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Character Limit For All Words

(In the English Language, that is)
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It occurs to me that some words are short, and some are longer than others by comparison with the ones that are not the others.

I propose that all words in the English language be minified to the shortest possible tokenised representations, thus approaching a maximum character count for what is considered a word. I don’t know what the ideal number is, but let’s say it is 5, then there will now be no words longer than five characters long.

Because I ran out of character count in a recent tweet but still wanted to say what I said, and would’ve gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for those pesky long words.

Ian Tindale, May 27 2019

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       //thus approaching a maximum character count for what is considered a word//
What would the combination of characters be considered if it extends beyond the maximum character limit for wordhood?
calum, May 27 2019

       The more specific then generally the longer the word. I suggest going the other way and just send one word of maximum character count being specifically what you mean.
wjt, May 27 2019

       This would mean that words would no longer be etymologically parsable. [-]
notexactly, May 27 2019

       I wndr. if we could not achv. this by using 17thC style abbr.
which may or may not be akin to what ppl were doing under 140 char twttr anywy
calum, May 27 2019

       Hebrew omits vowels; that would save a lot of space.   


       Hbrw mts vwls; tht wid sv lt f spc.
8th of 7, May 27 2019

       Yes - 26^4 is 456,976, so limiting words to a length of 4 letters allows you a huge vocabulary and room for technical and specialist words
hippo, May 27 2019

       I notice myself using the ampersand & because it is over three times bigger than an and in terms of smallitude. There must be lots of other glyphs like an ampersand which mean a bigger thing.
Ian Tindale, May 27 2019

       There are things that have to be bigger than words and therefore non contractual [1], which you might want to tweet, such as bank account numbers, etc.   

       [1] ie, they don’t contract, nor do they expand, they stay the same size
Ian Tindale, May 27 2019

       Twitter does have an extension button, you know, in the right app.
RayfordSteele, May 27 2019


       // limiting words to a length of 4 letters allows you a huge vocabulary and room for technical and specialist words //   

       If tou use Newspeak (q.v.) you can probably manage with three characters, fewer if you use the digits 0 to 9 as well.
8th of 7, May 27 2019

       Nah, numbers are no use, inefficient if not meaningless. Imagine if everyone had to tweet in binary! You’d only be able to get halfway into some damning criticism of a product or service or person’s hairstyle before you run out of 1s and 2s.
Ian Tindale, May 27 2019

       I could have said the whole thing in two words if I could trust my readers to have a vocabulary which extends beyond the 4-letter mark, which they don't.
lurch, May 27 2019

       We need longer swear words. If you're going to curse, you should be committed to it for at least 4 syllables.
RayfordSteele, May 27 2019

       Hang on. I thought it was an intentional feature of Twitter that all you could really say in it was "This rulz" and "That sux". If you want to share actual thoughts, perhaps you should use a different forum, not the one favoured by a certain POTUS.
pertinax, May 28 2019

       You could twit out two tweets in a row.[1]   

       You know - like Two Cups of Coffee, but with less coffee and fewer mugs, but more text.   

       Or - learn to be concise.   


       [1] Listen to the owls, they're very wise.
Loris, May 28 2019

       // You could twit out two tweets in a row. //   

       To whom?
8th of 7, May 28 2019

       To wit?
zen_tom, May 28 2019

       You can say lots with only four lette... damn.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 28 2019

       I bel ieve that the ref eren ced idea disp lay ed abo ve wou ld pro ve to be no prob lem what so ever to any one with more than a medi ocre amo unt of men tal int elli gen ce or faci lity with wor ds.
pocmloc, May 29 2019


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