Sonneillon V.


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do you ever share a tumblr joke with your mom only you need to like, cut the curse words and complete the sentences and by the time you do that it’s a completely different syntactical structure and possibly a separate language 

I’ve noticed that my mom is completely flummoxed by jokes that exist only in predicate—eg., “when you put a spoon under the tap and it does the thing”

like she’ll just sit there waiting for the rest of the sentence

and it’s interesting because jokes like that are generally paired with reaction pics or gifs, but now it’s not always necessary because just the structure of the sentence—like a stand-up snapshot—triggers the association, and the ambiance of universal camaraderie cultivated therein.  

but like my mom doesn’t even understand reaction images and having to explain the whole concept actually forced me to think about how memes function linguistically and culturally in the first place—“the image represents you, and your reaction.” “to the post?” “no, to the situation described by the post.”—and I think it’s actually a complex system of representation that is only able to function in the networked culture of instant symbolic formation and self-reflexivity 

idk that’s fuckin cool shit 

(Source: moriarteaparty)

Jan 2





The internet ruined grammar for the contemporary generation this is known because as we all know old people on facebook have impeccable grammar compared to younger people

realtalk: the internet revived the epistolary and essay formats, which were previously held in reverence by a telegraphic and telephonic and audiovisual culture

olds are mad about internet talk because they treat writing letters as a class signifier and it’s part of our way of life indistinguishable from our broader literacy

we are living in the renaissance of the written word

there are a lot of upper middle class white kids on tumblr pissed off about it too

even though inane mediocre white douchebags like tayler okleee and lacie grean are more likely to be tumblr famous and picked up by the mainstream media, there are working class or working class origin poc who have thousands and thousands of followers. thats ultimately why they get so much harassment and bullshit because the medium itself is not set up to exclude them.

since their pasty dads and uncles arent policing tumblr throwing poc and lower class users out for not meeting some arbitrary standard like in the new york times or the new yorker, they have decided to take it upon themselves to try to weed out the most outspoken ones who they think belong at the bottom, like Black ppl/trans ppl/sex workers/ppl who present(or are read) as female/poor ppl etc. they go harder at people who are marginalized in multiple ways and they do it using harassment and threats of violence. tumblr support is full of the same assholes so theyre fucking useless.

one area where there is def a difference in language is when Black ppl use AAVE. i have seen tons of Black bloggers get harassed for it when most of tumblr is throwing the grammar and spelling conventions of a wide variety of languages out the window. but somehow AAVE is the one exception that is crossing the line, unless non-Black ppl are appropriating it. then its mysteriously okay.

its a renaissance for us because we can interact with each other as long as we have some way of accessing the internet, but its not without its costs for people who have to put up with all this shit just for daring to be heard when privileged pieces of shit want to shut them up.

what a lot of people do not realize is that (popular or common) english tends to develop and shift towards ease-of-use more than anything. this is why “New Orleans” became “n’awlins” and “you all” became “y’all”, and why people say “sher-bert” instead of “sher-bey”, and so on.

the same is true of dialogue on the internet

this is why people make posts like this

without end stops.

what people do not realize is that this format directly mimics natural speech patterns and even breathing

and it also fits how we tend to think in phrases instead of long paragraphs.

i think it’s a kind of poetry, really.

it’s funny when i get messages criticizing my capitalization or punctuation, because i know exactly how these rules work— i just choose not to follow them for the sake of saving myself energy

also i feel like i can communicate my ideas more clearly— not to everyone, but to the people i most want to communicate with

which is ironic since punctuation and other grammar rules are made to standardize and clarify writing. (of course, lots of people know that this is not true.)

tl;dr english is not set in stone and if you think it should be then you are just silly

(Source: memejacker)

Dec 6


Hi folks!!!

So for those of you who don’t know, I’m a university student, and for one of my geneds, I had to take a linguistic anthropology class!  And of course, it’s taught be a white professor who has said pretty racist things and has been unaware of his privilege.

Super gross, right?

So, while he was super interested in me doing a project on codeswitching from Tagalog to English, I decided that I didn’t want to expose my culture and language to him too much.  I talk about Tagalog and the Philippines sometimes in the class, but after being exposed to his racism, I pretty much stopped talking in class.

Anyways, my final project is on tumblr fandom language.  

So please please please signal boost this and please send me tumblr post links about anything to do with tumblr fandom language.  THERE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE ANY ANALYSIS ON SAID LANGUAGE.  In fact, it’s preferable if I write the analysis lol…

So yes, please send me anything that uses language like “otp” or “hnngh” or “ahhh my feels” or “i ship it!” or anything of that nature! 


(Source: bayaningbituon)

How to say Fuck You in 10 languages


  1. Kisama - Japanese
  2. As to thialo - Greek
  3. Dorme mecum - Latin
  4. Javla - Swidish
  5. Fick dich - German
  6. Cao ni - Mandarin
  7. Fuck you - English
  8. Ssibal - Korean
  9. Chodela - Hindi

…. dorme mecum means ‘sleep with me’.  Literally.  Dorme is the imperative command ‘sleep’ and ‘mecum’ means ‘with me.  This is a come-on, not an insult.  And Kisama is a form of ‘you’ that’s culturally constructed to be insulting - it literally translates to ‘you’, but the implication is more like ‘you son of a bitch’ or ‘you bastard’.  I think there’s a local phrase, ‘kutabare’, that means what you’re going for.

Basically a lot of these are wrong.