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.
inknose asked: allium, hibiscus, & locust!
Allium: What’s the best thing you can cook?
Hmm… Potstickers and Taiwanese Mince Pork Rice?
Wow who woulda guessed. I think I make pretty good potstickers (I use cookingwithdog’s recipe and it turns out soups yums) and my Mince Pork Rice comes out great when I use good quality pork (once I used cheapo pork from my local Asian grocery and it… was…. awful………..orz). I probably only make Mince Pork Rice like once every few months?
I really love cooking there are lots of things I LIKE to cook but I guess those two are…specialties?
Hibiscus: Did you ever play an instrument? If so what?
Piano from age 6 to 12. Guzheng for a year. I had an ear for music and notes, but I completely lacked the discipline for actually learning an instrument properly. I always preferred to make shit up on the piano rather than follow the music sheet, and I learned Guzheng by ear, so after we played at a recital, I eventually forgot the song, and I can’t read the music sheets for Guzheng so I can’t relearn it u_u Kinda sad about that. My guzheng is probably in a poor condition now after a decade of being propped upright in the corner of my humid room in Taiwan…;;;
Locust: What was your favorite book as a child?
I really liked to read as a kid and even proudly called myself a “bookworm” (I don’t really think I read SO much, I just wanted to be cool) but I can’t remember specific book titles that I’d read until a book I picked up in middle school. I found a book completely by random in my school’s library. It was the paperback version of Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. Pretty sure that was one of the first things that really shaped my love for Eastern Fantasy. It basically takes place in alternate universe period Japan with
ninjas a special tribe of people who had special powers? I eventually bought the trilogy in hardcover. It’s not really that popular though, not a lot of people have heard of it. Just one of those serendipitous things! It just amazed me because it was a novel in English that catered to my tastes XD Or more like.. my thoughts were “wow it’s like an anime, but a novel!”
nothisdate asked: Poinsettia, Amsonia, Violet
Poinsettia:Favorite holiday dish?
Hm, since I’m not particularly attached to western holiday dishes, I’ll name my favorite Taiwanese cultural holiday foods? Zhongzi! Tang Yuan with Sesame in it! OH MAN I COULD GO FOR SOME OF THAT RIGHT NOW. Nostalgia straight down the chute.
For those that don’t know, “zhong zi” is sticky rice stuffed in a banana leaf folded into a sort of triangular shape, usually includes pork pieces, egg yolk, peanuts and maybe a couple more things. It’s steamed and you peal away the leaf and eat it with thick soy sauce or sweet chili sauce. YUM! Tang Yuan is sticky rice balls in a sugary soup, and my favorite filling is black sesame DAMN.
Amsonia: Would you ever become a vegan?
This is something I find myself thinking about every few weeks! I truly admire all my friends who are vegan. I support its environmental cause and understand its importance. In general, I do my best to wean myself off of meats. I eat meat only occasionally, and make most of my food with veggies. If I wanted to, I could definitely become vegetarian. Now, I also don’t eat eggs that often anymore either, and this is due to some consciousness about veganism. I just JUST can’t let go of milk and butter. I don’t like American almond milk and soy milk because it’s… /trying/ to replace milk and that’s actually what turns me off. The taste it bland, without being milk. To be honest if I could have easy access to Chinese almond and soy milk, I would probably be able to cut myself from liquid dairy a little easier. For now, I also buy dairy two times less than I used to.
UM IN SHORT, I do try to consciously cut down the amount of non-vegan/vegetarian ingredients I use in cooking, but I am most definitely not strict about it, but in my opinion I think doing part of the job is better than not? And and also if you decide you want to eat meat, then I wouldn’t judge that either. I think the important part is knowing where your food comes from? WOW THIS BECAME WAY TOO LONG SORRY.
Violet: Do you like where you’re from?
Yes I do! I love the hometown I was born in (San Jose, California) and I love Taipei, Taiwan, my heart’s hometown! I’m proud to be Taiwanese-American.
Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list.
I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures looked very interesting but I don’t speak Russian…) Please, add creatures from your culture when reblogguing (if not already present). It took me a while to gather all those sites but I know it could be more expansive. I intend on periodically editing this list.
Of note: I did not include specific legendary creatures (Merlin, Pegasus, ect), gods/goddesses/deities and heroes.
The Ancient Dragon (Egypt, Babylon and Sumer)
Of the Cockatrice (creature with the body of a dragon)
Alphabetical List of Dragons Across Myths (Great way to start)
- Little creatures (without wings)
- Creatures with wings (except dragons)
Bendith Y Mamau (Welsh fairies)
Peri (Persian fairies)
Yü Nü (Chinese fairies)
Garuda (Bird-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist myths)
Bean Nighe (a Scottish fairy; the equivalent of a banshee in Celtic mythology)
- Spirited Creatures
Jinn (Genies in Arabic folklore)
Oni (demons in Japanese folklore)
Demons in the Americas (list)
European Demons (list)
Middle-East and Asia Demons (list)
Judeo-Christian Demons (list)
Mahaha (a demon in Inuit mythology)
Flying Head (a demon in Iroquois mythology)
Toyol (a dead baby ghost in Malay folklore)
Yuki-onna (a ghost in Japanese folklore)
The Pontianak (a ghost in Malay mythology)
Funayurei (a ghost in Japanese folklore)
Zagaz (ghosts in Moroccan folklore)
- Horse-like mythical creatures
The Kelpie (Could have also fitted in the sea creatures category)
Hippocamps (sea horses in Greek mythology)
Horse-like creatures (a list)
Ceffyl Dwfr (fairy-like water horse creatures in Cymric mythology)
- Undead creatures
Asanbosam and Sasabonsam (Vampires from West Africa)
- Shape-shifters and half-human creatures (except mermaids)
Satyrs (half-man, half-goat)
Sirens in Greek Mythology (half-woman and half-bird creatures)
The Kumiho (half fox and half woman creatures)
Scorpion Men (warriors from Babylonian mythology)
Domovoi (a shape-shifter in Russian folklore)
Aatxe (Basque mythology; red bull that can shift in a human)
Yech (Native American folklore)
Ijiraat (shapeshifters in Inuit mythology)
- Sea creatures
The Kraken (a sea monster)
Nuckelavee (a Scottish elf who mainly lives in the sea)
Lamiak (sea nymphs in Basque mythology)
Bunyip (sea monster in Aboriginal mythology)
Apkallu/abgal (Sumerian mermen)
The Encantado (water spirits in Ancient Amazon River mythology)
Zin (water spirit in Nigerian folklore)
Qallupilluk (sea creatures in Inuit mythology)
- Monsters That Don’t Fit in Any Other Category
Myrmidons (ant warriors)
Giants: The Mystery and the Myth (50 min long documentary)
Inupasugjuk (giants in Inuit mythology)
Fomorians (an Irish divine race of giants)
The Orthus (two-headed serpent-tailed dog)
Rakshasa (humanoids in Hindu and Buddhist mythology)
Yakshas (warriors in Hindu mythology)
Taqriaqsuit (“Shadow people” in Inuit mythology)
- References on Folklore and Mythology Across the Globe
- References on writing a myth or mythical creatures
(I have stumbled upon web sites that believed some of these mythical creatures exist today… Especially dragons, in fact. I just had to share the love and scepticism.)
Fearsome Critters - creatures of American frontier lore
“i’m so depressed,” posted the caucasian heterosexual cisgender teenage girl on her blog
“I’m so depressed” posted the person who is clinically depressed and who cannot help their depression despite their privilege because depression does not exclusively affect certain groups.
Unlike people, mental illness doesn’t discriminate.