Thursday, April 12

Why Not to Read Dan Brown

I've never read The Da Vinci Code, and the following post at Language Log makes me very glad I skipped Dan Brown's "thriller" altogether. As an editor and something of a language purist, I'm shocked beyond belief at even the minor snippets shared by blogger Geoffrey K. Pullum.

(By the way, the analysis Pullum provides is almost perfect... only once did I have to re-read a sentence, which is my standard measure of unclear phraseology.)

Language Log: The Dan Brown code

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The Geek Code desperately needs updating, but in any case here's mine (as of 2010-02-28):

Version: 3.12
GIT/MU d+(-) s:+>: a C++> ULXB++++$ L+++ M++ w--() !O !V P+ E---
W+++ N o++ K? PS PE++ Y+ PGP t !5 X- R- tv+@ b++ DI++++ D--- e*++
h--- r+++ y+++ G+

If you really care about knowing what that all means, you either know the code already, or you can get it decoded for you here.