So how do y'all feel about multies?
  • So how do y'all feel about multies? Personally, I like them. I use them and they offer a more creative challenge to your writing, especially when starting out. I find them easy when staying simple, but once you add more syllables to rhyme to like 4 or 6, well, I sometimes find myself stuck in a rut after that. Then once you use certain rhyme schemes like a..."ABBACC" rhyme scheme, you get a kinda good feel about yourself. For the record, I've never done that.
BC’s Birthday - Press Coverage

There were too many articles in the press for me to cover them all, so here are just some of them - I bolded my favourite bit:

“Benedict Cumberbatch. The man. The myth. The internet boyfriend. Please enjoy 40 photos of the British actor for his 40 years of his gracing us with his presence.” (x

Multisyllabic-monikered Benedict Cumberbatch turns the Big 4-0 today (July 19), and in honor of this milestone birthday we put together the 40 times he made us fall in love with him. (x)

“The Sherlock star turns 40 today - and he’s been acting for most of his life… ever since playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (x)

“And while Cumberbatch’s 30s served him well, the thesp becoming an international star (and sex symbol!) and, last year, marrying Sophie Hunter and becoming a dad to son Christopher, 40 is looking pretty promising too.” (x)

“Such a landmark age might be difficult to put to the uniquely handsome British actor, not least because of his relatively late start to superstardom – he didn’t become a global household name until 2010 when he took on the leading role in the BBC’s Sherlock.Not only that, but he has an appearance that defies all signs of ageing, with barely a line upon his expressive face.” (x)

“ British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is turning 40 with a multitude of career and personal highlights under his belt. “ (x)

Our fandom...

…our fandom is an intelligent fandom!  No matter how much we may squee like tiny girls, we are smart.  Smarty-smart smart.  This is one of the very first things that struck me - in the most brilliant of ways - when I first got here.

This shows so much in the fanfiction we read and write.  I have been so impressed by so many authors who write fic that is conceptually complex and often multisyllabic.  Authors who know words like “alevolus” (plural “alveoli,” heh) and “susurration” and don’t shy away from little nods (or paragraph-long nods!) to quantum mechanics or the finer subtleties of alien (or human) biology.  And so on.

Our beloved authors are also really, really creative and I have been floored by the many ways this is expressed.

I know this is a rather general post, but I really wanted to express my love for everyone who dares to write and post anything!  Because I, for one, am quite proud of all of you!  (Oh, yes, I am an educator - does it show? :P)

You are fantastic!

Newborns Able to Process Language at Two Days Using First and Last Syllables to Recognize Words

At just two days after birth, babies are already able to process language using processes similar to those of adults. SISSA researchers have demonstrated that they are sensitive to the most important parts of words, the edges, a cognitive mechanism which has been repeatedly observed in older children and adults.

The research is in Developmental Science. (full access paywall)

Research: “On the edge of language acquisition: inherent constraints on encoding multisyllabic sequences in the neonate brain” by Alissa L. Ferry, Ana Fló, Perrine Brusini, Luigi Cattarossi, Francesco Macagno, Marina Nespor and Jacques Mehler in Developmental Science doi:10.1111/desc.12323

Image: Humans better encode information from the edges of sequences and this cognitive mechanism can influence language acquisition even from the first days of life Image is for illustrative purposes only. Image credit: