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samanticshift:

twiin-vii2iion:

samanticshift:

"but if we don’t rigidly enforce grammar rules then everyone will talk/write how they want and no one will understand each other!"

yeah, because it’s not like communication is the primary function of language. without your grammar policing people will completely forget what language is for and devolve into nonsensical babbling. this is totes going to happen, just like it happened all those other…um…oh wait.

The written mistakes are important.

Look I don’t care for these “stop grammar policing. Grammar isn’t that important.” Arguments since that fucking makes no sense. The purpose of grammar is not to be annoying to you personally. The purpose of grammar is to prevent as many communication errors as possible. If you don’t use proper grammar, you are probably not saying what you think you are saying. Take the classic book “eats, shoots, and leaves” discussing the difference misused commas can make. That’s just one mistake. Grammar in written language is important. If you look at romantic languages, all root from Latin. Their grammar is in the conjugation of the words. If you conjugate it wrong then the whole sentence can fall apart.

Grammar is a structure that holds a language together. It is possible the second most, if not the most important part of a language.

So here’s this mess. I could be a smartass and correct all the non-standard usages, because if you’re going to be a self-righteous douche you should probably hold yourself to the same standard, but tbh I’d rather marvel at how very expertly it misses the damn point. I didn’t say conventions aren’t important; rather, I was observing that language doesn’t really need to be policed, because poor or failed communication is almost always the push one needs to learn grammatical conventions and/or the appropriate register for the situation. This is why, when I’ve taught and tutored English, I’ve focused on clarity instead of grammar itself—so instead of simply naming the error I’ve said something like, “do you mean [blank] or [blank]? It’s not clear from this sentence.”

Here, look at it this way: Formal language instruction is a relatively new thing. No languages fell apart prior to its creation, and no current societies without this kind of instruction/douchebaggery struggle to communicate either. Language is self-sustaining; it doesn’t need you to police it, and when languages do die, it’s usually due to, oh I don’t know, colonialism? And genocide. Stuff like that.

Of course, let’s be real: Most grammar police understand the people they correct just fine, because if you know how to fix the sentence then you know what it’s trying to say, so a lot of what you’re saying here is bullshit. Plus there’s the fact that my OP, while written in an informal style which eschews capitals, was more or less grammatically correct, and you still misunderstood it. I guess clarity is about more than grammar.

Alright, time for breakfast.

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libutron:

Sword-billed Hummingbird - The only species of bird with a bill longer than its body

Found in South America, from Venezuela to Bolivia, the Sword-billed Hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera (Apodiformes - Trochilidae) has such a long bill (10-12 cm long) that to avoid toppling over, must hold its bill up high in order to balance when perching.

When feeding, they most often visit flowers that have long blooms that hang down, allowing them to probe the flowers easily from underneath with their bills still held at a steep angle.

Unlike most birds, sword-billed hummingbirds cannot preen with their bills, and preen using their feet instead. Because of this behavior, they have developed some of the largest feet of any hummingbirds.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Jeff Dyck | Locality: Cuyuja, Napo, Ecuador (2014)

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momunofu:

I think it’s a tradition to bring back a random classic character that no one cares about (Ice Climbers in Melee, Pit in Brawl) and it’s Duck Hunt this time

But everyone literally fucking hates that dog and his fucking asshole grin please no

that’s why we get to punch him

It’s not worth it …

punch the dog

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reallylameblog:

asian:

went grocery shopping

Please don’t eat these dogs

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colorsoftheswim:

fuckyeahwomenprotesting2:

I like how correcting her kids creepy behavior doesn’t even matter to that mother.

This actually makes me very angry. It basically highlights everything wrong with the world. Instead of teaching boys not to look at women like that, women are taught not to dress provocatively so boys don’t get “distracted”. It makes me sick. 

bang bang

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libutron:

Children’s python - Antaresia childreni

Native to Australia, the Children’s python, Antaresia childreni (Pythonidae) is one of the smallest pythons. It reaches about 3 feet (91 cm). Pattern may fade considerably as the snake grows and some individuals may have no pattern as adults.

The genus name, Antaresia, comes from the star Antares in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. While the species name, childreni, is after John George Children (an English naturalist responsible for the zoological collection at the British Museum in the first half of the 19th century), not because they make good children’s pets.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Guillaume Roch Puig | Locality: unknown (2014)

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on the one hand bronies “coming out” as a ponysexual or whatever because they think it’s just as dangerous as being gay is appropriative and homophobic as hell but on the other hand imagine some 22 year old with premature balding twisting his fedora in his greasy hands as he tearfully explains to his horrorstruck parents that he jacks off to technicolor horses 

there’s a reddit thread devoted to people grumping about this very post

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Ahahahahahaha

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alderion-al:

I try to watch episode 135 but I can’t ; ; nooooooooooOOOOOOO

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