Words come to bits

by Kelvin Smith

Words of one syllable aren’t always the most simple, but they show what can be done with limited resources. Longer words, requiring an increased effort of articulation, may lead to misunderstandings, as once and future composite vocabularies splinter and divide into parallel neologisms. Stresses and rhythms of spoken language pass onto the page according to local usage and custom, but leave the separate parts of each word with no meaning of their own.