Anonymous whispered, "In case you doubt it, forced meme is still being forced. I'm an English major but this shit is unfunny"
Thanks for always keeping us updated, anon. We appreciate it. :)
whispered, "gosh, now I'm really confused because I'm majoring in English here in Brazil and one of my professors (in Written Language - English III) said it's good to cite your previous work as long as you put the source because if you don't then it's considered plagiarism (we were just studying this last week)... What do I do wjat do I do? xD"
I think, like the person who sent that message said, that your best bet is to check with your professors, just to be safe! :)
whispered, "I know this is way late, but on the submission about citing your own paper in another class, I really want people to know to make sure to ask your instructor before you do this. At most universities, this is considered academic misconduct and you can get slammed with plagiarism for doing it. As a college instructor, I think it is really important that students know NOT to cite yourself and/or turn in the same work without prior permission - you can get into serious trouble with the university."
Oh, wow thanks! This is great to know!
whispered, "general question: do you get many complaints about grammar elitism? i mean, do you think there's anything inherently wrong and classist about correcting/complaining about grammar in the first place? because this comes up a lot in my life and i was wondering what your English Major thoughts on it were"
When this blog was a bit more active (and I’m very sorry that it hasn’t been! Keep submitting, folks!) we used to get nearly CONSTANT complaints about terrible we were for posting supposedly elitist/discriminatory jokes.
While I think that it’s definitely an interesting discussion without a real answer, in the context of having a good laugh, it’s totally acceptable. I just ignore any hate we get at this point and delete the messages as soon as I get them rather than clog up the blog responding to each one.
Anonymous whispered, "Forced meme is still forced"
Thanks for the input! :D
whispered, "Where does Dorian Gray buy his clothes? Forever 21! Ah ha ha ha! I know it's corny, and you have probably heard it before... but I just wanted to share."
I laughed entirely too hard at that. Thanks!
Anonymous whispered, "Concerning the e e cummings post, it's a completely different situation when it's intentional and artistic, rather than uneducated and obviously unintentional."
I tend to agree. But there is, of course, always the argument that punctuation are really just social conventions that don’t HAVE to be followed.
whispered, "English Major Confession: I love Edith Wharton, but reading Ethan Frome makes me want to die."
English Major confessions? Hmmmm this might be a good addition to the blog! :D I’ve been thinking about doing Tips for English Majors too! :D
whispered, "I honestly think if the YOLO meme is offending people, it should be taken down. I know it wasn't intended to, but even being white, I remember thinking it was pretty borderline when I read it, and apparently PoC don't think it's borderline at all. Basically, since "YOLO" is a phrase that grew out of the rap/hip hop movement, which is primarily made up of PoCs, saying it's for 'dumb people' is just offensive. If PoCs are being offended, it's offensive. Period."
I’m honestly considering taking it down….mostly because I’m sick of the messages. Over 100 of them at this point! O_O And most of them are saying they don’t think it’s racist….but STILL…please give it a rest, Armadillos.
whispered, "I think the reason people think YOLO is "racist" is because it's a phrase used by mostly the young, African American, hip hop crowd and criticizing anything from that culture is verboten. We all studied AAVE in school have been taught that that's a legitimate English dialect so maybe those people think you are undermining AAVE and the neologisms that come from it. I thought the meme was funny. I don't care WHO uses it. It's dumb."
Well…this is a ridiculous reason to call something racist considering the entirety of the internet uses YOLO, whether in jest or in seriousness…..but I suppose this explains it?