Treasure Island

douglas scotney

(boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

'Englewax' - The Growth of a Language


Rarely now surrounded by
or possessing herself
the genuine affection
she had grown to love,
in her cold spot
she withered further with each act
or expression
that lacked
what she called 'genuity'.

Her sense of humour started to turn on extremes.
She went to France and called her condition 'Ingennui'.

Regarding 'genuity':
the more she saw the loss of it,
the more she saw its opposite,
the more was possessed 'ingenuity'
of significance deeply composite.

Submitted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013

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Englewaxitis - growing pains of our language

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  • Danny Draper (6/25/2013 8:27:00 AM)

    A clever write Sir, the last stanza out grabe. And the new words mimsy at least. Ah the language is a ravage beast. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (6/22/2013 10:08:00 PM)

    A keen dissection of meanings. Now we need to tackle archaic English spelling. Thankfully new invented words are often phonetic. (Report) Reply

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