Thursday, 22 August 2013
Being cryptic: a rant
Here's another quote from the language expert Sugata Mitra, who's professor of educational technology at Newcastle University.
“I often skip grammar and write in a cryptic way.”
Well, I agree that being cryptic is sometimes useful. I write birthday and Christmas lists in Γρηκ* letters, for instance, to baffle snoopers.
I hope Professor Mitra has an excellent memory, though, because cryptic writing has a habit of becoming swiftly impenetrable.
I've got a note here that I made only last week. It says celadon crank pub date.
Now, why did I write that? To remind me of something I should be doing? Or someone I should be meeting?
Or someone I should be avoiding?
...no, that doesn't help. That could be almost anybody.
Thing To Be Jolly Careful About Being Today: cryptic. This word comes from the Late Latin crypticus, from the Greek kruptein, to hide.