Quote, from this article on the New York City bedbug problem:

"'We want to send a message to bedbugs,' City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, announcing the measure Wednesday: 'Drop dead. Your days are over.'"

1) Bedbugs aren't listening. They're bugs. You cannot send them a message. They have no motherfucking language centre or mammalian brain to put one in.
2) You cannot engage in psychological warfare tough talk with bugs. They're not scared. Because they're bugs and do not hear or understand you.
3) Nobody is actually going to send the United States Marines into a protracted land war with bedbugs right after this announcement.

Yes, there are literal, figurative, metaphoric, formal (as in an arrangement of forms), slang, etc. interpretations of language and all are valid; that's one of the things that makes language cool. But language isn't just forms; it's not an empty box. There's meaning in that box. Words mean things.

This is a mindfulness applicable to writing prose fiction; it deals with spotting second-order cliches and getting them out of your writing. It's also a good way to make sure, well, we aren't sounding hellaciously silly. :p

This is why rhetoric is cool and more people should learn it. The end.
leahbobet: (bat signal)
False etymologies produced this evening due to conversations I won't reproduce on the wider internet but maybe someone else did *ahem cough cough*:

[livejournal.com profile] kafkonia (6:47:12 PM): (Am blogging it now.)
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia (6:48:15 PM): If Bentley Little comes to shiv us, I'm blaming you.
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia (6:48:17 PM): (The Shivving.)
[livejournal.com profile] kafkonia (6:48:25 PM): That sounds vaguely Hebraic.
[livejournal.com profile] kafkonia (6:48:43 PM): "It's time for your shivving, you meshuggah."
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia (6:48:45 PM): hee
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia (6:49:02 PM): Shiv (v): to cause shivah.
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia (6:49:10 PM): Shiv (n): the tool by which one causes shivah.

I'm sure we can get this shit onto Snopes by autumn. ;)
I appear to have a Worldcon final schedule. It is thus!

Fri 11:00 AM, P-Autographs
Leah Bobet Signing
Duration: 0:30 hrs:min
Wherein I sign things. I am honestly not sure what I'll sign aside from the few anthologies I have stories in, but you know, if you want to bring spare napkins or attractive boychests or such, I'm game.

Fri 2:00 PM, P-512AE
Author Reading: Elaine Isaak, Joshua Palmatier, Leah Bobet, Robert Wiersema
Duration: 1:30 hrs:min

Fri 5:00 PM, P-512CG
What Fans don't Understand about Publishing 2: Beth Meacham, Eleanor Wood, Gordon Van Gelder, Leah Bobet, Bob Neilson (M), Brian Hades
Duration: 1:30 hrs:min
"Distribution and marketing" is all the description that's on this one; I expect they want me here in my capacity as a bookstore person.

Sat 10:00 AM, P-512CG
How to Bluff SFnal Linguistics: Lawrence M. Schoen (M), Leah Bobet, Tony Pi, Geoff Hart
Duration: 1:00 hrs:min
How to make the language sound plausible, and the reasoning behind it.

Sat 2:00 PM, P-513B
Online Magazines Represented HERE: A Good Market Session: Diane Walton, Jude-Marie Green (M), Leah Bobet, Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace.
Duration: 1:00 hrs:min
The online publication is alive and well and thriving. Editors and writers talk about electronic markets.

Sun 10:00 PM, P-522B
Young Turks: Colin Harvey (M), Derwin Mak, Leah Bobet, Matthew Rotundo, Maura McHugh, Peter Atwood
Duration: 1:00 hrs:min
Writers who've recently begun selling stories and novels talk about how they've arrived on their particular beachhead.

Mon 1:00 PM, D-Royer
Writing Workshop A: Leah Bobet, Richard Chwedyk
Duration: 2:00 hrs:min
Critique session for previously submitted manuscripts

Notable things:

1) After all the angsting we did about it, we are not in fact sharing a reading with Guy Kay. Perhaps he heard us and ran. *g*

2) All these panels are well within my areas of competence. I shouldn't have to do major pre-research for any of them, which is nice.

3) I am really looking forward to busting out some Linguist Kung Fu with [livejournal.com profile] wistling and [livejournal.com profile] klingonguy.

4) I get the distinct feeling that I will have to decide what panels and readings and such I want to go to well in advance, rather than just wandering from thing to thing like I usually do. And that I may have to set my lunch dates and such in advance or at least very early in the con itself.

4b) I'm realizing that aside from being sort of stretched between several social groups (the Home Team coming up from Toronto, who I'm travelling with in awesome road-trip fashion; the Away Team, aka the Badpoets/OWW crowd, who I'm rooming with; and various other people I haven't met in person or don't get to see much, but know from the internets), and already one or two launch party obligations, I'm going to be at a Worldcon. O dear. I'm not at all going to get to make quality time with everyone I want to see. This might get ugly.

4c) ...so this is what it's like to do a big con as, well, a full-fledged professional grownup person. Oh.

4d) Now I'm glad I booked an extra day off work after the con to recover.

5) So, if I'm reading with two second-world fantasy authors and a horror author instead of three second-world fantasy authors, that gives me some more freedom of material. Anything you guys want to hear particularly, if you're planning to attend?

Punk this.

May. 28th, 2008 10:04 pm
We read Measure for Measure in class tonight, which uses (among other things) the word "punk" as a synonym for prostitute. Apparently it's a common 16th-century usage: the Online Etymology Dictionary gives us: "Ultimately from punk "prostitute, harlot, strumpet," first recorded 1596, of unknown origin."

This makes the steampunk/clockpunk/whatever-punk genre debates completely hilarious.

I'm off to write a story about a steam-powered hooker. :D
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: There's a concept here in prosody called "eurythmicity".
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: I think that should mean the concept of prosody done in the style of Annie Lennox.
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: But it isn't. :-(
[livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Eurythmic City?
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: so, hot gender-fuck?
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: (I wonder how you'd do genderfuck prosody...)
[livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: (Wear a pretend mustache?)
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: (You can't wear mustaches in your prosody.)
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: beards?
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: (you'd have to talk with the speech rhythm of a mustache.)
[livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: (That's deep.)
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: (or beard.)
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: maybe the words could wear moustaches
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: heeee
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: and fake glasses.
[livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: That's Marxist prosody.
[livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Class critique!

The paper on acquisition of French stress patterns by English learners?

Sooo almost done. *g*

(And I want prosody! And I want prosody! And I want it so! it's an obsession!)
I got a Russian version of the Nigerian Scam Spam today, purporting to be from a Mrs. Deborah Vladimir.

I almost replied to it to say: "Russian has gendered patronymics! There is no such thing as a Mrs. Vladimir! Asshole!"

Linguist raaaage: defending you from spam since 2008. ;D

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