Textuality

Language. It’s something alright. You put letters together to form words, words together to form sentences, sentences together to form paragraphs, paragraphs together to form chapters and chapters together to form books. But it’s not as simple as that. People (I won’t mention names) expect this word extravaganza to make sense aswell. And once you give into them, they don’t care about it. The impact of words totally depends on who strung them together.

*Beev Didoski:* “I think green pants look cool.”

Meh.

*Britney Spears:* “I think green pants look cool.”

You gotta admit though, they do look cool. I picked up a pair yesterday.

* Amount determines a quantity: “There’s a huge amount of books on that pile.”
* A correlation means the simultaneous change in value of two numerically valued random variable: “There’s a positive correlation between the amount of parents and the number of children.”
* A mile is a measure for distance: “Only two miles until we’re there.”
* Numerous means a lot: “There are numerous books on that pile.”
* Ironic means a poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended: “Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?”
* Efficiently means to act directly to produce an effect: “Using words efficiently saves a lot of ink.”
* People who are introvert concentrate (one’s interests) upon oneself: “Nerds are introvert.”

The amount of words have no correlation whatsoever with the amount of information contained. Some people are great at writing miles of text without telling anything new. If they talk about some subject they’ll quote numerous people that you don’t care about and will define all the terms they’ll use, even if their audience already knows them. It gets particularly bad when you read research papers. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of sociology and business papers (don’t ask), and they always contain tons of quotations about things that are either totally uninteresting (“Ten percent of all doors are opened less than once in the timespan of one year.”) or totally obvious (“Previous research shows that people lock doors to keep people out.”).

It’s ironic that the people that use language the most, and are closest to it, don’t seem to be able to use it efficiently. The more introvert the group of people, the more dense and to the point the information. Read a management book. I don’t know about you, but I scan through the pages, jump from paragraph to paragraph. Now read a book about automata theory. You have to reread each sentence three times and can only digest a chapter a day. That’s efficient use of language.

It’s a joke.

*Lindsay Lohan:* “I prefer blue pants.”

And so do I.