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blood—sport:

Important things from Igbohistory Instagram. European colonialism has, and still continues to dismantle the myriad of sophisticated social constructs upheld by so many African ethnicities, by presenting Africa as a unit by choosing to ignore the huge ocean of differences between ethnic groups, let alone countries.

Did Igbohistory quote the person who actually wrote this? As I read this, I had the feeling that I’d read the exact words before and not from Igbohistory. In fact I believe that I shared a link to the original essay on my tumblr years ago but I can’t find it now, I will sha…

I was taught this in my African History class, and since then i stopped referring to my people (Yoruba) and other ethic groups of Africa and the world as tribes. This large groups of people are nations with strong rich history and deserve to be respected as such. 

i do hope that igbohistory doesn’t claim that this is their own work, and they simply forgot to cite where the information comes from. 

I updated! I made a mistake pls, it was very similar to another essay I’d read but not the same.

I BEEN saying this, YES.

'Tribe' is a white anthropological word meant to diminish.

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i also just found out a “portmeanteau” used to be a suitcase so

portmanteau (n.)1580s, “traveling case or bag for clothes and other necessaries,” from Middle French portemanteau ”traveling bag,” originally “court official who carried a prince’s mantle” (1540s), from porte, imperative of porter ”to carry” (see porter (n.1)) + manteau ”cloak” (see mantle (n.)). 

Portmanteau word ”word blending the sound of two different words” (1882), coined by “Lewis Carroll” (Charles L. Dodgson, 1832-1898) for the sort of words he invented for “Jabberwocky,” on notion of “two meanings packed up into one word.” As a noun in this sense from 1872.

GODDAMNIT

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I JUST FOUND OUT WE GOT THE WORD “CLOMPING” FROM THE GERMAN/DUTCH WORD FOR CLOGS THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER

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bramblepatch:

from Passing English of the Victorian Era
I’m gonna bring this back if it’s the last thing I do

i’ve got the permanent morbs

unbuttonedinawood:

bramblepatch:

from Passing English of the Victorian Era

I’m gonna bring this back if it’s the last thing I do

i’ve got the permanent morbs

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"Zeerust: the particular kind of datedness which afflicts things that were originally designed to look futuristic."

- from The Meaning of Liff, by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd (via hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy)

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seananmcguire:

dying-suffering-french-stalkers:

geekhistorylesson:

Did you know: 
LES MISÈRABLES has a 3-page, 823-word sentence which is divided by 93 commas, 51 semicolons, and 4 dashes? Rumor has it that someone suffocated from lack of oxygen in the 1940′s just short of the 73rd comma while giving a dramatic reading from the work. 
Crazy French literature facts from Your Mind University! 

IT’S THE DAMN LOUIS-PHILIPPE ONE ISN’T IT

Life goals.

seananmcguire:

dying-suffering-french-stalkers:

geekhistorylesson:

Did you know:

LES MISÈRABLES has a 3-page, 823-word sentence which is divided by 93 commas, 51 semicolons, and 4 dashes? Rumor has it that someone suffocated from lack of oxygen in the 1940′s just short of the 73rd comma while giving a dramatic reading from the work.

Crazy French literature facts from Your Mind University!

IT’S THE DAMN LOUIS-PHILIPPE ONE ISN’T IT

Life goals.

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notthebatman:

I really like made up words. I think it’s something that we seem reluctant to do and even turn our nose up despite the fact that we are making new words everyday (vlogging anyone?).

In Vernon Green’s 1954 song The Letter, he sings ’Oh my darling, let me whisper sweet words of pizmotality and discuss the puppetutes of love.’ Later, Vernon would explain that pizmotality referred to the words so secret that you only whisper them to your lover and puppetutes were the fantasies that we entertain when it comes to love.

At some point in his life, Steve Miller heard this song but misheard puppetutes as pompatus which led to him writing in his song Enter Maurice:

           My dearest darling, come closer to Maurice
           so I can whisper sweet words of epismetology [sic]
           in your ear and speak to you of the pompatus of love

Where we also see that pizmotality becomes epismetology. What is interesting is that, whilst Miller claims to have invented these two words he never gave them any meaning but also did not mean for them to be nonsense. It is unclear what Steve Miller believes we use words for.

Pompatus is also an actual Latin word meaning an action done with pomp/grandeur. I find it wonderful that this meaning actually works in this context.

He would later reuse pompatus in the famous line from his 1973 song The Joker 'Some people call me Maurice, because I speak of the pompatus of love.'

If you like made up words, you should definitely check out John Koenig’s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. What”s particularly beautiful about TDoOS is that I found out about it because a wonderful person introduced me to the word sonder, which has also been making its way around the internet, as a real word. I guess it is now.

(via thedailyetymology)

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dino-sours:

Because I was thinking about it while trapped in traffic, here’s a totally objective list of cool and not-so-cool dinosaur (and assorted other prehistoric animal) names.

COOL NAMES

The Classics: I’d imagine that part of the reason these are so well known is because they sound awesome and/or mean awesome things.

Tyrannosaurus rex (Tyrant lizard king)

Triceratops (Three horned face)

Deinonychus (Terrible claw)

Velociraptor (Speedy thief) 

Archaeopteryx (Ancient feather)

"Brontosaurus" (Thunder lizard)

They roll off your tongue and into your heart: Slightly deeper cuts that also have a nice ring to them.

Suchomimus (Crocodile mimic)

Suuwassea (First spring thunder)

Mojoceratops (Mojo horned face)

Atrociraptor (Atrocity thief)

Euoplocephalus (Well armored head)

Stygimolch (River Styx demon)

Dracopelta (Dragon shield)

Brontotherium (Thunder beast)

Caudipteryx (Tail feather)

Quetzalcoatlus (For Aztec god Quetzalcoatl)

Anything ending in “venator”:

Sinovenator (Chinese hunter)

Neovenator (New hunter)

Microvenator (Tiny hunter)

Afrovenator (African hunter)

UNCOOL NAMES

Names that should not be: These super-vague names were given to fragmentary or largely non-diagnostic remains, and it shows.

Allosaurus (Other lizard)

Apatosaurus (Mystery lizard)

Dyslocosaurus (Hard-to-place lizard)

Corporate names: Named for the company that funded the research, apparently. Or somebody was gaming for free airline tickets. Either way, these seem kind of cheap.

Quantassaurus (Quantas Airways lizard)

Atlascopcosaurus (Atlas Copco lizard)

Zero-effort names: You’d think they’d be a little more excited about naming a dinosaur.

Gasosaurus (Gas lizard)

Drinker (for Edward Drinker Cope)

Irritator (Irritator)

Megapnosaurus (Big dead lizard)

Awesomebro names: Unsubtle names possibly named by six year olds.

Raptorex (Thief king)

Megaraptor (Big thief)

Gigantoraptor (Giant thief)

Tyrannotitan (Tyrant titan)

Consonant mush names: These are rough to pronounce without considerable effort.

Gigantspinosaurus (Giant spine lizard)

Futalognkosaurus (Giant chief lizard)

Troll names: I have to wonder if these were done on purpose. No pity or remorse for the poor folks who have to say these out loud.

Pantydraco (Spring/well dragon)

Fukuiraptor (Fukui thief) 

Vagaceratops (Wandering horned face)

(via thedailyetymology)

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velartrill:

so I just realized, there’s actually a very good argument against using sentence-initial capitalization beyond tone-marking and efficiency: in the last decade English has seen a huge influx of proper nouns derived isomorphically from common nouns. since those are different word classes with slightly different syntax, you can distinguish them pretty readily in a lot of contexts: “Messages isn’t working” (where the referent is Apple’s Messages.app) vs. “Messages aren’t working” (where the ref is just the plural of “message”), the difference being marked by verb conjugation. for singular-derived proper nouns, the absence of a definite article hints that it’s the proper version.

but

the only thing that consistently marks proper nouns is tone and, in writing, capitalization. which in standard English orthography is leveled sentence-initially.

so defaulting to lower case actually enables distinctions that otherwise could only be sorted out by context, which is a semi-conscious process that can slow down interpretation

SUCK IT, PRESCRIPTIVISTS

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