11 Mar 2014

Learn the difference between affect and effect with this handy guide! See the rest of it here. 
One problem: I use affect as a noun all the time. I’m an asshole. 

Learn the difference between affect and effect with this handy guide! See the rest of it here

One problem: I use affect as a noun all the time. I’m an asshole. 

10 Mar 2014

What I think it is: Working until midnight every Thursday to find a way to not work Fridays.
What my parents think it is: Space travel and robot doctors.

WTF Are We Saying: Tech Edition - The Bold Italic - San Francisco

28 Feb 2014

Spike Lee on Gentrification: Rant or Speech?

All the major news websites are calling Spike Lee’s answer to question on gentrification at a recent Q&A a “rant.” Do we always call things like that rants? What makes one thing a rant and something else a speech? Or an “impromptu speech” at least? Or just an “answer” to a question?

I looked up rant: “speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way.” 

We say rant on Vegansaurus usually when we write about something when we’re agitated. But it bothers me a little because I think the term is used to undermine what you say. But maybe being angry at all undermines what you say? But if someone is being really offensive, why can’t you be angry? And why can’t your argument still be solid even if you’re angry? That seems like an arbitrary societal thing. Nothing about being angry or impassioned actually makes what you’re saying more or less valid. 

I’ve also wondered if the Vegansaurus writers were all men, would it still be a rant? I think that’s why “rant” stuck out to me when I googled Spike Lee and gentrification. I’m wondering if Lee were white, would it still be a rant? I doubt it. If a white male said something equally thought-provoking and off-the-cuff, I think people would be falling all over him with praise.

That’s obviously speculation, but still, why does Lee’s answer have to be a rant? Why can’t it be an impassioned answer? Or even a “diatribe”—what’s wrong with diatribe? Is that too validating?

5 Feb 2014

LOL and/or Lol! The Internet Has a Style Guide Now

The Atlantic’s summary of Buzzfeed’s style guide, which I guess Buzzfeed published recently. I love everything about this. Especially this rule, which I always try to apply in ad copy and people still insist on fighting it:

There are, it’s worth noting, a couple instances in which Buzzfeed’s guide lists exceptions to its own rules. And when are those to be deployed? In those cases, the document says, when following the original rule just “looks weird.” 

Amen. Get on this train, people. 

I also like this bit from the guide:

  • Genre names should always be lowercase (new wave, indie, hip-hop, etc.). Exceptions: K-pop, J-pop, R&B.

"Exceptions: K-pop" would have made a great post title, no? (Hint: yes) 

31 Dec 2013

Haaaa. That’s funny. Happy new year.

Haaaa. That’s funny. Happy new year.

19 Nov 2013

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet - Megan Garber - The Atlantic

I’m pretty stoked on this, because linguistics!

6 Nov 2013

Dude: Etymology of the word is traced to "doodle," as in Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Haha we should start calling dandies “macaronis” again! And dandies.  

11 Oct 2013

White House faces an insurrection over metaphors

Haaaaaaa. These folks. 

4 Oct 2013

Origins of idioms! That’s my kind of party. Things to look forward to: Ride shotgun! Skeleton in the closet! Close, but no cigar! And more. Enjoy.

15 Sep 2013

More Portmanteaux!