Was having a geek moment last night, musing on words and some of their design/use in language…

In particular, the word ‘exsanguinated‘ (drained of blood) – a nice happy thought for the evening, I know. πŸ™‚
I suppose it must’ve come from a new US series I’d been watching, Dexter. It has cropped up there, so that hopefully assuages any suspicion of me having murderous tendencies – I don’t even own a blue suit… lucky or otherwise. 😈

What I was thinking, however, is that people may argue: “Why bother learning that long word when you can just say ‘drained of blood’“.

Well, that’s where laziness kicks in and I draw a parallel to programming; When coding anything, similar tasks will appear in your code and it is good practice to avoid typing the same code again and again and instead use functions, procedures or subroutines to perform the common task. In the same way, in language we have some words that can simply condense several words or even a sentence into a single word. (hence the laziness)

‘Exsanguinated’ is perfect example of this, meaning that either spoken or written, both time and effort can be saved.

I suppose that once you get above the basic nouns and verbs, most words act as a kind of token/placeholder for more verbose definitions..

*Edit: 05-01-08*
Actually just realised that there’s more syllables in the single word than in the sentence, so it would be more effort when speaking. πŸ™‚