Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The VRP is Either Being Hijacked by Spammers...Or Has Transcended Language Entirely

A plethora of spam comments from Asian sites is provoking me to break my long silence and write this short diatribe.

Comment moderation is now on, and when I get a chance I'll go delete the dozens of comments that look like NBA tatts reiterated endlessly, except that I suspect these cryptic characters are touting Chinese Viagra or something instead of, say, "strength and honor," or whatever LeBron James' tattoo actually means.

I'm kind of amused at this development, actually. Wondering what these spammers think this site is about and what exactly they are trying to promote. Does the VRP look like a rollicking entertainment zone with rich patrons who are looking to drop their dime on exotic pleasures?

Hmm. I wouldn't have thought so...but maybe the VRP has tapped into an even deeper cultural vein that what I've realized. Maybe this "vocabulary" site, while championing English verbs, adjectives, and the like, has managed to transcend the very reason for its existence, putting the love for language into a medium beyond words.

Yeah, I think that's probably what has happened here.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous teknoarcanist said...

Just stumbled onto your blog; vocabularial reclamation is really a subject of primatal importance to elucidate, especially when regarding the imminent (even extant) Informational Epoch ( :P )
Seriously though, as a writer I appreciate sites like this. A friend of mine is an editor of short fiction and one of her most frequent complaints is that every writer 'uses the same four words'.
Check out www.freerice.com It's sort of a little vocabulary game that tests your knowledge of really old and exotic words, and for every right answer someone gets they donate 20 grains of rice to the UN world food program.
As for hackers, don't be scared; they got the Hadron Collider too :P

12:04 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

YES! A genuine comment!

If "primatal" is really a word, I seriously need to use it Monday.

Thanks for mentioning FreeRice.com - if I was really on the ball, I would have posted about it by now. Not only is it for a good cause, it massages the ego...and it's addictive.

6:56 PM  

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