i haven’t reblogged any obnoxiously stupid posts for my one-letter crush tag i have woefully neglected this aspect of my blog and i would like to apologize
i cant believe sharknado wasn’t nominated
if you ever think that my school is fancy or prestigious
remember that today
the kid in front of me in history class today jammed his pencil through a hot dog and used this unholy contraption for note-taking/snacking until our teacher, utterly baffled, told him to throw it away
bisexual invisibility isn’t new. you see, we’ve always had the power.
every unsolved high stakes art robbery? bisexuals.
crop circles? bisexuals with mowers.
poltergeists? nope just rowdy bisexuals
Roanoke colony? bisexuals probably.
Single and ready to get nervous around anyone I find attractive.
I saw these and I thought they would be perfect for Mogar
So I did this
[the buttons on his backpack say “glack”, “bip”, and “pow”]
sometimes i feel sorry that burnie has to read these but then again nobody else could comparatively do better than him.
Languages animate objects by giving them names, making them noticeable when we might not otherwise be aware of them. Tuvan has a word iy (pronounced like the letter e), which indicates the short side of a hill.
I had never noticed that hills had a short side. But once I learned the word, I began to study the contours of hills, trying to identify the iy. It turns out that hills are asymmetrical, never perfectly conical, and indeed one of their sides tends to be steeper and shorter than the others.
If you are riding a horse, carrying firewood, or herding goats on foot, this is a highly salient concept. You never want to mount a hill from the iy side, as it takes more energy to ascend, and an iy descent is more treacherous as well. Once you know about the iy, you see it in every hill and identify it automatically, directing your horse, sheep, or footsteps accordingly.
This is a perfect example of how language adapts to local environment, by packaging knowledge into ecologically relevant bits. Once you know that there is an iy, you don’t really have to be told to notice it or avoid it. You just do. The language has taught you useful information in a covert fashion, without explicit instruction.
|—||K. David Harrison, The Last Speakers (via containslanguage)|