Restricted to One Syllable

Have you ever noticed that Aleister Crowley's Liber Oz is composed entirely of monosyllables? The intent is clear; he wanted this to be accessible to all, even to the illiterati who run the show.

Which got me thinking: someone really ought to do a lexical analysis of the speeches of Ronald Reagan. I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts 99% of the language he employed came straight from Middle English, a tongue most suited for mud huts and mere survival. You wouldn't catch him dilly-dallying with all those "abstract" words derived from namby-pamby languages like Greek, Latin and French--there'd be way too many syllables to get across the goggle-box to a non-reading electorate.

Speaking of reading (or lack thereof), do you remember newsman Sam Donaldson interviewing Ronald Reagan at home, when he first ran for president? After a tour of the premises in California, head rotating this way and that, searching out the missing, Donaldson queried, "But where are your books"?

While we're on that subject, it's always bugged me that members of the booboisie constantly refer to Reagan as the "Great Communicator." In a previous incarnation, I was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and handled our junior level course in Telecommunications. I always began the semester with a definition of the word communication, indicating that four aspects comprise it. You must have a transmitter, a receiver, a medium connecting the two and semantic content. Which one of these was the "Great Communicator" lacking?

It further occurs to me, Reagan was the Augustine of our era. And the sad thing is, ever since the Age of Aquarius, we've had no Capella to counteract.

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