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Shore, a cultural introduction

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I think highly of the potential of administering English as a worldwide lingua franca. I don't accept the conventional routine with which the English language is presented for study.Pointer

Improving a person's knowledge of a language isn't like pioneering a sharper needle. A language isn't merely a tool that you can learn to wield with greater amounts of precision. A spoken tongue can't be pulled from the philosophical currents of a society 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 a pupil recite English is to cheat her out of its cultural context. A proper teacher has to have a blueprint for introducing it; the insightful student goes out to seek it.

A dictionary has the potential to be an influential tool. A decent dictionary will define a language on the basis of a particular corpus, a body of writing of varying scope and consistency. Such a corpus might contain anything from a book about literature to some really commercial fiction. I watched many nights pass developing my "weighty" Fiction Corpus to form a different type of dictionary based on the ability of one man to tell a story in many different forms. It is a labor of love and listening.

I have molded a million words and I have tabulated them, reshaping them - not simply to teach an American tongue but to defend the human spirit, and to pressure that spirit or soul not just to recite but to happen.

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A Place is the Common Word that Answers the Question, "Where?"

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Understanding the word Shore

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 shore in some kind of way.

If you want to communicate an idea using the word shore, 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 shore is located in the fabric of a language, the better you will be at exploiting its cultural power.

Pronunciation of ShoreMargo on a trampoline

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

Video of me pronouncing "shore."

Definition of ShoreMargo on a trampoline

I have yet to publish the definition of shore.

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

Common use of shore in illustrative example sentencesMargo on a trampoline

  1. We're going down to the shore for the weekend. Want to come along?

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  2. They want us to shore up our client's defense before the next hearing.

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  3. After that freak hurricane Jersey is going to have to rebuild her shore.

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

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

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

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

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Usage of Shore 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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Shore, a morphological approach

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

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

Table of Frequency for the Word "Shore."

This table lists in descending order the total number of times that the word shoreand 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 shore, but I will get to it shortly. -Michal

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Usage of Shore 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 #5493

im heading east. along the shore. the islands nice. pretty. i could buy a house here. if i werent worried about invasion.

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23 November, 1:13 PM

Frame #6725

the ferrys coming to shore. the men onboard are surrendering.

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23 December, 5:20 PM

Frame #2295

we took the port of long beach exit. got on west shoreline drive and now kohls's car is turning right onto pine ave. its a cul.de.sac.

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20 August, 3:58 PM

Frame #5403

im on shore. the kids are keeping away. they climbed up the hill. ive got the line tied. im pulling in the boat.

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22 November, 9:05 AM

Frame #5592

im not sure what to do. i have no idea who fired. whoever it is theyre still out there. if we head to shore theyll be waiting.

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27 November, 7:43 AM

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Usage of Shore 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.

"Shore" does not make an appearance in The Gospel of Jesus

- Michal Slaby

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Usage of Shore 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.

Now there is only so much I can do: I am trying to point you in the right direction. It is my belief that Indiana was infected many years ago, when you were still a child on the shores of Lake Ontario. You are not to blame; but you are no longer a child, and the first thing we must accept is that this sort of thing is indeed a verruca vulgaris: it is a common affliction, as pervasive in society as in the bodies of those infected. Nevertheless, each man must face his own feelings first, and alone; but when you do, remember: it is a thirsty saturation: these feelings; you will not satisfy yourself by slowly and meticulously draining them. You must drown them, and sincerely hope that they will eventually wash away.

– Title 2, Regarding the Romaniac, Part 1, Section 5, Warts, Paragraph 3

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Usage of Shore 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.

To the canine, the scent came undoubtedly from the shore, the sea breeze bringing not just the fragrance of flounder and bluefish with a touch of green crab mixed with striped bass, but, above and beyond this briny bouquet, the distinct nutty flavor of bright hot pants.

– from “A Cop Named Patsy,” a funny story featuring a cop who's smarter than he sounds

"I spooked him," thought the young lieutenant. Observing his suspect drop anchor and swim ashore, Patsy got nervous. "I better call this one in," he said to himself. Raising the Park Ranger Station on his radio, he asked for Ranger Juanita. "Hey, baby," he said. "Are you at area L?"

"Yes," said Juanita. "Don't call me baby."

– from “A Cop Named Patsy,” a funny story featuring a cop hot on the trail of an absurdly strange serial killer

Gog continued the journey. He encountered a large salt lake [e.g. Lake Urmia]. The settlements along its eastern shores had recently felt Sargon's wrath. "They breed horses here," said the men. "There is good pasture. If we stay here, we can raid the plains and roam the hills at our leisure."

– from “In the Beginning, There was Gog,” a fantasy story about an ancient tribe

Tae waited for Kwon. When he arrived, he testified he had found the shore empty. "I checked the pit," he said. "I saw somebody there. I didn't think to make sure who it was. I know now it must have been Jutsu. I went to search the coast. When I came back, the pit was uncovered. Jutsu was on the bottom-dead. I assume he fell trying to get out. His head must have been split open by a rock."

Tae asked, "Are you sure he was alive when you first passed?"

– from “How Tae & Bo Took Over the World and Kung & Fu Didn't,” an apocryphal bible story featuring a frank discussion of women's breasts

Bo stared at the burning cloth. She was struck by how readily Tae had disposed of it, after she had risked her life to grab a little piece. Bo breathed deeply. She fingered the buttons of her shirt. She decided it was time to let go. Tae listened. The fire crackled.

They spent the next few days enjoying each other's company. They walked along the shore. They caught crabs. They played in the waves. For the first time, they made love.

– from “How Tae & Bo Took Over the World and Kung & Fu Didn't,” an apocryphal bible story featuring a society that has to learn everything all over again

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Usage of Shore 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.

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

- Michal Slaby

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Usage of Shore 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.

An ocean drifts below. A distant shore brings towers of glass and steel. Workers perched atop unfinished spires beam proud industrious smiles. These are the spoils of victory. My comrade and I drift to the ground. We find nothing to celebrate.

– from “Shovels Fall,” an interesting story about the cycle of armed struggle throughout history

Further west the air fills with dust. Further west another ocean fills with fire. As the smoke clears my comrade and I face yet another shore. This one teeming with life. We wait. There may be hope in these masses. We watch the battles rage. We watch the battles die down. We land in a barren field.

– from “Shovels Fall,” an interesting story about the cycle of political struggle throughout history

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Collocation of Shore in the Fiction Corpus

Table of Collocation for the Word "Shore."

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 shore 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 "shore." I hope I can get it done sometime soon. -Michal

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