I love the mandate of the Oxford English Dictionary: to be an archive of every word used in the English language. There are at least two important ways in which that mandate is upheld. First, “If a word was used in an English context, it qualified as an English word. After all, from the OED’s beginnings, it was considered to be a dictionary of the English language, not merely a dictionary written by and for the people of England.” Second, “If a word gets into the OED, it never leaves. If it becomes obsolete, we put a dagger beside it, but it never leaves.” (Isn’t that beautiful?)
But apparently some editors of OED do not believe in that mandate and see fit to exclude previously included words, which to me constitutes no less than an offense against the lives lived and stories told that created and used those words.
Okay the purge is done now. If I’m still following you, it means you won. Yay!
The weird thing is that right after I made that post I got two new followers.
Dear new followers (now and in the future): I will thoroughly inspect your blogs soon and decide whether I want to follow them. I actually do always check out the people who are following me by reading through a few pages worth of posts and that procedure will continue.
In September, I will be moving to Toronto to start a college program in the legal field. Yep, after five years of university education, including a graduate degree, I am going to college. I am not bitter about it. I do not regret going to university. I think the university-college combo is going to prepare me very well for the kind of work I want to do. (Also I think I am very attached to this idea of higher education; I have two more graduate degrees and two more college diplomas that I want to get after this legal one- in fact the legal one is partly a means for getting money so I can finance yet more education. I do not have the 4+ year attention span required for a PhD, and getting a bunch of degrees in different things sounds more fun and, I hope, means I will be able to apply for allllll kiiiinnddssss of jobs. I guess I kind of want to be a Renaissance Man rather than a careerist. We shall see how that goes.)
I’m going to be really busy really soon, and lately my Tumblr dashboard has become really, really active (because I have a mostly-always-follow-back approach and actually do that thing where I like to read everything that’s on my dashboard). So I am going to be unfollowing a bunch of people. If I unfollow your blog, it is not because I do not like you. I still love you. However, if I generally do not like/reblog/comment on your stuff and/or you don’t like/reblog/comment on any of my stuff and we have never really messaged or anything, I’m probably going to unfollow you because it is not really clear to me why we are following each other. If I unfollow you, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to talk or don’t want you to follow me or won’t ever re-follow your blog in the future. So feel free to follow or message me whether we are mutual followers or not!
If I have followed you, I have probably read a lot of things on your blog. I’m glad I did! I just won’t be able to anymore.
Hearts to all,
p.s. And congratulations to those who make it on to the focused blogging round?
The number of pregnancies that result from rape every year in the United States
Relevant to both Todd Akin and every pro-lifer who says pregnancies from rape “aren’t that common” or “don’t happen enough to matter.”
The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.
In the News: Turtles on the Run
SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — They may move slowly, but some 1,600 turtles have run off from a turtle farm outside Summerville.
Turtle grower David Driver called the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office last week to report fences made of metal barn siding had been torn down around his turtle ponds on Harrisburg Road.
“It’s been going on all summer long,” Driver said Wednesday.
The breaches in the ponds’ perimeter have allowed turtles — all native species such as common snappers, Eastern paints and yellow-bellied sliders — to break free and make a beeline to nearby ponds and creeks.