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  •  Then you have to deal with accents. (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans only understand speech accented with oozing, pungent hatred.

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:11:21 PM PST

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    •  Funny you should say that. (1+ / 0-)
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      There's a lot of research being done right now in the field of cognitive linguistics with regard to literature.  One of the models being used is the Sanskrit concept of rasa - an element of expression that contains an affective prompt which allows the reader to make a personal connection with implicit emotion in the text.  I'm noticing that Up-Goer Five rejects most of the common words with positive rasa, but it accepts words like hate, fear, death, fight, crazy, angry, hurt.

      •  Negativity is easier, ergo more common. (1+ / 0-)
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        But I can see how UGF would have a Newspeak effect if used routinely.  Actually, Orwell kind of got Newspeak wrong - you don't make people pile on words to describe bad as "doubleplusungood": You make it harder to describe good, so they're constantly focused on irritation, hate, and fear.

        Pour yourself into the future.

        by Troubadour on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:24:04 PM PST

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