And so the epic tale begins ...

    Wants pawn term, dare worsted ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner ladle cordage, honor itch offer lodge, dock, florist. Disk ladle gull orphan worry putty ladle rat cluck wetter ladle rat hut, an fur disk raisin pimple colder Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
Wha..? That looks like the string of words one finds in spam email that is trying hard to wind its way through the spam filters. But its not spam and it's not just random words, it's the opening paragraph of a well-known story. This version was written by Professor H. L. Chace, who wanted to demonstrate that prosody - that is, the melody of a language - is an integral part of its meaning.

To hear this story read with the proper prosody, which will make the story much more recognizeable, check out the Exploratorum page on Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.

And never for get the moral of the story:

    Yonder nor sorghum stenches shut ladle gulls stopper torque wet strainers

Thanks to Paul Martin for showing me this one.


I'm pretty sure that academics and academic wannabes are the only people who think that that gobbledegook is acceptable literature.

No offence intended ;)

Posted by Trevor Watson on January 26, 2005 at 07:04 AM EST #

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