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The authority you need here to coin a word is gonna be a dictionary, and before we talk about how to get into one, we need to deconstruct the idea of what a dictionary is. Which may seem a little dumb, but I promise you, most lexicographers (dictionary-writers) have exactly the opposite view on language than people think they do.

Dictionaries are mostly used by prescriptivists, that is, people looking for the One True Spelling (or Meaning) of a particular word. The dictionary is correct and flawless and complete, and deviations from it are by definition (heh) wrong. Hence the idea that any word not in the dictionary is not a “real” word.

But dictonaries are mostly made by descriptivists. Rather than prescribing correct usages and spellings, lexicographers are describing the language as they find it. They take in thousands of examples of words in use, whether from well-established academic texts or from awesome pop song mashups, and try to write a definition that covers those usages. And since people are constantly using language in new ways, the dictionary is never complete and never totally correct.

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The Language Nerd, on “To Coin a Phrase”

Came across a blog with some nice, concise posts about language and linguistics. Check it out

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captainstormwind:

the truth is out there.

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LGBT in the Elder Scrolls

ladynerevar:

The question of LGBT people in TES comes up rather frequently, so I thought I’d try to put together a list of characters and references. Please do add to this list, since I’m sure I’ve missed some (especially from ESO)

Daggerfall

The Jokes book qips about homosexuality in the Khajiiti navy

"Thus there is a feeling, not to put too fine a point on it, that when you get right down to it, a lot of philosophy is just white guys jerking off. Either philosophy is not about real issues in the first place but about pseudo-problems; or when it is about real problems, the emphases are in the wrong places; or crucial facts are omitted, making the whole discussion pointless; or the abstractness is really a sham for what we all know but are not allowed to say out loud.

The impatience or indifference that I have sometimes detected in black students seems to derive in part from their sense that there is something strange in spending a whole course describing the logic of different moral ideals, for example, without ever mentioning that all of them were systematically violated for blacks. So it is not merely that the ideal was not always attained but that, more fundamentally, this was never actually the ideal in the first place. A lot of moral philosophy will then seem to be based on pretense, the claim that these were the principles that people strove to uphold, when in fact the real principles were the racially exclusivist ones."

Charles W. Mills, Blackness Visible (via wretchedoftheearth)

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fandomsandfeminism:

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

"Pro-Lifers" have caused so much unneeded horrific pain in the world. God damn.

fandomsandfeminism:

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”

Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.

The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:

During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with

Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

"Pro-Lifers" have caused so much unneeded horrific pain in the world. God damn.

bikeladiesunite:

afgurri:

tiffanyb:



"using her fists in a scientific faction, to the delight of several colliers who were passing."

marry me

bikeladiesunite:

afgurri:

tiffanyb:

"using her fists in a scientific faction, to the delight of several colliers who were passing."

marry me

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http://cain-thewanderer.tumblr.com/post/92145815689/why-are-people-so-iktent-on-villainizing-israel

cain-thewanderer:

Why are people so iktent on villainizing Israel? They respond to terrorist attacks coming from the Gaza, an area which was INVADED immediately following the nation’s construction, by airstrike and are deemed cruel and warmongering for it. They then go in on foot to avoid civilian death and again…

Ok, John, look, I’m not a big on the whole pro-Palestine thing (I think both sides are acting really fucking stupidly) but I dare you to look up how many Israelis have died from Gazan rocket attacks. Ok, got that number? It’s only a handful, right? Now look up how many Palestinians have died just during this conflict. Notice any disparity?

Even if this is a “response” to Palestinian “terrorism,” I’m not sure it fits into any traditional rubric of proportionality. Moreover, I’m not sure that the so-called “knock attacks” actually conform to international law regarding fair warning to civilians or that they manage to meet any reasonable formulation of the Doctrine of Double Effect.

Gaza firing rockets into Israel = wrong

Israel shelling civilians and invading Gaza = wrong

Even if we aren’t utilitarians, can’t we recognize that atrocities of war are usually evaluated on some quantitative basis? Even if killing civilians is categorically wrong (which it is), doesn’t a nation who kills thousands of civilians warrant more vocal criticism than a nation that kills tens?

All of this is not to even begin to mention Israel’s continued commitment to illegal settlement and apartheid-like actions towards ethnic Arabs both inside Israel and in Gaza/the West Bank.

@WorstMuse

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Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl (18,211 plays)

5by5kevin:

Rebel Girl // Bikini Kill

When she talks I hear the revolution
In her hips there’s revolution
When she walks the revolution’s coming
In her kiss I taste the revolution

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