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New here, and the thoughts I've been having on defining "Nerd."

Hello all,

So, while I've been following the Vlogbrothers and have read a few John Green books, I don't think I necessarily fit into the category of what might be considered a "nerd."

Not that I have any desire to.

The term "nerd" becomes problematic in its own right. 

Let's find a definition and go from there. (I hope that Wikipedia will suffice for now.)…

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Added by Jean on December 18, 2013 at 6:18pm — 2 Comments

Don't Blog When You're Hungry: A Cautionary Tale

I was having an argument with my best friend recently. We were talking on the phone at about 5:00 pm. I wanted her to come over to my place and hang out.

“Sure,” she said, “in a little while. My Mom's just making breakfast.” My contention was that she was not eating breakfast at all, and that at best she was engaging in a very late lunch. Her arguments were simple:

1. It was to be the first meal of the day for those eating it – they were “breaking their fast,” thus fulfilling…

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Added by Sarah H on January 27, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Sign the internet

Added by jamiesface on July 13, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Fire is the word: destruction/ devistation/ disturbance/ ecological need

(Hello all just a friendly warning before you read I am dyslexic so be patient with me)

Part of my thesis with the Shultz fire is focusing on the historical managment of the area and also the public perception of fire that has helped shap how managment towards fire has effected the ecological health of dry forested areas.

I will kepp this short so discution can be the ruling topic.  I will keep to the three main topics that have shaped fire managment in…

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Added by Susanne Ranseen on July 7, 2012 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Flowers For Adele

“it hurts just to wake up, whenever you’re wearing thin, alone on the outside, so tired of looking in, the end is uncertain, and i’ve never been so afraid, but i don’t need a telescope to see that there’s hope, and that makes me feel brave.” > Tidal Wave~Owl City 

            this song is one of the few things that got me through this past summer, i remember the day so clearly

      it was a week from the day i graduated that i got the phone call,…

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Added by Emily on August 22, 2011 at 12:47am — No Comments

"Text Speak"

Why? This is the only question I can ask myself when someone sends me an email containing " hi how r u? im gr8! wats new w/ u? lol " I find this a horrible and confusing mess of letters and numbers that should never have crossed paths.

All the letters are in lower case. Some words contain numbers and some are shortened so badly it makes me weep for the next generation. Also what is the point of that unneeded "lol"? This is not English.

Sometimes I'm unsure whether if I'm…

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Added by Megan Robertson on July 12, 2011 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Script Frenzy Update

So, by the numbers I'm a bit behind on my Script Frenzy script, but I already have the whole thing planned out, so I just need to take a day to get it on the page.



I think that's the point, really. That should be the slogan for Script Frenzy and NaNoWriMo:



GET IT ON THE PAGE



One of the hardest parts of writing is actually getting over any concerns in your abilities as a writer and producing something. Or, at least that's my biggest problem. I'm still trying to… Continue

Added by William Redd on April 12, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Tongue Twisters



In which Hank proves that he can think too much about ANYTHING by thinking too much about Tongue Twisters. It's all about the sibilant fricatives baby. Tongue twisters are actually a universal game that all people play regardless of language. The best ones have a few qualities:



1. They will trip you up

2. They're fun to say when you get it right

3. Opportunities for Embarassment

4. Excellent Rhythm and…
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Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on December 7, 2010 at 2:44am — 2 Comments

MY FRIEND CHESTER



My books are Looking for Alaska:…
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Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on September 29, 2010 at 11:28pm — 3 Comments

Rahmens - American Japanese Language School

This is pretty much the best project I've had the pleasure of working on. I made an English translation of an entire skit from a Japanese comedy group called Rahmens (ラーメンズ). So, here it is in all its majesty:



...COMING SOON!

~ Jethro.

Added by Jethro on July 25, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

My Peeve With Pluralization

If the rule is to add an -s or -es to the end of a noun to make it plural, we SHOULD say sheeps, mouses, fishes, etc. When any speaker says sheep or fish meaning more than one, they are violating a very simple and commonly accepted rule of the English language; and what's worse if I try to follow that rule, they say I'm speaking silly words.

Added by Groovy Jones on April 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

That's Not a Verb!



In which Emily responds to a four month old comment, contextualizing linguistics with YouTube (specifically Rhett & Link and RayWilliamJohnson) and completely fails to explain registers of speech or mention anything about connotation vs. denotation, or neologisms.



But you guys are good googlers, right? ;) (See what I did there?)



Footage courtesy of the Prelinger Archives: …

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Added by Emily on February 21, 2010 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Foreign Relations and Learning new languages through youtube

So, I was recently visiting my brother in Israel where he is currently living. I was in Israel for two weeks and seeing as I don't really speak much Hebrew, I was lucky that virtually everyone in Israel speaks English. But then I thought, 'I shouldn't feel lucky! I should feel ashamed! All of these people can understand what I am saying, but I am struggling to string together two words of their language!" I also felt very ignorant. But there weren't just Israelis speaking Hebrew in Israel.… Continue

Added by Zoe the Dinosaur on January 11, 2010 at 5:34pm — 3 Comments

For all grammar/word nerds - the 32 most commonly misused words and phrases

The 32 most commonly misused words and phrases...



http://helptutorservices.com/blog/the-32-most-commonly-misused-words-and-phrases/



Including, for example:



"9. Discreet/Discrete- We can break people into two discrete (separate) groups, the discreet (secretive) and indiscreet.



10. Emigrate/Immigrate- If I leave this country to move to Europe, the leaving is emigrating and the arriving is immigrating.



11. Elicit/Illicit- Some people post… Continue

Added by BeKbEk on July 1, 2009 at 4:18pm — 16 Comments

If bored...

If you're bored, look up your own name on www.urbandictionary.com. Interesting. People are weird. I MAY change names. May.

Also, vote for my posts!
http://www.urbandictionary.com/author.php?author=Guava_child

Added by Mar_to_the_Issa on June 22, 2009 at 10:13pm — 2 Comments

Things People Should Know (Set 1)

1. Mexican is not a language

I'm originally from the East Coast, born in VA, loved NC, lived in MD and GA. But three or so years ago, I was thrown into Texas. Ah, Texans. Nice people, though sometimes arrogant. And I found myself a little closer to the problem of immigration. America is a great country, and I am all for people wanting to come here and take full advantage of American liberties and all that good stuff. However, I'm a rule follower. With the flood of Mexicans (legal or… Continue

Added by Ren on March 26, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

English vs. Dutch JB



Two JB's in a bitter language feud. Who should win? Let me…

Added by J.B. Dazen on February 21, 2009 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

NFI week 6: Learn a new language!



I try to count in mandarin, but I'm pretty sure I'm not doing it the right way...



My teacher:… Continue

Added by Erika on February 13, 2009 at 10:52am — No Comments

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