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Water mean bag ice? February 2, 2010

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
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In our modern digital age, we have many choices on how to communicate. Saturated with choice, in fact. What if we didn’t have unlimited choice? What if words were rationed? How would that change how we communicate? Which brings me to Anguish Languish. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of ‘Ladle Rat Rotten Hut’ – the most common example.

This is the story of Little Red Riding Hood re-told in the ‘Anguish Languish’ style. It demonstrates how important intonation is in spoken English. It also shows how versatile our language can be. It was written during WWII when many things were rationed to support the war effort. If words were rationed, perhaps, the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut would be common.  It is easy to understand how certain words are used in place of the original. Example – reading ‘Water bag noise!’ instead of ‘What a big nose!’ If you don’t want to read the story, you can watch the video.

I had read the story years ago posted in a newsgroup. Thanks to wikipedia, google and other available resources, lots of information on this topic is at our fingertips. Of course, we have no shortage on words.  However, we do use Twitter and SMS text messaging even with their respective limitations. Tweets are confined to 140 characters – we willingly accept that. Both Twitter and text messaging encourages acronyms, abbreviations and, at times, some creative spelling. We accommodate those restrictions to convey our thoughts as succinctly as possible. They are not the most effecient forms of communications but their effectiveness cannot be denied.

We all influence our language. It changes constantly and our ability to communicate will continue to evolve. Looking ahead, I anticipate using audio and visual images as easily as I can manipulate text today – a topic I have addressed previously.

Until then, have fun with words. “Water bag ice! A nervous sausage bag ice!” Say it aloud. Better yet, have someone else say it.  Know water mean?

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