January 15, 2006

Words & Metaphors

Words are tricky little buggers. I love ‘em.

I’ve got a new game that helps me cope with lectures at college—word associations. It’s really simple: just pick two random words and try to reach from one to another with the least number of associations.

So, for example, if I wanted to go from virus → independent, I could use virus → parasite → dependent → independent. And so on.

You must have heard of Six Degrees of Separation—but in my (limited, so far) experience, I haven’t found a pair of words that need more than four associations to link together. Ain’t English great.

Metaphors rock. I love the way you need to keep switching the context you’re thinking in to grasp ‘em. They’re intellectual calisthenics—they’re breadcrumbs on the road to bliss. And so on.

Attending lectures at my college is the most boring thing you’ll ever imagine. I need to continuously come up with newer methods of distraction—I dread to think of the day when all I can do is listen to those idiots. This is my latest attempt, and so far it’s worked exceedingly well. Here’s to hoping that I remain distracted enough…

2 comments:

R said...

I thought six degrees of seperation was only with regards to people.

Ankit said...

I think the concept can be extended to other things as well. It surely fits well with word associations...