January 08, 2006

 

FROM SUCKING TO DUCKING
THERE IS BUT A TOUCH
OF THE FINGER

I was in the middle of writing a sentence in which the word sucking appears.

The fact that I was writing about sucking is irrelevant to what I want to relate and illustrate here.

I had just typed the word sucking when I realized I had made a mistake.

Instead of hitting the S key on my keyboard my finger had struck the D key. The key immediately next to the S on the right. Inadvertently I had written Ducking instead of Sucking.

I was about to make the correction with my spell-check when it struck me that by changing the first letter of the word Sucking with another letter I produced an interesting relation of words.

Ducking! Sucking! A metaphorical connection could easily be made between the acts describe by these two words.

And so I started experimenting. Right there in the middle of the sentence I was writing.

I changed the initial S of sucking with all the consonants on the alphabet.

Like this.

Bucking
Cucking
Ducking
Fucking
Gucking
Hucking
Jucking
Kucking
Lucking
Mucking
Nucking
Pucking
Qucking
Rucking
Sucking
Tucking
Vucking
Wucking
Xucking
Zucking

As I contemplated the list I had just made I realized that I had written a kind of poem describing all the activities concerning human relations.


I decided to push the experiment further

I changed the U in sucking to an O.

Like this.

Bocking
Cocking
Docking
Focking
Gocking
Hocking
Jocking
Kocking
Locking
Mocking
Nocking
Pocking
Qocking
Rocking
Socking
Tocking
Vocking
Wocking
Xocking
Zocking

And I saw that I now had another poem describing other activities related to human relations.

Well no need to experiment further with the other vowels of the alphabet.


Those of you interested in such words as sucking may try it themselves.

I just wanted to relate here what happened when accidentally while writing a sentence I made a spelling mistake which led to a digression about human relations right there in the middle of the sentence I was writing about sucking.

Go explain that.

Comments:
Check out this grid:
http://www.hum.aau.dk/~i12bent/Federmantypopoems.htm

Notice that both when read paradigmatically and syntagmatically the grid generates what Federman calls "a kind of poem describing all the activities concerning human relations."

Next step for the new art form of Federman typo-poems, which could also be marketed as simply "po-poems", would be to randomly mistype other ing-forms and cross-reference them with this grid...

Great Fun!
 
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hey Bent, I think the URL address you provided got chopped off. Maybe Lilly can find it and post a HOT LINK. Cut and paste is great fun but ppl r lazy.
 
Consider it done, O'Grady ;-)

Click right HERE and you'll be taken directly to Bent's grid. Enjoy :-)

Over and out,

The html-code Girl
 
O'G: I like the way that form and content correspond in this statment: "ppl r lazy" -- hehe ;-)
 
Nice grid, Bent.

Thanks for the hot link, Lilly.

O'Grady
 
parplexing
perplexing
pirplexing
porplexing
purplexing

parplaxing
perplexing
pirplixing
porploxing
purpluxing

parplaxang
perplexeng
pirplixing
porploxong
purpluxung
 
playing
playang
 
Nae bother*, O'Grady :-)

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* A term I picked up when I worked in Glasgow.
 
bent let's do it - let's market federman - we'll split the profit
 
ps I'm having a little trouble sending comments so if I do it twice please excuse me and I apologize.
 
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