WHY GERMAN IS A BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE 

sarrahxhabibi:

Arschgeige  -  assviolin  -   a heavy insult
Fußhupe   -   foot horn   -   a small dog
Egal wie dicht du bist, Göthe war Dichter.   -   No matter how drunk you are, Goethe was a poet   -   Pun: “dichter” also translates to “more drunk”
fuchsteufelswild   -   foxdevilswild   -   really angry
Nacktschnecke   -   Naked snail   -    slug
Glühwürmchen   -   glow wormies   -    fireflies
Streichholz   -   stroking wood   -   match
Schadenfreude  -   damage happiness   -   the pleasure you feel when others suffer
Fahne   -    flag   -   breath smelling of alcohol
Kummerspeck   -   misery bacon   -   the fat you gain through comfort food
Glückspilz   -   luck mushroom   -   a person that has a lot of luck
Scherzkeks   -   joke biscuit   -   hoaxer
Fernweh   -   far away-ache   -   the desire to go somewhere far away
Gänseblümchen   -   goose floret   -   daisy
Flachwichser   -   flat wanker   -   a heavy insult
Flugzeug   -   fly thing   -   airplane
Wasserschildkröte   -   water shield toad   -   turtle
Ich fress einen Besen!   -   I will devour a broom!   -   exclamation of incredulousness
Vollpfosten   -   full pole   -   a heavy insult
Handschuhschneeballwerfer   -   glove snowball thrower   -   basically an anon troll
Flachzange   -   flat pliers   -    a heavy insult

(via lemondifficult)

@1 month ago with 30471 notes
#language 

dailyhartslock:

"I wish I had a British accent" which one bitch there’s like over 9,000 in scotland alone

(Source: potaitodoodles, via complexityofthepsyche)

@1 month ago with 2324 notes
#language 

frankoceanfanclub:

cibosan:

zerogoukki:

deemzbeamz48:

naomicalhooligan:

officialmartinluther:

levantineviper:

Congratulations!

omygod

SAM WHAT DOES THIS SAY?

"I’m mouldy/rotten/dirty/filthy"…depends on the context. I’m not even joking.

I CAN CONFIRM THAT THIS MEANS “I AM STINKY/DIRTY/ETC” AND I AM GOING TO DIE I’M LAUGHING SO HARD

Oh no!

LMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Google is your friend.

(Source: levantineviper-archive, via onomatopoeinis)

@3 months ago with 60972 notes
#language 
brainstatic:

This is the English word I want to get tattooed on my wrist. It means “to keep breathing even though the water rises all around you.” English is such a mystical exotic language. They can fit so much meaning into so small a word.

brainstatic:

This is the English word I want to get tattooed on my wrist. It means “to keep breathing even though the water rises all around you.” English is such a mystical exotic language. They can fit so much meaning into so small a word.

(via ralexmox)

@8 months ago with 40893 notes
#language 

"

You find that by dispensing with “is” and by trying to reformulate without “is”, you naturally fall into the kind of expression which is considered acceptable in modern science. And also, it’s the type of consciousness that Zen Buddhism tries to induce. Using E-Prime you will understand modern science and Zen Buddhism both a lot better than you’ve ever understand them before. Martin Gardner has written a long essay proving that to think like this will destroy your mind. I think it adds tremendously to clarity! I am removing the “is” from my writing more and more. Removing it from your speech is even harder.

I started thinking: [to say] “the grass is green” [is to say] “the grass seems green to me.” The saves me a lot of time, by the way. I don’t get embroiled in arguments like “Beethoven is better than Mozart” or “rock is better than soul”. I define such things as meaningless, so when people involved in arguments like that, I think, well, Beethoven seems better to me than Mozart to me most of the time. I don’t say “Beethoven is better than Mozart.”

"

Robert Anton Wilson on “Is”.

(Source: youtube.com)

@11 months ago with 16 notes
#robert anton wilson #language #philosophy #lingustics #e-prime #martin gardner 
@1 year ago with 36622 notes
#language 
@1 year ago with 2447 notes
#language 

Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words  

nevver:

  1. Omphaloskepsis: meditation while gazing at one’s navel.
  2. Pickedevant: a Van Dyke beard.
  3. Malneirophrenia: depression following a nightmare.
  4. Lissotrichous: having straight hair.
  5. Junkettaceous: frivolous, worthless.
  6. Sinciput: the forehead.
  7. Whigmaleery: a knickknack or a geegaw; a whim.
  8. Cuggermugger: whispered gossiping.
  9. Goubemouche: a gullible person (literally, one who swallows flies).
  10. Kakkorhaphiophobia: fear of failure.
  11. Nibby-jibby: narrow margin; a close call.
  12. Anaphalantiasis: the falling out of the eyebrows.
  13. Quakebuttock: a coward.
  14. Humdudgeon: an imaginary illness or pain; a loud complaint about nothing.
  15. Floccinaucinihilipilification: the categorizing of something as worthless trivia.
more
@1 year ago with 1726 notes
#language 

freshmountains:

"i wish i had a british accent"

ah yes, the british accentimage

the singular british accent

(via gresa)

@1 month ago with 104465 notes
#language 
nevver:

Meet the New Language Empires (larger)
@3 months ago with 835 notes
#language 

The 39 Worst Words, Phrases, and Parts of Speech of 2013 

nevver:

  • ”#.” R.I.P., early Twitter feature. We’ll bury you next to your friend, the FourSquare check-in.
  • adverbs. Ban all adverbs. They’re mostly just gulp words, really.
  • "all the things."
  • "because [noun]": (i.e. “because science.”)
  • brogurt.” No.
  • classy.
  • "controversial tweet." There’s just no way to make this sound dignified, and besides, it leads to think pieces.
  • "cronut."
  • "crowdsourced."
  • "derp." It’s been an emotional ride, but it’s time to send this one off on the ice floe.
  • "disrupt." Luxury car apps aren’t disruptive.
  • "Donald Trump is considering a run for…" No, he’s not. He just isn’t. And if you’d like to get him unearned publicity, you should at least get some stock options out of it.
  • "doubled down." Unless the candidate did it while biting into a delicious sandwich, let’s just say the candidate “reaffirmed his/her position” on transportation funding or burrito drones or whatever we’ll be discussing in 2014.
  • "…favorited a tweet you were mentioned in." No one has ever wanted to know this.
  • "gaffe.” It’s going to be a long-enough election year as it is.
  • "game-changer." What you’re describing probably won’t change the game. But if it does, would you want to spoil the moment with a cliche?
  • "Guy Fieri." What if we all decided to just never mention him again? Would he disappear?
  • "hashtag." This refers to the spoken utterance of the word “hashtag,” often accompanied by air-quotes. People can see you doing this.
  • "hipster. Wearing glasses is not something people do because they’re hipsters; it’s something people do because they’re nearsighted. People don’t drink hot chocolate because it’s a hipster thing to do; they drink hot chocolate because it’s literally liquid chocolate. Yes, I wrote “literally.” That’s what happens when you use a word so casually and carelessly in think pieces as to render it meaningless.
  • "I can’t even." You can. Dig deep. Find your Kentucky.
  • "impact." (When used as a verb.)
  • "…in .gifs."
  • "…in one chart." We’re aiming high in 2014. Two chart minimum!
  • "listicle." This is the last one.
  • "literally the worst." Actually, while we’re at it, let’s ban "literally." Literally is the "not the Onion" of fake things.
  • "millennial." Young people are living with their parents because their parents’ generation destroyed the global economy. Next.
  • "nondescript office park." As opposed to the Frank Gehry ones.
  • "not the Onion.
  • "Rethuglicans, Repugs," "Republikkkans," "Demoncrats," "Dumbocrats," and every other variation thereof. Please just use the normal proper nouns; you can add whatever modifier you like before or after.
  • "selfie." But what do they tell us about our society, in the digital now? Let’s ask James Franco.
  • "Snowfall." (In the future, a high-cost digital production that doesn’t live up to the hype shall be known as a "Skyfall.")
  • "the Internets." This was a George W. Bush joke or something, right? You can still use the Internet—just drop the “s.”
  • "This Town."
  • "thought leader." Mostly beaten out of existence, but don’t think we didn’t notice that Paul Allen interview, Wired. You’re on notice.
  • #YOLO. Seriously.

@8 months ago with 1351 notes
#language 

Free language eBooks 

tyadorborlu:

thelanguagecommunity:

A library of eBooks for Vietnamese, Cantonese, Malay-Indonesian, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian, Amharic, Ethiopian, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Greek, Welsh, Gaelic, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, Catalan, Basque and French and more.

THIS IS SO BRILLIANT

(via gresa)

@8 months ago with 538 notes
#language #education 

"Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love; ancient Persian has eighty, Greek three, and English only one. This is indicative of the poverty of awareness or emphasis that we give to that tremendously important realm of feeling. Eskimos have thirty words for snow, because it is a life-and death matter to them to have exact information about the element they live with so intimately. If we had a vocabulary of thirty words for love … we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart. An Eskimo probably would die of clumsiness if he had only one word for snow; we are close to dying of loneliness because we have only one word for love. Of all the Western languages, English may be the most lacking when it come to feeling."

Robert Johnson, Fisher King

I love you in America is drenched with the smell of sex or the wisps of longing for another person echoing it back to you. 

I’ve chocked back so many I love you’s from fear of misinterpretation from friends, crushes, supervisors. 

Sometimes I love delicately, sometimes I love violently, but always I love, am full of love.

(via dishabillic)

(via thenightlymirror)

@1 year ago with 82 notes
#poverty #language 

15,000-Year-Old Words 

nevver:

thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, worm

@1 year ago with 634 notes
#language 
topherchris:

‘Unfollow’ added to Oxford Dictionary Online.

topherchris:

‘Unfollow’ added to Oxford Dictionary Online.

(via cognitivedissonance)

@1 year ago with 810 notes
#tumblr #language 
WHY GERMAN IS A BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE→

sarrahxhabibi:

Arschgeige  -  assviolin  -   a heavy insult
Fußhupe   -   foot horn   -   a small dog
Egal wie dicht du bist, Göthe war Dichter.   -   No matter how drunk you are, Goethe was a poet   -   Pun: “dichter” also translates to “more drunk”
fuchsteufelswild   -   foxdevilswild   -   really angry
Nacktschnecke   -   Naked snail   -    slug
Glühwürmchen   -   glow wormies   -    fireflies
Streichholz   -   stroking wood   -   match
Schadenfreude  -   damage happiness   -   the pleasure you feel when others suffer
Fahne   -    flag   -   breath smelling of alcohol
Kummerspeck   -   misery bacon   -   the fat you gain through comfort food
Glückspilz   -   luck mushroom   -   a person that has a lot of luck
Scherzkeks   -   joke biscuit   -   hoaxer
Fernweh   -   far away-ache   -   the desire to go somewhere far away
Gänseblümchen   -   goose floret   -   daisy
Flachwichser   -   flat wanker   -   a heavy insult
Flugzeug   -   fly thing   -   airplane
Wasserschildkröte   -   water shield toad   -   turtle
Ich fress einen Besen!   -   I will devour a broom!   -   exclamation of incredulousness
Vollpfosten   -   full pole   -   a heavy insult
Handschuhschneeballwerfer   -   glove snowball thrower   -   basically an anon troll
Flachzange   -   flat pliers   -    a heavy insult

(via lemondifficult)

1 month ago
#language 

freshmountains:

"i wish i had a british accent"

ah yes, the british accentimage

the singular british accent

(via gresa)

1 month ago
#language 

dailyhartslock:

"I wish I had a British accent" which one bitch there’s like over 9,000 in scotland alone

(Source: potaitodoodles, via complexityofthepsyche)

1 month ago
#language 
nevver:

Meet the New Language Empires (larger)
3 months ago
#language 
3 months ago
#language 
The 39 Worst Words, Phrases, and Parts of Speech of 2013→

nevver:

  • ”#.” R.I.P., early Twitter feature. We’ll bury you next to your friend, the FourSquare check-in.
  • adverbs. Ban all adverbs. They’re mostly just gulp words, really.
  • "all the things."
  • "because [noun]": (i.e. “because science.”)
  • brogurt.” No.
  • classy.
  • "controversial tweet." There’s just no way to make this sound dignified, and besides, it leads to think pieces.
  • "cronut."
  • "crowdsourced."
  • "derp." It’s been an emotional ride, but it’s time to send this one off on the ice floe.
  • "disrupt." Luxury car apps aren’t disruptive.
  • "Donald Trump is considering a run for…" No, he’s not. He just isn’t. And if you’d like to get him unearned publicity, you should at least get some stock options out of it.
  • "doubled down." Unless the candidate did it while biting into a delicious sandwich, let’s just say the candidate “reaffirmed his/her position” on transportation funding or burrito drones or whatever we’ll be discussing in 2014.
  • "…favorited a tweet you were mentioned in." No one has ever wanted to know this.
  • "gaffe.” It’s going to be a long-enough election year as it is.
  • "game-changer." What you’re describing probably won’t change the game. But if it does, would you want to spoil the moment with a cliche?
  • "Guy Fieri." What if we all decided to just never mention him again? Would he disappear?
  • "hashtag." This refers to the spoken utterance of the word “hashtag,” often accompanied by air-quotes. People can see you doing this.
  • "hipster. Wearing glasses is not something people do because they’re hipsters; it’s something people do because they’re nearsighted. People don’t drink hot chocolate because it’s a hipster thing to do; they drink hot chocolate because it’s literally liquid chocolate. Yes, I wrote “literally.” That’s what happens when you use a word so casually and carelessly in think pieces as to render it meaningless.
  • "I can’t even." You can. Dig deep. Find your Kentucky.
  • "impact." (When used as a verb.)
  • "…in .gifs."
  • "…in one chart." We’re aiming high in 2014. Two chart minimum!
  • "listicle." This is the last one.
  • "literally the worst." Actually, while we’re at it, let’s ban "literally." Literally is the "not the Onion" of fake things.
  • "millennial." Young people are living with their parents because their parents’ generation destroyed the global economy. Next.
  • "nondescript office park." As opposed to the Frank Gehry ones.
  • "not the Onion.
  • "Rethuglicans, Repugs," "Republikkkans," "Demoncrats," "Dumbocrats," and every other variation thereof. Please just use the normal proper nouns; you can add whatever modifier you like before or after.
  • "selfie." But what do they tell us about our society, in the digital now? Let’s ask James Franco.
  • "Snowfall." (In the future, a high-cost digital production that doesn’t live up to the hype shall be known as a "Skyfall.")
  • "the Internets." This was a George W. Bush joke or something, right? You can still use the Internet—just drop the “s.”
  • "This Town."
  • "thought leader." Mostly beaten out of existence, but don’t think we didn’t notice that Paul Allen interview, Wired. You’re on notice.
  • #YOLO. Seriously.

8 months ago
#language 
brainstatic:

This is the English word I want to get tattooed on my wrist. It means “to keep breathing even though the water rises all around you.” English is such a mystical exotic language. They can fit so much meaning into so small a word.
8 months ago
#language 
Free language eBooks→

tyadorborlu:

thelanguagecommunity:

A library of eBooks for Vietnamese, Cantonese, Malay-Indonesian, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian, Amharic, Ethiopian, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Greek, Welsh, Gaelic, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, Catalan, Basque and French and more.

THIS IS SO BRILLIANT

(via gresa)

8 months ago
#language #education 
"

You find that by dispensing with “is” and by trying to reformulate without “is”, you naturally fall into the kind of expression which is considered acceptable in modern science. And also, it’s the type of consciousness that Zen Buddhism tries to induce. Using E-Prime you will understand modern science and Zen Buddhism both a lot better than you’ve ever understand them before. Martin Gardner has written a long essay proving that to think like this will destroy your mind. I think it adds tremendously to clarity! I am removing the “is” from my writing more and more. Removing it from your speech is even harder.

I started thinking: [to say] “the grass is green” [is to say] “the grass seems green to me.” The saves me a lot of time, by the way. I don’t get embroiled in arguments like “Beethoven is better than Mozart” or “rock is better than soul”. I define such things as meaningless, so when people involved in arguments like that, I think, well, Beethoven seems better to me than Mozart to me most of the time. I don’t say “Beethoven is better than Mozart.”

"
Robert Anton Wilson on “Is”.

(Source: youtube.com)

11 months ago
#robert anton wilson #language #philosophy #lingustics #e-prime #martin gardner 
"Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love; ancient Persian has eighty, Greek three, and English only one. This is indicative of the poverty of awareness or emphasis that we give to that tremendously important realm of feeling. Eskimos have thirty words for snow, because it is a life-and death matter to them to have exact information about the element they live with so intimately. If we had a vocabulary of thirty words for love … we would immediately be richer and more intelligent in this human element so close to our heart. An Eskimo probably would die of clumsiness if he had only one word for snow; we are close to dying of loneliness because we have only one word for love. Of all the Western languages, English may be the most lacking when it come to feeling."

Robert Johnson, Fisher King

I love you in America is drenched with the smell of sex or the wisps of longing for another person echoing it back to you. 

I’ve chocked back so many I love you’s from fear of misinterpretation from friends, crushes, supervisors. 

Sometimes I love delicately, sometimes I love violently, but always I love, am full of love.

(via dishabillic)

(via thenightlymirror)

1 year ago
#poverty #language 
1 year ago
#language 
15,000-Year-Old Words→

nevver:

thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, worm

1 year ago
#language 
1 year ago
#language 
topherchris:

‘Unfollow’ added to Oxford Dictionary Online.
1 year ago
#tumblr #language 
Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words →

nevver:

  1. Omphaloskepsis: meditation while gazing at one’s navel.
  2. Pickedevant: a Van Dyke beard.
  3. Malneirophrenia: depression following a nightmare.
  4. Lissotrichous: having straight hair.
  5. Junkettaceous: frivolous, worthless.
  6. Sinciput: the forehead.
  7. Whigmaleery: a knickknack or a geegaw; a whim.
  8. Cuggermugger: whispered gossiping.
  9. Goubemouche: a gullible person (literally, one who swallows flies).
  10. Kakkorhaphiophobia: fear of failure.
  11. Nibby-jibby: narrow margin; a close call.
  12. Anaphalantiasis: the falling out of the eyebrows.
  13. Quakebuttock: a coward.
  14. Humdudgeon: an imaginary illness or pain; a loud complaint about nothing.
  15. Floccinaucinihilipilification: the categorizing of something as worthless trivia.
more
1 year ago
#language