we have stereotypes for aliens
we have stereotypes for things we don’t even know anything about
maybe that’s why they won’t visit us
they think we’re racist
we are sorry aliens
tumblr kind of squished the images they were wider, but I guess that’s the bad thing about working with the binary tool
scroll fast the song has a lot of words!
I find it really interesting that abbreviations online have abandoned sound-based abbreviations (is there an actual term for it? Things like “c u l8r”) in favor of actual abbreviations for things that have nothing to do with the content itself and are more like qualifiers (lbr, tbh, imho).
This reminds me of John McWhorter’s observations about lol and hey as discourse particles: he describes “lol” as marking empathy and “hey” as a topic shift. I’d say that the other current abbreviations like tbh, imo/imho, iirc, idk/idek, omg/omgz, wtf, etc. can have a similar type of function in marking the attitude of the speaker (well, writer) towards a particular idea.
Notice how the same statement (chosen to sound pragmatically appropriate in an informal, tumblr-like context) has a very different illocutionary force when accompanied by different markers.
(1) tbh they’d make a terrible couple. (certain knowledge)
(2) imo they’d make a terrible couple. (belief)
(3) iirc they made a terrible couple. (uncertain memory)
(4) idk they’d make a terrible couple. (uncertain, disbelief)
(5) omg they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, excitement)
(6) wtf they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, disbelief)
(7) lol they’d make a terrible couple. (empathy)
Perhaps this is the closest that English will get to having a system of evidentials…
i love all the ways people are developing to get around how hard it is to convey tone with soundless text, like reaction gifs, emoticons, and these abbreviations. i’d say ‘lol’ is used more to show ‘agreeableness’ than ‘empathy’, but maybe that’s what McWhoreter means…?
I’m listening to music with my headphones on for the first time in like a week and it feels soooo goooood
Please Please PLEASE listen to this glorious eargasm! Get some full body chills at 2:45 if listening at loud volumes ;D 320kbps for good measure.
All of the music by this OVERWERK is this good.
PACIFIC RIM BLOOPER REEL
THIS IS NOT A DRILL
this is all i ever wanted in life