Word is a Funny

March 19, 2013

Blog posts need pictures. Here’s one:

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Funny is a word, and by the Commutative Law, word is a funny. Here are some ways that word is a funny:

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People of Gender

February 5, 2012

The definition of People of Color is: All people except White people. Of course, White people are not actually white and have color. Those of us in the anti-racism movement want White people to know that they are not ethnicity-neutral. Calling everyone else “people of color” doesn’t help in this effort. It encourages White people to think that there are people (White people) and then there are beings “of color” who are other than just people. I was at an educational conference where a presenter was referring to people of color as “diverse people,” as in, “I made sure that I knew the name of my diverse student.” Not only is this an odd perversion of the meaning of diversity, but it reflects the general view among people in a majority, or people in power, that they are normal and that everyone else is a variant of normal.

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Daisybrain Presents: Common Expressions That Make No Sense

August 11, 2010

These things have been driving me crazy ever since this language was first foisted upon me. I’ve always disliked expressions because they short circuit the process of communication. Of course, language itself does this to some extent – we have to fit our feelings and thoughts into existing words and phrases. But expressions further increase the margin of error in conveying intended meaning. Here are some of the worst:

“More than welcome”

“Welcome” is a spectrum, from barely welcome to extremely welcome. But, how can you be more than welcome? You can’t – you’re either welcome or not welcome. If there is a state of being that surpasses “welcome” then it needs its own word. Read the rest of this entry »


Unesasaree leterz

February 20, 2010

The Ministree uf Unesesaree Leterz haz ishued the folowing proklamashon:

“The leterz C, Q, and X ar on temporaree hi-atus, during wich time new and yooneeke sownds will be konseeved uv and asined to them. In the interim, pleez yooz fonetik spelingz to eckspres the sownds redundantlee asoseated with theez leterz, i.e., “kween,” “zilofone,” and “kukumber.” Read the rest of this entry »


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