Archive for the ‘Language’ Category

NO, NELLY!
December 15, 2010

I LOVE your amazingly catchy song “Just a Dream” but I need to tell you… “only just a dream” is the most grammatically annoying/redundant thing I’ve* ever heard.  Could there not have been a better 2-syllable word than “only” before “just?”  This is almost as offensive as people who say “but yet”.  BUH!

Sigh.  I’ll continue to listen to this for weeks, anyway.  It’s too good.

*Brit pointed it out first.  Gotta give her credit or she’ll yell at me later!

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o rly?!
November 26, 2010

I just got this email with the subject like “Fraud complaint!!”

Dear business owner,

A complaint has been filled against you by Mr. Jim Evans, claiming that you and your company are involved in tax-evasion schemes.

The original complaint can be viewed by visiting the following link : (I took out the link, just in case anyone would have tried to click it.  Ahem, mother.)

Before starting an investigation , we are required to check the balance reports of your company and compare them with the data you filled in the tax forms.

Please forward the required reports to : derek.jones@fraud.irs.gov

Thank you,

Derek Jones

Fraud Department

Internal Revenue Service

You’d think a person trying to phish my information would AT LEAST use proper punctuation and capitalization throughout the email.  Idiots.

 

more semantics
November 17, 2010

Did you know what a vuvuzela was last year?  How about a spillcam?  These are two of the top used words of the last year, according to the Global Language Monitor.  The GLM, which gathers information, based upon social media and news trends, put out the list recently, which also included “refudiate,” a conflation of “refute” and “repudiate” used by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin; “guido,” and “Tea Party.”

CNN says: The top words this year come from the World Cup, an environmental disaster, and political malapropisms.  Paul JJ Payack, president of The Global Language Monitor was quoted, “This is fitting for a relentlessly growing global language that is being taken up by thousands of new speakers each and every day.”

I’m not sure whether there is much of a method to this, or if they were simply monitoring the Trending Topics on Twitter for a year, but I appreciate a good algorithm explaining semantics.  Language is fueled by communication, and as I have stressed: communication is key for just about… anything.

As far as I’m concerned, though, Sarah Palin can go refudiate the spillcam with a vuvuzela and never come back.

[Check out the original post here.  If you like it, press “like.” It helps me out at work!  Thx!]

esoteric lexicon
November 16, 2010

I have a new item to add to the Urban Dictionary this week.  It’s Jewipino.  A Jewipino is the result of a Philipino and Jewish union, resulting in a child.

Said child would enjoy blood-matzo ball soup on the holidays.

i love the 90’s.
October 10, 2010

This song meant a lot when it first came out.  It meant giving the FCC the finger by using a “curse word” in the lyrics.  It meant empowerment for a lot of women… taking the word “bitch” back to call it their own.  But then some people took it the wrong way.  Some peopler were probably like, “YEAH I’M A BITCH!  YOU DON’T EVEN WANT TO TALK TO ME!”   People who get off on being bitches are really, really sad.  Go hug your mother or something… if she’ll let you.

 

the word is subjective.
September 21, 2010

I’m easy… to get along with.  To love.  To be with.  I’ve accepted it as a good thing.

why i won’t support the saints.
February 9, 2010

I finally did the research on the insipid “who dat” chant, and I am happy to say that my theory can be well-supported.  On (and previous to) Superbowl Sunday, I said that I refused to pull for a team that had a chant that encouraged people to remain grammatically incorrect.  And quite frankly, I also found it racist.  I wasn’t sure why when I said it, but then searched back through the banks of undergrad, when I took a course on the history of African American music.  Maybe if any of those fans took a moment to realize what they were saying instead of jumping on a dirty bandwagon, they would realize that their chant originated in 1800’s minstrel shows.

For those who are not in the know, minstrel (or minstrelsy) shows basically lampooned black people in the late 1800’s / early 1900’s.  They poked fun at black people in mostly disparaging ways: ignorant, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious, joyous, and musical.  And, OF-FUCKING-COURSE, the “who dat” bit was making fun of their undereducated way of speech, being grammatically incorrect. These were white people, dressed up in black face, impersonating and making fun of their slaves.

Why are we supporting this now?  Why are we supporting chants of lazy grammar, or chants of the undereducated, or chants of the old racist?  I don’t support this and never will.

Plus, I’m pretty sure that my saying I like the Colts because of their uniforms better is just as bad as you hokey morons saying you like the Saints because you like going to New Orleans. Get over it.

another friendly reminder
January 27, 2010

FOR THE LAST TIME.
January 12, 2010

LOLchats
January 11, 2010

New verb: GOOGLEMAPTHAT SHIT.  So good.