The most important thing I learned, though, was that there is no such thing as “standard English” with a capital E. Instead there are many “englishes” with a lower case E. There is the english of the Caribbean and the english of the southern United States and the english of Oxbridge and the english rappers use in their music. Traditionally we’re taught that one of these is better than the rest, but in this class I learned that that’s an arbitrary distinction and not necessarily the case.
Why? Well, there are two schools of thought when it comes to how we should use language. One is “prescriptive” and it’s backed by grammar snobs and the kind of people who froth at the mouth over the decline of “the King’s English”. The other is “descriptive” and it’s more about accepting that how people use language is how language works. A prescriptivist believes in the idea of standard English and sees mistakes everywhere. A descriptivist sees many englishes, and none of them are standard.
[…] We’re all fluent in more than one english, for example the language of our peer group and the language of our parents’ generation. And then there are the two factors that have possibly the biggest impact on how we use language: education and socioeconomic status. When you judge people for what you consider to be poor grammar, you’re judging them for not being as good as you at something that might be a challenge because they didn’t have the advantages or experience you did. Maybe they haven’t had the luxury of worrying about their grammar. Maybe their use of language is right in line with their community. Maybe you’re just being a pedantic, prescriptivist jerk. Why I Stopped Being a Grammar Snob — I.M.H.O. — Medium (via wildletters)
shrimp are referred to as an abomination four times more than homosexuality is in the bible
macklemore is writing a song about shrimp rights as we speak
when i was in the third grade i thought i was a shrimp because i could swim
And I can’t change
Even if I’m fried
Even if I’m barbecued
I am a disabled woman.
I am pro choice.
But every time someone on MY side opens their mouths and tells stories about people aborting their disabled fetuses in order to show why we NEED abortion, I feel sick. I feel betrayed. I feel like my life isn’t worth considering.
My mother would often say she would have aborted me if she could have known.
Carnation:If I handed you a concert ticket right now, who would you want to be the performer?
Honestly, I have no idea. Maybe something old that I can sing along with, like Backstreet Boys or something. That, or somebody performing piano or cello covers of video game BGMs like Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy… Honestly, I haven’t given much thought to concerts in general XD;
Most commonly just a Medium Latte, but if I want to treat myself, I’ll get a caramel or white chocolate peppermint macchiato
crumpetseeds asked: Tulip & Heliconia~
Tulip: For your birthday, what kind of cake do you ask for?
CHOCOLATE. If it is an ice cream cake then ALL THE BETTER.
Heliconia: Do you like when it rains?
Depends! on normal days I don’t usually like wet, but if it is warm, I have free time, and ready access to a warm shower and clean,dry clothes after, then yes! I prancing around and getting dirty is quite fun XD
true bonding is when you and your friends are all angry about the same thing
Agreeing to make couple OCs with someone but neither of you are allowed to show your OCs to each other until they are ready and now those two are going to get together and they must work it out no matter what
let’s do it