There are two types of squirrelsI JUST LAUGHED SO HARD OMFG
Fun fact: just because someone has a wheelchair, doesn’t mean they can’t walk. A lot of people benefit from a wheelchair because they can’t balance well or it is too painful to walk. So if you see a person briefly stand out of their wheelchair, or take a few…
another installment of my comic, featuring Qahera the hijabi superhero! this time its mostly about sexual harassment - and the majority of the themes in this comic are based on real experiences with street harassment.
YES FUCKING YES
So I’ve seen a whole bunch of posts about body positivity. And it would be great, but they’re really bad at actually representing different body types; big girls in particular. So I’ve drawn a comparison.
I’m tired of seeing posts that totally miss the point. Those posts are supposed to make you feel good about your body. But it’s hard for bigger girls to feel good about themselves if they’re represented by women that aren’t big. Fat is okay. But here’s some things that people almost always ignore when drawing bigger ladies:
- Stretch marks
And some misconceptions/ common mistakes:
- Larger breasts ( a LOT larger)
- Wider hips
- Same size waist as girls with less body fat
I’m going to put it bluntly: I’m sick of seeing fatter girls be misrepresented. I’m tired of seeing posts getting glory for drawing bigger girls when they don’t. I have yet to see a body positivity post that shows cellulite, stretch marks, folds, and spillage. These things are real, and they’re beautiful.
So try and remember these things next time you try and represent fat girls. Because if you’re not thinking about the “ugly” stuff, you’re doing it wrong.
Cape Town’s Steam Punk/Vintage Inspired Coffee House
Truth Coffee shop in Cape Town, South Africa offers an incredibly designed space mixing vintage with steam punk themes. The coffee house resembles an industrial warehouse filled with unusual contraptions including metal piping, wire mesh and old machinery. The design focuses around a cast iron vintage roaster drum which creates a stronger flavored coffee than regular steel drums. There is an attention to detail here that is key to this coffee house’s amazing atmosphere. Visually inspired coffee drinking at its best.
im bored and I promise Ill keep up!
This hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m still feeling a little nauseous after this realization.
This is a wonderful presentation. I just had to add these:
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that gender egalitarianism isn’t possible among humans, or that our species’ “natural” state is one of gender oppression.
Yesss the point about the agricultural revolution is key! It was, in many ways, the beginning of the downfall of our species. That is, if you don’t define human success by patriarchal standards of warmongering and slavery.
we have literally created our own dialogue? language? here on tumblr and i think that is the most amazing thing ever
please disregard my shitty editing skills
no listen this is actually really amazing because this is a real thing. i think this counts as a pidgin language. a pidgin language is basically a changed, simplified version of a language. you can change the spellings of words, pronunciation, grammar rules, or even make up new words. i think. i’d have to research it a bit more to be sure but i’m 90% sure this is right. if its not a pidgin language, then its a lingua franca but thats more used for trade and stuff like that. but still a new language. so yes, we’ve created our own language. we’ve changed the whole sentence structure. we can trail off sentences, say things like “i just cant”, and use words like ship, OTP, fic, fandom, feels, and ship names and everyone will understand what you’re saying. the part that i love most is how people go “OMGH IM CRIIY NIG SOIOO HARD” and understand each other. for example “IM LIUA GHMNIG”. that one was incredibly easy, but if you knew that said “I’m laughing”, congratulations. You speak a pidgin language. we can even say stuff like “Does anyone know of a Johnlock fic, at least 20k words, not a WIP, with no OCs, and is Post-Reichenbach? Or just a Destiel PWP would be great.” To someone not on tumblr, that wouldn’t make any sense. but you understood, didn’t you? One characteristic of a pidgin language is that you have to learn it like a second language. Another characteristic is that it is frequently changing. tumblr goes through many trends with how we talk. if i remember correctly, when i first made an account about two years ago, talking like this wasn’t quite as common. also, that thing of suddenly capitalizing your sentence is fairly recent. you know, when people go “the new epISODE IS TOMORROW”. Like one of the people up there said, all of this is awesome because how else do you easily show emotion and tone over the internet? we’ve even made a whole sense of humour that most people here share in. There’s so much more that I could talk about with this, but i’m tired and i may be entirely wrong about everything. but yes. people on the fandom side of tumblr who speak like this are speaking a new language
While there is something neat linguistically about this Tumblr dialect, I’d stop it right about there, if that.
We didn’t invent our own dang language, it’s just a less prescribed verison of English with a whole shitton of jargon.
You’ve probably heard that term before, but if you haven’t:
- jargon (n.): the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group (x)
Sure we’ve introduced some phrasing such as “My feels”, “All (of) the X”, and “I can’t”, but we’ve also just lumped together a bunch of specialized jargon (OTP, fic, WIP, OC, etc.) into this manner of “speaking.”
A pidgin is the result of two languages coming into contact and both of them simplifying their grammars and vocabularies for the sole purpose of communication.
We aren’t doing that.
While it sure sounds cool, it’s simply not the case.
What we have done is altered the English language to suit our needs.
Solid examples are the above ones where a “speaker” capITALIZES WORDS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE FOR EMPHASIS OR JUST IGNORES PUNCTUATION ALTOGETHER. And that’s about it. Because bolding or italicizing is just marginally more time-consuming than simply cAPITALIZING, we’ve opted to do that. Speakers of any language are lazy, and my wager is that our “method” is more intuitive. This could even be perceived as an evolution of txtspk, where formatting was, well, nought. What’d you do to emphasize in a text? YOU MAKE IT CAPITAL.
The same argument could be made for the lack of punctuation because like again its easier to just keep our keys on the keyboard and not stray from the content letters and just like it has the flow and feel of babbling on and on and on at length of whatever were talking about and just like dang it feels kinda like I dunno like excited or something you tell me.
Another thing that I feel is related is when like
you just hit the enter/return key a bunch
like where’d you want a comma
and it kinda reads like it has a rising intonation
I think the reason behind this is that, going back to laziness, the enter/return key is right there, whereas the comma is just a little out of reach. So what do we do? Head for the enter key. It performs the same function in this case, adding a pause, but in a different manner, via adding a line.
The keysmashing of words, again for emphasis, such as IM LAHGAUGN, is interesting. It’s like a derivative of the capitalization bit, but with, well, keysmashing elements thrown in for even more emphasis, such as LAHGAUGN too hard to breathe or even type straight. Which isn’t a bad analogue, because sometimes it can be hard to speak straight if we’re laughing a lot. The same exact thing goes for crying.
I’ve noticed a trend where all of these “inflections” if you will are the result of wanting to add emphasis. I’ve caught myself numerous times going back to words and adding the capitalization emphasis, for that sole effect. The lack of punctuation adds the feeling of babbling on at length about a thing. The enter phenomenon adds a pause, and that’s about it. Capitalized keysmashing I’ve already explained.
Tumblrs are, generally, a bunch of lazy emotional teenagers. And that’s what this way of typing reflects. We came up with a method of accurately expressing ourselves in lieu of formatting while also being lazy in regards to punctuation at times. Even our own jargon reflects that, as things like “I can’t” is an emotional yet incomplete thought, being an ellipsis of something like “I can’t handle this right now,” or, more accurately, “i can’T HANSDL TAHSI AHRIGT NOW.”
So, to conclude,
No, we didn’t invent our own dang language, nor our own dang pidgin.
What we have done is take the language at our disposal (most often English), and emphasize words differently than the prescribed manner. While it’s more conventional to emphasize with bold or italics, we’ve opted for the simpler route of CAPITALS. We’ve added pauses differently, and we’ve grown to allow for variants such as “lashgiugn.”
We have come up with some specific terminology (that some might even classify as grammatical) to suit our often emotional needs.
The jargon that is recognized (fic, canon, -stuck) is mostly a mishmash of the different fandoms coming together under one roof, if you will.
We are a community of speakers with our own methods of using the language.
And, well, it works.
Right - we haven’t developed our own pidgin, but to be fair, we have reworked the grammatical rules of the English language to an extent.
What we have is not a new language, not a pidgin language, but rather a new dialect. Linguists are always fighting about what constitutes a dialect, and about which features make a dialect separate from the “main language” and what makes a dialect separate from a different language.
For example, Mandarin and Cantonese are “dialects” of Chinese. What does that even mean?? Speaker of one can hardly (if at all understand the speaker of the other). Still a “dialect”!
But then what about BEV - Black English Vernacular (Ebonics)? Within the last couple decades, linguists have began seeing BEV as a dialect of English. But even more recently, the question of categorizing it as a separate language has also arisen. Why? Because a lot of its grammar rules and a bunch of its vocab is just different from “standard English”.
Text speak has a similar story. Texting isn’t ruining the English language - rather, it’s an extension of it - a dialect of its own. We actually use different grammar when texting the way we do on Tumblr with our keysmashes, rANDOM CAPITALIZATION and nearly u nin te l l igib le spacing.
Not convinced? This guy explains it better than I can: