199 Pins 1y
Luis Mellado Ramos
This Old Phallus Tree, and Other News
Curmudgeons avow that the text message, with its relentless abbreviations and its disdain for punctuation, is vandalizing our language. But that loose style has been around for centuries: “modern text-speak bears a striking resemblance to the system of abbreviations and shorthand present in medieval manuscripts.” Also appearing in medieval manuscripts: illustrations of flatulent monks, killer rabbits, an ogre with an anal fixation, and a nun plucking penises from a phallus tree.