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Dec. 23rd, 2010 | 12:55 pm

I've identified a lexical gap in the English language, and I need your help to bridge it.

Fill in your suggestion to the linguistic equation below, if there are enough good answers, I'll put together a poll and we'll vote in a winner.

A lack of literacy is illiteracy.

A lack of orality is ....

My recent focus on these two terms comes from reading Walter Ong's Orality & Literacy this summer, a book recommended to me by Jack McCarthy and Bob Holman independently of each other.

Orality is the practice of the oral tradition. All spoken word poets are well-versed in orality. Some page poets are too, but many are... unoral? ... mute? My suggestions don't quite work. I bet you have something better in mind. Let's hear it.

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monkeypudding

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from: monkeypudding
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
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norality

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faust_mckenzie

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from: faust_mckenzie
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
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I like it.

Working from this, Snorality (Snore-ality) might also hit the mark.

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queenofcrows

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from: queenofcrows
date: Dec. 24th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
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I really must be tired and/or spend too much time on YouTube. I actually just got quite perplexed when I couldn't find the "thumbs-up" button to hit to commend your comment.

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Shannon

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from: shannons_words
date: Dec. 28th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
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First thing that comes to mind is 'unspoken'.
The next thing is 'soundless' and 'dull'.

They aren't quite right though.
Perhaps the issue is with the word 'orality'?

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