intellectual whose name escapes me now advanced the philosophy of resistialism. The possibly central tenet of this philosophy was the idea that inanimate objects have an intrinsic tendency to resist us, thwarting our objectives. Resistentialism appears to have made little headway in the world, for I do not find the word in my dictionary. Yet, nowhere is the truth of resistetialism more evident than in logological research. As we all know, if we need a word or name to complete some logological structure such as a word square, or a word set exemplifying some aesthetic loglogical concept, all dictionaries and other reference works, normally at loggerheads with each other, instantly form a sinister brotherhood whose sole purpose is to deny us the term we seek.
Borgmann, Dmitri A.
"Order in a Resistentialist World,"
Word Ways: Vol. 21
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol21/iss1/12