Printing this and hanging it up in the laundry room ☺
tumblr has taught me more about real life than real life ever has
did i just learn a second language
I’ve been waiting for this for ages.
You were able to tell that Margaery was playing Joffrey like a two-dollar fiddle, but you think she just wants to be besties with Sansa? Do you try to set up your best friend with your gay brother?
In the books it is…
noun \ˈkri-pəl\ : to deprive of the use of a limb and especially a leg.
Sorry if a word that dates back to the 14th century offends you. Using the word in a derogatory manner would be a “slur.” Using the word in the EXACT usage it was intended for, is not. But thanks for your “all-caps, expletive filled, attempt at a lesson. :)
Oh fuck you.
The rational person doesn’t hate it when they are proven wrong; they are actually grateful, since their knowledge has been enriched. The people who follow an irrational morality can only maintain their irrational value system by ignoring reality. When you point this out to them they get very, very defensive, because your logic threatens to destroy their distorted system of ethics. Reason becomes their enemy, and they hate it with a passion. I applaud your witty retort and support you on your quest to rid the world of social injustice, one tumblr post at a time. Just try to make sure the soapbox you hop on is ACTUALLY someone trying to be offensive or disrespectful.
Do you really think that your dictionary quoting bullshit taught me anything, you useless shitbag? My feelings and status as a disabled person mean more than any of your dictionary fellating, but good job or thinking you did anything other than make yourself look like a pathetically unfeeling asshole. I’m telling you, right here and right now, that the word cripple is offensive to disabled people and isn’t your word to use unless you are physically disabled. So yeah, fuck off.
“Sorry if a word that dates back to the 14th century offends you” - I hate to break it to you, but many, many words that are now considered extremely offensive are old. Surprise! You must live under a rock; the age of a word generally has nothing to do with current meaning and linguistic usage. Also, your attempts at dictating what is offensive and what is not based on theory instead of reality are unfortunate and paint the picture of you being a very closed-minded and rigidly unlearning individual, which is a shame.
Since you appear to like to refer to published text for information instead of the individuals who live the realities affected by your (poor, offensive) choice of words, here is some reading material for you to better yourself with. It took me all of two seconds to Google it (yes, that noun has been more commonly turned into a verb of late! How strange), so I’m sure there’s a whole lot more out there (and stuff of better quality, too). If I wasn’t running short on time I’d do a more thorough and intensive search, but seeing as you very obviously suck I’d rather not spend all that much time on you. Anyway:
Offensive Group Names by Mike Dorf (An excellent read for learning a bit about the history and evolution of appropriate identifiers of those with disabilities)
Grammar Girl: What To Call People With Disabilities (a bit coarse, but straightforward)
tldr; you seem to like to think you’re clever and well-spoken, but your grasp of the rules of language are mediocre at best.
The modern “&” logogram is derived from the Old Roman cursive shorthand conflation of the Latin “et”, meaning “and”. In time, this ligature came to represent the same word in other languages. “&” was once considered the 27th letter of the English alphabet. In traditional primary school recitation, it was common practice to precede any letter that could also be a word, such as “A” or “I”, and of course “&” with the Latin “per se” meaning “by itself”. This means the spoken alphabet would end “W, X, Y, Z, and per se AND”. The slurring of the final phrase gives us “ampersand”, which was officially recognized by dictionaries in 1837.
The final, brilliant word on passive voice.
“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- passive
“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- active
Oh my god, best passive voice identification tool ever.
This is on par with the moment that I learned “the alligator always eats the bigger number” when determining whether to use greater than or less than sign.
Life changing shit, seriously.
this is up there with the “your left forefinger/thumb make an L” for left/right IDing.
Wow. This is actually super helpful.