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As I mentioned yesterday, for my lecture at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, I created new examples of both the Spell Check Technique and dictionary expansions. Here’s the DE one.

I started with the following text:

The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. (—Samuel Beckett’s Murphy, 1938, opening sentence)

I then looked up all the nouns, verbs, and adjectives:

  • sun: a self-luminous heavenly body
  • shine: shed or cast light
  • have: to possess
  • alternative: a possible or remaining course or choice
  • nothing (adj): amounting to nothing, as in offering no prospects for satisfaction, advancement, or the like
  • new (noun): something that is new > something that is of recent origin, production, purchase, etc.; having but lately come or been brought into being

Replacing the original words with their definitions yielded:

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