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  • The last print dictionary

Comments Oct 2, 2011 9:55 am

You paint a somewhat dismal verbal picture of the future of the printed word (hard copy, that is !). It's sad, but probably true that in the not-too-distant future, new generations will be asking; "What's a book ?" ... no doubt phrased in the then-current version of "textspeak".

Reply to at 9:55 am Oct 5, 2011 12:20 pm

I think "You Are Your Words" is a typo. It should read, "You Are Our Words", meaning, "Just as today's scientists are patenting your DNA, we will copyright the English language, and you must pay us royalties whenever you use it, or the cops will be at your door."The future question "What's a book?" will be answered along the lines of "It's what I read on my Kindle / Nook / iPad, duh!" Just as a "record album" went from being a literal, physical album of 78s to a single vinyl LP in a cardboard sleeve to a CD in a plastic case, to a folder of MP3 files on your laptop, netbook, or iPod.Yr Hmbl & Obdt Svt ... <-- 18th century "textspeak"

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