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An Early Example of lolspeak – circa 1987?

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Preamble by Mike Wilkins, 1987, originally uploaded by H4NUM4N.

On a recent trip to the US I spotted this early example of lolspeak from 21 years ago, in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

I didn’t spot the subtlety of it at the time. I though it was just a collection of license plates from various states. It was only when reviewing my shots later that I noticed the message contained within, which when I looked at the title of the piece again it was clear that it was the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It’s called “Preamble” and the artist is Mike Wilkins.

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Written by ukenaut

June 23, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I LOVE this. I did a post today about how if the constitution was done in LOLspeak it’d be a much more poor text…

    and here you are.

    One of my commenters pointed me here, and I am amazed.

    Now I’m not sure if it does lose anything in translation, except the all-important puncutation.

    tiff

    August 12, 2008 at 1:08 am

  2. Wow, this is incredible! I found you because I figured Google HAD to know if there was a ‘lolspeak constitution’ out there. Well done.

    db grin

    August 12, 2008 at 1:13 am


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