linguistics is really hard

anonymous asked:

CHALLENGE: post the most ''embarrassing'', ''self-indulgent'' thing you've made in the past moth! (that's not smut, if you're embarrassed about that!) (but it could be smut) (pleasebemucklespleasebemuckles)


WELL OKAY I NEVER RUN SHORT OF EMBARRASSING SELF-INDULGENT STUFF.      SO.  I was thinking about Motorcity and Disney movies and I saw Atlantis on Hulu or Netflix or something and I was like……………………


I’m going to go lie on the floor how dare you make me do this GOD

anonymous asked:

Sam, when you are making/reblogging a pun, the reaction is mostly couched in negative (if teasing) terms, with insults, groans etc. I'm noticing this often in similar internet contexts. I'm wondering if this is a cultural difference with the mainly US internet users, or mere personal preference. Because I looove wordplay and puns, and my reaction is usually a long laugh whenever I "get" a pun (not always the case, English not being my 1st language). Do you/your followers have an explanation?

IDK if it’s a US thing, but I know that culturally puns are often considered a low form of humor; wordplay just isn’t considered that clever, even though a really good wordplay takes a punominal amount of work. 

I mean, I laugh too, I’m with you on that one. But the negative reaction is a form of laughter, generally, it’s an acknowledgement of an accomplishment. The smarter the pun, the worse it’s considered to be, so a truly clever pun nets the most negative reaction possible. 

I mean, I’m not a linguist or a cultural theorist, like, explaining humor is really hard to do without a lot of training. But I think the playful negative reaction is a way of acknowledging that someone’s done something really smart without portraying oneself as someone who finds a socialized “low form” of entertainment amusing.