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I've said it before, and I'll say it again--inserting the word "fur" wherever the letters P, E, and R have a chance get-together is a crime against the English language, and good taste in general. If I see one more furson's fursona being furrennially fursecuted, I may gouge my eyes out to escape my own fursonal Furgatory.

Or at least make them write "I will not make an already fringe movement look even more silly by mutilating a language that never did anything to deserve this kind of abuse," six hundred times on the chalkboard.

Didn't we learn from "herstory" and "wymmyn" and all the other tortured verbal constructions of the more embarassing bits of the feminist era? This sort of thing does not lend a movement legitimacy, it makes you look like a raving nutjob. Call it furry, sure. Call yourselves furries, great, although some sneaking part of my brain still expects a "furry" to be covered in body hair, rather like my husband's psychotic ex-roommate, Eytane, who had back hair that you could lose change in. (And that was his best trait.) But really, hasn't the poor language suffered enough under l33tsp33k and the tragic bastardized Japanese "OOOO! KAWAAAIIII!" thing? Must insult be added to injury? Using "fur" as a gender-neutral pronoun is one thing, but c'mon--some days it reminds me of how the Smurfs talked.

Enough! The language is for communicatin', not some kind of depraved voice-recognition code between the terminally cute! Fur Is Murder! (of the English language, anyway.)

Thank you. That is all.

(Man, catharsis galore! I shoulda gotten one of these years ago...)

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You're not the only one who cringes every time she hears someone furbling about their furlishess.

I love playing with the English language; Lewis Carroll and Walt Kelly were big favorites in my youth for just this reason. But there's a difference between enjoying turns of phrase like 'Hear the pitter-patter of pies on the ol' bumbershoot?' or 'Beware the Jub-jub bird, and shun the fruminous Bandersnatch' and mindlessly 'claiming' words.

I also find myself very annoyed at 'scalie seperatists', but that's another matter entirely...

it's a flag for the stupidity of the extreme fringe. I get nasty flashbacks to my college days and all of the ugly feminist neologisms of the time, that you cited, and how they tried to filter into the SF fandom at the time (Lee Gold, editor of "Alarums & Excursions" gaming APA was particularly about this). Brrrrr.. It's one thing to invent a word, it's another, lesser, more anooying thing to have a wordbecome a "buzzword", and it's an entirely 'nother ugly animal to try to hijack the language for "identity's sake". Bleah. "Fur", "Furre" and thelike are just getting ugly and out of hand, but they arehandy in seeingwho is,andwhois not a rational, easy todeal with individual.


*grin* I really hope you don't get flamed for this. o_o;

So it's not okay to call you "Fursula," then?


Oh yeah? Well... well... Peganfurus.

*laugh* Only if you want to see me re-create the death scene of the Wicked Witch of the West. "I'm...melting....! Aaaagghgh...!"

Your hostility is surprising

Language can be an art form in itself, and not just for communication. I think your problem here is with the "bad language artists" that use such points of expression when they should just stick to communication. I don't mind it myself though- but it does tend to "show the age" of the person writing...

On a separate note, as a member of the commercial/advertising structure that slaughters the english language daily (nobody makes pasta- fasta!) I would like to apologize. But I can't offer -honest- apologies really since this devil called capitalism pays real well.

Weirdest mutilation of the language that I've seen recently has been the adoption of the term 'gosu' on Diablo II trading forums. It's an Asian-ized phonemic translation of 'godly', which is a Diablo II slang term applied to certain magical items that are extremely powerful. If an item was 'godly', it is now 'gosu'.

This Asian subculture that has infiltrated USWest has also added 'pro', describing someone who is really good at what they do, usually duelling with other players, and uses the very best equipment. So you'll hear people described as 'pro players', meaning they take it seriously enough to spend real money on their (virtual items) gear, etc.

It's interesting because it's a literal melting pot; people play on USWest from all over because that's where their friends are, or that's where the money is (considering that a few dollars from selling virtual items may seem tiny to us but a big amount to someone in Asia), or because they don't want to play on the Asian realms because they're from Australia and they want to go somewhere that English is spoken.

If you hear the term 'gosu' somewhere else, now you know where it came from!

Why must you FURsecute meeeee????

That gets on my nerves to no end..

I swear I'm not purposefully trying to reply to every one of your LJ posts, but damnit it's your fault for writing about stuff I want to respond to! ..

That stuff gets on my nerves to no end. Partly because I'm an English major and anything that makes me have to read someone's posts sixty times to figure out what the flying fudge they're trying to say drives me up the wall. (Where I scrawl such oddities as, "what the flying fudge".) Also, it's probably because it's darned creepy when they do it excessively. O_O;

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