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HV on Futurist Language

posted May 7, 2015, 2:14 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong
I LOVED all the cool things Huan had to say in this lesson!!! 
*On another note, when talking to some of the families about the summer group sessions, I have had a request to move the group from 9-12 to 11-2 or 12-3.  Would this still work for you.  So far, it seems like it would for most.  The kids would still bring a brown bag lunch for social and topic discussion time!  Getting excited about this venture! 

HV
5/5/15

We're gonna talk about futurist language evolution, any guess about what that means? I THINK IT IS ABOUT SOCIETY'S IMPACT ON LANGUAGE.

MANY WORDS DEVELOP WITH CHANGES IN OUR WORLD. SELFIE REFERS TO A PICTURE OF YOURSELF. IT IS WIDELY USED NOW BUT IT IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT. SELF PORTRAITS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS. 

What does Wittgenstein's quote mean? "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." WORDS REFLECT OUR IDEAS. THIS MEANS THE MORE IDEAS WE HAVE, THE MORE WORDS WE NEED. I NEED MANY WORDS TO KEEP UP WITH MY IDEAS!

THE OED USES SOFTWARE TO TRACK WORDS ON THE INTERNET. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH USE OF THE WORD SELFIE, THE OED NAMED IT WORD OF THE YEAR IN 2013. WORDS COME IN AND OUT OF STYLE LIKE CLOTHES DO.

SOME NEW WORDS ARE PORTMANTEAUS. THIS MEANS TWO WORDS COMBINED TOGETHER TO MAKE A NEW WORD LIKE SCHMEAT, WHICH IS SHEET AND MEAT. THIS MEANS FAKE MEAT PRESSED INTO SHEETS. CELLFISH IS A GREAT MEANING. IT REFERS TO IGNORING OTHERS WHILE YOU ARE ON THE PHONE. 

THE AUTHORS OF THE AGE OF EARTHQUAKE HAVE CREATED NEW WORDS TO DESCRIBE THINGS THAT WE EXPERIENCE IN OUR MODERN WORLD. MONOPHOBIA DESCRIBES A FEAR OF BEING INDIVIDUALS.THIS IS APPARENT WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND AND SEE SO MANY ACTING LIKE EACH OTHER. TIME SNACK IS ANOTHER USEFUL WORD TO DESCRIBE THE TIME IT TAKES FOR THE COMPUTER TO UPLOAD NEW INFORMATION.


Creative Writing:


20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Reflect on the lesson and tell me what you think of Wittgenstein’s message here.


You are now a futurist author! Create a few futurist words or phrases to describe anything in our modern world.

Ready for more? Create the explanation or use it in several sentences that will make the definition of the word obvious to your reader. Here is a great example to emulate…


Smupid: The sensation that we’ve never been smarter as individuals

and yet somehow we’ve never felt stupider. Example, “yes I know I

was able to obtain a list of all Oscar winners from 1952 in three tenths

of a second, yet it makes me feel smupid that I didn’t waste two hours

visiting the local library to obtain that list.” In our newly smupid world,

the average IQ is now 103, but it feels like 97. One possible

explanation for smupidity is that people are generally far more aware

then they ever were of all the information they don’t know. The weight

of this fact overshadows huge advances in knowledge accumulation

and pattern-recognition skills honed by online searching. I am now

smupid. We’re all kind of smupid. An the future is even smupider.

The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present


SMUPID! SUCH A PERFECT WORD TO DESCRIBE THE WAY PEOPLE ARE TODAY. OUR SOCIETY IS HIGHLY EDUCATED BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE SMART. YOU ARE ABLE TO ACCESS INFORMATION IN SPLIT SECONDS. THAT INFORMATION DOES NOT SEEM TO MAKE PEOPLE SMARTER. THAT ONLY MAKES THEM MORE INFORMATION FILLED. THAT INFORMATION ONLY NEEDS TO MORE FACTS NOT MORE SMARTS. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS ADD THOUGHT AND THEN WE MIGHT BE SMARTER INSTEAD OF SMUPID.

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