Category: cynical commentary

New Words!

The world’s greatest (this may be a biased opinion) dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary, just added some new words and I could not be happier. The UWM English Department taught us to love and respect the OED.  When we were supposed to find the origins of words, we did not go just anywhere… we checked the OED. I thought it was sad that my subscription ended when I was no longer in school, but I found ways around that.

The OED (and any dictionary, really) is always adding new words and often no one (but weird English majors) bothers to pay attention. This time, people are paying attention. The Huffington Post had a great article  about the new words being added and even more interesting are the comments on the article.

People HATE new words and they hate their inclusion into the dictionary even more. I will always find that amusing because people use new/slang/improper words every day but they still maintain that these “fads” are ruining the English language. If it weren’t for fads, we would all be speaking Old English.

One of the best complaint comments was about how someone in the future will look back on our society and see that we included “sexting” in the dictionary and they will have a “WTF” reaction. If you don’t see how that’s ironic, I’m not sure there’s hope for you. Also recently included in the OED are internet acronyms like “LOL” and “OMG.” I love English.

Three (of the 400) new words added to the Concise Oxford Dictionary (which I use all the time because it’s amazing):

Retweet
verb: (on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user)

Sexting
noun: the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone

Cyberbullying
noun: the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

According to The Telegraph, “the new words were selected after being entered into a database of 2 billion words drawn from contemporary websites and texts to prove their ubiquity”.

The dictionary’s editor Angus Stevenson told Channel 4 News that “new words often reflect the era in which they were added to the dictionary,” and commented on the impact that social media and the Internet have had on language.

It’s worth noting that the term “retweet” was not widely used until 2008 (two years after Twitter was founded), when users began prepending their messages with “RT @username”. Now with more than 175 million users, Twitter terminology has become common language, and the Oxford University Press undoubtedly agrees.

Other new words added to the Concise Oxford Dictionary include “woot” (used to express enthusiasm in online communication) and “kinematograph” (an early film projector).

THIS JUST IN: OED *removes* words to make room for new ones! I love it. Discuss.

G-Free Review: Chili Lili’s Chili Bar

The moment I read that Molly’s G-Free Bakery was teaming up with this fabulous restaurant, I knew amazing things were in store. My regular Friday-night-dinner out was spent at Chili Lili’s Chili Bar a few months ago and it was amazing. They have a great menu of chilies and foods to put chili on and in. Not only that, but they promise to make anything allergy-free by altering their ingredients.

Last visit, I had the traditional Cincinnati chili over waffle fries. It was the best and weirdest chili I’ve ever had- tasted like there was cinnamon in the recipe. (After looking into this chili phenomenon it seems that cinnamon is an ingredient.) I didn’t go out of my way to make sure the meal was g-free, but I didn’t get sick so I think that meal would be safe for anyone else who is a sensitive Celiac. The waiter at my recent visit said the Cincinnati was g-full so I ordered the Spicy Pizza chili over fries. I felt bad doing a review without trying the bread, courtesy of Molly’s, so I cheated even more on my South Beach Diet Phase 1 (no carbs) to be able to honestly say that Molly’s garlic bread at Lilli’s is AMAZING. They also serve rolls to make any of the sandwiches that Lili’s offers.

Spicy pizza chili on fries
spicy pizza chili on fries

Pros:

  • They know what’s g-free and what ingredients are in their foods.
  • The chili tastes amazing and is healthy (extras like mac & cheese or fries probably aren’t as healthy).
  • They serve Molly’s bread.
  • Prices are very reasonable and affordable.

Garlic Bread
garlic bread

Notice the bread bending in the picture? That’s because it’s SOFT. If you’ve had any g-free bread, you would know that most are crumbly and disgusting and dry. This bread was soft and delicious, with a perfectly toasted crust.

Soft bread
soft bread

Cons:

  • Long wait (at least for this visit): The wait was 45 minutes! For 5 people in a slightly empty place, food should have been up in no time. And one person ordered a burger done medium, so that also should have been fairly quick.
  • Poor service : When the food came, there was no order of magical garlic bread and the burger was burnt and well-done. (Burger was obviously sent back and later refunded.) The waitstaff never asked how the burger was to make sure it was done the right way… then the bread finally came a bit after… then I had my special “oh my god I am eating delicious g-free bread” moment…. and then after the table was done eating, out came a new burger (another 30 minute wait).

I have never had to wait so long (or witness someone else waiting) for food. There was a small party going on but they were mostly drinking, not really seated to eat. And the other 4 patrons in the place weren’t eating. I don’t know what was wrong with the kitchen that night…

I would recommend going when you aren’t starving. Just in case.

G-Free Grade = B-

Wednesday Whine: G~Free Idiots

There are a plethora of websites and blogs on Celiac Disease and eating G-Free; I know, because I check out my competition (also, I borrow their neat recipes). With the popularity of avoiding carbs and the increase in autoimmune disorder awareness, why is “gluten” still such a foreign word?

I started a new job a few months ago and right away, I was bracing myself for the moment I would have to tell co-workers that I can’t have wheat. I hate the incessant questions, “Can you have this?”, “Can you have that?,” “Does this have wheat in it?” Previous experience has taught me that people don’t even understand the words “gluten” and “Celiac,” even after I describe them. These new co-workers were no exception.

Maybe it’s just the handful of people I’ve encountered who aren’t bright enough to comprehend “gluten-free”. You know, the kind of people who say, “I says” and “Eye-talian” – can’t expect a whole lot of smarts there.

Two particularly ridiculous moments come to mind. (1) A lady came over to me, “I like to bring in a baked good for my birthday – you wont be able to have that – but I also bring in a fruit salad. Can you have fruit?” Really? Is the fruit covered in flour? Because last time I checked, fruit didn’t have wheat in it. (2) One day pizza was being ordered for lunch. I was seriously asked, and this is an exact quote, “I know you can’t order pizza with us, but what about something else from the restaurant? Like pasta.” PASTA?! Since when is pasta the g-free alternative to pizza? I’m not sure people think very hard about the things they say. And sadly, these were separate people who said these things.

Even something as seemingly simple as dairy vs. non-dairy can’t be mastered by some people. I remember when my sister was younger and couldn’t have dairy, we had to request everything without it. And people actually asked if she could have eggs. Are eggs squeezed from a milk-giving animals teats? No? Oh ok, then it looks like eggs are NON-DAIRY.

Are people that stupid? Or do they just not think? I was hoping that when Celiac Disease became mainstream, people would be less retarded about it. So far it seems the dumb people will always ruin it for everyone else.

No Wheat!
No Wheat!

Banned Words?

Normally I don’t care about trivial linguistic debates.  Trivial debates include how to pronounce 2010, and the right & wrong of regional dialects.  (For the record it’s “twenty-ten” and “bubbler” is the correct term and it’s not the same as “water fountain” :P )

Most ridiculous is this list that’s put out every year of banned words and phrases from Lake Superior State University (basically some elite group has decided some words/phrases are overused or just plain silly so they want them banished).  This is a culmination of what should have been Tuesday’s Lang&Lit post and today’s Crabby post.

I’m not thrilled with this list.  First, because it allows some group of people to decide what words should and shouldn’t be used for usually dumb reasons.  Second, because some words that are listed are the ones that I want to explore further when I decide to go to Grad School.  These words are what make languages evolve.  Third, because who cares?  Most of these words are “banned” because they’re simply overused or the old-fashioned elitists don’t like creativity.

Why are people so against creativity in language?  I’m as conservative as they come politically, but linguistically, I think I’m more liberal.  Don’t get me wrong, I love correcting grammar and using proper punctuation, but I think when it comes to syntax and new words: I love the changes and evolution.  “Slang” can be an interesting way to study a culture.  In language learning, you don’t truly speak like a native until you learn their slang.  This still means that in certain setting it’s always a bad idea to call your boss “dude” and type emails in all caps or all lowercase.  I think this goes for blogs, too.  STOP TYPING IN ALL LOWER CASE, YOU MORONS.  You aren’t writing a mass text to all your friends, you’re putting your thoughts into the internet for people to read and comment on – do it intelligently, especially if you’re writing about nothing except what you’re doing this weekend and your new haircut.

The 2010 list:

In these economic timeswhat times *aren’t* economic?  I can see how this is stupid.
Stimulus yes, it’s overused and yes, it probably wasn’t implemented correctly.  Maybe it should have been called a Hopeful Stimulus.
Toxic assetsI had to look this one up… but I guess it means “bad loans”?  I don’t know… I kind of like the phrasing.
Too big to fail makes no sense – get rid of it.
Transparency meaning “obvious” – I think it works.
Appseriously?  What’s so wrong with abbreviations that are grammatically correct?  What else would refer to an iPhone application?  I’m guessing the people who made this list don’t have iPhones or this wouldn’t be even suggested.  They also must be bitter that they are technologically retarded and refuse to jump to the year 20-10. Ha.
Teachable momentthe main complaint I read about this word is that it’s applicable to too many situations… since when was that bad? It’s not a terrible phrase, & I don’t care if it leaves us but I’d like it if people had intelligent reasons for wanting it gone.
Obama words I don’t like him but why not name silly things he thinks or does after him?  Didn’t everyone love doing that with Bush & Bushisms?  Oh, I forgot, we can only make fun of conservatives.  My bad.
Czar “a high authority position”.  Not sure why people hated this one so much.  I don’t listen to the news so I wasn’t really annoyed by it.
Shovel-readymeaning “ready for implementation”. I think it sounds stupid so I support the vote to remove it.
Twitter/Tweet/TwitterholicI’m fine with Twitter and the annoying people on it and their clever new terms.  What I’m not ok with is this comment from a random guy on the LSSU website, “People tweet and retweet and I just heard the word ‘tweet’ so many times it lost all meaning.”  Since when does repetition make something LOSE meaning?  He’s from Mexico, we won’t take him too seriously.
Sexting* Sexy + texts. Makes perfect sense to me. I love this new word
Bromance*I’m a fan of all man-related blended words.  Mandals (man + sandals) is another personal favorite. This should never go away.
Chillaxin’* Chill + relax. It also makes perfect sense.

Be sure to check out past banished lists, the current list & people’s idiodic comments.

*I have a special place in my heart for blending as a way to make new words.  This was a hugely important way that Old English transformed into Modern & Present Day English.  The haters of blended words need to CHILLAX because languages change!  This is what I would like to study in Grad School – word formation and language evolution.

My God isn’t stupid.

Since I just started a new job this week (yay!), I’m still *a bit* in grateful-mode.  I’m so elated to be out of my apartment, thinking and interacting with grownups, that I haven’t minded the usual annoying stuff.

I’m not so grateful that I still don’t hate a large portion of society…

One thing that continually pisses me off, is when Christians do something stupid and use the excuse that God told them to do it.  This is very common among young adults who want to be married and should probably wait, but don’t want to.  For example, if you are 20 years old and do not have your life together (ie, working or in school) and you meet someone much older than you who ALSO doesn’t have their life together and you date for a few months after knowing each other for all of 3 days, then you probably should not join your lives together until death parts you.

What makes me the most upset, is that these people (who are supposed to believe in the same Almighty God that I do) believe in a God who is also as stupid as they are.  We, as humans, are all dumb.  We can thank Jesus for giving us free will to be that way.  But God, in any religion, should be better than the people.  He is the redeemer of the people and what redeemer says it’s ok to use marriage as the time to date a new person.

Now, this isn’t like knowing someone for years, being friends, and finally confessing your love and being married.  This is meeting, a few weeks later you have been dating and then you’re engaged to be married in 3 months.  I truly believe Jesus likes dating.  It’s the non-binding mini-commitment between 2 people to get to know each other monogamously.  And if after you learn things about each other and it doesn’t work out, you can part ways.  Marriage is not and should not be like that.  While you do learn new things about your spouse as time goes on, you already have a foundation of friendship and love to build from.  There’s no foundation in these rushed “God told me so” weddings.

What will be interesting to see is how many of those weddings last over the next 5-7 years.  I know of at least 3 that I will be keeping a stalking-on-facebook eye on.

I’d like to know who else this bothers.  Sometimes I feel like the only one who has to work at their marriage even though we are good friends and dated a long time and are still in the 1st “honeymoon” year.