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LOL Wumanfu, pigmy headhunters. I can just imagine them.
Great post you wrote just before.
Onomatopoeia
… Or maybe the Oompa Loompas, from Loompa Land, The little short men with green hair and orange faces, wearing white overalls, brown shirts, and striped socks processing Augustus Gloop after his terrible accident (in the shadows)
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Willy Wonker and the Chocolate factory!
Mime, Method and Mimickery

"Though this may be madness, yet there is method in it." —Polonius in Hamlet, William Shakespeare

“It is always hard to go beyond your public. If they are satisfied with cheap performances, you will not easily arrive at better. If they know what is good, and require it, you will aspire and burn until you achieve it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

In previous posts, I wrote about the quirks in English that make it difficult for foreigners to master the language. Crazy English is a fad in China where thousands of students shout phrases back at a facilitator; it’s fun, it’s trashy and it works, but Shouldn’t we treat the mother tongue with more respect?

What gave Shakespeare’s work it’s punch? Though Shakespeare’s work sounds classical to modern ears, in his day, the language was revolutionary, he elicited effects from the language through keen psychological insight and a genius for literary invention. Shakespeare was writing for the rappers of Elizabethan England, and his Globe Theatre was placed in the red-light district of town. Shakespeare‘s work was iconoclastic, it cracked open literary forms of the day and galvanised the language with performance to create dynamic communication; the words on the page were brought into full effect through the power of the actor on the night of the performance. Oh yes, I forgot about the sonnets; maybe remember that people read aloud to each other in those days; silent reading is a modern phenomenon. However, I’m writing about the plays here because the plays are well known and powerful: Shakespeare’s drift swelled and crashed in torrents off the stage.

Psychologists who analyse communication reckon that body language and context are probably more important than words that carry literal meaning. The performance of the language even in ordinary contexts is crucial for effective communication.

Consider the method.
Lee Strasberg was a theatre director, teacher, and actor, known as the chief American exponent of “method acting,” or the Stanislavsky method (, in which the actor is encouraged to use his emotional experience and memory in preparing to “live” a role.” – Britannica

The method has been a seminal technique in dramatic performance and it’s techniques for ‘getting into the role of the character’ has proven to be appropriate and effective. Essentially, the method is an intense exercise of the imagination in which the actor identifies with the character in the minutia of every day life. It’s close to madness! The method’s intense play with imagination is far from cerebral; furthermore, it’s very effective. My point is that for shy and under-confident Asian women, there’s no better medicine than a screaming match with a facilitator pushing quirky English phrases.

I discussed NLP briefly in another post and I made the point that NLP is used to break barriers in learning and it is very effective in helping to imprint and reinforce the message we receive and record through a number of perceptual modes and neural pathways. To finish up, I think most people recognise intuitively that a person who is fully involved and ‘in love’ with what they’re doing is going to learn fast and hard. If Asian women are to get a handle on English and interact with him confidently, they must jive with him, waltz with him, and laugh in his face too.
Wu

If you enjoyed reading this and want to tell me that my English is crazy then be constructive, don’t be a stranger.
An Age of Light Reading

In his novel, 1984, George Orwell described a fictional variant of English called Newspeak. In the context of the novel, words would be removed from the language, depleting societies tools for free expression. In his book, Magister Ludi, The Glass Bead Game, Herman Hesse, devised a fascinating counterpoint, a game developed out of musicology and mathematics into a futuristic game woven as a symphony of knowledge and ideas. Both authors reacted to what they saw as the dumbing down of language (but for different reasons.

In a nutshell, Hesse reacted to what he called an age of light reading; an age where The commitment to reading isn't present. Most text is skimmed or briefly reviewed: magazines and verbal junk food were being consumed at the cost of feeding on the written word – a kind of linguistic malnutrition.
So, what’s my point? Although Hesse wrote in German, he struggled with a problem facing people in the developed world. Many speak a variant of English that is communicated more through symbols and context rather than the sense of the written word.
Wu
Oh, there’s a special prize for anyone who can remember the word Hesse used to describe an age of light reading. I can’t remember now but it sounds like [few-eh-ton]
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Very Interesting read Wumanfu.
I really like your romantic idea about nature, above all, when we seem to spend half of our lifes in front of a computer.
Hi, thanks for browsing and getting back to me with some feedback. It's nice to have the opportunity to post some ideas.
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Introducing Webopedia

With the popularity and rise in use of instant messaging, Internet chat rooms and text messaging came the emergence of a new language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media. If you have ever been in a chat room or received an instant message or text message from someone that seemed to be in its own foreign language, this list will help you decipher the lingo. If you know of a text message abbreviation that is not included in the list, post us the abbreviation.

Abbreviation
Meaning

AAR
At any rate

AAS
Alive and smiling

ADN
Any day now

AEAP
As early as possible

AFAIK
As far as I know

AFK
Away from keyboard

AKA
Also known as

AISB
As it should be

AOTA
All of the above

ASAP
As soon as possible

A/S/L
Age/sex/location

AT
At your terminal

ATM
At the moment

AYEC
At your earliest convenience

B/F
Boyfriend

B4
Before

B4N
Bye for now

BAK
Back at keyboard

BAU
Business as usual

BBIAF
Be back in a few

BBIAM
Be back in a minute

BBL
Be back later

BC
Because

BCNU
Be seein' you

BF
Best friend

BFN
Bye for now

BM&Y
Between me and you

BOL
Best of luck

BRB
Be right back

BTA
But then again

BTW
By the way

CMIIW
Correct me if I'm wrong

CMON
Come on

COB
Close of business

CU
See you

CUA
See you around

CUL
See you later

CUL8R
See you later

CWYL
Chat with you later

CYA
See ya

CYO
See you online

D/L
Download

DEGT
Don't even go there

DIKU
Do I know you?

DQMOT
Don't quote me on this

DTS
Don't think so

EBKAC
Error between keyboard and chair

EMA
E-mail address

EOD
End of day

EOM
End of message

F2F
Face to face

FBM
Fine by me

FISH
First in, still here

FOMCL
Falling off my chair laughing

FITB
Fill in the blank

FRT
For real though

FWIW
For what it's worth

FYEO
For your eyes only

FYI
For your information

G/F
Girlfriend

G2G
Got to go

G2R
Got to run

GA
Go ahead

GAL
Get a life

GB
Goodbye

GFI
Go for it

GG
Gotta Go or Good Game

GIAR
Give it a rest

GL
Good luck

GL/HF
Good luck, have fun

GLNG
Good luck next game

GMTA
Great minds think alike

GOL
Giggling out loud

GR&D
Grinning, running and ducking

GTG
Got to go

GTRM
Going to read mail

HAGN
Have a good night

HAGO
Have a good one

HAND
Have a nice day

HF
Have fun

HHIS
Head hanging in shame

HOAS
Hold on a second

HRU
How are you?

HTH
Hope this helps

IAC
In any case

IANAL
I am not a lawyer

IB
I'm back

IC
I see

ICBW
It could be worse

IDK
I don't know

IDTS
I don't think so

IG2R
I got to run

IIRC
If I remember correctly

ILBL8
I'll be late

ILU
I love you

ILY
I love you

IM
Instant message

IMHO
In my humble opinion

IMNSHO
In my not so humble opinion

IMO
In my opinion

INAL
I'm not a lawyer

IOW
In other words

IRL
In real life

IRMC
I rest my case

IUSS
If you say so

IYKWIM
If you know what I mean

IYO
In your opinion

IYSS
If you say so

JAC
Just a sec

JIK
Just in case

JJA
Just joking around

JK
Just kidding

JMO
Just my opinion

KISS
Keep it simple, stupid

KIT
Keep in touch

KOTC
Kiss on the cheek

KNIM
Know what I mean?

L8R
Later

LD
Later, dude / Long distance

LMAO
Laughing my *** off

LOL
Laughing out loud

LTM
Laugh to myself

LTNS
Long time no see

LYLAS
Love you like a sis

MorF
Male or female?

MUSM
Miss you so much

NBD
No big deal

NFM
None for me / Not for me

NIMBY
Not in my back yard

NLT
No later than

NM
Nothing much / Never mind

NMH
Not much here

NOYB
None of your business

NP
No problem

NRN
No response/reply necessary

NW
No way

OIC
Oh, I see

OMG
Oh my God

OO
Over and out

OOH
Out of here

OOTD
One of these days

OTB
Off to bed

OTOH
On the other hand

OTTOMH
Off the top of my head

OTW
Off to work

PDQ
Pretty darn quick

PLMK
Please let me know

PLZ
Please

PMFI
Pardon me for interrupting

PMFJI
Pardon me for jumping in

POAHF
Put on a happy face

POS
Parent over shoulder

PPL
People

PRW
People/parents are watching

PTL
Praise the Lord

PXT
Please explain that

PU
That stinks!

QIK
Quick

RL
Real life

RME
Rolling my eyes

ROTFL
Rolling on the floor laughing

RSN
Real soon now

RTFM
Read the *** manual

SICNR
Sorry, I could not resist

SIG2R
Sorry, I got to run

SMHID
Scratching my head in disbelief

SOMY
Sick of me yet?

SPK
Speak

SPST
Same place, same time

SOTMG
Short of time, must go

SS
So sorry

SSDD
Same stuff, different day

SSINF
So stupid it's not funny

STR8
Straight

STW
Search the Web

SUITM
See you in the morning

SUL
See you later

SUP
What's up?

SYL
See you later

TA
Thanks a lot

TAFN
That's all for now

TAM
Tomorrow a.m.

TBH
To be honest

TC
Take care

TGIF
Thank God it's Friday

THX
Thanks

TIA
Thanks in advance

TIAD
Tomorrow is another day

TLK2UL8R
Talk to you later

TMI
Too much information

TMWFI
Take my word for it

TNSTAAFL
There's no such thing as a free lunch

TPM
Tomorrow p.m.

TPTB
The powers that be

TTFN
Ta ta for now

TTTT
These things take time

TTYL
Talk to you later

TTYS
Talk to you soon

TU
Thank you

TY
Thank you

TYT
Take your time

TYVM
Thank you very much

UGTBK
You've got to be kidding

UKTR
You know that's right

UL
Upload

UR
Your / You're

UV
Unpleasant visual

UW
You're welcome

WAM
Wait a minute

WAN2TLK
Want to talk

WAYF
Where are you from?

WB
Welcome back

WIIFM
What's in it for me?

WK
Week

WKD
Weekend

WTF
What the ***

WTG
Way to go

WTH
What the heck?

WU?
What's up?

WUCIWUG
What you see is what you get

WUF?
Where are you from?

WWJD
What would Jesus do?

WWYC
Write when you can

WYSIWYG
What you see is what you get

YBS
You'll be sorry

YGBKM
You gotta be kidding me

YMMV
Your mileage may vary

YW
You're welcome
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