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Pidgin Signs

Page history last edited by PBworks 12 years, 11 months ago

My "Pidgin" Writing


"You aren't alive anywhere like you're alive at fight club.... Fight club isn't about winning or losing fights. Fight club isn't about words. You see a guy come to fight club for the first time, and his ass is a loaf of white bread. You see this same guy here six months later, and he looks carved out of wood. This guy trusts himself to handle anything. There's grunting and noise at fight club like at the gym, but fight club isn't about looking good. There's hysterical shouting in tongues like at church, and when you wake up Sunday afternoon you feel saved."

~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 6


Maybe this works, maybe it doesn't. This quote is from Chuck Palahniuk's novel, Fight Club. I like the quote because it is referring to a language that is much like the "Creole" languages that developed out of colonialism. The language being communicated isn't even so much about words as it is about actions and emotions.


Anyone can learn the universal language of a fight club, especially if you have a "fetish" for getting the tar beat out of you. The men in the novel communicate with each other in a very brutal way, but the method transcends the spoken word. The communication has become an "interbody design." Although from different walks of life (comparable to the differences of those forced to integrate during slavery), the men of fight club come together in a domain of understanding, and pain.


When moving to electracy, one must impersonate the actions of fellow internet users to create a language that all can understand, much like the "language" of fight club.



"Fight club isn't about words."


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