baconcupcake  asked:

How does reading a word by its shape work? Do you ever get confused by words shaped similarly?

Ok, so the way this was explained to me is that I read English the way japanese people read kanji, where the character stands for an entire concept rather than a series of sounds that make up a word.  Or like reading one of Carrie Fisher’s emoji texts, I guess?

It’s a “This collection of lines has this meaning” thing, rather than a “These shapes mean these sounds which mean this concept thing”  if that makes sense?

I rarely have problems READING things.  Honestly you can sub in words with keysmash nonsense (e.g. spofdghf)  to an astonishing degree before meaning is lost for me, as long as I have a bit of context.  I have no idea how to actually pronounce ‘epistemology’ but I can write about the meaning of what makes knowledge knowledge for ages.

I have more difficulty when it comes to writing things.  I can remember WHICH lines and shapes were in a word, but forget what damn order they went in.  I also had a habit of flipping letters vertically- b/p and d/q for instance.  So when I hand-write, I tend to capitalize them, even in the middle of words.  

I just saw someone try to claim “lesbian” was a slur in their defense of using “queer” and

1. Nobody cares if you identify as queer, the only thing is respecting folks who don’t want to be called that

2. “Lesbian” absolutely is not a slur, it’s a reference to a poet who wrote about her love of women, Sappho. Dyke is a slur, Lesbian is not. There’s already enough young women feeling like lesbian is a dirty word, there’s no need to spread misinformation to justify a totally different term.