A changing accent shows how language parallels politics

North-American-Dialects

Dialect regions as defined by the Atlas of North American English.

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion over whether the American public is becoming more and more politically polarized and what this all means for the future of our democracy. You may have wrung your own hands over the issue. But even if you have, chances are you’re not losing sleep over the fact that Americans are very clearly becoming more polarized linguistically.

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Eunoia, a Novel by Christian Bok, Uses Only One Vowel a Chapter

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This Will Be Lost In Translation…

It took Christian Bok 7 years to write Eunoia – the word is the shortest word in the English language containing all five vowels.

Eunoia means “beautiful thinking” and it’s a very fitting title to Christian’s book, in which each chapter uses only one vowel!

From CHAPTER A – FOR HANS ARP:

Hassan Abd al-Hassad, an Agha Khan, basks at an ashram – a Taj Mahal that has grand parks and grass lawns, all as vast as parklands at Alhambra and Valhalla. Hassan can, at a handclap, call a vassal at hand and ask that all staff plan a bacchanal – a gala ball that has what pagan charm small galas lack.

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