Feb. 2nd, 2016

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"But what if we're words speaking only of words?"
Some of them said, solemn-stanced, subtle-smirked.
Later they whispered apart:
"Words without things are the blank of the start.
Think of the things we will think when we're smart!"

Different side, same space, Herd Two of the thirds:

"But what if just things speak of things, sans words?"
They said, slouch-pocketing hands in sighed shrugs.
Later in huddling hopping group hugs:
"Things without words are the blank of the end.
Think of the words we won't need to defend!"

"Suppose that a word should emerge from a thing?"
Came from a more scattered corpus, mid-ring.
Those by the rims squadded up in an O:
"Look at the things thinking words could be spoken!"
"What are these words seeking things in mid-ocean?"
Howled: "Halve the sky till there's stones in a quotient!"

Later, in exile, we routed observed:
"This thing that has hit us emerged from a word.
There's no stone in a shoe quite like coming in third.
Though all has gone blank where we came from, we've heard."

"With you gone, we've shoved past mere words and their violence.
Look at these things that we've found in the silence!"
Read postcard emojis group-sent to our islands.

"Now that all's clear
There is nothing to hear!"
Echoed endlessly out of the others' screamed cheer.

These never listened.
Those never read.
Past that there isn't a thing to be said.
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I never actually hear Trump speak - in fact, barely remember what he sounds like - so I haven't really understood the #yuge mockery. I assumed he was just being made fun of for saying a childsh word a lot, but apparently people who say yooj rather than hyooj are considered unclassy?

I think I mostly say yooj. And I hear them the same, or anyway I don't notice who's saying which unless someone highlights it. My mother says hyooj but I always assumed that was an Anglicism/patricianism her own mother frowned into her. My father said it, too, but I assumed THAT was because he worshipped the OED - every time we had a disagreement it would turn out we were both right, but I was righter because the second pronunciation listed was always the American one. That's just how Oxford sees us. So yooj must be the local one where I'm from?

I think I do switch to hyooj when I want to lengthen the word. Yooj, yoooooj, hyoooooooj = huge, huger, hugest. Probably I thought everyone did that. Clearly I speak nothing fluently.

(Adding: I think the Scots-influenced places I've lived since 2003 have all been hjooj ones, probably adding to my confusion about which one I say. It wasn't till I moved up here that I noticed a half-Carolina accent, and people back home have mentioned I've come to sound Canadian again. Maybe I've gone hyooj too and just don't catch myself doing it. I was very amused when I met Julie that she had absolutely no idea that her regional accent differed from mine - she thought we both spoke identical TV-American. (Vancouver accent is much more Americanized than the standard Ontario one in older people, but the differences do get more subtle with younger people, though all generations do seem to share a different "center of gravity" to their speech, where they speak a little higher and a little softer than we do a la the Irish; they can of course get very loud, e.g. in the presence of hockey, but it's a different quality of loudness, giving a curious note of reasonable complaint even to their screams of rage.) And it does seem to be widespread that Canadians can't actually hear that they're using a different diphthong than Yankee U.S.ers for "about" - they don't seem to have a countermockery to "aboot" anyway. T.V. is a third kind of parent, I guess.)


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