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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rxdxndxncx

Xmxgxnx thxt wx rxplxcxd xll thx vxwxls xn x pxrxgrxph wxth thx lxttxr x. Cxxld yxx stxll xndxrstxnd xt?

o w cld jst lv t ll th vwls cmpltl! Tht gts lttl hrdr, dsn't t?

3 comments:

matt said...

why is the post titled "Redundancy"?

Jonathan said...

It's because language has a built in redundancy: you can leave out certain information and still have a message communicated. For example, you can leave out all the vowels and replace them with xes.

Vance Maverick said...

Don't know if you hang out in those sorts of online circles, but "disemvoweling" is used in moderating online forums. The fact that the message is generally recoverable is part of the rationale.