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Tumblr ads are getting increasingly incomprehensible, yet relatable.
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Jun. 1st, 2017 12:49 am
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“we’ve explored more of space than the ocean….”

I mean. Well. I don’t know how to say this diplomatically, but… that’s… wrong. That’s not true. I might not know a whole lot about space but I am pretty sure that it’s sorta the biggest thing there is.

some kind of weird inverted universe thing where space is finite and a few miles deep at most and the ocean goes on forever and the seafloor is actually the event horizon at the edge of our lightcone

Flat Earth conspiracies
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One of my favorite linguistic phenomena is rebracketing, which is when a word or words is/are redivided differently, either two words becoming one, one word heard as two, or part of one word interpreted as part of the other.  This frequently happens with articles, for example:

apron was originally napron, but “a napron” was interpreted as “an apron”

newt comes from ewt by the same process

In the opposite direction, nickname comes from Middle English nekename which in turn came from ekename (an ekename -> a nekename) where “eke” was an old word meaning “also” or “additional” (so basically “an additional name”)

ammunition comes from an obsolete dialectal French amunition, which came from munition, the phrase la munition being heard as l’amunition.

the nickname Ned comes from Ed, via “mine Ed” being heard as “my Ned” (in archaic English, “my” and “mine” had the same relationship as “a” and “an”), same with several other nicknames like Nell

The word “orange” ulimately derives from the Arabic nāranj, via French “orange”, the n being lost via a similar process involving the indefinite article, e.g., something like French “une norange” becoming “une orange” (it’s unclear which specific Romance language it first happened in)

in the Southern US at least (not sure about elsewhere), “another” is often analyzed as “a nother”, hence the phrase “a whole nother”

omelet has a whole series of interesting changes; it comes from French omelette, earlier alemette (swapping around the /l/ and /m/), from alemelle from an earlier lemelle (la lemelle -> l’alemelle)

Related to this, sometimes two words, especially when borrowed into another language, will be taken as one.  Numerous words were borrowed from Arabic with the definite article al- attached to them.  Spanish el lagarto became English alligator.  An interesting twist is admiral, earlier amiral (the d probably got in there from the influence of words like “administer”) from Arabic amir al- (lord of the ___), particularly the phrase amir al-bahr, literally “lord of the sea”.

Sometimes the opposite happens.  A foreign word will look like two words, or like a word with an affix.  For example, the Arabic kitaab (book) was borrowed into Swahili as kitabu.  ki- happens to be the singular form of one of the Swahili genders, and so it was interpreted as ki-tabu.  To form the plural of that gender, you replace ki- with vi-, thus, “books” in Swahili is vitabu.  The Greek name Alexander became, in Arabic, Iskander, with the initial al- heard as the article al-.

Similarly, the English word Cherry came from Old Norman French cherise, with the s on the end interpreted as the plural -s.  Interestingly enough, that word came from Vulgar Latin ceresia, a feminine singular noun, but originally the plural of the neuter noun ceresium!  So a Latin plural was reinterpreted as a singular in Vulgar Latin, which in turn was interpreted as a plural when borrowed into English!

The English suffix -burger used with various foods (e.g., cheeseburger, or more informally chickenburger, etc.) was misanlyzed from Hamburger as Ham-burger, itself from the city of Hamburg

This can happen even with native words.  Modern French once is used for the snow leopard, but originally meant “lynx”.  In Old French, it was lonce (ultimately from the same source as lynx), which was reinterpreted as l’once!  In English, the word “pea” was originally “pease”, but that looked like it had the plural -s on it, and so the word “pea” was created from it.  Likewise, the adjective lone came from alone, heard as “a lone”, but alone itself came originally from all one.

One of my favorite personal examples is the old Southern man who would come into work and ask me if I was “being have” (as opposed to the more usual “behaving”).

the word editor predated the word edit - editor was reinterpreted as edit-er, so clearly someone who edits!

when your open borders advocacy extends to morpheme boundaries
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Muslim New Yorkers will pray and break their Ramadan fast right in front of Trump Tower

On Thursday, about 450 Muslim activists and their allies in New York City are planning to protest Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies.

MPower Change, a Muslim grassroots organization, is teaming up with the New York State Immigrant Action Fund to host Iftar at Trump Tower in Manhattan. 

Iftar is the first meal Muslims eat after sunset during the month-long fast of Ramadan. The protest will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a short speaking program featuring local community leaders. 

But when the clock strikes 8:22 p.m., the Islamic call to prayer will begin and Muslim activists will break their fast with the traditional sip of water and some dates before making their evening prayers.

Iftar at Trump Tower was planned directly in response to the administration’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies like the Muslim ban, Mohammad Khan, campaign director at MPower Change, said. Read more (5/31/17)

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read read read read read until you’re swollen with words. read advice from every author you love and read advice from every author you hate and read advice from the monster under your bed and read grammar books and read books from the black mountain poets and read books from modern poets and read self-published novels.

and once you’re filled up on ideas other people have given you, ignore everything you just were told and write what you want to read. if you’re absolutely in love with the luminous quality of alliteration, use it. if you’re amazed by the ability of adverbs to astonishingly and quickly multiply, flood your page with them. if you want to let every character die and come back to life, let them. if nobody dies and it’s 500 pages of people in a tea parlor talking, you just wrote a longer version of “no exit” by jean paul sarte and tbh it’s looking for an update. 

the reason i end up hating my work is twofold. either i’m stuck and it’s just a writing block and it doesn’t flow like it needs to, or i’m stuck because i’m too worried about perfection. i need a passage to ring perfect, and i get so caught up in silly things like commas and splicing and never using “said” that i can’t put anything down without feeling like i’m slogging through letters. i forget that the best part of writing a book is how fun it is to write a book. how caught up i get in the story, how sometimes i can even make myself laugh with surprise.

write because you want to hear yourself tell the story. write with a good sense of humor, honestly. i’ve written five novels, and while they’re not for publishing, they were for fun. we forget not everything has to be marketable and serious. that the best part of writing is when you evaporate and everything becomes story.

and when you’re just blocked? go back to the first part of this. and read.
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me when i wanna go anywhere ever
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when you show people what you’ve done with your life
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me trying to defend my life
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What People Think Millennials Are Like Vs What They’re Actually Like

It’s sadly easy for people in power and privelege to demonize people than admit that the systems we live in are broken and unfair.
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Looks about right to me.

She selling ???
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with huge noses and over lined lips


You know why

clowns actually originated in egypt to entertain royalty- they wore weird masks and imitated gods.  there were also clowns in ancient china, greece, and italy. it wasn’t “black face and then switched to white face” like i saw in the notes– the clown white paint was invented in 1801. 

the big, red nose is associated with alcoholism/being drunk (heavy alcohol usage can lead to severe rosacea and swelling of the nose), because drunkards in ye olde times were seen as fun for the whole family. the overlined lips create an exaggerated smile). curly or big hair was seen as whimsical and fun, as was a lack of hair (if you look up ‘vintage clowns’, you’ll see their hair is puffed out to the sides or upwards. nowadays, people probably wear afros because they’re cheap, and don’t involve lots of styling. 

i am passionate about clowns

They are a terrifying breed of monster, and must be eradicated from the face of the earth, but it’s relieving to know they weren’t born from a place of racial prejudice.
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@ the people who think all nbs are teenagers
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tolkien’s/peter jackson’s elves are literally the most extra creatures ever. galadriel gets in a swan boat just for the aesthetic. arwen has at least three beds for dramatically moping. the elves have a whole land of immortality where they go when they just can’t even deal anymore. don’t even get me started on thranduil.
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i wish i could be brave like brave from disneys brave but instead i am coward from real life

im rattatooie from the kitchen
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whenever people talk about primal urges half the time they’re talking about something sexual, but it’s like, sometimes you just gotta climb a flight of stairs like that, you know? it’s like my body is telling me, “buddy, five thousand years ago everyone would have bolted up stairs on all fours. it’s okay, it’s natural.”

Primal is sneaking out to your kitchen in the dead if night as your head swivels around checking for danger while stuff snack into your arms and standing stone still in the shadows whenever you hear something
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hey reblog or reply w/ games that feel like home for you, games that immediately make u feel calm and peaceful the second you hear the intro music, and it’s like coming home or a breath of fresh air
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*sees a nice pair of tiddies*
me @ my own tiddies: wtf why aint u look like that fuck
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