The English language is a melting pot, a mishmash, a beautiful yet frustrating gyre of inconsistency. For those who have learned it as a second (or more) language, I salute you.
Unlike the French, we Anglophones don’t have a singular authority for what’s OK (okay?) in English and what’s not. That, among other actually valid reasons, is why writers should focus primarily on using language to achieve what they want to achieve with their writing, not to please some nonexistent language authority.
Is your goal to publish a hard-hitting piece of nonfiction? Understandability and impact are probably two of your…
Note: My only source for all of this is the Disney Fandom wiki, and no I do not care to do any additional research that may disprove any hypotheses below, thanks.
After watching a mediocre Ducktales theme-song parody video, I awoke today with the Ducktales theme song firmly implanted in my head (thanks for that, reddit).
Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck-blur!
Might solve a mystery
Or rewrite history!
(I suffer, you suffer.)
Which got me to thinking: Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and the nephews exist in…
Beer is a heavily white, male space. You probably knew that even if you aren’t into beer. The bearded hipster-dude stereotype is ubiquitous. Budweiser made fun of it at the Super Bowl.
That stereotype’s ubiquitous because it’s fairly accurate. While I’ve never worked at a brewery or in a beer-adjacent space, I am a fanatic for craft beer. I plan trips around breweries. I have a beer to-do list. I’ve spent a lot of time in breweries, beer bars, and beer festivals. And it’s white dudes all the way down.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling just a bit stir-crazy these days.
So, being a runner, a couple months ago I decided to start training for a “race.”
“There are races?” you might ask. Well, no. It’s a race against myself — running 13.1 miles as fast as I can on a February Saturday all by myself instead of with hundreds or thousands of other people.
I entered into this training on a whim after finding the “Coach” feature on my Garmin watch. You plug in a race date and a goal time, and the virtual coach makes…
“Bigotry is not just the psychological state of hating a group of people. Bigotry is political. It’s a reaction to changing demographics, or to liberation movements, or to changing power relations between groups. A lot of casual misogynists don’t exactly hate women in the literal psychological sense. It’s more that they feel threatened by the prospect of the social and political equality of women. In fact, I would argue that feeling threatened is the distinctive psychological experience of bigotry — much more so than feeling hateful.” — ContraPoints
I love craft beer. I love learning about styles, visiting new breweries, and following the local beer news. Really, I’ll try any new beer I can get my hands on, (nearly) regardless of style.
I particularly enjoy hazy (Northeast-style) IPAs, which have dominated craft beer for the past few years. There’s something about this beer style that seems legitimately addictive — each one is different and enticing in its own way. …
Here at Medium, we’re creating a new model for digital publishing — one that’s based on story value, not ad value, and that’s predicated on the relationship between writer and reader. In ad-based publishing, the goal is to get readers to click and stay regardless of quality. That has led to the proliferation of something we’re all familiar with: clickbait. Clickbait works great in a system that’s designed to engage as many eyeballs as possible. That’s not our system.
On Medium, we believe you should stay for the story, the writer, the nuance, and the substance. This is how deeper…
1. My new puppy, Toby. He’s a six-month-old pitt mix and he’s pure joy, with hilarious floppy ears and an incredibly sweet personality. He’s been with us for less than a week and we’re already totally in love.
2. Being in a bubble with a few really great friends — giving/getting real hugs, long meandering conversations, and spending our time together as we wait for this awful pandemic to end.
3. The Overstory. I recently finished this epic novel and I can’t stop thinking about it…
I loved the way Medium’s VP-Editorial Siobhan O'Connor described the evolution of Medium in today’s “The Edition” newsletter (which you can only get as a member, natch):
Medium is moving toward what my boss calls a more “relational” model, which emphasizes the connection between reader and writer (and other writers), versus a world where single stories are competing for your attention by the headline alone. Headlines are important framing devices for readers, but the headline wars that have overtaken the internet in the past decade and a half also have a wicked downside: the collapse of context (“Where is what…
With the exception of slurs, verbal abuse, and hate speech that’s clearly intended to cause harm, I don’t believe in treating words as verboten and shameful. A “problematic” word does not a problematic person make. Language is evolving very rapidly, especially in social justice circles, and the majority of people are not up to speed on all things at all times. Words are just tools. Lacking vocabulary is not a mark of shame, nor is possessing it an indicator of virtue.