rckbell:

it really bothers me when someone tags their personal posts as ‘shut up [insert name here]’

like no friend

don’t shut up

you are loved and i enjoy hearing about you friend

don’t feel like you have to shut up

transwomanilluminati:


Here’s Thompson’s first story about a friend:
My schoolfriend Michael – an atheist for decades – rang me the other night and told me he’d returned to the Catholic Church. “And you’ll never guess who converted me,” he said.
“Your wife?”
“No! It was Richard Dawkins!”
He explained that he was, and is, a huge admirer of Dawkins the biologist. (I’m with him there: I read The Blind Watchmaker when it first came out and was blown away.) “But then I read The God Delusion and it was… total crap. So bad that I started questioning my own atheism. Then he started tweeting.”
Like a loony on top of the bus, no?
“Exactly!”

richard dawkins’ twitter converted someone to catholicism

transwomanilluminati:

Here’s Thompson’s first story about a friend:

My schoolfriend Michael – an atheist for decades – rang me the other night and told me he’d returned to the Catholic Church. “And you’ll never guess who converted me,” he said.

“Your wife?”

“No! It was Richard Dawkins!”

He explained that he was, and is, a huge admirer of Dawkins the biologist. (I’m with him there: I read The Blind Watchmaker when it first came out and was blown away.) “But then I read The God Delusion and it was… total crap. So bad that I started questioning my own atheism. Then he started tweeting.”

Like a loony on top of the bus, no?

“Exactly!”

richard dawkins’ twitter converted someone to catholicism

miniprof:

coelasquid:

adriofthedead:

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do people not realize the american accent is actually the original accent? the typical british/english accent actually started much later by the upper class. not that it MATTERS but at least get your facts straight if youre gonna pseudo insult me

iirc it’s been said that Shakespearean plays actually read better in an American accent, since it’s more closely related to original English

There are claims that a very specific dialect in the American South is closer to ye olde Shakespearean English than the present upper-middle-class London accent, but what you’re going to call “the original English accent” is a super semantic line drawn in the sand when English started separating from the other languages it was cobbled out of. Other historians claim that the Black Country dialect is the closest to English’s Anglo-Saxon ancestry and therefore the “most authentic” accent. So whenever you hear anyone complain about anyone else’s English accent, just remember that cute little old couple in that video.

Okay yeah first of all it is really really iffy to claim that there is one “original English accent” at all, since even the earliest language we know as English had massive dialectal variation. Second of all, all modern dialects of English have changed significantly over time, so none of them directly model whatever you might call the “original English accent.” That said, yes, there are some American English accents which have retained features that are not retained in, say, Standard British English.

To react to one of the earlier points, though: Standard British English, or Received Pronunciation (I’m assuming that’s the accent you’re referring to as typical british/english?) was not deliberately started by the upper class, and I’m not sure what that original reply means by it being started “later” than any accent spoken in America. RP is a London-area dialect which largely sprang up as a reaction to London’s rise as a metropolitan center following the loss of Normandy, and to an unprecedented amount of geographical and social mobility at the same time (this would have happened around and following the point at which Caxton introduced the printing press to England, so think 15th and 16th centuries).

As a result, we get loads of people moving to and from London, and interacting cross-class in ways which had not previous occurred, which resulted in a new dialect which was largely based in the dialect of the East Midlands but also acquired loads of features from various parts of England, particularly the North. This was the basis for what would become Standard British English; the older, more original London-area dialect is more closely related to what developed into Cockney.

Importantly, it’s been demonstrated quite well that this accent/dialect did not primarily originate with the upper class; it was a much more general dialectal shift. What the upper class did do was influence the prestige of the form, and eventually establish it as the standard.

But yeah, to return to the original point, most American accents have undergone some major shifts (quite a lot of sociolinguists dedicate most of their careers to studying exactly how). It’s only a few particularly rare and often quite isolated dialects which retain features that make them in some sense closer to an older way of speaking.

(Oh, and by the way, this is probably more well known, but Shakespeare in no way spoke or wrote anything one might call “original English.” He wrote in Early Modern English, i.e. quite late in the development of English up until this point in time, and certainly well after that London standard had gained a foothold).

jill-bird:

You see Spongebob,  It’s a metaphor. You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but never give it the power to kill you.

jill-bird:

You see Spongebob,
It’s a metaphor. You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but never give it the power to kill you.

needlekind:

princesslarachel:

I JUST TRIED DOING IT WITH MINE AND IT /DID THE THING/ HOLY SHIT

wait omg are you saying you didn’t realize your laptop could do that either…. that’s amazing… how mnay of us are there out there living in obscurity and not knowing that we could scroll up and down

VERY IMPORTANT I NEED YOU ALL TO DRAG UP OR DOWN YOUR LAPTOP TOUCHPAD WITH TWO FINGERS, WE ARE LIVING IN IGNORANCE

WAIT YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT??? COURTNEY WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE

just stimmed myself to hell and back

so: feeling a little more stable now

was supposed to meet with my psychiatrist in person this afternoon but we’re just gonna talk over the phone because i was supposed to leave a half hour ago

OH WELL C’EST LA VIE

need 2 leave 4 appointment

instead: anxious vibrating

Why This

hlep