In our new, multilingual society, written, verbal instructions have been replaced by pictures. Cave art quality pictures. Stick people pictures. For those of us who are word-oriented, the new trend toward pictorial instructions is a pain in the, er, brain.
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People gripe and grumble about everything appearing in Spanish, but I’d much rather try to interpret a sign in Spanish than a sign in pictographs.
It used to be that I could read the multiple pages of instructions and figure out where that last nut and bolt were supposed to go. I could determine which step we’d skipped in assembly or activation of an item. Nowadays, I feel completely illiterate. Pictures mean nothing to me, particularly pictures that are little more than strange symbols.
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Anybody else experiencing this discomfort? Wishing we could go back to the days of instructions that were actually written out in letters?