Today I fell over a ditch, fell backwards on to a tree, tripped down my driveway, and lost a tiny human during peak pick up crowds at school. Turns out she thought I had left without her? I have never done that? So she attempted to go home by herself, got to the school car park and began to wail because she’s not allowed to cross the road alone. (At least she remembered that.)
Oh and I also deleted someone I thought was cool off tumblr. Turns out said cool person doesn’t associate declawing a cat with any form of animal cruelty. Don’t be lazy and mutilate your cat to protect your poor furniture. Boo hoo.
I still have soccer training, and a managers meeting to survive yet.
I dislike Mondays.
Yesterday I committed the sin of mentioning that (after massive amounts of looking into, comparing, etc etc) I was looking at getting a Mac Air for J’s work/ uni.
Boy did I cope a whole load of shit about it.
‘You’re only buying it for the popularity factor, which just makes it so much more expensive’ (I liked macs way before the introduction of the iPhone)
‘Nothing works on the mac, J’s work programs won’t’ (they do)
‘apple can’t make a battery that lasts that long, look at the iPhone’
‘Only graphic designers buy macs’
‘Just by a dell, it’s cheaper and better’ (the dell was cheaper, but heavier, shorter battery life, and the processor was slower and not as new)
‘Nobody ever uses the silly mac programs that it comes with’ (I did on the precious mac I had)
The stupid reasons went on and on.
Yes I like macs, and I’m not an idiot. Holy shit, that can actually happen??
They who started the arguments dislike apple, which is fine. I don’t care really, but they so vehemently argued against apple to attempt to make me buy a dell, that it annoyed me a lot. They know less about the inner workings of a PC than I do.
Oh and someone piped up with ‘just buy a surface’, which for our needs would be the surface 2 pro, and around the same price as a mac air? But with an actual keyboard.
Seriously I actually know what I want. Have consulted my ‘tech expert’ friend and got agreement with my reasoning, even though he isn’t overly fond of macs.
Raaaah. I hate getting talked to like I’m an idiot. I really do.
The most important thing I learned, though, was that there is no such thing as “standard English” with a capital E. Instead there are many “englishes” with a lower case E. There is the english of the Caribbean and the english of the southern United States and the english of Oxbridge and the english rappers use in their music. Traditionally we’re taught that one of these is better than the rest, but in this class I learned that that’s an arbitrary distinction and not necessarily the case.
Why? Well, there are two schools of thought when it comes to how we should use language. One is “prescriptive” and it’s backed by grammar snobs and the kind of people who froth at the mouth over the decline of “the King’s English”. The other is “descriptive” and it’s more about accepting that how people use language is how language works. A prescriptivist believes in the idea of standard English and sees mistakes everywhere. A descriptivist sees many englishes, and none of them are standard.
[…] We’re all fluent in more than one english, for example the language of our peer group and the language of our parents’ generation. And then there are the two factors that have possibly the biggest impact on how we use language: education and socioeconomic status. When you judge people for what you consider to be poor grammar, you’re judging them for not being as good as you at something that might be a challenge because they didn’t have the advantages or experience you did. Maybe they haven’t had the luxury of worrying about their grammar. Maybe their use of language is right in line with their community. Maybe you’re just being a pedantic, prescriptivist jerk.