I was travelling on the train today and I noticed several pictograms, denoting several objects and actions. One sees them more and more these days, because they are universal, in fact they are a kind of language in and of themselves. I predict a world where youngsters will say: “Who need the English language, with its apostrophes, who needs to know what a gerund is and who cares about hyphenated ding-dongs!” Will they even speak to one another any longer? They might just communicate on their technothingies!
With my zany mind I immediately started to think of a sequence of these pictograms to convey a simple message, just to spoil the future generations even faster and get them used to the idea! This was not so hard to do. It’s a bit like chinese, which is very far from being simple, but these are! I shall show you a very simple one. I can not put them next to each other, so I’ll put them one under the other, but the result remains the same:
This translates into: “How about dinner and a movie?”
Btw, all the pics are by Clker.com
Don’t you think that anybody anywhere in the world would understand this? This could enable us to communicate without having to learn 357 different languages, admittedly on a basic level.
Could this be a handy tool for the deaf, I wonder? I am not into this, I couldn’t say!
A-ny-way, it’s a nice bit of foolishness, isn’t it? Why don’t you have a go?