Categories
Grammatical Sabbatical In The News

WTH Merriam-Webster?!

Merriam-Webster recognizing ‘irregardless’ as a word

The following article was written by Jisha Joseph, October 22, 2020, and posted on Upworthy. See original post HERE.

“irregardless” — stigmatized as a non-word that has the opposite meaning of its intended use — is included in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

We’ve all been or known one of those people who take grammar very seriously. When the question is about the integrity of the English language, they wouldn’t stop themselves from correcting even Shakespeare himself. While they can sometimes come across as rather annoying with their grammar policing, we must admit, they do play an important part in ensuring that the sanctity of the language is maintained to some degree and that matters such as punctuation don’t go completely forgotten. Especially now, when it appears as though even the gatekeepers of the English language seem inlined to welcome some new — and some would argue, undeserving — comers into the dictionary.

“We do not make the English language, we merely record it.”

Merriam-Webster

One such newcomer, or rather its inclusion in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, came as quite the upsetting news for actress Jamie Lee Curtis who turned to Twitter to express her disappointment. “In case you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, Merriam-Webster just officially recognized ‘irregardless’ as a word,” the star tweeted and her grammar fanatic fans nearly lost it. “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore,” replied @PinkysPortal while Twitter user Anna Jagielo wrote: “Ugh! It cannot be. It goes against literally everything. A double negative- hate mob mentality.”

“Next they’ll just say that ‘their, they’re, and there’ are all interchangeable, along with ‘your and you’re.’ Most people believe that to be true already when you see how they post on social media/memes,” warned Nick Carter. Actress Suzanne Cryer shared Lee Curtis’ dismay as she wrote: “Nooooooooooooooooo. Your right. A suspicious action! It’s literally insane! I wish there were less hipsters working at Merriam-Webster. They had better make this 2020 dictionary inflammable or I might burn it.” Meanwhile, Twitter user @OneMoreBrian was plagued by another thought. “Christ… after 30 years of being told it’s not a word, I now have to reset my language?” they asked.

While grammar Twitter lamented the supposed decline of the language, some social media users asked the fact-checking website Snopes to verify whether Merriam-Webster dictionary had in fact newly recognized “irregardless” as a word in the English language. As it turns out, “irregardless” — which long been stigmatized as a non-word that has the opposite meaning of its intended use — is indeed included in Merriam-Webster. However, despite gaining new notoriety online, it isn’t a new addition. Speaking to NPR on the matter, a Merriam-Webster spokesperson revealed that “irregardless” has appeared in the pages of its Unabridged dictionary edition since 1934.

Moreover, other dictionaries of the likes of Webster’’ New World College Dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and the Cambridge Dictionary, also recognize “irregardless” as a word. Following the sudden online outrage earlier this year, Merriam-Webster grabbed the opportunity to tease the internet over its disapproval of the term in its July 3 Words of the Week post. “From time to time, it is drawn to our attention that certain parties find it objectionable that we have included irregardless in our dictionary. The outrage presumably springs from our allowing this callow arriviste to rub elbows with other, nobler, words; the very presence of irregardless besmirches such entries as asshead, ninnyhammer, and schnook,” the post reads.

“Irregardless is included in our dictionary because it has been in widespread and near-constant use since 1795. We must warn you, gentle readers, that there are some other words which appear for the first time this very same year that we define in our dictionary. Yes! We have allowed entry to such Johnnies-come-lately as bewhiskered, citizenry, and terrorism, all of which have their earliest written evidence the same year as irregardless,” it continues. “We do not make the English language, we merely record it. If people use a word with consistent meaning, over a broad geographic range, and for an extended period of time chances are very high that it will go into our dictionary.” Well, there you have it, folks. “Irregardless” is here to stay.


Merriam-Webster’s response to this being big news again is hilarious. Samuel Johnson couldn’t have penned a better response!

You gotta love a dictionary with a sense of humor! I didn’t realize, or never thought about the fact that ‘irregardless’ has been in the dictionary all along! I feel much more relaxed than I was when I first saw the headline. English is a living language, continuously changing, evolving, and adapting. Frankly I’m shocked that these lexicographers are as on top of things as they are!

Speaking of words…


Top Logophile Websites

If you’re still reading then you’re obviously another logophile! so check out some of my favorite ‘word’ sites to kill time on:

Wordnik: A social network site for word lovers who list, discuss, share, and keep track of our favorite words. You can Adopt A Word here, too! 🧡

Dictionary.com is so much more than just their WotD! For example, today’s Quiz Yourself is on SERIOUSLY SPOOKY CREATURE NAMES! If you breeze through everything there, head over to the sister site – Thesaurus.com.

The Phrontistery: This is such a huge site, with so much going on, I can’t even begin to list things.

Speed Round! Just go check these out of you love words –

Phrase Finder, Literary Devices, Urban Dictionary, Wordle, Literary Devices, Fun With Words: Glossary of Linguistics and Rhetoric, Word Games – play free online

Until next time… xxoo

P, L & N 💕

sg

Categories
#coronageddon Dark Humor In The News

Social Distancing and Life Goals

I left the house the other day for the first time in IDK how long, and I was primed like this every time I saw a shadow. Social anxiety, who me?

Credit where credit is due, Wrath James White shared this on Facebook.
Curtis
F Minus
La Cucaracha
Pearls Before Swine
Essential Services’
Just Do It! And kwitcherbitchin!
Last one, and it’s going out to my old friend Rhonda Payne Hud..shit, how do you spell that…
Stay safe you guys!! xxoo

P, L & N💋

~sg

Categories
comics In The News

R.I.P. Stan Lee

Excelsior!

“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater — one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead onc offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen — people he’s never known — with equal intensity — with equal venom.

“Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race — to despise an entire nation — to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God – a God who calls us ALL — His children.

“Pax et Justitia, Stan.”

Categories
In The News Tattoos

RIP Zombie Boy

Artist & Tattoo Enthusiast Rick Genest

Dead by Suicide at 32

Though horror fans have had Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy on their radars since day one, the artist and tattoo enthusiast achieved worldwide prominence after appearing in Lady Gaga’s video for Born This Way. Indeed, his face is one in a billion; it’s permanently modified to look like a skull, including exposed brains on his cranium. Indeed, the majority of Genest’s skin was inked.

The Montreal native passed away on Wednesday evening at the age of 32. Reports indicate he died by suicide. Thoughts go out to his friends, and family during this difficult period. His bravery and uniqueness were an inspiration for self-described freaks across the world.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and need someone to talk to, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.

 

Original article by Joshua Millican of HorrorFreakNews.com

Categories
In The News

All I wanna do is trade this life for something new…

R.I.P. Chester Bennington 

Categories
In The News

I’m Going To Miss My Favorite HBO ‘Mo

R.I.P. Nelsan Ellis

 

  

Categories
In The News

“Stan” Was Just Added To Oxford Dictionaries

View original post on Buzzfeed

Back in 2000, Eminem released “Stan” — a song written about an overly obsessive fan named Stan –

Over the decade and a half since the song dropped, “stan” slowly became a word fanbases used to describe their devotion to a public figure.

And now, it looks like “stan” isn’t going to go ANYWHERE, as Oxford Dictionaries just added the word to its database:


The entry properly sources Eminem as the origin of the word…

Origin
Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song “Stan” by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan.

  • ‘I admit I used to stan for Mariah when I was eight.’
  • ‘I can’t believe this woman has people stanning for her.’
  • ‘I don’t care what anyone says, that performance proves why I have stanned for this man since 1998.’
  • ‘He’s the only gay man not stanning for Beyonce.’
  • ‘I have stanned for Korean pop groups for the longest time, sadly without much success.’
  • ‘I stan for my authors.’ ~ Shadow Girl

Categories
Awards In The News Poetry

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no telling who that it’s naming
For the loser now will be later to win
Cause the times they are a-changing

New poetic expressions within the great American song tradition were created by these hands.

Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, has been rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, an honor that elevates him into the company of T. S. Eliot, Gabriel García Márquez, Toni Morrison and Samuel Beckett.

2016-nobel-prize

Bob Dylan is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901. In choosing a popular musician for the literary world’s highest honor, the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels.

“Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound, and he is the object of a steady stream of secondary literature.”

Literary scholars have long debated whether Mr. Dylan’s lyrics can stand on their own as poetry, and an astonishing volume of academic work has been devoted to parsing his music. The Oxford Book of American Poetry included his song “Desolation Row,” in its 2006 edition, and Cambridge University Press released “The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan” in 2009, further cementing his reputation as a brilliant literary stylist.

This tweet wraps up everything I love about the internet!
This tweet wraps up everything I love about the internet!

 

https://static01.nyt.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004707425

 

Categories
BBB Exclusive Horror In The News Original

Coulrophobes – you may want to stay the Hell away from Michigan!

The nationwide #CreepyClown epidemic has come to Metro Detroit, and in several instances has gone beyond creepy to criminal.

The #CreepyClowns are invading Shadow Girl's territory!
The #CreepyClowns are invading Shadow Girl’s territory!

Multiple sources have confirmed the #CreepyClown incident at Carlson HS on Tuesday.

Details here so far are sketchy because I have not been able to verify information about the gunman, but I spoke to multiple people today who were right there at #CreepyClown Ground Zero.  Even if you haven’t been following the nationwide clown-demic – this shit is terrifying!

A student, dressed as a clown held the teachers and students hostage with a loaded gun as he piped creepy circus music throughout the school. The police had the school on lock-down until the student gunman was eventually arrested. (Watch for upcoming interview with CHS student.)

But, that’s not all… apparently the circus came to Brownstown on Tuesday, because the high school clown brought a posse >.< (oh come on, it’s funny! – you know that this is where ICP is from, right?) and the clowny shenanigans continued throughout the night.

carlsonhs
Police in Downriver are searching for a suspect who robbed the Walgreens on West and Telegraph roads in Brownstown Township on Tuesday night.
According to police, the suspect entered the store with his gun drawn and demanded cash.
“He had on a black hoodie pulled over his head, a white clown mask underneath and dark colored pants,” Deputy Chief Robert Matthews told WWJ’s Charlie Langton.
The suspect escaped with $300 to $400 cash, fleeing the scene in a blue Chevy Impala.

Two women and one young child were also assaulted Tuesday night by men dressed as clowns.
In the first incident a boy was attacked by a man wearing a clown outfit and wielding a knife in a trailer park in Sterling Heights. The boy suffered minor cuts.
The second incident a couple hours later, involved two women who “were approached by three men dressed as clowns at Lowell and Boulder streets in Sterling Heights.
“Three men in clown masks with baseball bats jumped out and started swinging them at the women,” according to the report.

Earlier MI incidents include –

Clinton Township – A motorist posted a video on Twitter at 2:45 a.m. Sunday of a #CreepyClown incident. The tweet says: “We just saw this clown on Cass and Moravian. He tried to follow our car. This is getting insane.” The tweeted video of the clown sighted at the car wash can be found here.

Reports have also been confirmed in Big RapidsPort Huron, and  in Lapeere.

 

creepyclown1

 

This up-to-the-minute interactive map tracks all #CreepyClown sightings, threats, and scares.

NPR: America’s Creepy Clown Problem Continues

Categories
celebration Events In The News

Celebrate Your Freedom – Read Banned Books!

 

bannedbooksweek2016

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. The 10 most challenged titles of 2015 were:

Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

readbannedbooks-sqbannersg-with-bannerreadbannedbooks-stand-up-badge-2

Censorship

Hundreds of books have been either removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 311 in 2014. ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.

SUPPORT BANNED BOOKS WEEK – What You Can Do 

Help support the Banned Books Week initiative by purchasing promotional products like the posters featured here, including T-shirts, buttons and bookmarks. Visit the ALA Store to purchase these products.

SUPPORT THE EFFORT TO DEFEND THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN LIBRARIES AND BEYOND

The Freedom to Read Foundation works every day to ensure that you have access to information you want and the materials you need. Become a member or make a donation today.

SUPPORT BOOKSELLERS

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sells signed comic books and t-shirts. Support your right to read comic books by purchasing merchandise from their store.

 

The American Society of Journalists and Authors sells “I Read Banned Books” buttons for $1 each. Check out their store for more information.

 

 

Purchase Project Censored latest book, The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2013-14. To purchase, please visit their site.

 

Support These Banned Books Week sponsors: