Monday, October 13, 2003

A friend emails me this:

While discussing an article on students' use of 'inapproprate'slang or
cliche phrases in writing papers or evaluations of classic works such as
Hamlet, someone added this comment:

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Wh37h3r '715 n0b|3r 1n 7h3 m1nd 70 5uff3r
7h3 5|1n65 4nd 4rr0w5 0f 0u7r4630u5 f0r7un3;
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4nd by 0pp051n6, 3nd 7h3m: 70 d13, 70 5|33p
N0 m0r3; 4nd by 4 5|33p, 70 54y w3 3nd
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7h47 f|35h 15 h31r 70; '715 4 c0n5um4710n
D3v0u7|y 70 b3 w15h'd. 70 d13 70 5|33p,
70 5|33p, p3rch4nc3 70 dr34m; 4y3, 7h3r3'5 7h3 rub,
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Wh3n w3 h4v3 5huff|3d 0ff 7h15 m0r74| c01|1
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7h47 m4k35 c4|4m17y 0f 50 |0n6 |1f3:
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Wh3n h3 h1m53|f m16h7 h15 qu137u5 m4k35
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7h3 und15c0v3r3d c0un7ry, fr0m wh053 b0urn8
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4nd m4k35 u5 r47h3r b34r 7h053 1||5 w3 h4v3,
7h4n f|y 70 07h3r5 7h47 w3 kn0w n07 0f.
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4nd 7hu5 7h3 n471v3 hu3 0f r350|u710n
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4nd 3n73rpr1535 0f 6r347 p17ch 4nd m0m3n7,
W17h 7h15 r364rd 7h31r curr3n75 7urn 4wry,
4nd |053 7h3 n4m3 0f 4c710n..

There's something about wading through this sort of pig-latin gibberishification that makes the language come alive for me - by forcing a limited sort of decoding, it removes the passage from the parts of the mind that read reflexively, and compels one to read the text closely, directly, as if encountered for the first time.

Update: he tells me that it was from this Fark article comments section.

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