Celebration of Halloween 2014!
Break out the “Arrrrr, me hearties!” because today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day! But where does our idea of pirate speech come from?
At the risk of spoiling my own punchline, here’s my favourite paragraph from my Lexicon Valley article today. You’ll never be able to un-hear it. I’m not even sorry.
Interestingly, the West Country’s influence on popular culture isn’t just pirate speech. Newfoundland English is ultimately related to that of the founding settlers from the West Country, and it’s also the dialect of the incredibly catchy 1976 hit song “Combine Harvester.” But perhaps the most famous inhabitant of the West Country is Hagrid from the Harry Potter series. Can’t you just imagine Hagrid saying, “Yer a pirate, Harry”?
Both the song (click it if you dare) and the quote have been stuck in my head for two days now, so I might as well infect everyone else.
honestly it’s kind of incredible that gamergate just continues to get stupider and stupider. i didn’t think that was possible
moot FINALLY stepped in and now gamergate threads are not allowed on 4chan anymore, because coordinating raids and doxxing and whatnot are against the rules and said rules are finally being enforced. so, naturally, these shitheads are mad at moot, and they’re taking it out on…surprise surprise, not moot himself, but rather the nearest woman!! they’re attacking moot’s girlfriend, specifically, because she works at gawker, the parent company of kotaku, so obviously that means she must have brainwashed poor moot into being “an sjw”
but this is totally about ethics in game journalism, right
Everyday Objects With Faces Are Awesome
When you walk around and look at everything around you, chances are, you may see a face. It may be human, it may be an animal, but sometimes you can see faces in inanimate objects. This is called Pareidolia: Seeing faces in random things!