Anguish Languish, the 1956 version of Mad Gab

posted Feb 4, 2013, 6:19 PM by Jenee Pearson Hughes
You might be familiar with the game Mad Gab, where you say crazy sentences and your team has to figure out what valid English phrases you actually mean. It's got a lot to do with oronyms, which my thesis goes into great depth about.

Turns out, in 1956, a certain Howard L. Chace wrote an entire book of English translated into his new language, Anglish. This new book was called "Anguish Languish", which itself is Anglish for "English Language".  Chace was a French professor, and though the book itself is playful, he wrote it, in part, to show how tone is almost as important to the meaning of words as the pronunciation is. Interesting thoughts, huh?

Anyway, it's a pretty nifty read! You can read the whole text here.