“So raise a glass to teenage girls for their linguistic innovation. It expands our expressive vocabulary, giving us new words and modes of expression. Speakers may nostalgically look to a previous golden era of English, but the truth is that Shakespeare’s English is an abomination of Chaucer’s English, which is an abomination of Beowolf’s. Language is inherently unstable. It’s in a constant state of flux, made and remade—stretched, altered, broken down and rearranged—by its speakers every day. Rather than a sign of corruption and disorder, this is language in its full vitality—a living, evolving organism.”

– Gabriel Arana, “Creaky Voice: Yet Another Example of Young Women’s Linguistic Ingenuity” (via ablogwithaview)

“Assume only two things about people. 1) They will be respectfully friendly to you. 2) They want you to be respectfully friendly to them. Sometimes you will be wrong in this assumptions. Sometimes you will think you were wrong in your assumptions due to miscommunication. But most the time you will be right.”

– littlelacelight (via littlelacelight)

Proper Grammar Saves Lives »


"We’re planning a surprise party," says the email from your friend. "Be discrete.”

In your chair, you stare at your leg for a long moment. Be discrete, you tell yourself, and grasp the limb firmly in your other hand. Slowly, you begin to pull.

You hear the sound of your…

“We die to each other daily.
What we know of other people
Is only our memory of the moments
During which we knew them. And they have changed since then.
To pretend that they and we are the same
Is a useful and convenient social convention
Which must sometimes broken. We must also remember
That at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.”

– T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party (via bookmania)