collective terms

This property is HOA-Free.

This is a long one, because it involves a growing escalation of actions. TLDR at the bottom. Some terms are translated because I don’t live in an English-speaking country.

We moved houses last year, to the ugliest in the street. The previous owners must have loved Mondriaan, because the front was red/blue/yellow in windowframes and door. One paintjob, many thankful neighbors and several months later, I get an invitation to a voluntary “Collective of inhabitants”, the terms read like an opt-in HOA that you can never leave. A long list of restrictions, and no benefits? No thanks.

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In modern English, the word “meat” refers specifically to animal flesh, but originally it meant any solid food, as contrasted to liquid sustenance. This usage survives in the idiom “meat and drink”, as well as in certain compound words, like “sweetmeats” (a collective term for candies and fruit preserves).

So, what I’m wondering is: back when this usage was the norm, did people get into arguments about whether soup should be classified as “meat” or “drink”?

Homewrecker pt.2 (JJK)

Description: When you bring home your drunken friend from a party, and meet his father, Jeon Jungkook.

Pairings: Jungkook x Reader

Genre: Smut/Angst

Warnings: Sexual Content, mature language, underage relationship, light cumplay.


A/N: This is my first fictional story so there will be minor errors. I’ll be fixing the errors once i finish writing the other chapters (on tumblr) I also write on my wattpad account @allyxk

creds to this gif ;)

Originally posted by pkjjm

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Ten more Next Gen headcanons.

1. Dean and Seamus wait until their mid-forties to have kids. They name their first daughter Ari, after Ariana Dumbledore, who kept Seamus and the rest of the students in the Room of Requirement safe. 

2. Teddy fully expects his patronus to be a wolf. When it’s not, he panics, and firecalls Harry from the Hufflepuff Common Room. Harry is so busy being proud of his godson for producing a corporeal Patronus, he eases Teddy’s fears by not even asking what form it had taken. He figures, if Harry didn’t care enough to ask, whatever it is is okay. 

3. Lily Luna Weasley-Potter is the spitting image of her namesake, so people are often surprised to find that she’s more like her father than anyone. She’s sharp, suspicious, and never lets a mystery pass her by. When Harry made the mistake of using his, “trouble usually finds me” line in Lily’s hearing, she adopted it to use when given detentions for sneaking around the castle. 

4. Pansy Parkinson’s spoiled son is basically Draco Malfoy 2.0 - he’s just as rich, pretty, and disdainful. He’s also a mama’s boy. She loves him, although she’s not half the mother Narcissa was. 

5. James Sirius Potter adds a hyphen to his middle name after learning about the Marauders, and tries to make people call him James Sirius-Remus Potter. It only works on Andromeda and Teddy…until he comes of age and gets it added legally. He’s the most affected by history of all the next gen kids, and carries his name and his blood (both Potter and Weasley) very seriously. His Patronus is a stag like his father’s and grandfather’s before him, and he takes immense pride in that. 

6. Hugo Weasley is the cuddliest child in the history of children. He gets it from Ron, who eats it up and cuddles him right back. Hermione doesn’t know how to deal with it as well. She’s more of a forehead kiss kind of person. 

7. Ginny loves the Burrow as an adult more than she ever did growing up in. She’s grateful that her children have somewhere to spend their childhoods with their extended family. It feels right to take Jamie and Al and Lily there in a way it never felt right when she was young. 

8. Bill and Fleur, who constantly keep their own respective well-above-average hair in complicated braids, teach their kids to, as well. Victoire, Dominique and Louis have the prettiest, shiniest, most adorably braided hair in school. 

9. Harry is convinced that his kids have a fundamentally different Hogwarts experience than he did - not by nature of not being the Chosen one, or even because half of them aren’t in Gryffindor - but because Madame Pomfery retired before they even got to Hogwarts. She’d been a huge part of his six years there - always there fussing the moment he awoke. Who was going to do that when Lily did something stupid, or Al got hurt defending his friends, or James caught a rogue Bludger to the ear, or Teddy splinched himself in Apparating lessons? Who else was going to be vaguely disapproving and caring at the same time? Who else was going to say don’t do that again, child…but on the off-chance that you do, you’ll be right as rain with a bit of rest? Even though Hannah does a great job in the infirmary, Harry always feels off when any of his kids get hurt. 

10. The Weasley clan never knows who to cheer for during House Quidditch matches, because they’ve got children, grandchildren and niblings on every House team. So they cheer for everyone. 

Currently on view as part of Self- Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, through January 7, 2018:

Isamu Noguchi, Noodle, 1943-44, Botticino marble Pine wood base

Photo by Kevin Noble

Private collection, on long-term loan to The Noguchi Museum


♥ it’s time to spread your podcast  palette ♥

2017 couldn’t come fast enough, huh? While 2016 was certainly a time askew with scandals, depressing news headlines, and maybe a few uncomfortable encounters with people wearing ugly red hats-it was still another year we survived through pure preservation and artistic freedom. If there’s one thing we certainly won’t be losing anytime soon it’s the joys of audio drama and hope for a better tomorrow. 

Keep your head up, dust yourself off, and shovel that snow from your driveway while the welcoming sounds of the best and brightest audio dramas keep you warm through the winter. Today is the day to take the long way home, check into a hotel, and ignore the chime of incoming phone calls.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six more podcasts you’ll certainly love.

1. The Bridge

It’s an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge. Each watchtower sits hundreds of feet away from the Bridge, broadcasting regular traffic reports to ensure that proper safety precautions are taken. 

If you’ve got a taste for mystery and sea monsters, The Bridge is granted to be the audio drama to make your 2017 a little more interesting. Follow the broadcasts of Miss Henrietta and her crew of highly capable Watchtower 10 personnel as they keep a close eye on a massive transcontinental bridge and their own personal demons. 

Something’s amiss and it may be up to them uncover what secrets may lie beneath them in this supposed aquatic paradise. With beautiful music, a lovable cast of characters, and an excellent combination of comedy and peril, The Bridge is sure to be an excellent expedition for you. So stay tuned and stay out of the water.

2. Subject: Found

Jared Strong is chasing a monster that has haunted him since his childhood. Will he find it? What happens if he does? We have an extensive, private library of some of the darkest and most shocking pursuits of monsters that have haunted humankind throughout our history. Stories about legend, lore, the paranormal and all things dark and mysterious. These are our stories. 

Here be monsters and Subject: Found is all over it. If you swear on your life you’ve seen a Sasquatch and have a taste for conspiracy theories, perhaps this podcast will scratch that paranormal itch that’s been bugging you.

Bustling with lore and suspense on the most classic of creatures, fans of supernatural horror will feel right at home. There’s nothing wrong with making your year a little weird with this pick and if you have any sightings you’d like to report, be sure to listen to Subject: Found.

3. Manor House: The Podcast

Manor House: The Podcast is a collection of dark stories presented with a full audio drama production. Welcome to Manor House. Won’t you stay the night?

If you’ve got an unquenchable thirst for the macabre, Manor House may be the show for you. A perfect fit for fans of NoSleep, creepy tales and characters await you behind the doors of this audio drama experience. 

Certainly not for the faint of heart, though most definitely a great choice for horror fanatics who can’t get enough haunting bedtime stories to ease them into a nervous slumber. Manor House may have the perfect room for you…as long as you don’t mind the blood.

4. Terms

On election night, two-term president Oliver Pierce watches in disbelief from the White House as Charles Dunwalke wins a controversial electoral college victory. With only 73 days before Dunwalke’s inauguration, president Pierce makes a secret decision to act, with historic and possibly catastrophic consequences.

Who says all political drama has to be nonfiction? In this presidential drama of ethics and integrity, let’s see what happens when our leaders of of the US start to play by their own rules. Spoke Media will appeal to your most deep seated fantasies of rebellion that will keep you coming back for more.

There’s no better time to spring this fresh new show on you regarding…certain events, so get comfortable with the Terms podcast-you have my vote. 

5. Mabel

Mabel is a fiction podcast about ghosts, family secrets, strange houses, and missed connections.

Mysterious, melancholy, and oh so addictive, Mabel is the brainchild of Becca De La Rosa, a new and hopefully returning face to the podcast scene. Mabel functions on that of a classical horror story, leaving you guessing and shivering for answers that cause us to puzzle the well-being of our lead Mabel Martin. 

With practically poetic storytelling and a simple but poignant presentation, Mabel is perfect for those eerily silent afternoons that just may not be eerie enough for you. So check that voicemail and check Mabel out for yourself. 

6. Rover Red

Rover Red is a listener-guided post-apocalyptic epic that follows Leah, a girl who has lived her entire life thinking and being taught that the compound she’s been raised within holds the last of humankind. When her brother, Jonah, is kidnapped, she leaves the compound to search for him. While she’s out searching, the compound is destroyed, leaving Leah alone to travel across a dystopian wasteland in search of her brother. She soon realizes that those inside her compound were not the last humans on earth…

We can never have too many sci-fi apocalypse podcasts and Rover Red is the newest and brightest contender. Fans of SAYER may enjoy this A.I. guided role play audio drama where you play a part in the survival of our protagonist, Leah.

For podcast fans looking for a bit of innovation and experimentation in this wide and creative spectrum of storytelling, Rover Red has you covered and may drill itself into your skull just to make sure. What will you choose? 

now, get to listening.

“A meal should always lie lightly on the estomac,“ said Poirot. "It should not be so heavy as to paralyze thought.”
- Agatha Christie, Death in the Clouds

your room is filthy

my father

the opposition would like to issue a definition challenge. 
filth implies dirt, mud, literal uncleanliness.
this is not the case with the room in question. 
the opposition would like to present an alternative term:

see, my bed may seem disorganised, but to me, it is inhabited
the pillows are arranged the way i need them for my head and my back.
i have a selection next to me to choose my cuddle pillow from.
i can dive right in and get comfy in moments.

the thing about a bed that isn’t “filthy” is that it doesn’t accommodate me

it looks like scattered pillows, i know. but there’s a logic to the arrangement.

(and when you say words like “filthy” with that tone that says my room must be a literal pigsty with mud on the walls, mud on the ceiling, it makes my perfectionist tendencies flare up, and you’ve seen how badly my perfectionist tendencies have screwed me over but maybe you haven’t seen how much work it takes to keep them locked in)

(i wish you could)

tanya b. || @afirelullaby

aespectrum  asked:

Hello! I've been interested in becoming a witch, but I don't know what are the differences between a Wiccan and a pagan and a secular and etc. Can you please give me a basic idea of what are the differences and what is what? Thank you in advance

Hello there!

Paganism is a term first used in the fourth century by early Christianity for populations of the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism, either because they were increasingly rural and provincial relative to the Christian population or because they were not milites Christi (soldiers of Christ). Alternate terms in Christian texts for the same group were “hellene” and “gentile”. “Pagan” and “paganism” were pejorative terms for the same polytheistic group, implying its inferiority. "Paganism" has broadly connoted the “religion of the peasantry”, and for much of its history was a derogatory term. Both during and after the Middle Ages, “paganism” was a pejorative term that was applied to any non-Abrahamic or unfamiliar religion, and the term presumed a belief in false god(s). There has been much scholarly debate as to the origin of the term paganism.  In the 19th century, paganism was adopted as a self-descriptor by members of various artistic groups inspired by the ancient world. In the 20th century, it came to be applied as a self-description by practitioners of Modern Paganism or neopagan movements who incorporate beliefs or practices different than those in the main world religions, such as nature worship.Contemporary knowledge of old pagan religions comes from several sources, including anthropological field research records, the evidence of archaeological artifacts, and the historical accounts of ancient writers regarding cultures known to classical antiquity. Forms of these religions, influenced by various historical pagan beliefs of premodern Europe, exist today and are known as contemporary or modern paganism, also referred to as neopaganism. While most pagan religions express a worldview that is pantheistic, polytheistic or animistic, there are some monotheistic pagans.

Then there’s Modern Paganism, also known as Contemporary Paganism and Neopaganism, is a collective term for new religious movements influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various historical pagan beliefs of pre-modern Europe, North Africa and the Near East. Although they do share similarities, contemporary Pagan religious movements are diverse, and no single set of beliefs, practices or texts are shared by them all. Most academics studying the phenomenon have treated it as a movement of different religions, whereas a minority instead characterise it as a single religion into which different Pagan faiths fit as denominations. Not all members of faiths or beliefs regarded as Neopagan self-identify as Pagan. 

The definition of secular reads as such: signifies attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.

Secular paganism is a form of Neopaganism in which pagan deities are viewed (if at all) as archetypes instead of real beings, but pagan virtues and principles are upheld.

“Secular Paganism is not a religion; it is an ethical view of the world, based on the belief that Nature is sacred and must be respected and treasured. Secular Pagans hold many of the same views about Nature that religious Pagans and many people of other religions do. Secular Pagans believe that we are a part of Nature, not her master. There are no particular religious views connected with Secular Paganism.” ~ Abby Willowroot

Wicca and Witchcraft are not the same thing. Back to when Wicca was being founded, again, it was believed to be the ancient religion of Witches. Once again, reputable historians and sociologists have debunked this claim. One can still be a Wiccan Witch, and traditionally Wiccans do practice The Craft (myself included). But it’s no longer a given.

Wiccan views of divinity are generally theistic, and revolve around a Goddess and a Horned God, thereby being generally dualistic. In traditional Wicca, as expressed in the writings of Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente, the emphasis is on the theme of divine gender polarity, and the God and Goddess are regarded as equal and opposite divine cosmic forces. In some newer forms of Wicca, such as feminist or Dianic Wicca, the Goddess is given primacy or even exclusivity. In some forms of Traditional Witchcraft that share a similar duotheistic theology, the Horned God is given precedence over the Goddess. Some Wiccans are polytheists, believing in many different deities taken from various ‘pagan’ pantheons, while others would believe that, in the words of Dion Fortune, “all the Goddesses are one Goddess, and all the Gods one God”. Some Wiccans are both duotheistic and polytheistic, in that they honor diverse pagan deities while reserving their worship for the Wiccan Goddess and Horned God, whom they regard as the supreme deities. (This approach is not dissimilar to ancient pagan pantheons where one divine couple, a god and goddess, were seen as the supreme deities of an entire pantheon.) Some see divinity as having a real, external existence; others see the Goddesses and Gods as archetypes or thoughtforms within the collective consciousness.

Wicca is a celebration of nature and the magic of life which surrounds us all, it’s the whispers of the wind in the trees, the fire of Autumn leaves shining brightest in their last days and the slumber of an ancient oak in the depths of winter. All those moments which take our breath away, the reflective sunrises and the nights under moonlight that fill our souls with song, we celebrate and revere. Even in our darkest moments that connection is there waiting to be found, helping us to embrace the shadows and understand that light and shadow need each other to bring balance. Each person brings to the practices something new, a change to a chant, a new method, or just their own light, forming threads that weave together into a vibrant tapestry that can bring joy to those within. 

Witchcraft broadly means the practice of, and belief in, magickal skills and abilities that are able to be exercised by individuals and certain social groups. Witchcraft is a complex concept that varies culturally and societally; therefore, it is difficult to define with precision and cross-cultural assumptions about the meaning or significance of the term should be applied with caution. Witchcraft often occupies a religious, divinatory or medicinal role, and is often present within societies and groups whose cultural framework includes a magical world view. Typically, Witchcraft is the act of focusing your Will to alter the universe around you.


☽ Wiccans are pagans/neopagans (depending on your preference in terminology), but not all pagans are Wiccan. 

Secular paganism is a form of Neopaganism in which pagan deities are viewed (if at all) as archetypes instead of real beings, but pagan virtues and principles are upheld.

 There are many different types of Wicca but traditionally it is a religion that is a celebration of nature and the magic of life which surrounds us all. 

☽ Not all Wiccans refer to themselves as “Witches.” Most often the term is used for those who practice Witchcraft (and only if the individual practicing chooses to be called a Witch). 

☽ Not all Wiccans practice Witchcraft. You can be Wiccan without practicing the Craft. 

☽ You can be a Witch and practice Witchcraft without being a Wiccan. 

Typically, Witchcraft is the act of focusing your Will to alter the Universe around you.

I hope I could be of some help!

Learn to Speak Southern, pt 4

I’ve got a student working with me for the next few months who is one’a them “damn yankees”. I’m tryin to learn her how to speak the local language down here. She’s struggling so far. I’ve been collecting new terms to share. Enjoy. [Pt 1] [Pt 2] [Pt 3

  • stove up - sore, stiff muscles or joints. “Honey, trot in yonder and get me that paper. I’m too stove up to get up outta this chair.”
  • gouch - gout
  • epizootie - the funk. a viral illness of any sort. 
  • virus - gastroenteritis. anything involving diarrhea. 
  • flu - a respiratory infection, anything from the common cold to pneumonia.
  • geehaw - traditionally it’s how to direct a horse. Gee is right, Haw is left. Now it means something like “to get along”. i.e., “I reckon that new foreign doctor knows what he’s talkin about, but me and him just don’t geehaw.”
  • cartridges - cartilage. “The bone doc said I tore up the cartridges in my knee”
  • bronical - bronchial. “I think I need an antibiotic now doc. I can feel it movin into my bronical tubes.”
About Feedback


Ever since joining AO3 and Tumblr, I’ve noticed some very interesting things regarding kudos, comments, likes, reblogs, reviews, and what have you. Collectively, let’s call it feedback

The thing I’ve noticed is that there are great writers on here and on AO3 who are regularly screaming into the void, absolutely trying their hardest to will readers to give them feedback (read validation). Feedback is truly the best way to connect with both readers and writers, and feedback can be in the form of constructive critiques, aimless rambling about things one liked, or even flailing over the work when it really strikes one’s fancy. 

So, you want feedback, eh? Below are three things you can do in order of “least likely” to “most likely” in terms of yielding results.

1.    Put your stuff out there and wait. Patiently.

The first and laziest way is to simply post your work and not say a damn thing to anyone. But seriously, don’t hold your breath for feedback, because you may be waiting a long ass time (I added that “patiently” bit for a reason). Does this strategy always work? Rarely. It’s essentially the equivalent of handing your work to your cat, to which he or she looks at you with a scornful expression that says, “Ugh, this isn’t wet food, human.” 

The thing I’ve discovered in this knit of writer-readers is that they love to lurk and scope out the quality of other people’s work, whether for self-validation that their work doesn’t suck in comparison to other work, or to figure out just how badly they do suck (spoiler alert, you don’t). There are a few people who will provide some sort of feedback without prompting–and I’ve also noticed that these people are usually not writer-readers, just readers (sometimes anonymous) who greatly enjoy fanfic and are happy to provide feedback. 

However, there’s a curious phenomenon that goes along with writer-readers when it comes to lurking. They often consume other people’s work, but if they are intimidated, they won’t leave feedback. If they think the work isn’t on their level, they won’t leave feedback. It often stems from the writer-reader being on a spectrum that ranges from crippling insecurity to grandiose self-absorbedness (I know that’s not really a word). But listen, all writers are both painfully insecure and secretly think their stuff is the shit. That’s just the way it is. So, posting your work and crossing your fingers will not always guarantee your response expectations. 

2.    Simply ask for feedback.

This sounds super easy (because it is) and also sort of like begging (it’s not). You can literally say directly to someone, “Hey, here’s my work. I would greatly appreciate feedback.” OR, preface or endnote your work with, “Feedback is greatly appreciated and encouraged! Thank you!” 

Does this always work? Not always, but it will get you more feedback than dropping your work out there and expecting it to get tons of response. Some writers think that if one of their works exploded across their fandom and they had a TON of feedback on it that they’re guaranteed (and sometimes too self-indulgently expecting a glorious rainfall of praise) to receive feedback on brand new stuff. It doesn’t always work like that for a myriad of reasons. 

(And if you receive comments after begging for a reblog or asking for validation, FUCKING RESPOND TO THEM. It’s just the polite thing to do. Seriously. If you ask for someone to use their time to read your work and leave feedback, RESPOND TO THEM. No one is “too good” to just not be polite. *jumps back down from my soapbox*) 

But the most important thing about this is to, for lack of a better phrase, “read the room.” If you ask someone to read a fanfic that’s not in their area of interest, you’re less likely to receive feedback from them. Check out what they like by scoping out the focus of their own fanfics, what they bookmark or reblog, and the things of which they tend to post. The chances of them actually reading your work and leaving feedback–or even better, giving it a recommendation–is always higher if you play to your intended audience.

Which leads me to the most difficult action, but the one most guaranteed to give you results:


The BEST way to receive feedback is to give feedback. 

The cool thing about being a writer-reader is that you can both give and receive feedback. If you admire the crap out of a writer or their work and you would love a response to yours in return, leave feedback. Hell, you can even ask them to read yours, too. It becomes sort of a symbiotic experience with your peers: read something you like, provide feedback, ask them to check out your work, receive feedback. Easy peasy, squeeze the lemon. Does this always work? Nope. But it’s a strategy that’s a hell of a lot better than the others.

Some writers may not even know your work exists–but as soon as you give them feedback, it puts you on their map. I always check out someone who takes time out of their day to leave me a lovely comment or do me a sweet reblog. And I’ll almost always read their work and give them feedback, too. (Sometimes I will creep for longer than I should before giving feedback-sorry, I’m trying to be better.) The only time I don’t is when the subject of their fanfics is something I know nothing about or it simply doesn’t pique my interest–like a fandom that I’m not a part of, a pairing that I don’t care for, etc.

So, unfortunately the flip side of that is when you DO leave feedback and the writer doesn’t give feedback in return. That’s okay. It really does suck when a writer is one-sided about receiving feedback and doesn’t provide feedback after you’ve given it to them–but it DOES NOT mean that your writing or subject sucks. Just keep your chin up, keep writing, and leave feedback on other works that are similar to your own and ask that they give you feedback. 

Is this the be-all, end-all way to get your works read? Nope. But it’s a start for those who are struggling and desperately yearning to engage with their reader-base. 

TL;DR: Give feedback if you want feedback in return. 

ichibandebu  asked:

I hope this question makes sense. Transformers have different classifications (Seekers/fliers, land based, ) What is the official classification of Soundwave and Blaster? Do they have one?

Hmm, the best collective term for them is probably “Communicators.” That’s how they were both referred to in catalogs and such back in the day.

10 Reasons Why Harry Should Have Named One of His Kids After Hagrid

1) Hagrid was there for Harry his entire life
2) He cried when he had to give him up at the Dursley’s doorstep
3) He spent first term collecting pictures to give Harry his photo alblum
4) He always had Harry and his friends come to his cabin for tea or somat
5) He made Harry Christmas presents every year
6) He was at (almost) every quidditch match
7) He believed in him when most did not(tri-wizard tournament)
8) He always worried about his well being
9) He was with him till the very end (so we thought)
10) He loved Harry unconditionally

welcome to the studyblr guide!

so this is the introductory post for the studyblr guide! 

what is all this though?

the studyblr guide’s aim is to offer assistance and/or help to people who have questions about the studyblr community, studyblrs, etc. 

so the hope is that we will eventually have guides or tutorials for things people may have questions for (i.e. how to start your studyblr, what to do, how to make graphic banners for your posts, how to edit your photos, etc.) and have archives that keep track of various things, including a place to find all the different studyblr networks, what sort of tags to use to boost our post, what tags studyblrs track, etc. 

what are you going to be posting or offering help with?

glad you asked! we’re just getting started and on our feet, but here are a couple of projects we’re going to start on

  • About Bullet Journals: all about bullet journals, how to start one, different examples, etc.
  • The Studyblr Dictionary: a comprehensive collection of terms and definitions used in the studyblr community that might be confusing or foreign to others.
  • The Archives: a large, digital phonebook and nexus, a all-in-one, basically. The goal of the Archives is to have a place where anyone looking for either tracked tags, networks, groups, etc. can find what they might be looking for all in one place. 

in addition, we’re going to, with assistance from you, the studyblr community, and everyone, post or reblog original content, like masterposts others have written and have a comprehensive list for others to find all the posts floating around!

thanks for helping support the studyblr guide, and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the studyblr guide content coming soon!!


the studyblr guide. 

anonymous asked:

Hey Asy, i love ur blog but i feel like ur misunderstanding what ppl mean when they say don't use qu/er bc its a slur-its fine to identify yourself as queer ofc ur reclaiming it! But not everyone has that experience with the word to want to reclaim it, so using it as an umbrella term when LGBT is perfectly sufficient is kind of ? Idk disrespectful to the people who have that word thrown at them as a slur. I hope this makes sense, i'm not trying to insult you 💖💖💖

Please don’t interpret any part of this post as a personal attack, because it’s not. Unfortunately, you’ve been mislead. 

It’s absolutely acceptable for me to use ‘queer’ as an umbrella term, and hopefully I’ll help you understand why. 

I’m actually not misunderstanding what people are saying re: queer. A lot of them are saying it directly. If you’d like to see the hatred and vitriol people are throwing at me over ‘queer’, you only need to read the notes and tags on that post that’s at nearly 30k notes (side note, probably less than 1% of the reblogs are hate, but that’s still 300 people with nasty shit to say). 

Asking me to stop using ‘queer’ as an umbrella term is unfair and unrealistic. If you look at my other queer post, the post about queer only being a slur in America (and possibly NZ, by the look of it), you’ll see in dozens of other countries, queer is the accepted umbrella term. It’s the accepted umbrella term in Australia, too. In fact, most people note that before Tumblr, they weren’t even aware it was a slur. I think that’s very important. These are informed, political people. Some of them are university educated on queer issues. It’s very telling that they’d never heard the ‘q word discourse’ before Tumblr. 

So, I’m going to be gentle about this, because you’re clearly trying to be nice to me: but just because someone has had a bad experience with a word, it does not give them the right to demand everyone else in the world stop using that word. Tumblr has lied to you if they’ve given you the impression that you are entitled to demand someone stop using a word when they are using it appropriately and respectfully. You are not. 

And to say LBGT is sufficient is also incorrect. What about intersex people? What about asexual folks? There are so many marginalised sexes, sexualities and genders that LBGT is not sufficient in the way that queer is. 

Of course I feel for people with triggers - I have them myself. But you need to stop making other people responsible for them when it’s very easy to protect yourself. Install xkit, blacklist ‘queer’. There are various apps you can use on Tumblr Mobile to do the same thing, depending on your phone’s operating system. I have a number of words blacklisted myself! :)

For example, I had ‘fucking dyke!’ yelled at me for years as a teenager. When I hear the word, I cringe. However, I accept a lot of lesbians (especially the older demographic) love the word dyke, use it for themselves and as a collective term inclusive of me. They find power in the word and are not using it as a slur, even though it can and has been used like a slur. 

It’s also important you understand that this ‘q word discourse’ actually originates from TERFs. TERFs have deliberately started this ‘don’t use ‘queer’!!’ bullshit, which is why I find it so interesting that all the people outright insulting me for using ‘queer’ also say their blogs are anti-TERF. I think they’re missing some vital info XD Queer is a trans-inclusive term. TERFs dislike this. There is a great analysis of this in ‘The Politics of Everybody’ by Holly Lewis.

When I use ‘queer’, when other queers use ‘queer’, they are not using it like a slur even though it has the capacity to be used as one. The context of a word matters, who is saying it and how they’re saying it matters. 

You have the right to demand someone stop using ‘queer’ if they’re using it as a slur to insult you, you have the right to ask someone to not use ‘queer’ as a specific personal identifier for yourself, but you do not have the right to tell someone to stop using ‘queer’ if they are using it respectfully and appropriately about themselves and as an umbrella term.