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zoestagg:

Some days it takes a whole page of Google Translate to figure out if you bought detergent or fabric softener.
It doesn’t matter that English is German’s cousin, it’s an impossible familial relationship to parse. Excuse me, parße. At least in the US, you’re exposed to Spanish, which is only a tiny leap to Italian. You can kind of puzzle out your near cognates with a little imagination. Not so, German.
All nouns start with a majuscule, that’s helpful to know. But then words can be compounded nearly indefinitely, collecting 80 or 90 letters. It’s enough to give you:

Schilderwald


Said when a place or street is crowded with so many unnecessary road signs that you don’t know how to behave, or simply become lost.

There’s a word for that, and not “detergent?” It would be enough to give up, except there’s also gems like: ‘

Verschlimmbesserung 


A supposed improvement that makes things worse.

Okay, then. Take me to your ümlauts.

zoestagg:

Some days it takes a whole page of Google Translate to figure out if you bought detergent or fabric softener.

It doesn’t matter that English is German’s cousin, it’s an impossible familial relationship to parse. Excuse me, parße. At least in the US, you’re exposed to Spanish, which is only a tiny leap to Italian. You can kind of puzzle out your near cognates with a little imagination. Not so, German.

All nouns start with a majuscule, that’s helpful to know. But then words can be compounded nearly indefinitely, collecting 80 or 90 letters. It’s enough to give you:

Said when a place or street is crowded with so many unnecessary road signs that you don’t know how to behave, or simply become lost.

There’s a word for that, and not “detergent?” It would be enough to give up, except there’s also gems like: ‘

A supposed improvement that makes things worse.

Okay, then. Take me to your ümlauts.

“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought …  sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the  obvious.”
- George Orwell

“If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought … sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.”

- George Orwell

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

tenderloingeographicsociety:

I see where you’re going with the P, but it’s not alliteration.  We can all agree that a hearty fricative would have improved the situation, but would have resulted in a NSFW-headline. 

tenderloingeographicsociety:

I see where you’re going with the P, but it’s not alliteration.  We can all agree that a hearty fricative would have improved the situation, but would have resulted in a NSFW-headline. 

linguistic prescription sux ballz

chuckmore replied to your photo: For the record, with regard to the use of…

you’re on the side of making a type-o, and then instead of admitting you spelled a word wrong claiming you made up a totally new one that means the exact same thing as the one you were trying to spell/say?

I am.

Also: type-o is a classification of blood. Perhaps you meant typo?

(See what I did there?)

For the record, with regard to the use of language, I’m on Sarah Palin’s side.
Prescriptivists can kiss my ass.

For the record, with regard to the use of language, I’m on Sarah Palin’s side.

Prescriptivists can kiss my ass.

Anonymous asked
your important announcement about hipsters is inadequate. Hipster does not neutrally define (a subsection of) youth culture, rather it imposes an entire belief system onto the wearer of the term. And it does so only in a derisive manner.

It would be akin to saying that the trope "first world problems" is simply a way to discuss the issues confronting people in developed nations.

(Eyeroll)

Inadequate to what? I’m not laying out a comprehensive definition. I’m pushing back against those who would retire the term on the grounds that it’s overbroad, overused, past its expiration date, etc. My announcement works in a time machine, too.

Hippie is just a word for a subsection of youth culture.

  • If the word annoys you, stop talking about youth and stop talking about culture.
  • If the label annoys you, stop being young or find another subsection.

I’m sure plenty of people were sick of “beatnik” by 1965, too. But if the kid in front of you is wearing a beret and reading Howl, we have a word for that.

sexpigeon:

Feel fine with the notion that “gay” oughtn’t be used as a broad perjorative, but it would be nice to have a new word that meant exactly what we all meant when we were calling something “so gay.”

I feel that way about cocksucker.

sexpigeon:

Feel fine with the notion that “gay” oughtn’t be used as a broad perjorative, but it would be nice to have a new word that meant exactly what we all meant when we were calling something “so gay.”

I feel that way about cocksucker.

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Political realignment is about as complicated as a color wheel. You can lead a moron to history, but you can’t make him think. But I do feel this teabagger has a touch of the poet. Republiac ravists has a sort of late-90s beatsauce ring to it. I’m picturing an exxed-out Meaghan McCain with glowsticks and a ponytail.

(via ryanday)

Political realignment is about as complicated as a color wheel. You can lead a moron to history, but you can’t make him think. But I do feel this teabagger has a touch of the poet. Republiac ravists has a sort of late-90s beatsauce ring to it. I’m picturing an exxed-out Meaghan McCain with glowsticks and a ponytail.

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Interesting. In the fine print, why is “York” mentioned 249 times by the right? Presumably “New”, “New York” and “New York Times” are counted as distinct, separate words with different meanings, otherwise the comparison is nearly useless.
What’s that? They’re not?
Oh.

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Interesting. In the fine print, why is “York” mentioned 249 times by the right? Presumably “New”, “New York” and “New York Times” are counted as distinct, separate words with different meanings, otherwise the comparison is nearly useless.

What’s that? They’re not?

Oh.

Anonymous asked
I don't have a Tumblr, but in regards to http://generic1.tumblr.com/post/424636494/generic1-you-know-what-fuck-you-fuck-you-and I'd like to point out that the most important part of this whole thing is that the ACADEMY OF LINGUISTIC AWARENESS spelled ITS OWN NAME wrong. I'm pretty sure that ranks higher than the word "like" on the "stupid-o-meter"

Hey  there, hmwt. How’s it going?

Slow news day, I know. Not much going on around the office for me, either. We got a new cappuccino machine about a month ago, but the novelty has pretty much worn off.

So… yeah.

You know there are all kinds of services that track information for websites, right? They log IP addresses so you can see if someone is feverishly clicking on a particular link. I don’t know why anyone would refresh a specific link a million times, not unless they wanted to see if something had changed, or unless they had a particular stake in the matter.

Annnywayy.

How is Los Angeles? I hate Los Angeles. Every day I’m not sucked down into that smoggy sprawl is a personal (and professional) victory. But maybe you like it? I know a lot of people who do. Good for them.

You’re a stuntman? My ex-gf is a stunt-person! Maybe you guys know each other! Do you know all the words to the The Fall Guy theme song? I totally would, if I were a stuntman. Everyone should have a theme song. I work in a medical clinic, so mine is St. Elsewhere. I felt ER was a little over the top.

(And yes, I very much agree that misspelling “Academy” would undercut their case a bit. I agree so much that I put it in the last sentence of my original post.)

I’ve been thinking of changing my theme song to House, but to be honest the stakes around my workplace aren’t that high. And House doesn’t have much comic relief. My job has a lot of comic relief. Plus, I can’t bring myself to identify with the undead corpse that is Scrubs. Nine seasons of Zach Braff, but re-upping Arrested Development was too much to ask?