From an interview when Chace was in his 80s, for the original Whole
Earth Catalog in the Sixties
"I wrote it about 1940. ... It was in the days of rationing during
the war and I thought about what would happen if we had to ration language.
If our vocabulary were cut in half, we'd have to get along with other
Professor Chace used the story to show his French classes the importance
of intonation in language. "...if you read [the words] with the proper
intonation, the meaning appears for certain people. For other people
the meaning never does appear."
"People who like it best are language
people, teachers, lawyers and doctors. That's almost all the people
who are interested in it. And children, strange to say. I've had a lot
of letters from them."
Wants pawn term, dare worsted
ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner ladle cordage, honor itch
offer lodge, dock, florist. Disk ladle gull orphan worry putty ladle
rat cluck wetter ladle rat hut, an fur disk raisin pimple colder Ladle
Rat Rotten Hut.
Wan moaning, Ladle Rat
Rotten Hut's murder colder inset. "Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, heresy ladle
basking winsome burden barter an shirker cockles. Tick disk ladle
basking tutor cordage offer groin-murder hoe lifts honor udder site
offer florist. Shaker lake! Dun stopper laundry wrote! Dun stopper
peck floors! Dun daily-doily inner florist, an yonder nor sorghum-stenches,
dun stopper torque wet strainers!"
"Hoe-cake, murder," resplendent
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, an tickle ladle basking an stuttered oft.
Honor wrote tutor cordage
offer groin-murder, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut mitten anomalous woof.
"Wail, wail, wail!" set
disk wicket woof, "Evanescent Ladle Rat Rotten Hut! Wares are putty
ladle gull goring wizard ladle basking?"
"Armor goring tumor groin-murder's,"
reprisal ladle gull. "Grammar's seeking bet. Armor ticking arson burden
barter an shirker cockles."
"O hoe! Heifer gnats woke,"
setter wicket woof, butter taught tomb shelf, "Oil tickle shirt court
tutor cordage offer groin-murder. Oil ketchup wetter letter, an den
- O bore!"
Soda wicket woof tucker
shirt court, an whinny retched a cordage offer groin-murder, picked
inner windrow, an sore debtor pore oil worming worse lion inner bet.
Inner flesh, disk abdominal woof lipped honor bet, paunched honor
pore oil worming, an garbled erupt. Den disk ratchet ammonol pot honor
groin-murder's nut cup an gnat-gun, any curdled ope inner bet.
Inner ladle wile, Ladle
Rat Rotten Hut a raft attar cordage, an ranker dough ball. "Comb ink,
sweat hard," setter wicket woof, disgracing is verse.
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut entity
bet rum, an stud buyer groin-murder's bet.
"O Grammar!" crater ladle
gull historically,"Water bag icer gut! A nervous sausage bag ice!"
"Battered lucky chew whiff,
sweat hard," setter bloat-Thursday woof, wetter wicket small honors
"O Grammer, water bag noise!
A nervous sore suture anomalous prognosis!"
"Battered small chew whiff,
doling," whiskered dole woof, ants mouse worse waddling.
"O Grammar, water bag mouser
gut! A nervous sore suture bag mouse!"
Daze worry on-forger-nut
ladle gull's lest warts. Oil offer sodden, caking offer carvers an
sprinkling otter bet, disk hoard-hoarded woof lipped own pore Ladle
Rat Rotten Hut an garbled erupt.
MURAL: Yonder nor sorghum
stenches shut ladle gulls stopper torque wet strainers.