Old to New
Identify/Generate the principle
Time: 15 minutes
Write the three examples below on the board. Ask students if they
can translate them into complete sentences. Share their results.
There's liable to be some variation, so use the occasion to talk
about why old evidence is important: to make information clear
to outsiders (as in the stock quotation), to make information
clear to people who don't know the context (as in the telegram),
to make information clear even when there's been an error in
transmission (as in the ad).
a. TXO 3... TXU 3 7/8 ... TX 3 1/4... TXT 8 5/8... TXA 0 1/2...
TXI 7 _
b. Telegram from Paris:
PLEASE SEND FIFTY AMERICAN EXPRESS NICE LETTER OF EXPLANATION FOLLOWS
c. Classified ad:
Lg Elivr M2b Rbsm T $700
a. 100 shares of Texas Oil & Gas common stock traded at $23.00
100 shares of Texas Utilities common stock traded at $43.875 per
100 shares of Texaco common stock traded at $33.25 per share.
b. Please send me fifty dollars at the American Express Office
in Nice. A letter of explanation follows. Love, Lou.
c. Large living room, two bedroom basement apartment for rent at
$700 a month.