Let’s explore using the Blissymbol for “interjection”!
An interjection is a short exclamation, sometimes inserted into a sentence.
It is easy to remember the Bliss elements in “interjection” feeling + mouth “feeling expressed by the mouth”
We have had this symbol element for a long time!
We used it in “Wow” and “Yuk” in the seventies, when we first began using Blissymbols.
'Blissful Thoughts' gives us the opportunity to have some fun, thinking of ways to express interjections in Bliss.
I am going to suggest ways to represent some interjections we use in English, and offer a personal interjection that I use frequently!
I invite those interested in Bliss to comment on my suggestions and also to offer their ideas for representing their personal Bliss interjections.
Oh - used to express a range of emotions including surprise, anger, disappointment, or joy, or when reacting to something that has just been said.
Bliss elements interjection + feeling + intensity
uh-uh - used to express a negative response to a question or remark
Bliss elements interjection + opposition
"I can't agree!"
uh-huh - used to express assent or as a noncommittal response to a question or remark
Bliss elements interjection + agreement
"I can go along with that!"
whatever - used to show disinterest or disbelief in answer to a statement
Bliss elements interjection + disinterest
"If you say so!"
aha -used to express insight, satisfaction, triumph, or surprise.
Bliss elements interjection + insight
"I get it!"
“Nuts!” or “Oh, Nuts” - My personal interjection when I accidentally do something, unintended, that irritates me. Don’t ask me why!
Bliss elements interjection + seed + tree + plural
"How stupid of me!”
The above symbols are examples of ways to use “interjection” for personal use in conversation. These interjections will NOT be found in the BCI Authorized Vocabulary (AV). They are offered as a strategy for personal use only.
I look forward to your thoughts on the interjections above and I hope you will share your favourite interjections with us.
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Example of accommodating now and in the seventies!
We all know how important it is to have an international standard for the use of Blissymbolics. BCI maintains an Authorized Vocabulary for this very reason.
However we also know that ‘living communication’ requires some accommodation from time to time, to meet the needs of users. A practical example of this took place many years ago when those whose native language was Hebrew needed to view their Blissymbols from right to left instead of from left to right as we do with English words. Judy Seligman-Wine and her colleagues did the extensive work to make this happen when Judy moved from Canada to Israel in the seventies.
We have an example of collaboration and accommodation on Canada Day, 2020. We provided a Blissymbol for “social distancing” for those who speak Hebrew. A “Blissful way” for Canada to collaborate internationally to celebrate our special day!
Here is how it happened:
Back in April, Wern Palmus in Sweden collected the Blissymbols that could be useful during Covid19. They appear in the first entry in Blissful Thoughts (April 24, 2020)
On July 1, 2020, Judy Wine wrote and asked if we had a Blissymbol for “social distancing”.
I wrote back and shared Wern’s work. Judy reminded me that she needed the elements reversed.
With the help of Bliss Online, I was able to send Judy the symbol in its Hebrew form.
It has been quite a learning experience, hosting our recent Bliss meetings on zoom!
I am including in this blog the link to a short video clip from our April 24, 2020 meeting and the “CHAT" from our June 25 meeting. Our conversation ranges from trouble shooting in using zoom, to checking out new Bliss-words, to sharing news. I hope, as time progresses, and we gain more experience with zoom, that we will devote more time to news and learning Bliss!
We had a guest at our April meeting - Lynnette Norris, and we watched a video together that she had shared. It showed young children who had severe hearing losses, as they HEARD for the first time! Exciting! It made us think of what it was like, to COMMUNICATE for the first time!
At our June meeting, we shared memories of events in our childhood. Nice to reminisce together!
I hope this blog will be used for lots of reminiscing. I invite our Bliss alumni and friends to send me news or ideas that they would like to share. Blissymbols suggestions or requests are always welcome as well! I will see that they are placed in our “Blissful Thoughts” Blog.
June 25 CHAT
Be patient as you read!!
Lots of time had to be spent on technical complications!
We will get better!!!
3:09:40 From Julie Millar : hi
13:09:52 From Russell : Hi!
13:12:31 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : Are you using gallery view?
13:12:47 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : We can't hear you right now
13:13:01 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : Still not
13:13:22 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : Notice the highlight is going back and forth from Elaine to Silvano
13:14:15 From ELAINE : trying fix my cap
13:14:48 From Shirley McNaughton to Russell (Privately) : I will take off my head sets and try the other way. I can hear Russell and rebecca
13:15:20 From Frances Brown : hi I don’t have sound again today Fran
13:17:00 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : I'll try to help Fran with her sound
13:20:13 From Frances Brown : yes to Rebecca. Russell I only have an IPad not a computer Fran
13:55:38 From Julie Millar : Samantha agrees,it's because it is funny
13:55:42 From ELAINE : i was 15
13:56:17 From Russell : Because Elaine really loves jello?
13:56:19 From Carolyn : it is real to her
14:01:18 From Carolyn : I remember my dog Brutus who licked my face to kiss me. I think I was around 6 when we got him
14:01:43 From Rebecca Chan : update....Fran has video now but still no audio. so she will use chat for now
14:02:02 From ELAINE : dad came in he gave me a pick ball and doll age 8
14:07:46 From ELAINE : playing ball. at children
14:08:28 From Russell : Maybe a pickleball?
14:09:24 From ELAINE : yes just a ball
14:11:25 From aomalley : sound is cutting out
14:12:07 From aomalley : all I heard was do something?
14:12:45 From Frances Brown : I remember one time when my sister & brother & I got lost on the farm. Mom thought we were outside with Dad & Dad thought we were in the house with Mom until he came in for lunch. They found us when they saw Sportie our dog jumping up & down
14:13:46 From ELAINE : yes
14:15:50 From Russell : Yes
14:16:18 From ELAINE : yes
14:17:01 From Julie Millar : favourite trip I took
14:17:38 From Carolyn : favourite trip also
14:18:45 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : star trek
14:18:58 From Julie Millar : captain kurk
14:19:07 From ELAINE : i had many trips.
14:20:15 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : first time reading? or communicating?
14:20:59 From ELAINE : bud and i had story
14:22:43 From ELAINE : still on
14:26:03 From ELAINE : ok SHIRLEY
14:28:40 From ELAINE : RUSS CAN I CHAT WITH YOU?
14:40:17 From Frances Brown : I finally got the audio.
14:50:50 From Frances Brown : I had to have the test in order to come back to the Baker Centre & I had to be back within 24 hours of getting negative results. Donnas mother can go & visit Donna but she has to stay outside & they talk through the window. If she wants to go in the house she has to be tested every two weeks.
14:54:04 From Russell to Shirley McNaughton (Privately) : Please send it to me
14:55:46 From Rebecca Chan : looks like silva no wants us to see a photo
14:56:10 From Rebecca Chan : they are waving a photo on the screen
14:58:32 From aomalley : We have to say good bye. We have another meeting happening soon and have to get ready. It is our AGM
From time to time we will have various friends of Bliss, educators, and Bliss users post their thoughts and memories on life with Bliss. Shirley McNaughton, the person who got the Bliss ball rolling in 1971, will have the honour of the first post. Stay tuned!