Texting the talk: the power of virtual words

They constitute a breathtakingly efficient means of transferring thoughts from one brain to another.

The written word is even more extraordinary than its spoken counterpart, because it doesn’t rely on the two brains having to be in the same room, or even on the same side of the planet.

And yet, in our day-to-day lives, we had forgotten just how extraordinary words are – presumably because there were so damned many of them. Everywhere.

That is until internet messaging came along, and suddenly words