Monday, August 24, 2015
  Language update for Aug


Professor Polistra brings another bucket of mixed linguistic nuts. The first two are tasty, the last two are toxic.

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Mean mugged:

Great phrase. Seen in a discussion on Spokane-News facebook page about the fucking assholes who are repeatedly starting fires in the Rutter Parkway area......
Didn't know they were looking for a white truck and I was driving one right by there. I was wondering why I was getting mean mugged by the family on the side of the road... Now it all makes sense.


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Grow garden:

Parallel to drive truck.

In an article on community gardens:

"They bring people together with a common theme. People who like to grow garden."

These formations are new and grammatically interesting. Drive truck is obviously not the same as drive a truck, and grow garden is not the same as grow a garden. In the latter phrases the emphasis is on the single truck or garden that you own (and operate). Instead, these new forms emphasize the operating, which is constant whether you own the item or not. They fill in the previously missing indicative side of the nominal participles truck-driving and garden-growing. What's your job? Truck-driving. What do you do? I drive truck. What's your hobby? Garden-growing. What do you do? I grow garden.

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Rewriting:

Russian FM Lavrov, meeting with Chinese leaders:
Rewriting history shatters the pillars of the world order.... The world's fate cannot be held in the hands of just one state, he added. “Today we see barefaced craving to falsify the history of war (WWII) and equalize victims and slaughterers.
He's perfectly right, but the word rewrite is dangerous in this context.

History is always being rewritten. The problem now is not rewriting. The problem is that USA STRONG is rewriting WW2 into a false version that paints Russia as the aggressor.

If you define rewriting as bad, you leave room for Satan to call you a hypocrite when you attempt to rewrite BACK toward truth.

We should simply acknowledge that history is constantly reshaped, and we should recommend reshaping history TOWARD observed facts and AWAY from provable falsity.

This is strongly parallel to the idiotic recommendation of 'judicial restraint' by conservatives. You lost the battle for 'restraint' in 1803. Case law and precedent are now thousands of light years away from logic, facts, and civilization. If you insist on 'restraint' now, you are explicitly FORCING the current genocidal lunacy to continue. What's needed is not 'restraint' but AK47s.

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Disappointing:

The official response by alleged "conservatives" to Satan's final coup. "This decision is DISAPPOINTING and we HOPE the Justices will rethink it."

Fucking fakers. You're not disappointed, you're fabulously exquisitely delighted.

You don't hope anything. Hope does not exist in Satan's world. Only raw power exists, and you own the power. You fuckers went along with the appointment of the black-robed turbosatans who made this decision. You could have shot the turbosatans but instead you appointed them. Billions of gallons of blood are on your nasty filthy vile unspeakable hands.

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