The Language of Play
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I practice Play?“
“To practice is to remember to practice. One aspect of the practice is to make Play more present in your mind. One way to do that is through language, by using words and phrases evocative of Play. I call the collection of all such words and phrases the Language of Play.
There are two aspects to it:
– using existing words and phrases – identifying such words and phrases from your play history and using them more often
– creating words and phrases – playing with language to create words and phrases that remind you to play; we might call this languageplay
One type of such languageplay for instance involves substitution of various words with the word ‘play’.
pay => play
Paypal => Playpal (reddy2go [<link])
work => play
workout => playout
Another one involves adding ‘playful’ before various words:
This a an instance of what I call Generative Play – playing with coming up with new ways to play.“