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Re: “Off the Rails: Phrases We Never Need to Hear Again

Bet. I guess I didn't quite get the humor of it, but that's just me. Really I just wanted to offer why we use those words and why it's a little irrational to be pissed at them. Because, yeah, it's humor, but chances are people that joke about those things genuinely get upset when they hear people use words and phrases they don't like. But also, who gives a shit.

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Posted by somekindoflobster on 01/19/2019 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Off the Rails: Phrases We Never Need to Hear Again

Are we not allowed to criticize rants? I recognize what it is but that doesn't mean we can't comment on it.

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Posted by somekindoflobster on 01/18/2019 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Off the Rails: Phrases We Never Need to Hear Again

This opinion piece kind of reeks of Old Man Yells at Cloud. Sure, some phrases and lingo can be annoying, but an entire op-ed on them? I dont want to break down each little complaint you have because thats basically a waste of time for me to write and you to read. But there are some that irked me a little as irrational so well look at those.

1) So.

The word is an introductory particle. In that context (because 'so' is usually a conjunction), the word functions as a grammatically, correct word even though its not classified as a main part of speech. Despite its use by pundits, reporters, or teens in the mall, its also been used by various authors in literature; for example, Shakespeare used it in his poem The Rape of Lucrece. He writes, So, I commend me from our house in grief./My woes are tedious, though my words are brief. Shakespeare, like the young people wandering through our bookstores and restaurants, is simply introducing what hes about to say.

2) The Lack of T in the Middle of Some Words.

No one pronounces the same word the same way. Theres always a different inflection, tone, some kind of shift. Not to mention the fact people of different cultures and communities do this exact same thing just with different letters. Many speakers of Spanish from Latin America shorthand the phrase est bien to 'st bien or 't bien. Theres absolutely nothing wrong with this. Another example that's a little more local is the South's use of the word "Y'all." It means "you all" and it's hella informal. Language and pronunciation are only correct because we say its correct. There is no biologically set language (at least as far as I know); theres no correct English, only a canonical one.

3) Yeah, no.

Clearly sarcasm, as you can probably tell. But this one is fun to me. Someone offers you something you dont like or says an opinion that you obviously dont agree with, you reply Yeah, no. Its blunt and usually a sign that youve no interest in what they have to say. Is it informal? Yes, technically. Do we have to follow our phonics and grammar rules in every conversation we have? God, I hope not because that sounds miserable. Wed all be walking around talking like robots.

I could go on (especially "drill down" which originated and is used in computer operations not a dentist's office) but again, itd be pretty useless.

Words, phrases, how we navigate conversations and language, they all change. Our conversations are littered with colloquialisms. Most people have their preferences to how one should speak, but, in the end, does it really matter?

I like using commas and punctuation in grammatically incorrect ways. Its how I talk and its how I write. I use slang, expressions, all that jazz (see what I did there?) because I think theyre fun to use. You dont like that? Cool, no problem, you do you. We all have our preferences.

Personally, I dont really enjoy when people write like they just absorbed a thesaurus via osmosis, trying to show off how brilliant a wordsmith they are.

But you dont see me writing an almost 900-word piece about it.

P.S. I recognize the hypocrisy in me writing this. Essentially I'm taking your preferences on language and telling you Hey, I think youre wrong about your opinions! If I came across as correcting and a pedant, that was not my intention. I really just want people who are bothered by all of our current linguistic trends to chill out. Weve always had slang. Well always have slang. Its how our language evolves.

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Posted by somekindoflobster on 01/18/2019 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Break the Cycle of Forced Prison Labor

@Anito,

What homework needs to be done? You werent really specific with your comment, so if theres some information that needs to be corrected or added to the discussion you should probably add it. Otherwise you kind of come off as someone who chuckles to themselves after they post a comment that essentially says nothing. We can see right through itWe wont give in to this. Who is we? Why do I get the feeling its a club that I definitely dont want to be a part of?

So, as of I wanna say 2016-2017, in the United States, there are roughly 2.3 million incarcerated across federal, local, and state prisons. Of those 2.3 million, around 763,000 are convicted of a violent crime; we can guess that roughly half of that (maybe more for the sake of your argument) are convicted for murder. So, around 400, 000 murderers in prisons across the US, give or take. Its a large number, but its not representative of the whole population. On the other hand, one in five people incarcerated are in there for a drug offense, about 456,000 imprisoned for some kind of non-violent drug offense, like possession or trafficking. Although these numbers fluctuate because its hard to get a firm grasp of who exactly is being incarcerated and for what, it seems that there are more people locked up for nonviolent crimes than violent crimes. Source is here: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2018.html.

All that data being said, it doesnt excuse any of the practices US prisons use. The prison population could be 100% serial killers and that still doesnt justify slave labor. The whole purpose of prisons in the United States, or at least the government likes to claim when asked, is rehabilitation. You cant have genuine rehabilitation when youre denying these people their human rights.

Read the demands of those striking. They want the prisons conditions to be improved, a mandatory possibility of parole for all peoples, a serious change to how our judicial system overcharges and abuses the rights of Black and brown peoples in our communities, equal access to rehabilitation programs, ending slave labor, and so much more. If you wanna read them, here: https://incarceratedworkers.org/campaigns/prison-strike-2018. They arent asking to clean the slate, to abolish prisons and let all crimes be legal like were in the Purge or something. They want prisons to function as theyre supposed to, or at least how everyone claims theyre supposed to. Everyone should be allowed a chance for rehabilitation, a chance to reform and grow and repent. No matter if a murderer or a tax evader, a second chance should be given.

Since you like your personal examples (what if someone murdered a family member, how would feel about this), lets try a new one. Lets say youre part of that 1 in 5 that gets incarcerated for a nonviolent drug offense. So you go to prison, get assigned breaking rocks, digging ditches, working in prison sweatshops, etc. And when you get done with this, you go back to your cell which has a falling apart mattress, cockroaches scuttling around the floor, and a toilet thats been clogged for a week now. And all around you, inmates are being abused, beaten, and severely violated. Youre denied parole, denied rehabilitation, and denied your humanity.

Im aware that it sounds clichd, but hey, thats just how our prison system is today. Lets change it.

As for @FUNKbrs,

Letting a felon steal an honest americans job sure sounds like one [a crime]. The average minimum wage inside the prison system as of 2017 is $3.45. In states like Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas, you know, those Southern prisons with a large population of Black and brown peoples serving for nonviolent crimes, there is no minimum wage. Source is here: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2017/04/10/wages/. At all. So, theyre not really getting paid or making a living. Why do I imagine that the people cry out about losing jobs to immigrants and prisoners wouldnt actually do the work these people are doing for the pay that theyre receiving?

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Posted by somekindoflobster on 09/13/2018 at 11:25 AM
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