One Direction Livestream Body Language Analysis: Larry

To start off we have Niall talking to the camera. He introduces the livestream and asks the other boys how they’re doing.

Everyone seems to be in an alright mood, Louis whispers some joke to Liam, Harry smiles, Zayn looks beautifully unfazed.

Ben Winston is introduced. I want you to look at each of the boys’ reactions in turn.

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To understand intersectionality requires critical thinking. Perhaps this is why I flinch when I hear people refer to themselves as “intersectional feminists” — it’s taking a term designed to complicate our understanding of society and flattening it into a label. Intersectionality is a framework for understanding how a variety of oppressions can intersect, and one that surrounds political activism. But the label is donned more as a mark of belonging than a rally to action.

Intersectionality is not a label, by Latoya Peterson

In Old English, thou (thee, thine, etc.) was singular and you was plural. But during the thirteenth century, you started to be used as a polite form of the singular - probably because people copied the French way of talking, where vous was used in that way. English then became like French, which has tu and vous both possible for singulars; and that allowed a choice. The norm was for you to be used by inferiors to superiors - such as children to parents, or servants to masters, and thou would be used in return. But thou was also used to express special intimacy, such as when addressing God. It was also used when the lower classes talked to each other. The upper classes used you to each other, as a rule, even when they were closely related.

So, when someone changes from thou to you in a conversation, or the other way round, it conveys a different pragmatic force. It will express a change of attitude, or a new emotion or mood.


David Crystal, “The Language of Shakespeare” — as included in The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Second Edition.

I found this incredibly fascinating and informative, in regards to the difference between the Old and Middle/Modern English “thou” and “you” forms.

i was scrolling through my feed when i suddenly found this article...

…and then, my shippy brain couldn’t stop thinking about some certain stuff. so i just kept on reading and reading. one of their hugs-classifications was this one:

this hug is called ‘The Pat’. let me quote what they write about this hug:

The Pat is a hug that is all about friendship and camaraderie. Each person literally gives the other a pat on the back as a signal of comfort. There’s not really a sense of intimacy involved in this hug.

This position is not about romance or even closeness. It is more about kinship — the kind of relationship that is exactly fine staying where it is.

and then i tried to find some pics to strengthen my proofs. i found this:

yes. it’s exactly the way Sam hugs Cas. i searched for more and i found this:

yep. it’s also exactly the way Cas hugs Sam. see how they both give each other pats on their back? now, there’s also another kind of hug. 

this one is called ‘The Deadlock’. again, let me quote what they describe about this hug:

The Deadlock is a body-crushing hug that almost borders on a fear of letting go. In this hug, both people intertwine themselves as tightly as they possibly can, squeezing out every last drop of air separating them.

This position is about deep commitment and not wanting to be apart. Author Caroll Bryant writes, “Love should feel like a hand sewn quilt made by grandma, wrapping you up on a cold winter morning.”

notice how i emphasise some of the words? ok, strangely, i found these gifs as a comparison:

wait, doesn’t it seem like Dean is squeezing out every last drop of air between them? how about Cas? he didn’t even hug Dean back on the scene. well, let me remind you they do have another hugging scene. and how does it look?

is it just me or does Cas look like he’s intertwining himself so tight to Dean? 

in conclusion, does this mean they both hug each other with ‘The Deadlock’ hug even though they do it on separated occasions? 

maybe this is just me being a shippy trash… but then again, you know what they say about body language ;)

Disclaimer: gifs aren’t mine.

17 things (other than grammar) linguists know about language. And so should you. #lingchat

Languages are not a simple matter of grammar. Any language policy must consider what is known about language from the fields of pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and cognitive linguistics. These are the key aspects of what we know about language collected from across many fields of linguistic inquiry:

  1. Every sentence communicates much more than just its basic content (propositional meaning). We also communicate our desires and beliefs (e.g. “It’s cold here” may communicate, “Close the window” and “John denied that he cheats on his taxes” communicates that somebody accused John of cheating on his taxes. Similarly choosing a particular form of speech, like slang or jargon, communicates belonging to a community of practice.)
  2. The understanding of any utterance is always dependent on a complex network of knowledge about language, about the world, as well as about the context of the utterance. “China denied involvement.” requires the understanding of the context in which countries operate, as well as metonymy, as well as the grammar and vocabulary. Consider the knowledge we need to possess to interpret “In 1939, the world exploded.” vs. “In Star Wars, a world exploded.”
  3. There is no such thing as purely literal language. All language is to some degree figurative. “Between 3 and 4pm.”, “Out of sight”, “In deep trouble”, “An argument flared up”, “Deliver a service”, “You are my rock”, “Access for all” are all figurative to different degrees.
  4. We all speak more than one variety of our language: formal/informal, school/friends/family, written/spoken, etc. Each of these variety has its own code. For instance, “she wanted to learn” vs. “her desire to learn” demonstrates a common difference between spoken and written English where written English often uses clauses built around nouns.
  5. We constantly switch between different codes (sometimes even within a single utterance). Think about what is going on in a sentence like “The Joe said unto Karen.”
  6. Bilingualism is the norm in language knowledge, not the exception. About half the world’s population regularly speaks more than one language but everybody is “bi-lingual” in the sense that they deal with multiple codes in their language. They may seem like very close but for a child without much familial academic background, entering school and learning to read may feel very much like a foreign language and they often need the same sort of support learners of second languages need.
  7. The “standard” or “correct” English is just one of the many dialects, not English itself. It is not something other dialects diverge from, it is their linguistic equal.
  8. The difference between a language and a dialect is just as much political as linguistic. An old joke in linguistics goes: “A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.” There is no standard measure or universal definition of one language as opposed to another.
  9. Language prescription and requirements of language purity (incl. simple language) are as much political statements as linguistic or cognitive ones. All language use is related to power relationships. Language purists often just parrot half-remembered rules from school and personal peeves.
  10. Simplified languages develop their own complexities if used by a real community through a process known as creolization. (This process is well described for pidgins but not as well for artificial languages.)
  11. All languages are full of redundancy, polysemy and homonymy. It is the context and our knowledge of what is to be expected that makes it easy to figure out the right meaning. Speakers always use context, expectation and all kinds of inference to figure out the intended meaning.
  12. Language speakers have many tools to figure out what a statement is about other than just listening or reading carefully. In a dialogue, people use something called ‘conversation repair’, they raise their eye-brows, ask 'Sorry’, etc. With written texts, they use reference materials, highlight, bookmark, look things up in an index, etc. All of these strategies are a part of their language competence.
  13. There is no straightforward relationship between grammatical features and language obfuscation or lack of clarity (e.g. It is just as easy to hide things using active as passive voice or any Subject-Verb-Object sentence as Object-Subject-Verb).
  14. It is difficult to call any one feature of a language universally simple (for instance, SVO word order or no morphology) because many other languages use what we call complex as the default without any increase in difficulty for the native speakers (e.g. use of verb prefixes/particles in English and German)
  15. Language is not really organized into sentences but into texts. Texts have internal organization to hang together formally (John likes coffee. He likes it a lot.) and semantically (As I said about John. He likes coffee.) Texts also relate to external contexts (cross reference) and their situations. This relationship is both implicit and explicit in the text. The shorter the text, the more context it needs for interpretation. For instance, if all we see is “He likes it.” written on a piece of paper, we do not have enough context to interpret the meaning.
  16. Language is not used uniformly. Some parts of language are used more frequently than others. But this is not enough to understand frequency. Some parts of language are used more frequently together than others. The frequent coocurrence of some words with other words is called “collocation”. This means that when we say “bread and …”, we can predict that the next word will be “butter”. You can check this with a linguistic tool like a corpus, or even by using Google’s predictions in the search. Some words are so strongly collocated with other words that their meaning is “tinged” by those other words (this is called semantic prosody). For example, “set in” has a negative connotation because of its collocation with “rot”.
  17. All language is idiomatic to some degree. You cannot determine the meaning of all sentences just by understanding the meanings of all their component parts and the rules for putting them together. And vice versa, you cannot just take all the words and rules in a language, apply them and get meaningful sentences. Consider “I will not put the picture up with John.” and “I will not put up the picture with John.” and “I will not put up John.” and “I will not put up with John.”


How to do a Language Analysis:

The English language can be so deep sometimes. One thing may mean several different other things. It gets really confusing. I think that learning how to do a language analysis (If you can take anything away from school) is great. It gives you depth and insight to into the world and how YOU can be persuaded. It also gets used everywhere; in newspapers, advertisements on TV and on billboards, cartoons. Everything you see could potentially persuade you to do something.

Good Questions to Ask:

When looking at a piece of text or an image ask yourself these questions:

1.      What is the Title, where does it come from (Source), when was it made (Date)

2.      Who is the Author

3.      Issue: What issue is being explored within the article?

4.       Contention: What is the author’s contention in relation to the issue?

5.       Tone: Describe the author’s tone.

6.       Identify examples of metalanguage (persuasive devices, I’ll go into this later on) within this article.  

7.       Discuss the image in relation to the article.

8.      Discuss the title in relation to the article.

Answering Question 1:

The first question is pretty straight forward, but the important things to look at are the source and the date. Is the source biased? (i.e Fox news) Or is it objective? What was happening around the time it was made? What wasn’t happening? The title is important too. The title gives you an idea of what the article is about and the authors viewpoint.

Answering Question 2:

The second question is simple as well. But, again, you need to look at who wrote the article. Are they biased? Are they objective? Is this a personal issue for them? Have they written similar things in the past? These will help you understand where the article is coming from.

Answering Question 3:

The issue is extremely important. It is the basis for the article. For this question you need to read through the article. The issue is usually easy to find. You cannot write a one word answer for this question and the following questions. Ask yourself; What is the issue? Are there any sub-issues? Has this issue been in the news lately? If so, what point of view is the general public taking? For instance, in an article, the issue is about abortion. It is a controvercial topic and the writers stance is pro choice. The writer also notes the importance of making abortions legal and how this issue can be resolved. You need to put all of that in your answer. The issue is never just abortion or just refugees, there is usually something else going on. Its normally refugees and something, abortion and something. This question should take a paragraph to answer.

Answering Question 4:

The authors contention is very important as well. The Contention is what the author believes in within the issue. In the example in Question 3 the authors contention would be that they think pro choice is the right way to go. Of course you would write it more formally than what I did. You should also put in examples as to why you think the authors contention is the way it is. Use quotes and paraphrase sections of text.

Answering Question 5:

The authors tone is important. You should choose from the following words below. These are separated in to negative, positive and neutral tones.

It can be quite difficult to determine the authors tone. Usually more than one description is needed to explain the viewpoint. Again, you need to describe, meaning that you need to go into detail about the tone. You should consider the following questions; How does the tone persuade the reader? How does it make the reader feel? How does it help the author to persuade? How does this help the author’s contention? Include the answer to these questions in your answer.

Answering Question 6:

Metalanguage are different types of persuasive devices. They are used to persuade the reader. Thinks about what the author is including. Are there statistics? Is there emotive language? Justice? Include these in your answer, along with how the author uses this (quotes), what it does to the reader and how well it is used. Each device should take a paragraph.

Answering Question 7:

‘A picture tells a thousand words’ this statement stands true even in this case. It can be used to persuade the reader and to give an outline as to what the author is talking about. Take care and time to describe the image in your response.

Answering Question 8:

The title gives the piece its outline and is also catchy, with phrases including repetition and puns. Discuss all of this in your response. Remember to put the title itself in your answer.

Linguistics analysis of the US election

Several recent articles about linguistic aspects of the US election.  

Linguistics explains why Donald Trump sounds racist when he says “the” African Americans, by Lynne Murphy:  

For example, if we say “African-Americans work in the auto industry,” we’re not saying that all African-Americans do one kind of work. In this case, putting “the” before “African-Americans” makes it sound like all African-American people work in one industry: “The African-Americans work in the auto industry.”

“The” makes the group seem like it’s a large, uniform mass, rather than a diverse group of individuals. This is the key to “othering:” treating people from another group as less human than one’s own group.

The sexism inherent in all that interrupting, by Deborah Tannen: 

One of the most commented-on elements of the first presidential debate was the imbalance: Trump interrupted Clinton 51 times — 25 times in the first 26 minutes — while she interrupted him only 17, according to Vox. Would Trump have used the same tactics had his opponent been a man? And would the moderator have stepped in more forcefully and more often had it been Clinton who was interrupting Trump?

It’s not that men never interrupt other men; after all, Trump interrupted his opponents in the primary debates, too. It’s that women are interrupted more. The interruption imbalance was also striking in Matt Lauer’s commander in chief forum interviews of Clinton and Trump, as the American Enterprise Institute commentator Norman Ornstein tweeted: “Lauer interrupted Clinton’s answers repeatedly to move on. Not once for Trump. Tough to be a woman running for President.” There is ample evidence for this view in research — and history.

One of the first studies in the field of gender and language, by Don H. Zimmerman and Candace West in 1975, found that in casual conversations between women and men, women were interrupted far more often. And in 1982, the University of Sheffield psychologist Geoffrey Beattie found that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was interrupted far more often than male senior politicians, and that she interrupted others far less frequently as well.

See also: How many times did Trump interrupt? It depends on how you count, which contains an explanation of backchannelling:

In a 2015 paper that looked for gendered variables in several features of speech, interruptions were defined in a way that combines both successful and unsuccessful attempts to take over the speaking role and excluded something scientists call “back-channeling” — the “yeah” or “mm-hmmms” that we all toss out while listening (I kept back-channeling in interviews as sources talked about back-channeling) and which are generally meant to encourage the speaker to continue. […]

What scientists really want to know about, usually, is negative interruptions — when you cut in with the intention of taking over the conversation, not to encourage the speaker or agree with them. Back-channeling is a social science term and is often not counted in their studies of interruption because it is thought of as being positive and supporting … a sign of good listening. “But men are more likely to use back-channeling to take the floor,” said Deborah Cai, professor of media and communication at Temple University.

Strong Language, the sweary blog about swearing, has several posts on the taboo words in the Trump tapes, and newspapers’ decisions of how to print them, which remind me of this article on the difference between swearing and slurs.  

And of course, I’ve already posted about Deborah Cameron’s excellent post about the problems with “just banter”

anonymous asked:

the "haha lance and hunk cheated to get into the garrison lol!!" thing kinda rubs me the wrong way?? esp since jeremy was being positive abt lance and then the other two were like "no"

I agree!! I’ve noticed that the fandom tends to ignore Hunk/Lance’s moments of brilliance so they can write them off as comic relief :/ Which I don’t… Like lol. Hunk is literally! An engineering prodigy! He can pick up alien technology like THAT, I can’t even figure out how to work the shower when I’m in someone else’s house! He’s so talented, and I’m sick of people taking that away from him.

The same goes for Lance! I’m really protective of my ADHD Lance headcanon, so when I see people associate his lack of filter/impulsive behavior/enthusiasm with unintelligence, it hurts. Because I’ve also spent my whole life being written off as d*mb because I’m ‘loud,’ as if volume can determine intelligence. Plus, whenever Lance acts ‘d*mb,’ it’s always in order to make another character look better which :) I’m not gonna play with, sweetie!

Hunk? Wouldn’t cheat. 1. He wouldn’t need to because again, he’s an engineering genius, and 2. He would probably be too uncomfortable/worried about being caught to do so. As for Lance, I do view him as someone who sucks at standardized testing (just like me lol). But where Hunk goes, Lance follows. So if Hunk got into the Garrison, and Lance was worried about the entrance exams, I could see him cheating to make sure they stayed together. And honestly? It kind of… Adds to Lance’s character a little? Lmao, I’m talking out of my biased Slytherin!Lance butt, ignore me.

In another world, I might have laughed at Tim and Joaquim’s cheating comment. But in this universe? Where people are constantly chipping away at Hunk and Lance? It makes me uncomfortable.

Kadi Reaction to Xiu_Chen’s Jagi Moment

So I just saw this video (x) and Kyungsoo’s reaction literally broke my heart to pieces and I have decided to do a quick analysis about this.

Notice: I will be speaking terms of time because I am bad at gif-ing things from tumblr videos and when I get the chance I will try to add the actual pictures from it. I got them in now :)

First let’s talk about Kyungsoo’s reaction.

After they say “Jagi” in the video, Kyungsoo smiles and looks over to his right which is where the whole situation was going down. I can tell you right now that Kyungsoo’s smile is fake and that he’s feeling uncomfortable/mocked. 

When Kyungsoo genuinely smiles (and this goes very everyone else, it’s just more evident on certain people), his eyes pull back. In the video if you start at 0:26, Kyungsoo smiles but his eyes stay at their usual wideness.They don’t pull back at all and starts to dart his eyes side to side (he does it more towards the end of the video).  

You’d think he’s checking out the room but really when someone does this, they do it because their brain is searching for escape routes. But because he is aware (I assume, if not, he’s doing it subconsciously) that looking away shows a lack of interest or a want to escape, he starts fake smiling (he is almost using the tight lip smile) to feign interest and to hid his uncertainty.

Something else he does is look up towards the cieling (i forgot to gif this oops, just watch closely on the previous gifs, you’ll see it) When people do this, they are remembering something they once saw and because he is also looking to the sides, it shows that he is also remembering something he heard. And what could this possibly be? He was probably remember the time (or times) Jongin visible called him Jagi. 

Next, something he does two times or so, is look down at his lap.

first time:

second time:

 When people do this it’s usually because they’re nervous, anxious, embarrassed, uncomfortable, shy or feel defeated (like when people lose a game and they hang their heads low) and you can definitely tell that he’s feeling pretty much all of these emotions.

Something else he does in the video is lick his lips.

 in this case it is caused by nervousness and not desire, so it’s a self-comforting signal. When we do this we want to touch (pull the lip) or lick it to release some inner tension by stimulating the nerves in our lips.This sort of licking usually happens quickly and in the video you can tell Kyungsoo does it quite fast.

But why would kyungsoo be feeling this way? Probably because, Jagi isn’t a word said by friends and has a special meaning. This word is something I assume Jongin mainly calls Kyungsoo which is possibly why Kyungsoo was more affected by it - it made him feel like they were mocking the name only Jongin calls him thus making him feel that way.

Now, Jongin.

Jongin is not as evidently affected by what was going on but he still had a reaction to the whole thing. 

At first he has a small smile on his (probably do to something that happened previously) then a couple of seconds after “Jagi” is first said, his eyes flicker upwards. Do you remember what I said this means? It means he remembers something he once saw (which could be remembering Kyungsoo’s reaction to him calling the latter ‘Jagi’).

 Then he starts to smile but of course it’s fake, no pull of the eyes and he spins to look at the others. (there’s a part where he almost looks like he’s snickering but I’m not sure). He continues watching but not his face is neutral so really there’s not much to say about that. then he looks back to his left, which is the side Kyungsoo is at, and he’s laughing but the moment he looks over, his laugh almost immediately pulls back. 

This happens just as Kyungsoo’s face goes from fake smiling to looking upset again and I’m guessing Jongin realizes how Kyungsoo may be feeling about the whole situation, especially since he continues to stop (fake) smiling.

Again this is just a quick analysis of the moment and it was really rushed and messy. I’m also sorry I couldn’t add gifs and pictures I’m really bad at it when it comes to using a computer.

Google’s Ngram Viewer Goes Wild

It’s been nearly three years since Google rolled out its Ngram Viewer, allowing armchair historians to plot the trajectories of words and phrases over time based on an enormous corpus of data extracted from the Google Books digitization project. Since then, there have been numerous studies seeking to glean some cultural significance from the graphs of falling and rising word usage. And the graphs themselves have inspired imitators: Recently, the engineering team behind Rap Genius introduced Ngram-style graphing of historical word frequency in rap lyrics, and, more bizarrely, New York Times wedding announcements. (You can even compare the hiphop and matrimonial datasets.)

As the Ngram model extends its influence, Google continues to tinker, making improvements to the Ngram Viewer’s already slick interface. Last year saw a major upgrade, with a sizable increase in the underlying data spanning English and seven other languages, as well as the introduction of part-of-speech tagging and mathematical operators that allowed for more sophisticated searches. Today, meet Ngram Viewer 3.0. While the corpus itself hasn’t expanded in this version, the search features have become even more useful, especially now that wildcards are in the mix.

Read more.


[24/02/2016] • {42/100} • (24/30) • today all I really did was prepare for my English practice sac tomorrow (which I’m dead for ahahaha ty @theoverstuffedpencilcase for all your help XD) I had a period 0 today… It sucked :(
Also for the studyblr challenge I also speak Cantonese but HAHAHA I don’t know how to write the characters XD

Kuroshitsuji and the Language of Flowers

For thousands of years flowers have been used for symbolism and were means to express one’s feelings. Especially during Victorian times this ‘language of flowers’ was very popular. Since Kuroshitsuji is set in Victorian England and Yana likes to use elements from this time, it’s likely that she also uses flowers to express certain things. There are, in fact, some scenes in the manga where flowers seem to have a symbolic meaning.

I’ll try to analyze some of these scenes. (Sometimes there are different meanings for the same flower. I’ll choose what I think is best suited for the scene.) If you want me to pick a certain scene feel free to contact me via ask/chat/fanmail/…

Part 1 (ch. 50):

What flowers are depicted and what do they stand for?

ivy: loyalty, fidelity, friendship
foxglove: insincerity
buttercup: ingratitude, childishness

Context of the scene

This scene takes place at the end of the Murder arc after Sebastian revealed to Ciel that Snake was the one who tried to kill Ciel with the help of his snakes. Ciel, however, offers Snake a job as one of his servants and Snake accepts.


Since Snake accepts working for Ciel, he offers him his loyalty and, as we’ve seen in later chapters, Snake seems to care for Smile (as he calls him) like he was his friend. That’s what the ivy could stand for.

However, in this scene, Ciel is lying to Snake. He’s keeping secret that his circus family is dead and that he’s responsible for their death. He even tells him that they are looking for Joker and the others and that Snake will see them again when he stays with Ciel. He also says he wants them all to achieve happiness (including Snake). The foxglove, therefore, symbolizes Ciel’s insincerity.

The buttercup could have two meanings. On the one hand it could express the naivety and childishness of Snake to believe Ciel, even though he suspected him to be responsible for the circus troupe’s disappearance. On the other hand it could symbolize Ciel’s ingratitude toward Snake’s loyalty.

Body language analysis of 2x14

Lexa has contemplated Clarke’s words from earlier and came to the decision that Clarke is a smart, capable leader and knows her people better than she does, so she will heed Clarke’s words, and leave Octavia alone. Clarke’s feathers are still ruffled from earler. When Clarke comes to a stop to the side of Lexa, she rest her weight to one side of her body, her hip sticking out, her chin up. This is a defiant pose. Her face and her body says, “what the hell do you want?” When Lexa tells Clarke of her decision, Clarke’s eyebrow twitches, she’s wondering how Lexa has done a complete 180° since she saw her last. She blinks twice rapidly, indicating she’s shocked Lexa has decided this. Lexa looks away from Clarke, “I do trust you, Clarke.” This is a difficult admission for Lexa. Clarke quickly looks down and to the left, thinking (as always) of the right thing to say. She steps into Lexa’s space, her face reads sincere. She wants Lexa to know she appreciates her trust. Lexa turns to look at Clarke, reading her eyes. She seems to have also contemplated everything Clarke has ever said to her because her next words of, “you think our ways are harsh…” are completely unprompted. She deeply cares what Clarke thinks of her and she doesn’t want her to continue thinking that she and her people are “savages.” Lexa says this and nods her head slightly,  acknowledging that she knows exactly what Clarke thinks about her and her people. She wants Clarke to understand instead of judge.

“Maybe life should be about more than just surviving.” Clarke looks away, contemplating her own words, undoubtedly reliving everything she and her people have been through since coming to earth. Lexa’s brow furrows a tiny bit, Clarke’s words hits her pretty hard. Lexa’s eyes widen slightly, she scans Clarke’s face, she examines her throughly as Clarke continues to looks away. She mulls over Clarke’s words briefly. She stares at Clarke’s mouth like she’s starving. Her bottom lip quivers slightly. She’s going through a plethora of varying emotions in this moment. This is a prime example of her internal struggle with Heda v. Lexa.

She takes a very deep, long, audible breath but it’s far closer to a gasp than anything else before she responds with, “maybe we do.” She’s still staring at Clarke’s lips, a tell tell sign of the desire to kiss someone. It takes every once of courage in Lexa to reach for Clarke, she moves swiftly as to not lose the courage she’s managed to muster up.

Clarke looks taken aback and stunned, she blinks rapidly twice before closing her eyes and opening her mouth. She more than welcomes this kiss although she’s more than shocked by it. Once they begin to kiss Lexa is no longer brazen. She’s timid, reserved, and gental with Clarke. They fall into the kiss more and more and Clarke brings her hand around Lexa’s back to pull their bodies closer. She’s wholly lost in this embrace. The longer they kiss the more confident Lexa becomes. She sweetly runs her nose along Clarke’s, switching sides to deepen the kiss further.

This brief moment of their lips parting snaps Clarke back into reality. Her face, with her eyes still closed says, “wait, Clarke, no.” She shakes her head a bit, her eyes still closed and softly apologizes to Lexa. She doesn’t want to hurt her feelings and she knows she needs to handle this delicately. The second Clarke stops the kiss, Lexa’s hand snaps away lighting fast. She jumps, startled out of the moment as well and takes a step back,  away from Clarke. She respects Clarke’s boundaries. Before Clarke speaks again, Lexa examines her face. Her lips tighten slightly. She does not know what Clarke is about to say next and she fears the worse.

“I’m not ready to be with anyone,” is said with sincerity and a shake of her head indicates as much. Lexa’s mask is back on. She’s put her walls back up to prevent or pretend this isn’t painful… to be denied by Clarke. She tilts her chin up too, this is this is a power move, this says, “you can’t hurt me.” It’s more so reassurance for herself. She searches Clarke’s eyes. Idk what she’s looking for exactly, maybe hope. Which is given to her when Clarke says, “not yet.” Clarke means “someday, maybe, I could see myself with you.” Her brow quirks and her head shakes. Her face says, “can you understand this? I don’t mean to hurt you but I can’t do this right now.” Lexa’s mask immediately slips right back off. Her eyes aren’t hard anymore but they are open and bright. She’s staring at Clarke with reverence. She searches her eyes once more looking for the truth behind Clarke’s words. She finds it quickly and gives a slight nod in understanding. But then she looks down, a cloud over her eyes. She’s very, very disappointed. But she does understand. Clarke looks at Lexa with regret and apologies in her eyes.

Sehun's letter: Talking about Baekhyun's and possibly Chanyeol's sex life?[Analysis]

[Warning :long post and mentions of sexual things (obviously) ]

If someone already covered this, then I’m truly sorry and hopefully you won’t be mad at me. However since I didn’t see anyone write about this I thought ‘hey why not try it?’
Recently I stumbled upon Sehun’s letter he has written by himself for the EXO members. As he began reading it, I couldn’t stop myself from smiling because I really thought it was cute and genuine.
So at one point he then reached 'Baekhyun’s part’ and that was when I noticed something was different, as if the things he read to Baekhyun had a double meaning.
But let’s start at the beginning, shall we? So the first thing he said to him was this:

followed by these first physical reactions from the other members:

Unfortunatly, the lightning is very dark so I decided to lighten it up to see the reactions a bit better:

From what we can see from that photo is, Xiumin is smiling while Sehun and Kyungsoo are laughing loudly.
The same goes for Baekhyun who’s not only laughing, but also bending forwards while doing so.

You might ask what is so important about them laughing at Sehun’s letter to Baekhyun? Well look once again at the things Sehun wrote to him:
“Everytime till the night, hyung will be working really hard to practice his singing, and also please do this only occasionally

I wonder now, what made the boys literally laugh out loud at someone practicing his voice at night? I mean the subtext of this sentence is obvious: Hyung because of your singing we can’t sleep at night/ you disturbe the silence, please stop!

Then again, what is so funny about someone not getting any sleep from someone’s singing and why should that person complain so openly about it, if the problem could be easily avoided by directly telling that person then at night that he should stop the singing?

Or could it be that there is another reason why Sehun and the other boys can’t tell Baekhyun at night that he should stop the singing? That the reason why Baekhyun is so loud at nights isn’t actually because of him practicing his voice, but actually because of something else?

Something that might refer to sexual activities such as moaning? Because that is what could actually be the case. You don’t believe me? Okay, so let’s do one of my favourite things then: analysing their body language.

Whenever someone feels embarrassed or exposed, that individual is definitely going to have a very strong physical response to it.
The most common being: slumping down and thus avoiding eye contact with the person that exposed them. By doing so, the exposed one wants to distance himself from the topic by making his or her body as small as possible and thus 'hiding’ himself or herself.

If you look at Baekhyun’s posture in that photo again, this is obviously the case. He has his head down, thus avoiding eye contact and has his upper body turned downwards.
Now some of you might think that he’s embarassed that Sehun’s scolding him in front of the others because of his constant practice, however then let’s continue with the next frame:

Once again, focus on Sehun’s words: “Why not practice it in the day, […], I’m really very curious.”
By him saying that he’s 'very curious’ on why Baekhyun doesn’t practice his singing during the day, he consciously already suggests something sexual and thus is making an innuendo.
Since otherwise it wouldn’t make any sense, because what could he find curious about Baekhyun’s reason on why he sings at nights, when everyone is probably back from their schedules?
Wouldn’t it make so much more sense if he would he rather be curious about the reason on why Baekhyun is at nights sexually active with the members being at home instead of doing 'it’ during the day when almost everyone of them can go out or have their own schedules to attend? Because to me, it does sound more logical.

In addition to that, it’s also very interesting how Sehun refers to Baekhyun’s singing as 'it’ instead of directly adressing the problem as 'your singing’. Since Sehun’s intention at first glance is to complain about Baekhyun’s singing practice, he would also automatically refer to it directly since the emphasis is put onto the practice of his voice.

However if this wouldn’t be his intention, as i already assume, he woud actually use a distanced language to be able to refer to the real problem or in that case the real reason behind Baekhyun’s noises at night.

Another thing which embarrassed/exposed individuals will immediately do is change the subject or interrupt so that the focus is not put into the thing he or she is embarrassed about.

This also happens in the video. However it is not Baekhyun that interrupts Sehun, but it’s actually Chanyeol.

The person didn’t sub it, but in the actual video you can hear and also see Chanyeol saying something quickly which is this:

“As this is going on why is it turning like this…

First of all by him saying 'why is it turning like this’, he actually acknowledges Sehun’s double meaning behind his words and thus achnowledging the sexual innuendo.

But the important question here is: Why does Chanyeol interrupt Sehun and thus why is he embarrassed about Baekhyun’s sounds at nights? Could it actually be that Chanyeol knows the 'true’ reason behind Baekhyun’s voices at nights? That he actually is the reason behind Baekhyun’s 'annoying sounds’? Because yes, that’s what I think.

By Chanyeol interrupting Sehun and indirectly telling him to stop, Chanyeol unconsciously shows that he’s also embarrassed since he knows why Baekhyun’s so loud at nights and that not because of his singing but because of something which is probably sex-related.

Note also here Chanyeol’s body language: he has is shoulders slumped down and his legs crossed over, making him appear smaller and also more closed/distanced.

So in conclusion what does that mean? For me, I think that Sehun’s letter to Baekhyun definitely had a double meaning, a sexual one by referring to Baekhyun’s sex life. Since not only Baekhyun reacted so strongly but Chanyeol as well, you could assume that Chanyeol knows a lot more about Baekhyun’s sex life than the others. This could possibly mean, that Chanyeol might be a direct witness of it, if you understand what I mean.