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Poem: "The Quicksilver Linguist" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Quicksilver Linguist"

This poem was inspired and sponsored by laffingkat.  I used personal experience, the Internet Slang Dictionary, and LOLcat Translator for additional inspiration.  See a scrapbooked version of this poem.


The Quicksilver Linguist


Language tends to crystallize
and stay relatively stable over time

but then
for reasons not always clear
it can decrystallize
and flow like quicksilver.

The slow steady change
abruptly becomes a flood,
washing away conventions
with brook-swift babble.

You can either surf it,
or get swamped by it;
you can't stop it.

BTW, linguists aren't English teachers.
While the grammar police
are still wondering WTF is going on,

the quicksilver linguist
is already online,
mousing with one hand,
texting with the other,
and reading l33tspeak on the screen.

O hai!  Nu werdz!

The quicksilver linguist
pounces like kitteh on katnip.

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laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: July 7th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Brava! I absolutely adore this! And those links may come in handy. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm happy to hear that. I actually did another, even longer, poem tonight using acronyms: "RUT?"
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: July 7th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

"RUT?"

No, I are kawfy.


Fun poem!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Yeah, but it's going to need a glossary or something like that. "RUT" was listed as "Are you there?"
flutterbychild From: flutterbychild Date: July 7th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
A poem that made me both think and giggle! I like it very much.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That's what I aim for!
jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: July 7th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, exactly! Thanks! :)
eseme From: eseme Date: July 7th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I agree that l33tpseak is a language, I hope it doesn't take over. I am grounded enough in the existing language that I find it hard to follow and reading it slows me down.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

It's not a language unto itself, more a dialect of English. I find it hard to follow too. Some people are quite fluent, though.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: July 7th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a fun poem!
blue_meridian From: blue_meridian Date: July 7th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice!!
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