crewdlydrawn:

allthingslinguistic:

hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

Can I make love to this post?… Is that a thing that’s possible?

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fatxslut:

a-despondence:

xxcookievampiressxx:

ziddity:

sageruto:

rabbitsnwolves:

Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing.

if he didnt want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors

He must have been drinking alcohol. That stuff is flammable. Of course it was going to happen when booze was involved.

didn’t his parents ever teach him not to get set on fire? 

I love tumblr

you ever think about how he could just be lying? he’s probably just saying he was set on fire for attention

fatxslut:

a-despondence:

xxcookievampiressxx:

ziddity:

sageruto:

rabbitsnwolves:

Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing.

if he didnt want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors

He must have been drinking alcohol. That stuff is flammable. Of course it was going to happen when booze was involved.

didn’t his parents ever teach him not to get set on fire? 

I love tumblr

you ever think about how he could just be lying? he’s probably just saying he was set on fire for attention

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interface ITheXenocide : IStumble turned 3 today!
I haven’t been using it for several motnsh because Tumblr customer support dicked me around and failed to provide me a quality experience or respond to rational bug reports in a rational manner. My domain provider managed to solve the problem for me (even though by the technical specifications at the root of the internet indicate it was not their problem and that tumblr has a bug). I’m not particularly interested in dealing with tumblr much right now. Maybe someone can sway me.

interface ITheXenocide : IStumble turned 3 today!

I haven’t been using it for several motnsh because Tumblr customer support dicked me around and failed to provide me a quality experience or respond to rational bug reports in a rational manner. My domain provider managed to solve the problem for me (even though by the technical specifications at the root of the internet indicate it was not their problem and that tumblr has a bug). I’m not particularly interested in dealing with tumblr much right now. Maybe someone can sway me.

frickyeah1990s:

my apartment could use a floppy disk coffee table.

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pastelmorgue:

Yes good

Just went and got my annual pass last weekend. Gonna have to find more excuses to go. The light show they added before the fireworks is super dope.

Just went and got my annual pass last weekend. Gonna have to find more excuses to go. The light show they added before the fireworks is super dope.

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patrickandmarcus:

this is riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma

This is just

patrickandmarcus:

this is riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma

This is just

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New music from Talib Kweli’s album ‘Prisoner of Conscious’ out May 7th.

I have wanted this to exist for SOOOO LOONG. RZA drops the beat while Kweli drops some knowledge. Not the most wisdom for a Talib song but still.

cannibalcoalition:

You know what?

I don’t care if being a lesbian isn’t natural.

Its 2013. Oreos don’t have a single natural ingredient in them that isn’t distilled out of recognition. People get their vegetables from cans. They have made cruelty-free, lab-grown BACON. People fly around in big, metal machines.

I. AM. TALKING. TO SOMEONE. ACROSS THE WORLD. IN A MATTER OF SECONDS.

Not natural. Is not bad.

Your rhetoric is no longer a valid excuse for hate.

Actually, by the very meaning of the word, if it happens… it’s natural. We too are nature. How arrogant do we have to be to claim that somehow we’re the only things in the universe that cause “unnatural” effects.

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May is National Masturbation Month, just FYI

iheartchaos:

No matter your nationality, May is National Masturbation Month. You may be celebrating right now and you don’t even know it, so congratulations.