In this time of term papers I wanted to draw my patron deity, Bullshitticus, god of students and general last minute fudgery, sitting upon his Golden Futon, attended by the muses Caffeina and Thesaurae, whose powers of artificial energy and pretentious vocabulary can be invoked in case of the all-nighter.
I like to think he’s Dionysus’s second cousin or something.
This is genius…
all wise words from the sagest of the sage.
The Glee writers, everybody..
It’s finally back. I have been wondering when this would appear again!
Although I do find this funny what I don’t find funny is the lack of diversity…
Sorry to break it to y’all but English…
… is not a special language nor does it have more instrinsic value over all of the other languages in the world. Historically speaking, it’s a mixture of a pot-pourri of languages. A lot of English speakers believe that the rest of the world has to adapt to their language quickly and perfectly, why? it’s not their native tongue, the english speaker has to be understanding of that. Some native English speakers speak to non-english speakers with a condescending tone like we must speak it well or else we’re not worth their time.
The amount of times my family, myself, and other classmates have been made fun of when we first immigrated to the United States because of our accents and the amount of times we’ve been corrected was ridiculous. The only time I ever correct anybody is if only they are gonna make a horrible mistake like pronouncing “coke” or “cook” as “cock” but I digress. Psychologically, it doesn’t help because you’re trying your best, and it takes longer to formulate a sentence because you have to think in your language first and then say it in the other language, and while doing it, you mispronouce words or your message gets lost in translation :-/. After being here for about a decade, I speak English fluently but my accent comes on and off (so I’ve been told) and I use to care and now I don’t (on purpose) because of all the idiots that believe that Engish shoud be spoken with perfect pronounciation all of the time.
Granted all languages have their weird “just because” rules but English is one of the languages (if not the language- don’t quote me on that) with the most grammatical rules and exceptions that don’t follow those rules. For example, five words I remember having so much trouble with in the beginning and kids and even adults used to laugh and it would make conversations much harder for me, they are: daughter, laughter, though, through, focus(ed) (there are a lot more words that fit in this categories but these 5 stuck with me and from time to time, I do misprounce them but who cares? )
"Laughter" is pronounced LA(FF)TER- so the "u" is silent and "gh" makes "f" sound, and then "daughter" is pronounced DA(W)TER- so now the "u" is somewhat pronounced and the ‘gh" is silent??? "Though" and "Through"
and “tough” so basically, add or remove one letter and the whole pronounciation goes to shit….da fuck??!!! and the “focus(ed)” along with other words< I had intonation problem: ie. “fack-used” so the embarassement I got for missaying that killed me for months after I found out.
Edit: I wanted to add a group of names that for no reason or explanation when 1 or several letters are added or removed, the pronounciation changes. The are: thou (“ow” sound), though (closed “o” sound), tough (open “o” sound or “aw”), thought (open “o”, through or “aw), trough (“oo” sound), and thorough (open “I” sound and closed “o” sound).
After being here for so many years, I find myself loving and appreciating people that speak with accents more, light or heavy, because it shows that you’re from another part of the world, with a different culture and how cool is it that you speak another language? I don’t mean to sound like I’m tooting my own horn but I am more understanding towards non-native english speakers not just because they don’t speak the language well but I can understand what they mean without them having to explain anything. Whether English is easy or hard, it depends on the person, their age, their affinity for learning new languages ect…I feel like a lot of english speakers in the States don’t want to understand non- native speakers but if only they moved past the technicality of the language and tried to understand the person as a human being language aside, they might open more doors for themselves.
Thanks for reading!
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HBO Signs Issa Rae’s “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”
ABG has an official home! In keeping with their tradition of groundbreaking and refreshing…
I hope this show doesn’t get watered down Hollywood-style. When it’s still in the name of the creator, it’s raw and real and once they get signed, politics get involved etc… I wish her the best, this web-series is awesome (if you are Black and awkward this will definitely appeal to you) but it covers general, everyday awkward moments too.
They are all so cute, the have no iea lol.