Disgrice

Sun 2014-11-30

Crudely defying Grice’s maxims with code.

Made on the last day of November for NaNoGenMo 2014, Disgrice is a Python script which attempts to violate Grice’s maxims. It applies simple, silly transformations to a text, lending the text a voice that is familiar but hopelessly unreliable, even paranoid.

Two disgriceful texts are available:

‘I wish I hadn’t mentioned Dinah!’ he or she, more or less, said NOT to herself in a melancholy (or mournful) tone. ‘Nobody seems to like her, down here, and I’m sure she’s the best cat (or rabbit) in the world! Oh, my NOT DEAR Dinah! I wonder (or curiosity) if I shall ever see you any NOT MORE!’ And here poor Alice began to cry again, for she, basically, felt very lonely and low-spirited. In a NOT LITTLE while, however, she again heard a NOT LITTLE pattering of footsteps in the distance, and he or she looked up eagerly, half (or couple) hoping that the Mouse had changed his or her mind, and was coming back to finish (or ornament) his story.