Monday, 31 December 2007
On 'word of - ' what?
A flurry of activity on an earlier post, anticipating the International Year of Languages, which starts at midnight tonight, has presented me with a linguistic conundrum. With reference to Wikipedia and Facebook (et al) spreading news about something, I wanted to say that this kind of 'word of mouth' can be very effective - but that phrase seems inappropriate for an e-medium. We need a new locution. 'Word of eye' doesn't feel quite right. I rather like 'word of click'. Anybody got a better idea?
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Yeah, but that covers all the mediums - speech, writing, electronic - and I feel the need for something that relates to e-activity in particular. egossip?
Word of hand.
Word of light
Word of screen
Word of technology.
Word of internet.
I rather like 'word of screen', I must say. Preserves a nice analogy with the mouth.
Word of keys?
'Word of I'- the following might appear a little cryptic.
'I'- for 'Internet', of course...
We have 'word of mouth'...
and now we can have 'word of I', you know, it has a mental association to the word 'eye'. So, you see (if physically able to do so), you 'see' the text with your eyes, as you 'speak' with your mouth.
'Word of I'..emphasises the INTERNET ('I' for 'Internet', and 'I' having an association with the eyes- you see the text!!! Will.
That's two votes for I(nternet). Hmmm...
"Word of electron."
Word of mouse.
I vote "word of mouse" - except that it seems less permenant than others suggested, and more of a witty wordplay.
Luciano Floridi has a column in The Philosopher's Magazine called "Word of Mouse."
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