The other day my roommate and I decided that there was a flaw in the English language. I’d point out flaws in other langauges, but my mastery of them leaves quite a bit to be desired. On a tangential note, I’ve been taking a crash course in conversational German in preparation for a trip I’m taking in two weeks to give a presentation at Mainz Universitat (that’s a whole other blog) and if this course is to be believed, the Germans spend a perhaps disturbing amount of time talking about what the women and children are eating.
Anyway, we noticed that it was difficult to indicate the intensity without relying on “really”**n, a problem only exacerbated by sleep deprivation. So we decided to take the ambiguity out of it. How?
So if you’re kinda excited about something, you can go ahead and say you’re kilo-excited. Exam tomorrow that you haven’t studied for? Femto-cool. You could even apply it to those tricky end-of-relationship conversations: “It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just that we care on different orders of magnitude. You’re like an exa, and I’m at a centi.”
What’s more, you can apply it to the magnitude of abstraction you take in a subject to indicate your level of understanding. For example, I’d say I have a pretty nano-understanding of mechanical engineering, meaning there’s little abstraction. Meanwhile, biology hovers around the Tera-level, because I’m totally satisfied to believe the human body runs on magic.
Try it out, it’s great fun with your geek friends! Speaking of geek friends, you’re bound to make many many more come CPW next week! Up your excitement a few powers of 10. : )