Re: Hi-Low, or Art for Money (Was) Steven King's The Plant

From: phil osborn (
Date: Sun Jul 30 2000 - 23:51:20 MDT

>From: "Gina Miller" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: Re: Hi-Low, or Art for Money (Was) Steven King's The Plant
>Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 22:13:11 -0700
>Actually I had an advanced class specifically on the study of Shakespeare
>and his works when I was in high school. My teacher explained that his
>written diction was embellished, and that common folk were not speaking so
>eloquently. (thee and thou art etc.) I don't know how valid that is, but I
>had asked her about it, and that was her answer.
>Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > But Spike EVERYBODY talked like that back then, forsooth. Its a pretty
> > progression from Chaucer to Shakespeare to the present day that the
>grammar of
> > the english language is devolving to some point in the future of pure
In case you've never experienced this, there are chat rooms in which the
resemblance to standard English is rather tenuous. The participants,
usually high-school kids or younger, but obviously international in
background, have evolved their own semi-phonetic Englich derivative in which
entire phrases are often condensed into a single word that more or less
phonetically sounds like the original English - very much like the
taxi-drivers language in Stephenson's Snow Crash.

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