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Touch Me

John, Sherlock

Summary: John observes Sherlock and realizes that he’s touch starved, so he makes it his mission to start touching him more.

A/N: My Squealing Santa fic for *drum roll* @bottleof-happiness! I hope you like it!

This is the first fic in what I’m calling 12 Days of Fluff, which is basically like 12 days of Christmas only you’ll be getting a tickle fic written by me or someone else for 12 days straight! Get excited!

Warnings: One brief mention of sex, as in “Sherlock’s not interested in it” because asexual!Sherlock is my life.

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Even though Sherlock was a consulting detective who could read everyone and everything thoroughly in approximately five seconds, John would like to think that he knew his friend pretty well by now. While Sherlock focused on the smallest details in order to interpret a situation, John was a bigger fan of getting to know someone and memorize their little quirks and habits. He was sure that was how the majority of the people worked as well, but he seemed to be the only one who had ever tried to read Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock honestly wasn’t that difficult to figure out, once you’d seen all parts of him. He liked being by himself, and the only person he enjoyed being around for at least a little while was John himself, which was still surprising but he’d decided not to question it. Despite working alone Sherlock had a great amount of contacts he could use whenever he pleased, but that part was less surprising, since Sherlock rarely left a case unsolved, so people usually felt like they owed him. Sherlock was a bit of a lone wolf, to put a label on it. He acted alone, but that didn’t mean that he always wanted to be alone.

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byebyebyelilsebastianstan  asked:

With certain aspects of Trigedasleng, would it be okay to assume that the first syllable of names is emphasized a bit more? With ANya, OKtavia and INdra (and even ODri, which you translated for me from Audrey -- in that, people tend to emphasize the REY), it seems that way.

Let’s back up and discuss terminology for a second. What you’re referring to here is called lexical stress. In English (our English), each word has one main lexical stress. It’s the most prominent syllable in a word, and generally the one with the highest pitch. Stress isn’t predictable in English (or at least not based on syllable weight), so it’s something that just has to be memorized. The same is true of Trigedasleng.

In the case of the names you’ve listed here, I don’t think you’ve identified the stress correctly. Here’s how I would do it:

  • Anya = AN-ya (two syllables; penultimate stress)
  • Octavia = oc-TA-via (option 1: two syllables; penultimate stress)
  • Octavia = oc-TA-vi-a (option 2: three syllables; antepenultimate stress)
  • Indra = IN-dra (two syllables; penultimate stress)
  • Audrey = AU-drey (two syllables penultimate stress)

This is how the names would be stressed in English. The stress doesn’t change in Trigedasleng: it’s identical.

As for the placement, the word-initial stress that these receive is incidental. It’s not so much the first syllable that’s important (like finish), but the second-to-last syllable. That’s the syllable that’s most important to look at. Generally it receives the stress unless it’s a light syllable, in which case it gets pushed back one. You can see that in four syllable words like these:

  • Ridiculous = ri-DI-cu-lous (four syllables; antepenultimate stress)
  • Legitimate = le-GI-ti-mate (four syllables; antepenultimate stress)
  • Tallahassee = ta-lla-HA-ssee (four syllables; penultimate stress)
  • Pensacola = pen-sa-CO-la (four syllables; penultimate stress)

It’s very difficult to find a four or more syllable word with stress on the first syllable. It can be done, but it’s usually in cases where some sort of inflectional ending has been added, as below:

  • Mechanize = ME-cha-nize (three syllables; antepenultimate stress)
  • Mechanical = me-CHA-ni-cal (four syllables; antepenultimate stress)
  • Mechanizing = ME-cha-ni-zing (four syllables; initial stress)

In the last word, it’s almost like the -ing just gets stuck onto the end of the word so it doesn’t count for stress. That’s about the only time you get first syllable prominence. Otherwise, if you try to pronounce a four or more syllable word with initial stress you sound like you’re using Finnish intonation.

So, in the case of Trigedasleng, it’s best to use your English intuition—both in terms of where stress should be, but also in terms of how the words are actually formed. For example, if you look at the name Trigedasleng, you think, “Oh, four syllable word, weak penultimate syllable, stress must be on the antepenultimate syllable!” But that turns out not to be the case. This is because of the word’s history, though. If you look at it in stages, it makes sense:

  1. Tri = tree
  2. -geda = gather
  3. Trigeda = TRI-ge-da > tri + -geda (forest/woods)
  4. Trigedasleng = TRI-ge-da-sleng > trigeda + sleng (forest language)

Stress is assigned at step 3 above. Afterwards, the sleng part just gets tacked on, and so doesn’t effect a change in stress, just like when -ing is added to mechanize.

That’s it! Thanks for the ask. :)