Having started my studies in earnest today, even though my course doesn’t officially begin for another week I just wanted to share what I learned today. The course I am studying is a sociolinguistics course with the Open University, and it focusses on the function of wordplay within informal language. Very interesting and quite apt when it comes to the nature of blogging and conversing online. I plan to write posts about fascinating linguistic stuff as I come across it, with my next piece being focussed on ‘wordplay’, an oddly recurring theme with various blogging pals, and one of my favourites actually. So it’s lucky for me that it forms part of my study. I’m also quite excited because it means I will have full access to the OED online once again as I am a fee-paying student, usually annual subscription is exorbitant. Why is it exciting? Because it includes full etymological listings. I know… nerdy huh? I am however, a writer and language nerd to the core and proud. Squiggles and verbal noises just do it for me [grinning].
Wordplay: Fact or fiction? We curry favour by playing with the truth, if there ever is such a thing. Good and effective communication is a negotiation of trust between two or more parties, and if you have that trust then the truth is what ever you wish it to be, even if all parties involved know you are just playing.