I’m Invisible Again While Continuing Linguistics for the Utd’mbts language
Perhaps I should start with some definitions even though notes usually go at the end. I think what often happens is that the meaning is relatively clear initially but as the contexts drift with many complications, the meaning is lost and there is much confusion.
COMPULSIONS are behaviors that you can inadvertently teach yourself that become habitual when those acts have come to provide relief from anxiety.
OBSESSIONS are meddlesome thoughts, urges, or images, unsought and unwelcome, that spark disturbing feelings.
Hmm, that’s not very clear. Well, if you’ve developed an obsession with words, you can search for alternate definitions and come back after you’ve gone for a jog, and had a pizza or two. Someone told me that a common underlying thought is: “If I don’t understand the jargon then I must be stupid.”
New Year’s Resolutions Part 2
As I said in Part 1 , there are things to do, but it’s hard when there are no contacts for inspiration.
Eureka! I have found a definition-clue for my invisibility. To name something is the first step in making something tangible or at least to be some sort of energy or existence or entity or some je ne sais quoi on French toast. I am the grand central conceit. Voilà:
“In drama and other art forms, the central conceit of a work of fiction is the underlying fictitious assumption which must be accepted by the audience with suspension of disbelief so the plot may be seen as plausible.”
That’s the secret: I am fictional. If you have no faith in me then I don’t exist. Being in a state of non-existence, it’s hard to have the motivation to complete one’s New Year’s Resolutions.
A Concept Word In the Form of a Story
So back to translating the Utd’mbts language. Most words are relatively short (10 or less letters) but are dense in meaning. The basic word stem (without prefixes or suffixes) is usually defined by 200 or more English words. It can be in the form of a concept or story. The set of English words I am calling an “exemplar page.” Within the page certain key words are identified as parameters so that an example story can be given different characters or objects. In this case it might be said that the Utd’mbts word is the name of a story or parable to be used as a metaphor.
An Interesting Clue for the Formation of an Exemplar Page.
I was looking for an example in English where metaphors are used in an extended way in story form. I think I have one example.
Medium (TV Series)
A Person of Interest (S5 E3)
Episode aired Feb 16, 2009
Director: Patricia Arquette
Writers: Blenn Gordon Caron, Craig Sweeny, Robert Doherty
Original airing: National Broadcasting Company (NBC) TV
and a few days later I realized that it had an interesting prologue. Not all episodes begin that way and I almost missed the first few minutes of the show. Most begin with a psychic nightmare that Alison Dubois has and she screams and wakes up her husband Joe. Sometimes she calls the District Attorney if she has enough information to prevent a crime from happening or provide a clue for one that has already happened. Events in the dream are symbolic and need a lot of interpretation.
Anyway, this particular prologue was like a lecture on obsessions and compulsions in story form. I’ll paraphrase because I didn’t record it:
As a kid, when you’re first given a cupcake it’s delicious, and you want another one immediately, but you’re told you can only have one. But then you develop a craving for cupcakes that you carry with you. When you pass a bakery, a cupcake has a glow to it, and it calls you. You go into the bakery and buy a dozen. You can’t stop eating until you finish them all. Everywhere you go you’re obsessed with cupcakes — on signs, in store windows, everything that looks like a cupcake, ways of making cupcakes, recipes for cupcakes. The cravings continue until you become morbidly obese [description added here but shown visually]. Even when you know it’s bad for you, you continue to eat. Even when there are negative consequences [visual presentations], you continue to eat until it’s a habit…
The prologue presentation continues to show how other things can become habits including murder. There’s a series of other metaphors.
The connecting element is ways of relieving anxiety. I would add that there is a precipitating element or event that brings on anxiety. The unhealthy acts relieve the anxiety by fulfilling an unconscious fantasy solution to a crisis or conflict that has occurred and can never be solved.
In the episode, the son of a psychopath can never please his Father who treats him harshly. He develops an obsession with using parts from an old microwave to build a heating device and he looks for ways to make a timer. He desperately seeks the love of his Father and finally gets some praise by building the elements of a bomb using the timer, and explains to his Father how he can use fertilizer and gasoline as an explosive.
The beginning of the prologue is laying out the concept this way I think: Taste of Cupcake –> cravings –> Obsessions –> compulsions –> habits
The entire prologue can represent a concept. A short word could stand in for the entire show and the underlining concept. For the sake of argument, let’s just say that there is an Utd’mbts word temporarily translated as “S5E3” that means the concepts of the entire show. The parameters vary from cupcakes to a Father’s love or any person’s approval, obsessions from food to bomb parts etc. “S5E3” is the foundation metaphor. Prefixes and suffixes provide the parameters. A fluent speaker of Utd’mbts would have memorized the meaning of the equivalent of “S5E3” as a short Utd’mbts word.
So Continuing the Project Is Futile
Should I continue to find new words or not? It does seem pointless. No? So you probably have no idea what I’m saying. Right? Do you have a question? Maybe I can answer it or clarify.