Old Information: Who Needs It?


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 LOVE LOU
 
c. Classified ad:

Lg Elivr M2b Rbsm T $700
 
Translations

a. 100 shares of Texas Oil & Gas common stock traded at $23.00 per share.
100 shares of Texas Utilities common stock traded at $43.875 per share.
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.