Posts Tagged: words

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mindymcginnis:

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I’ve got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications. I thought I’d share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that’s right, the WOLF (oh, how clever is she? She made an acronym out of her agency’s name!) Er… ignore the fact that the “from” doesn’t fit.

Here’s a fun one for you today. Ever use the word fundamental? Sure you have. It means means a basic building block, something that you must have.

And it comes from the Latin fundament which means… ass.

Yep. And while we all probably wish our asses were a slightly firmer foundation than they actual are, it still makes for some pretty great wordplay.

For example, “Testing is a fundamental part of the education system.”

Ahem.

(via thedailyetymology)

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crrocs:

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crrocs:

Isn’t it weird how humans have to drink a clear liquid substance to survive

Vodka?

Yes

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"Terms such as “culturally deprived,” “economically disadvantaged” and “underdeveloped” place the responsibility for their own conditions on those being so described. This is known as “blaming the victim.” It places responsibility for poverty on the victims of poverty. It removes the blame from those in power who benefit from, and continue to permit, poverty.

Still another example involves the use of “non-white,” “minority” or “third world.” While people of color are a minority in the U.S., they are part of the vast majority of the world’s population, in which white people are a distinct minority. Thus, by utilizing the term “minority” to describe people of color in the U.S., we can lose sight of the global majority/minority reality - a fact of some importance in the increasing and interconnected struggles of people of color inside and outside the U.S.

To describe people of color as “non-white” is to use whiteness as the standard and norm against which to measure all others."

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petitsirena:

sticks and stones may break my bones, but language dictates everything from social norms to legislation and it’s indeed often used to bolster violence and oppression sooOo

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dr-abel-gideon:

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the-platonic-blow:

Unrepeatable (1994)

Insta-reblog.

This actually does work, FYI. Not 100% of the time, but it does throw their bullying mentality for a loop that they often cannot recover from.

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bigbardafree:

if someone ever tells you “but I don’t think of you as ______ I think of you as a person” what they are really saying is “I don’t consider _______ people”

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tittily:

my favorite thing about england is that the word pulp doesnt exist 

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  • Question: I try to say the traditional tribal names as much as I can. But where does the name <Sioux> come from? - Anonymous
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    lastrealindians:

    It’s derived from the French word for ‘enemy.’ Its the opposite of who we are. Our real name is Oceti Sakowin, Seven Council Fires. Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota belong to this group and those words all mean ‘friend.’ Unfortunately the word Sioux is pretty well engrained in western society and sometimes we’re still forced to use it so people will know what we’re talking about, i.e. they call us The Great Sioux Nation.

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starlingsongs:

starlingsongs:

When trans women are mocked and made into jokes in the media, I get very upset, and I am often told “Kay, you can’t go through life getting offended every time someone makes a joke.” And I sputter and object but they don’t hear me. So I want to be clear for once, about why the jokes make me angry.

I learned to hate myself for being transgender before I knew I was transgender. I laughed at the jokes in stand up comedy routines, and prime time sitcoms, and animated comedy shows, and in the movies, and in books, and in games, laughing at trans women for existing, about “men in dresses”, about people who “got their dicks chopped off”, and I learned to think that was worthy of ridicule.

And then a day came when I felt a pang of envy at what my female classmates were wearing and I repressed it, and felt guilty, and a day where I felt incomplete because I had no breasts and I repressed it and I felt disgusting
And a day when I realized the only images of romance that made me feel anything showed two women together and I repressed it and I felt like a monster
And a day when I realized I felt sick when I looked at myself in the mirror after every shower before work and couldn’t bear to look at my own face, and I hated myself.
And then there came a day when I hated myself so much, and I thought I could never understand why, and so I just wanted it all to end. And it was just a miracle that I swerved my car back into my lane in time.

And all of it started with a joke that I heard on TV, and then kept hearing from all the voices from the ether, over and over and over, worming an idea into my mind before I was old enough to realize I was absorbing it, the idea that a man in a dress is funny, and that changing your body parts makes you a freak, and that women who have penises instead of vaginas are liars and hurt men. And they’re still making these jokes. And somewhere out there right now, just like all those years ago, there is a little girl in a t-shirt and cargo shorts with buzzed off hair watching the TV, hearing that joke and absorbing it without knowing it, who will someday have to pry herself apart to tear it out of her head, just like I did.

That is, if she doesn’t kill herself first.

I know this is a really heavy post but if you read it and you appreciated it, I’d appreciate it in return if you reblogged it. This is really important to me and I want people to read it and understand it. Thank you.

(via lopsidedown)

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patrocluz:

ASTRIFEROUS 

(adjective)
bearing stars; made of stars.
etymology: latin astrifer; astrum - star + ferre - to bear

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