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Voices, a cultural introduction

Getting to know the word from all angles...

Michal's poring over the potential of supplementing his remarkable Fiction Corpus with a book about literature; cites fatigueDictionary icon

I don't question the idea of upholding English as a common language for the world. I do reject the unnewsworthy approach by which English is taught.Pointer

Fortifying a person's mastery of a language isn't like making a hotter kiln. A language isn't merely an instrument that you can learn to employ with greater amounts of precision. A common language cannot be fractured from the competing values of a community of which it is a description. A language isn't recited; it happens - and keeps happening as long as a circle of people keeps using it.

To make people recite English is to strip them of its cultural context. A capable instructor must develop a technique for introducing it; the insightful pupil ventures out to seek it.

A dictionary can be an influential tool. A decent dictionary will describe a language on the basis of a particular corpus, a set of written language of varying scope and consistency. This corpus may include anything from a book about literature to some real hard boiled fiction. I lost many a night creating my "remarkable" Fiction Corpus in order to form a new class of dictionary based on the ability of one man to tell a story in myriad forms. It is a labor of love and listening.

I have framed a million words and I have inspected them, reformulating them - not just to teach an American language but to reveal the human spirit, and to coax that soul or spirit not just to recite but to happen.

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Understanding the word Voices

A word can represent many things. First and foremost it represents a type of gesture. A specific way of speaking. A specific way of inscribing a mark. A specific way of moving your hand. To know one of these kinds of gestures is to know how to pronounce the word voices in some kind of way.

If you want to communicate an idea using the word voices, you will need to know what other people are made to think when you make the gesture. You will never have complete awareness of or control over the associations or identities that are invoked by a set of words, but you can know what was and what is a single word's jointly accepted definition, at least for a given place, thereby tracing a direction which will help you to understand what kinds of associations and identities are driving its use.

By using the word yourself, you enter into a long-standing albeit oftentimes unconscious debate over its definition, forever entangling yourself into the history of its use. The way you use it, and which other words you use it with carries weight.

The more you know about where the word voices is located in the fabric of a language, the better you will be at exploiting its cultural power.

Pronunciation of VoicesMargo on a trampoline

I have yet to publish a pronunciation for the word voices.

Video of me pronouncing "voices."

Definition of VoicesMargo on a trampoline

I have yet to publish the definition of voices.

I'm sure it won't take too long.

Common use of voices in illustrative example sentencesMargo on a trampoline

  1. When the police questioned her later she said the voices in her head made her do it.

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  2. I heard voices coming from the other room but I couldn't believe he was having guests. He's a total loner.

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  3. I start to cringe every time he voices his opinion. He's such a tool.

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  4. I have yet to come up with a fourth sentence using the word voices.

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  5. I have yet to come up with a fifth sentence using the word voices.

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  6. I have yet to come up with a sixth sentence using the word voices.

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  7. I have yet to come up with a seventh sentence using the word voices.

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Usage of Voices in Michal's Fiction CorpusMargo on a trampoline

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Michal's Fiction Corpus of Acceptance Literature (FiCAL) is presented under the Bare Bottom imprint. It is currently comprised of six bodies of work, each representing a different pillar of culture and incorporating a wide variety of writhing styles.

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Voices, a morphological approach

I have yet to make a morphological analysis of the word voices.

That doesn't mean it's not high on my list.

Table of Frequency for the Word "Voices."

This table lists in descending order the total number of times that the word voicesand any of its morphological derivations appears in the Fiction Corpus, along with a breakdown of frequency by title, the respective rank of each word in the complete list of all words in the Corpus, as calculated both densely and competitively, as well as the percent increase in frequency of the word over the frequency of the next lowest rank in the complete list.

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Percent Increase over next rankRANKWORDFrequency
TOTAL # of occurencesMCDONALDSJESUSSEXTSIGAJACKSONDINGBATS
densecompetitivemodern/sloppybiblical/tersepoetic/high-browhard/fasttalkymixed salad
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I have yet to publish the table of frequency for the word voices, but I will get to it shortly. -Michal

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Usage of Voices in Death to McDonalds

An aerial view of Dodger Stadium in the foreground, with an imaginary partially submerged Los Angeles behind

A story bible for a comic book series set in a post climate-change California narrated by eight characters who live through a natural disaster that sinks Los Angeles and triggers a war with an expansionist Mexican government covertly supported by China.

Frame #956

kortney called. shes above the closet. she says the boards look secure. she can hear muffled voices. thats all.

Kim "Kris" Kardashian

5 August, 5:30 PM

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Usage of Voices in The Gospel of Jesus H.

A picture of the planet Mars

An experimental science fiction Christology that makes Jesus the hard boiled narrator of his own early years on a bizarro earth made dark by volcanic ash and informally ruled by a man from Mars who sells bottled air.

"That's right."

"What were they like?"

"They were just voices."

"You heard them?"

Verses 641-644 from the chapter called Bohemia

All I see is spinning, my child: elements of red, green, blue - memories of Earth - Mars - misery. There is no peace in my mind. It spits out bile. FUCK THE EARTH it says. FUCK MARS! They are my voices. FUCK VOICES! They torment me: stop me from writing. But I must write. There is no time left. I thought maybe your grandfather might fail - maybe Julius might win. But he stays inside his volcano. He is at peace with himself. FUCK JULIUS! God bless Julius. He is a good man - a simple man. WITHOUT ZEUS, HE IS NOTHING: HE IS NOT KING. Fuck Zeus: the machine-god. Where is he? He abandons us. He is wanton. No: he is calculating. Zeus the Almighty. FUCK GOD. No! Do not curse God. God is great. God is good. Zeus is not God.

Verse 1 from the chapter called Invocation

"I swear to God," he said.

FUCK GOD! said the voices.

"Shut up!" I said (to my voices).

Verses 793-795 from the chapter called Adolescence

It was not like the voices I had always heard: this was a soothing voice full of certainty. Jesus didn't know where it came from. It asserted itself all of a sudden, coming out of nowhere. Was it the voice of God? Jesus asked himself. Maybe. Why not? What else could it be? His own mind? That's not what it sounded like. Did it sound like the voice of God? Why not? What else would the voice of God sound like?

Verse 481 from the chapter called Arms

Those were the days when I first began hearing my voices. FUCK GOD! they said. FUCK JESUS CHRIST, BULLSHIT SON OF GOD! They said terrible things like that. FUCK JESUS CHRIST! they said. FUCK JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! FUCK! I heard them in church during Mass. I HATE GOD! No, I don't! I HATE GOD! No, I don't hate God! HATE GOD! HATE GOD! HATE GOD! HATE GOD! No: fuck it! FUCK IT! FUCK IT! FUCK IT! FUCK IT! FUCK IT! FUCK IT! FUCK IT! HATE GOD! HATE GOD! HATE GOD! HATE GOD! Stop it! HATE GOD! HATE GOD! Fuck it, stop! JESUS CHRIST BULLSHIT! SON OF GOD BULLSHIT! FUCK IT JESUS CHRIST BULLSHIT! GOD MOTHERFUCKING BULLSHIT! I would crush the words and throw them out. I would tear them apart and stuff them inside a cannon. I would hold them there inside that cannon for as long as possible, but they were strong. They would push themselves out. Before they did, I would have to run to the other side and light the cannon, shooting those despicable voices out of my head - BOOM! - usually they would land about ten feet away. Then they'd crawl back. They were demons. FUCK GOD! they said. FUCK JESUS CHRIST! FUCK JESUS CHRIST! FUCK JESUS CHRIST! FUCK JESUS CHRIST! FUCK JESUS CHRIST! Stop it motherfucker! FUCK JESUS! FUCK JESUS! FUCK JESUS! FUCK JESUS! FUCK JESUS! Stop it! I HATE JESUS! No, I don't hate Buddha - CHRIST! I HATE JESUS CHRIST! I HATE JESUS CHRIST! I HATE JESUS CHRIST! I HATE JESUS CHRIST! They were never-ending: these fucked-up voices. I would hit my own head against the wall, but nothing happened. Sometimes, they would last for hours - I drove my head against pillows; I shook my head; I would hit my own head, but nothing helped. My mind kept cursing God - no: it wasn't my mind; I knew my mind: these were voices. They were saying these things inside, but they were coming from outside. They were saying these terrible things. I wasn't saying them. I wasn't thinking them. I was hearing them. I knew that. I was positive. I was convinced: the devil was whispering in my ear.

Verse 237 from the chapter called Childhood

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Usage of Voices in Sex for Children

A drawing of a man between a woman's legs in front of another man in a hospital bed

A literature book narrated by a pair of siblings on either side of the Atlantic whose profoundly weird sexual experiences pose a serious challenge to their traditional understanding of mathematicians, marriage, gay young men and God.

Like the angels who must congregate on those high and ghostly triforia - those seemingly impenetrable heights - I too felt myself leaning out from one of those three openings, looking down onto the nave below. It was Nike standing there - and, except for his friend Rothko, the place must have been empty. There was no one else around. I saw no one. And yet, the two of them were conversing in hushed tones. They must have been cowed by the grandeur. I came down softly and slowly, floatingly, until, finally, I could hear their voices.

– Title 3, Regarding a Dream, Chapter 6, The Sixth Day, Part 1, Children & Education Reform, Section 4, The Importance of Having a Dream House, Paragraph 3

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Usage of Voices in Tsiga Tsiga Tsiga

Bullets whizzing by a statue of Nikola Tesla

A collection of stories featuring a sexy Parisian ghost, a spooky Moon base full of vagina-faced aliens, a policeman with an Irish name, a truck full of watermelons, a flautist, and a man who has to see another man about a diseased horse.

It was easier said than done. Junior didn't have anything in common with the spindle-shank accountant. His mere presence in front of Myklebust's desk made the man visibly uncomfortable. Junior tried to break the ice.

"That's an impressive stack of invoices, Harry. It looks like you need a break. How about I take you golfing?"

– from “A Horse Named Clutch Bag,” an inspiring story featuring a frank discussion of personal weakness

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Usage of Voices in Sorry Ms. Jackson

Chiseled letters from an ancient stone tablet hanging on a wall

A real play. With drama in it. Talk fast. It takes two hours. Set in a guest house. In a small community. After a murder. Lots of suspicion. The characters learn to listen to each other. It's funny.

"Voices" does not make an appearance in Sorry Miss Jackson.

- Michal Slaby

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Usage of Voices in Miscellaneous Dingbats

The title of the book at the end of a string of miscellaneous dingbats

A story book full of short fiction stories. An interesting bedtime mystery. A fairy tale. Science fiction romance. Adult life. Uninspiring gay fiction. Horror.

"Voices" does not make an appearance in Miscellaneous Dingbats

- Michal Slaby

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Collocation of Voices in the Fiction Corpus

Table of Collocation for the Word "Voices."

This table lists in descending order of frequency a selection of word pairs that appear in the Fiction Corpus and groups them according to the morphological derivation of the word voices that appears in the pair.

TypeWORDFrequency
TOTAL # of occurencesMCDONALDSJESUSSEXTSIGAJACKSONDINGBATS
modern/sloppybiblical/tersepoetic/high-browhard/fasttalkymixed salad
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I have yet to perform a collocation analysis of "voices." I hope I can get it done sometime soon. -Michal

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