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Aug. 16th, 2007

05:24 pm - WORD cord chord chard char chai chain CHAINS chain chin chi ahi Ari ARE fare far fan FUN

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After I wrote my LJ post about word chains, I wanted to try using them to morph a whole sentence into another. Example:

I have a car.
Bi cave as cat.
By care is hat.
My car is hit.
My car is wit.
My car is whit.
My car is white.

But I quickly ran into trouble. Both sentences must contain exactly the same number of words, and must use only words that can be used in word chains using the rules I came up with in the previous post. This makes it really hard to come up with interesting sentences. I have a car, my car is white, whoopty-doo.

But suppose I wanted to do something like morph the old adage "Look before you leap" into the contradictory adage "He who hesitates is lost". One sentence has 4 words, the other has 5. This difference, it strikes me, is easy to overcome; I can make a word disappear entirely by shrinking it down to one letter and removing it in the next step, and I can introduce an extra word by the reverse of this process. Thus, I can create the word "is" by introducing "I" into the sentence and then adding an S to it. But what about that word "hesitates"? The only word I can think of to turn it into in one step is "hesitate", and then I get stuck. And "before" gives me similar problems.

So I decided to add a new rule: if I need to change to or from a word and can't do it in one step, I may perform two steps at once. Thus, I can change "before" into "fore", and "hesitate" into "gestate". This allows me to have the following:

Look before you leap.
Hook fore yon I lead.
Hoop wore con is lad.
Hop woe can is lag.
Hep woo cat is log.
He who eat is lot.
He who seat is lost.
He who stat is lost.
He who state is lost.
He who estate is lost.
He who gestate is lost.
He who hesitate is lost.
He who hesitates is lost.

Anybody else wanna try it?


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Date:August 16th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
You could also assert that space is a character that can be added or removed or changed.

insert/remove space examples.
Saturn -> sat urn
Sun day -> sunday

character to space/space to character examples:
boomerang -> boom rang
your elf -> yourself

The later is probably more in keeping with the original idea but more difficult to use.
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Date:August 17th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
The main holdup was turning penny into goes, so I played with the other words in between.

A penny saved is a penny earned
ha pen caved in pen darned
ham pin caver tin pin dared
has sin cave tint pine dare
hag sun cape mint pane dart
had suns cap mist cane dark
hat sues sap moist care darn
that rues sup most cake dawn
chat roes cup mast coke down
what goes up must come down
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Date:August 17th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
You've forgotten your horticulture, haven't you?

A penny saved is a penny earned.
Ha peony sated it peony darned.
Ha pony sate at pony dared.
Hat pons sat mat pone dare.
Hat pods sap mast cone darn.
What gods sup mast come dawn.
What goes up must come down.
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Date:August 17th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
My main objection to this variation is each resulting link in the chain should be a valid (if nonsensical) sentence, just as each link individually should be a valid word. For example, "Hag sun cape mint pane dart" is just a list of words, without a verb in sight. At least KT's examples, like "Ha pony sate at pony dared." are Chomsky-esque constructions.
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Date:August 17th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
What were my other, lesser errors?
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Date:August 17th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
Damn, but this demonstrates creative thinking!

You must score ridiculous on IQ tests ...
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