Friday, April 18, 2008

Drinking the Koolaid

Someone asked me, "Isn't hard to read a language where they don't write all the vowels? That's crazy!"

"Oh, it's not so bad," I replied. "I mean, you can leave the vowels out of most English words and still read a sentence, right? Just look at text messaging." It took me a second before I realized I was almost directly repeating something one of the teachers had told me.

Or rather:

t tk m scnd bfr rlzd ws lmst drctly rptng smthng n f th tchrs hd tld m.


Yeah, I've been brainwashed.

14 comments:

Lee said...

does it make scrabble easier?

Heather said...

Nice try, Lee. You're not getting out of using vowels.

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading your entire blog in the span of two days. It was the most comprehensive look at the FS life I've seen.

I take the OA a week from Friday. Thanks for your service to the country. Perhaps we'll cross paths someday in the future.

Katie said...

Good luck to you. Make sure you read the Department's description of the Oral Assessment before you take it.

Harvey said...

I'm at about July 2006 now. Reading your blog form the start. I love your writing style, you should write a book. I don't know what it would be about, but I bet it would be great!

Geraldine said...

I've been telling her to write a book since she was in elementary school!! It's not just me Katie!!!
mom

Ellen said...

katie, thought this blog entry might interest you!

http://www.languagehat.com/archives/003111.php#more

i love youuuuu <3

Katie said...

Thanks, that is interesting -- but what in the world are you doing reading about Arabic typesetting?

Ellen said...

the blog is just about language in /general/, which is horribly fascinating .. so there ya go! ^__^

Harvey said...

The phrase "drinking the kool-aid" comes from the Jonestown incident!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown

I didn't know that until recently...

Hal said...

Hello, Katie. Like many, I found your blog through sauntering around the internet looking for perspectives on one's early FS career. Then I stayed for the [strike]humor[/strike] humor.

Anyway... This post in particular reminds me: Have you ever heard of "disemvoweling? Because it makes the point you're making here, only it's done as a (mildly amusing) punishment.

The parallel to Arabic hadn't occurred to me, though. I wonder if "arabing" will enter the language, like "greeking".

Hal said...

That would've worked a lot better if I'd put "doughnuts" between the strike psuedo-tags. Blew the joke entirely, really.

Story of my life.

Katie said...

Is this to imply that Arabic should be considered as a mildly amusing punishment? That explains a lot, actually.

Hal said...

"Is this to imply that Arabic should be considered as a mildly amusing punishment?"

I was originally going to put something disclaimerish here: "The Mgmt. is not responsible for whatever inferences the reader may draw, given the vasty fields of experiences the universe of readers possess..."

Then I remembered that Lawrence was a masochist.

{this is me waving my hands in the air in an exasperated wibbly way}

Curse. Found out at last.