so today it snowed for the first time this year and ive naturally been online all day and didnt know so i went to take out the garbage in bare feet and stepped in an inch snow and i just yelled "what the fUCK" and i just heard my neighbour in his backyard go “oh my god she’s outside”
we’re taking a group of people who have insider knowledge of the English language (or at least a good grasp of it) and placing them in a new, unfamiliar, virtual space. This space introduces visual aids to language in the form of photos and gifs, the ability to comment on someone else’s text in a reblog and the ability to communicate a lot of information in very few words using hashtags. We also see the creation of tone in a toneless medium. In order to simulate conversational patterns in writing we SHOUT WHEN WE’RE SUPER EXCITED or *psssst whisper when we’re pretending to tell someone a secret while perfectly aware that anyone on the internet can read what we’re saying.* slash the coolest bit tho is that u can like ironically forgo all capitalization and punctuation just write in a weird speech pattern its ok everyone will still understand maybe it even helps read the text more quickly because nothing is interrupting the flow of words
In short, this dialect results when people who already share a language are given new tools. The result isn’t a butchering of English language but a creative experiment with it. Am I claiming that the Internet as a whole is operating on a level of postmodernism that would make Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon seem like novices? maybe i am maybe im not u punk wut of it like who r u to tell me otherwise
This whole article is absolutely fascinating. As someone who is older than the average tumblr user, and someone who can be a bit of a grammar freak, it took me a long time to get used to the Tumblrisms, but now I find them incredibly useful.
remus would have been so good at finding loopholes for the marauders to slip through like i mean as a prefect he would have had to know all of them to an extent and i can just see sirius hopping onto his bed like “hey moony can we do this thing without technically breaking any rules” and remus would be like well no but you could do this and then guess who doesnt have detention despite the fact that all anyone at the slytherin table has had for dinner the past four days is haggis
what’s your favorite Fulghum book? what do you like about him? we have a bunch of his books at the bookstore, have a vague interest in reading him bc I know he’s fairly popular, but can’t tell if I’d like him or not
It’s collections of short stories, which is good for my attention span. I can have it as a secondary book, ie in the bathroom or in the car or w/e and there’s no continuity worries.
He’s had a ton of jobs, many of which involved other people (minister, high school teacher), which makes for excellent stories.
Also his sense of humor is similar enough to mine that I giggle p. often.
I’m not sure I have one specific favorite book. They’re all just different collections of his stories. I can loan you one/some if you want.
I know you said in your tags not to ask you any of the book questions, but now I want to know what your three favorite books are, so: T?
Oh god I have no idea. I definitely can’t confine it to three.
For adult books I’m gonna say Good Omens, The Red Tent, The History of Love, almost anything by Robert Fulghum, Wicked, and The Thirteenth Tale.
For kids (upper elementary/middle school) books, probably The Giver, anything by Gordan Korman (specifically the Bruno and Boots books and I Want To Go Home), Ella Enchanted, and stuff by Nancy Garden.
There is no way I can pick favorite picture books. I know Miss Rumphius and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom are on the list, but I have literally hundreds of favorites.
And of course there are many many more I will be furious at myself for forgetting later.