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How to Make Your Words Meaningless

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There’s a really easy way to make any word in any language mean absolutely nothing – even children can do it.

I remember one time when I was young, sitting in the back of my parents’ car as we drove to visit family out of state. As we passed a road sign that showed the direction to New York, I said those two words over and over again to myself.

“New York. New York. New York. New York.”

And suddenly, I had no idea what I was saying. My mouth was making the appropriate sounds for “New York”, but it meant nothing to me. It was a jumble of silly syllables. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nathanael Green

April 23, 2009 at 7:44 am