Metal Language: take a saw and a metre block and cut into
and against the grain of language. What a fool am I - metalanguage
(language about language) of course.
There are 44 phonemes/morphemes in the English Language -
which Henri Chopin once lovingly exploited. You'd all have thought
"cat" was cat but there are three phonemes/morphemes in cat -- K - A - T. I
am really talking the study of morphology here (breaking language down
phonetically). We've also been breaking language down visually and
In pursuance of things broken I must declare that my
former statement - "I love Shirley beyond all measure" - cannot be. She is my
assistant and is married. However, the word "married" can be broken down into
five phonemes/morphemes - and possibly more if my theory could ever be proven,
measured (in metres and meters).
Love is a short vowel, Moon is a long vowel and "cup" was
placed in simple CVC words category one (one of four on the given
scale). However much I want to cup hands and lips with Shirley, this is
impossible (no matter how we laugh and entangle eyes together: hers is a
consonant blend that my name cannot match).
Suffix to say, my friend is my ship on a sea of
silly syllables. Sorry Shirley, it's my age, my homophones. There is
no suffix to "yes," only "no" - as in me (nobody).
Shirley? Shirley! Shirley:
Shirley; Shirley, Shirley-- (Shirley) Shirley......
PS - Would love to hear Victor Borge on punctuation
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2007 8:53
Subject: Re: Noticeboard Poetry (what an
old cuss I am)
This sounds like a GREAT week, Rupert. Why would you want
Have you ever heard Victor Borge's great
routine on (the sounds of) punctuation?