Every Non-Word
March 25, 2015 8:42 AM   Subscribe

Every Non-Word
A bot that tweets random combinations of English syllables.

The denotation of a word grounds it; when a word has no denotation, it is a field of possible meanings, with affect, associations, a look and a sound. This project randomly combines syllables and presents these possible words without context.

The syllables come from running a hyphenation script on the dictionary. They are recombined respecting order: first syllables are used at the beginning of the word, last syllables always at the end. The bot never tweets doubles, but the most common syllables in English are the most likely to appear.

Project is named for aparrish's everyword project
Role: programmer
posted by rottytooth (10 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by nebulawindphone on October 6, 2015: Lucidibeet hubcar

I love this, and I love the nod to aparrish's project, and basically I'm starting to feel like we should have a Metafilter Wordbot Jam some time.
posted by cortex at 8:43 AM on March 25, 2015 [3 favorites]

This could be a great resource for fantasy writers/world-builders.

Grand Counsit Sucretal of the Flagasi protectorate scowled, his eyes narrowing...
posted by duffell at 10:23 AM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]

omg Cortex, that would be amazing
posted by rottytooth at 3:17 PM on March 25, 2015

Like maybe pull together some handy basic tool stuff for folks new to text processing and twitter bot-crafting (that latter would actually useful for me), so that it can be more like "here's some basic tools and some datasets, ready to go" rather than "invent everything from scratch, go". And then just, yeah, collective dorking out.
posted by cortex at 3:29 PM on March 25, 2015 [4 favorites]

That sounds fun!

Re: A Twitter tool to make it easy to tweet: I just quickly put together a command-line tool that'll post a tweet. The thing is, explaining how to get it running is tough without knowing what the userbase knows.

If this jam becomes a real thing, maybe we can poll people on what they're comfortable with so we can find out what level-of-detail the tools' explanations need to go to.
posted by ignignokt at 8:18 PM on March 25, 2015

Heh, nonbro
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:49 PM on March 25, 2015 [2 favorites]

I am very happy to have started following this because I've already gotten a lot of joy from it, but "nonbro" totally should be a word.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:41 AM on March 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

I want to be a part of this word jam!
posted by Brainy at 12:16 PM on April 2, 2015

Somewhat appropriately, twitter threw in an ad for some startup called "newrow".
posted by Kabanos at 12:39 PM on April 8, 2015

posted by LobsterMitten at 9:25 AM on May 10, 2015

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