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Can you author a post that contains not a solitary showing of that symbol fifth in rank out of our 26 script-signs (found amidst "d" and "f")?

Asked by PhiNotPi (12162 points ) March 3rd, 2012

Your trial, should you try it, is to author a long (and also normal-looking) forum post that cannot contain a fifth symbol of a distinct group of Latin pictographs.

Limitations of this forum topic:
Acts usually cannot occur historically
Our communication cannot contain translations for Spanish “la”
Many forms of “is” cannot occur
Much of our vocabulary is in violation of our axioms

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thorninmud's avatar

Oh my God, no. I’m far too lazy for that. On top of which, it would suck up too much of my day.

ucme's avatar

Easy….oh poo!

Coloma's avatar

Iffin’ I tock lika hillbilly, yip, shur kin.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Not I, my chum. It is too difficult by far. But may I show you how to omit that mark upon which you put an injunction? I would say it as follows:

“Can you author a post that contains not a solitary showing of that symbol fifth in rank out of our 26 script-signs (found amidst ‘d’ and ‘f’)?”

PhiNotPi's avatar

^^ I wish I could salvage my original post in that way, but alas, I cannot. :(

SavoirFaire's avatar

You can if you ask kindly.

dappled_leaves's avatar

How can you ask such a thing? Not going to occur from twixt my lips (nor my typing).

dappled_leaves's avatar

This brings to mind a bit of talk from Gilmor* Girls (from 2:00).

Sunny2's avatar

I don’t think so, but I admit I’m a virgin at it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hard to do, that.

PhiNotPi's avatar

^^ I concur.

PhiNotPi's avatar

@PhiNotPi No! A violating symbol is found in your 2nd post!

Bellatrix's avatar

Today I am going to cook with my husband and will go to watch a film this arvo. First though, work to do.

Dutchess_III's avatar

PhiNotPhi violated a symbol! That’s disgusting!

How much do I amour you? I shall count a thousand ways.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Shit. So did I. I’m disgusting too.

zensky's avatar

It’s a difficult thing to do, it is. I am insistant that I shall truly kill not pass away in this way, should I carry this forth, but it is a mission I am in capability of doing. Thus far, it has always caught my fancy that to do this I must wrack my brains but in all days wild I would never think it to do.

Bellatrix's avatar

^...look to your last words.

6rant6's avatar

I can. Why would not having that symbol to play with impair your ability to construct postings such as this?

gasman's avatar

An author long ago did a work of writing such as you talk about. Look at Gadsby. Kind of difficult. See lipogram.

ratboy's avatar

If you stop to think of it, you will find that it is customary for our “grown-up” brain to cast off many of its functions of its youth; and to think only of what it calls “topics of maturity.” Amongst such discards is many a form of happy play; many a muscular activity such as walking, running, climbing; thus totally missing that alluring “joy of living” of childhood. If you wish a vacation from financial affairs, just go out and play with Youth. Play “blind- man’s buff,” “hop-scotch,” “ring toss,” and football. Go out to a charming woodland spot on a picnic with a bright, happy, vivacious group. Sit down at a corn roast; a marshmallow toast; join in singing popular songs; drink a quart of good, rich milk; burrow into that big lunch box; and all such things as banks, stocks, and family bills, will vanish on fairy wings, into oblivion.

I took this from Gadsby by Mr. Wright—from among 50,000+ such words in that book.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@ratboy Ah, but can you do it for yourself?

fundevogel's avatar

I could post a paragraph or two from A Void. But you wouldn’t allow it, would you? I laid my sight organs on it by the way. At first it was gravy, colorful folks, odd situations, invocations of words I didn’t know. Sadly I forgot most of it. Gah! Why can’t I drag up that brilliantly uncommon word for a Turkish sword? I wish I could find this sort of thing, but no, I’m just slowing going mad trying to pry ghosts out of my brain with a crowbar. Anyways, it turns out its not such a snap to finish that book after all.

True fact: The copy I had was a translation and it still didn’t print that sign. Crazy right?

fundevogel's avatar

true

All that for naught.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Actually, I count four violations in that post. Just saying…

dappled_leaves's avatar

@SavoirFaire But only owing to an inability to say that digit prior to four, right?

dappled_leaves's avatar

Ah! Now I find the fourth.

fundevogel's avatar

@SavoirFaire But I know plenty a cuss word for this occasion.

SavoirFaire's avatar

And amazingly, most cuss words do not contain our illicit symbol. What luck!

Bent's avatar

In such a post you will find that our vocabulary must adapt to that which is unfamiliar, in which unusual words must act by proxy for common. This old man finds it all a bit boring, and thus I will not tax my brain too much on it.

I can still count only two of that symbol forbid, in that paragraph from “A Void”.

PhiNotPi's avatar

@Bent I count four total, also. You can find two of such symbols in his final articulation.
@fundevogel That should say “I know many a…”

SavoirFaire's avatar

Try Ctrl+F (on Windows) or ⌘F (on Mac) if you want to find all four violations. This trick also works if you wish to find out if your own post contains an illicit symbol prior to posting.

PhiNotPi's avatar

Should any violations not count with an @ symbol in front of it? I cannot talk to/about many particular humans without that symbol. Luckily, PhiNotPi is okay to say.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@PhiNotPi That is up to you as author of this inquiry. I am so far abstaining from using any @ tags so as to totally avoid our illicit symbol, but mayhap that was too much. I await your ruling.

PhiNotPi's avatar

I think that it is a thing that I want to avoid, but if it is hard to avoid, I will act as if it is not in my company.

Dutchess_III's avatar

click, click, clickclick click ahhhhclick! (Dolphin talk)

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