we're talking about language

the advantages of studying at faculty of philology, university of belgrade: i simply went to our class material bookshop and asked ‘‘what materials do you have for contemporary slovak?’‘ and the guy was like ‘‘oh, lots of stuff. do you need it immediately? if not, can you come some other day when there’s no queue so that we can take a good look and find everything?’‘

One of my favorite things about Japanese is how any high level communication will invariably turn into a limbo competition:

“You are most deserving of civility and praise, and I would be most grateful to have the privilege of being of the lowest, and therefore most humble, participant in this verbal exchange.”

“But is it not be the case that you, too, are everything that invites civility and praise, and I, in fact, have the privilege of being the lowest, and therefore most humble, participant in this verbal exchange?”

“Oh, truly, I am utterly humbled by your selfless kindness to me, and I think it must be so (must it not?) that that you are indeed the model of all that is worthy of civility and praise and I, by contrast, must be (must I not?) the lowest, and therefore most humble, participant in this verbal exchange.”

And on until it is physically impossible to lower the keigolimbo bar any further.

Japanese is the best. 

I really love it when people post articles about the female experience, and guys dismiss them with a smug “this article is fake.”

Then you provide them source links. LOTS of source links.

“I still don’t believe it! So fake!”

MORE source links. Screencaps of conversations had on twitter. Links to the actual store itself so he can see that it doesn’t sell merchandise for girls. Or links to scientific studies about body language and gender. SO MANY LINKS. So many sources.

“Pssh. Women are just making this up. They just want to whine about stuff. People are starving to death. Why do we even care about this?”

I don’t know. Because people are complex and are able to care about multiple issues at the same time? Because I can care that many people don’t have access to clean water AND I can care that the Disney Store doesn’t sell any Princess Leia toys and is marketing merchandise only to boys. I can care about the homelessness issue in America AND think it’s unfair that strange men invade my personal space on the subway because they feel entitled to it.

I’m just always amazed that you can provide some people all the proof in the world, and they simply refuse to believe it because it’s not an issue that effects them personally.

anonymous asked:

Hi! As English is not my mother tongue, I was wondering what was all about the 'other shoe'? Where does this expression come from? What does it actually mean? As you used it as a title, I guess you could answer me :)

Aha. You have come to the right place, my dear. ^_^ (Your English is excellent, by the way, what’s your first language?

So: the “other shoe” in question is the focus of a very common idiom, that being “waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

“Waiting for the other shoe to drop” is a particular kind of anticipation—not just waiting for something to happen, but waiting for something to finish happening. It also generally implies that whatever’s happening isn’t very good, or that the waiting is somehow stressful.

Per World Wide Words:

Its source would seem to be the following story. A man comes in late at night to a lodging house, rather the worse for wear. He sits on his bed, drags one shoe off and drops it on the floor. Guiltily remembering everyone around him trying to sleep, he takes the other one off much more carefully and quietly puts in on the floor. He then finishes undressing and gets into bed. Just as he is drifting off to sleep, a shout comes from the man in the room below: “Well, drop the other one then! I can’t sleep, waiting for you to drop the other shoe!”. This may come from music hall or vaudeville, though it would seem that nobody has been able to tie it down more precisely. (x)

Another, more modern (and depressing) example is the agonizing wait between hearing, “Now I’m not racist/homophobic/whatever…” and the speaker saying something so awful that it makes you want to forget that you ever met them.

In the context of my story, the “other shoe” is Loki’s plan. Loki is sort of weirdly inactive for most of the Multiverse stories. After the epic heist he pulls off in The God Invasion, he mostly settles into a background role. We know he’s doing things, but nothing so big that the world really needs saving, and he mostly seems content to pull some minor shit and cultivate his strangely affectionate relationship with Billy Kaplan. As a result, the Avengers are constantly wary of him (and of Discord, by association), because they know that this can’t last—they are, as it happens, waiting for the other shoe to drop, waiting for him to lose it again and put the whole world in danger.

Then, boom! He’s taken over the world.

The other shoe has dropped!

Don’t make people feel bad about their english. Not all of us here are native speakers and we’re not entitled to speak flawless english. Many of us rarely use it outside of the internet, so don’t judge us for not having the fluency you’ve been building since you were toddlers. Learning and using another language is tough. Errors will slip, some of them we could pick in a second careful read, and some we might be completely unaware of. It happens.

It’s because of people who nitpick on these errors that half of the messages users get go like “sorry for my english”. No you don’t have to apologise for your english, you know more than your own language and that’s an accomplishment, not something to feel bad about. The majority of native english speakers are not that fluent in their second language either.