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Tobias
1967 20 31

Language Without Words

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
Here are some sentences told via a metaphorical, pictographic 'language' that I came up with. But what do you think they say?



There's a long(ish) story behind why I've made these, but for now I'm just curious about how people interpret them!

The idea is to have a 'language' which gets at the root of communication without getting lost in specific words. Each of the symbols represents a general concept - often metaphorical - and they can be grouped together to form composites with new meanings. The idea is to be intuitive, though; ideally, they should be readily understood by anyone from anywhere without anything having to be learned.

But! While they may sense in my bizarre brain, I have absolutely no idea how other people would interpret them! So I'd absolutely love to hear what you think each of these 'sentences' say! Imagine that you received each of them as a text message from a friend, or something; that's the context in which they should be interpreted.

They look a bit like rebuses, but while those use pictures to represent words in a particular language via homophony (like a bee to represent the word 'be', or 2 for 'to'), these are 'language agnostic'; no knowledge of written or verbal language is necessary to interpret them.

I'll explain what they actually mean in my next post. Some are things people might actually say, some are just silly!
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20 Comments

23 Russia CholericMelancholic
Ooneykcall
1
This instantly reminded me of
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And I like it. It's childlike in all the good senses of the word, methinks.
19 United States INFJ 4w5 CholericMelancholic
Macheman7
2
Hey, it's Blissymbols! Wait, no it isn't.
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That aside, this is what I think it means.

Without reading anything anyone said, or even the whole blog post! Just the first paragraph.

  Spoiler:


You ask me, that says it all.
19 United States INFP LII SoSp RLUAI AIE PhlegmaticSanguine
IAmNotSmartest
4
An effort will be made! I love this sort of thing. I'll avoid looking at other's answers until after to prevent influence.

1: How are you feeling? (Or maybe "Hello, how are you?"
2: I feel well (good?), how about you? (Smile indicating happiness)
3: You said (something) about a companion (us?) going to eat?
4: You're so lucky! We're so different, I wish I had someone. (Sad expression to indicate... well, sadness.)
5: I'm strong, but less with time. I feel good about you, we're friends.
6: I've been thinking... I'm a bit hurt. (I don't think that was meant to be butthurt, was it?) (Or, alternatively, "I think I've been oversensitive.")(Upset/Morbid skull)
7: I feel content. You and I are friends (are connected). The difference is, I love too much, and you love someone else. (Sad.)
8: You talked to (befriended) me, and that's a gift to me. The reason I feel good is you. (Happy)
9: I'm sensitive, I can see so much beauty and light (Or 'and joy'). But the reason for it... Do you see me as sad? Am I annoying (flicking finger)?
10: I thought about this overnight. I was away from you overnight, it felt like a long time. You feel (appear?) worse for wear. I see you, and I see beauty. (Happy)
11: You hate your beautiful hair, your appearance. I think the reason for this is I've been rude. (Anger, or perhaps frustration with the speaker.)
12: I get a good feeling for this reason. I will find someone to love. A future to look forward to. (Children, house. I'm not sure for the angry face.)

This was interesting! I love interpretives like this. I feel like my answers might have been influenced by my somewhat optimistic and emotionally-centered outlook... at least, on some. But I really like the idea of a pictographical language that can get a point across through interpretation.

Though, it doesn't take too much to guess this is you speaking. I hope things are okay, Tobias. As I've said before, I really wish I could be a more direct support!

Right, now to read the others...
Oh my. I didn't even consider such... sexual ideas, as so many others seem to have. Hah, I guess that's just what they see in it. A lot of them seem to be in relative agreement, at least for the shorter ones.
36 Bulgaria
Kal
2
Don't give in to the sexual interpretations, friend. They're fun to watch ... but they only insist they're conclusive.

(I know, I know ... JK. ;)
19 Australia INFJ EII 612 RCOAI IAS PhlegmaticMelancholic
Colanopy
4
I want to try!

1. "Hi, how are you?" or maybe "Hi, do you like?"
2. "I am content being with you, eehee"
3. "Do you talk about animals people food?"
4. "You are lucky. I don't socialize :("
5. "I spend all my time loving you :D"
6. "I think I am breaking apart and dying/I'm thinking about suicide"
7. "I like you as a friend, but I love myself :("
8. "Interacting with you is a 'gift' to me. That's why I like you :D"
9. "Are you passionate about the importance of sensitivity like me?"
10. "I dreamt about you last night. You were naked but I see you grow strong :D"
11. "You don't like long hair but I don't care/ I think you are rude
12. "You are the most important person to me but I don't want children"
??
27 United Kingdom INTJ LIE 5w6 SoSx RLOEN IAS CholericMelancholic
TheWooter
2
1. Hi, do you like me?

2. you like allot , why do I think that? this makes me happy

3. you shout allot, because you are a hungry animal human?

4. you are overflowing with luck, that's like night and day, I don't get any physical contact. this makes me sad.

Ran out of time, will attempt to finish at a later date.
26 France INFP EII 297 SpSo rLUAI IAS PhlegmaticMelancholic
Talindra
5
I think I may have gotten the first ones more or less right, I grasped some basic concepts, but then I failed to grasp others, and the last sentences all gave really strange results. '^^
Hope you have fun with the weird ones! :-D

1. How do you like this?

2. I like it a lot, how about you? ^o^

3. Do you want to talk about stuff?

4. You're extremely lucky unlike me because I don't meet many people. :-(

5. I struggle with a lack of time to meet people I like, so I'm talking to you. ^o^

6. When I eat vegetables, my butt gets electric. X.X
(Yeah, I struggled with that one '^^ )

7. If I somewhat like you, I'll be meeting with you because while my heart is filled with love, I'm a lonely heart. :-(

8. If you meet and have conversations, you'll get a present from me *key* I like you. ^o^

9. Does your butt get warm in Spring? about *key*, I see tears, I point at things.
(It's getting tough...)

10. I eat and sleep, you have time to sleep, you don't like to wear tops, and I see you walk around bare-legged in Spring. ^o^

11. You dislike Trump's blossoming campaign, about *key*, same here, so I say some crap about him. >.<
(Yeah, that's how I interpret hair on its own and a bald head: Trump.)

12. You enjoy pets, about *key*, I like girls, but the idea of having kids after enjoying some reproductive sex freaks me out. >.<
22 Canada
Meglos
5
1) Hey, can I slap your heart?

2) Poking hearts while drinking leads to slapping machinery in your face.

3) Will stuffing your face with gears make my naked dog eat apples?

4) You have lucky beer, we have nothing in common so I'm going to poke some couples who have drunk their beer to make them sad.

5) I've run out of time to poke and punch people in love, so now it's your turn, hooray!

6) Poking thoughts are ok, but poking bums with electric farts means everyone dies.

7) I love my beer, but it's almost empty, so you can ask those couples who have nothing in common to give me their favourite beer which I really really love, otherwise I'll be sad.

8) You're a talkative couple, which means I get all the presents! That is the key to my heart and your happiness.

9) Your bum smells of flowers and can make beer so to unlock this machine, you need to poke me in the eye until I cry-- Hey, why are you still poking me?

10) I had this idea that at nighttime, you would travel back in time to before nighttime and then change the past so that instead of being naked, you put clothes on, then I saw your flowery legs and was happy.

11) You don't like flowers, so your hair fell out, then I unlocked my machine so that I could eat poop and be angry.

12) You like dogs, so I will once again unlock my machine and poke you in the heart so we can make angry babies.

I'm pretty sure those are the right answers. I don't see how they could be interpreted any other way.
24 United States
Purplerabbits
5
I have no idea how accurate these are. If the words turn literal, it means I didn't figure out what the combination of images mean.

1. Hi, I want to love you? Hi, do you like?

2. I am full of love/affection/liking [something] work with you

3 You talk about work, bestial body food? (I am going literal on the last bit because I have no idea what it means)

4. Your luck is overflowing, (I have no idea what the two circles mean), I feel we don't have a connection.

5. I am fighting against time that is running out to spend quality time with you.

6. I have been thinking, other people are destructive towards me.

7. I feel something towards you and I want to be together [something I assume something like a however] you have overflowing feelings for someone else.

8. You spend time together with others talking, which leads to gifts for me. This is important, I like you.

9. (I am not sure what the second symbol is, I see it as 2 people or a butt.) Your butt's growth is on fire and overwhelming, the important thing is I see you cry, I point?

10.I think at night about you going at night, your body image does not fit those closes, I see your growth as a person.

11. You disapprove of the growth of someone's hair, which works very important, You just talk smack about them.

12. You think the most important thing is to go by primal instincts and to just have sex with a girl. D : <

20 Canada INTP ILI 9w1 SoSx RCUAI MelancholicCholeric
Red Mage
2
All this seems to be written using some sort of cuneiform language. This might need an Ancient Mesopotamian archaeologist, or a scholar on this subject, I think.
23 El Salvador INTP ILE 9w8 SpSo RCUAN RSI SanguineMelancholic
Nuiete4
4
So I literally created the account to answer some of these questions, but I also kind of wanted to be informed on your games as well as any other projects you might have in mind. So yeah .

My interpretations to these questions would be :
-1:Does it help if there's love or friendship in your life?
-2:His/her love or frienship can help you change for the better, it can help you feel better, happier.
-3: Talking about change to someone, would you want to change a "doggie that might represent a pet", your body, or the way you eat?
-4:When there's something on your life that you feel is the luckiest thing that's ever happened to you, remember, there's always that other side, where there's someone feeling empty, and that the feeling of emptiness can make you feel bad.
-5: If someone has the will, time and the space, building relationships with others (friendship or love) can bring happiness to them.
-6: I have no idea :v
-7:When talking about love or friendship, is about finding someone who can love you as much as you love them. Because when you love someone too much, you might end up loving all by yourself. And sadness comes along with such feelings.
8:When trying to gift a friend, the key, might just be to give them something with love that comes from you, and that might just make them happy.
9:No idea, sorry :v
10 to 12: I honestly tried but, i thought about the ones you said could be jokes, so I made my bet :) . Hope I had a few of them right!