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6 The Same Book with 42 Chapters and 3 Cover Pages

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This chapter is part of the book Thumoslang for Character Renovation (TCR), but it is about the book Life in 184 Words, also known as Thumoslang on the Run (OTR).

Life in 184 Words – Thumoslang on the Run

A | About OTR’s Official Title

[1] Wow! What a book it is. It has three alternative titles. Life in 184 Words is its official book title. Thumoslang on the Run (OTR) is its online book title. Its abbreviation is more popular as the online edition is more accessible than other editions. The Guide to Thumoslang is its initial book title.

[2] Chapter 16, From Zero to New Life in 184 Words, of the book, Thumoslang for Character Renovation (TCR), recounts how the author came up with OTR’s print-book title. The author wrote OTR’s 42 chapters in 42 days in early 2022 based on OTR’s experimental version, the Original Edition of The Chronicle of Bongo One (COB1).

B | OTR’s New Source of Knowledge

[3] In the following months, the author wrote TCR as an extension to COB1 to trace the personal transformation of several individuals. After the first two dozen chapters, the author stopped the press and suspended the process of publishing OTR when he realized that OTR should include much material from TCR. He revised a handful of chapters in OTR as a result. The two books have been intricately linked with one another ever since.

C | The Purpose of OTR

[4] OTR’s purpose is to help turn each person into a human through a slow-burn personal transformation using Thumoslang as a linguistic tool and level of analysis. In brief, Thumoslang is the vocabulary for optimizing life, formally described as the nomenclature for social life. The book can help you improve your life, increase your group’s productivity, and advance your community’s progress. Its words do not dance around the subject matter and waste the reader’s time. It is full of self-evident propositions to keep yourself on the shortest path toward your ideal self.

D | OTR’s Original Source of Knowledge

[5] The first book ever that presents the knowledge of Thumoslang is the original Thumos textbook (OTB) by Nickantony Quach (pictured, left) and Mark Canny (right). Its formal title is Thumos: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration, published in 2017. However, OTB does not mention Thumoslang because its writers did not understand their creation completely. To fulfill their vision of unwanted drama minimized systematically for all, they focused more on their Thumos Philosophy instead of its vocabulary’s immense power. As told in OTR’s Chapter 20, The Discovery of Thumoslang did not occur until December 2018, when the author unexpectedly used Thumoslang for Changing a Life in Three Sentences.

[6] According to Jonathan Kwee, the OTB has “[excellent] content, but it is missing a heart, [as many technical textbooks are].” The book Life in 184 Words, also known as Thumoslang on the Run (OTR), is the missing heart. Its primary contributor, Norman D. Baker, ensured that the OTR brings up as much emotion as the OTB does logic. “Things make more sense with a good balance between logic and emotion,” Mark Canny would say. That’s why you need both OTB and OTR.

E | About the Influence by Lyonel Fritsch

[7] OTB, COB1, OTR, and TCR are the books tracing the creation, discovery, and development of Thumoslang between 2017 and 2022. OTB, the print edition, captured the initial creation of Thumoslang. COB1, the online booklet, documents the first successful use of Thumoslang. OTR is the first book written to teach Thumoslang. TCR follows the slow-burn transformation of several individuals the author mentored over many months, even years. One of them is Lyonel Fritsch. TCR’s chapters 19 through 25 documented the initial steps of his Thumoslang journey. His experience was so influential that the author revised OTR to include the documented observation.

[8] According to OTR’s Chapter 5, Changing a Life in Three Sentences, the United States has over 15,000 economists by formal employment. Fritsch wants to become one of them in the future. He is a student with a vision for the world. Still, he couldn’t fully articulate it until after he acquired the knowledge of Thumoslang.

[9] The most remarkable fact about the experience is that within a few weeks after he began his Thumoslang journey, he decided to help develop the vocabulary for use in teaching economics. The following incident offers a demonstration.


[10] Fritsch, a college student in his third undergraduate year in Economics, spent a morning with the author in mid-August 2022. At one point, he spent much time explaining the concept of inflation. The author helped him develop the following new Thumoslang thumbnail definition to give him a better way to convey his teaching.

  • Inflation; that means, less buying power.

[11] Fritsch was happy to have a shortcut in teaching the public a popular concept in economics. He also wants to develop a comprehensive set of Thumoslang-style thumbnail definitions for economics and use it to help the public make economic decisions, especially under emotional stress.


F | About the Dedication

[12] “When the author wrote [the] book’s first paragraphs in early March 2022, more than two million people had fled Ukraine for safety elsewhere in two weeks. Half of them were children. Through many videos, the world saw their hardship and felt in awe of the courage displayed by their fellow citizens back home. The author, Nickantony Quach, thinks of them while writing the book. As he recalls his experience fleeing his former country decades earlier, he dedicates [the] book to all Ukrainians worldwide.” — OTR’s Dedication

G | The Use of OTR

[13] If your friends used Life in 184 Words first, they would have better social life than other friend groups in their locality. If your group used the book first, your fellow members would become more competitive than their peers elsewhere. If your community uses the book first, it could help its residents reach their personal and, thus, mutual milestones faster.

[14] Aspiring teachers and leaders should take note. When you teach Thumoslang, you raise the learner’s maturity, give them the power to speak to you as an equal, and show them how to profit from their relations. Your students will become better learners when they profit more from their relations.

[15] Your business is a group. If large enough, it is a community. Your employees will love you for telling them about Life in 184 Words. The best of all is its price: free of charge! Better yet, anyone can access it online, soon in several languages.

H | About the 184 Words

[16]   Life in 184 Words is an extended version of a tiny booklet, Final Words for Humanity, presented in the book as a chapter by itself. It has only 184 words. When he dies, the author wants to have his tombstone engraved with the following message:

His 184 Words Changed the World

[17] According to Chapter 40, the tiny booklet is The Shortest Nonfiction. The book  Life in 184 Words aims to explain only 157 of those 184 words; the remaining 27 are out of scope, covered by the original Thumos textbook.

[18] Try the following for size. Read the following 184 words and see how much they can immediately move your life.

Here is the foundation for love and a good life. In Thumoslang nomenclature, your life is your reputation after death. Living means adding more to life. To live a good life, become your ideal self, which is when you achieve your ideals, your most meaningful milestones. Discover them all to enter adulthood; members of your bongo, a wealth-building friend group, can help you do all that. Those milestones are necessary to build your desired reputation, established when what you do makes others experience admiration and trust towards you. They must cover all ideals carried by each of the five departments in your business-of-the-self: Health, Relations, Dreams, Career, and Retirement. Keep phantom relationships at bay. Your relationships must include more social shortcuts but fewer roadblocks to reach your ideals as fast as possible. To minimize unwanted drama systematically, remember this; a relationship needs at least two ongoing and independent relations. Each relation requires purposeful involvement; participants must share the same purpose. All is possible with the four elements of love discharged through the four steps of reciprocation in endless collaboration; see the original Thumos textbook.

[19] If you speak Thumoslang fluently, you should understand the above passage completely. To achieve fluency in Thumoslang, begin with the book Life in 184 Words. To achieve the highest level of fluency in Thumoslang, study the original Thumos textbook.

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