Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible."
— (via be-killed)
come along with me | to a town beside the sea | we can wander through the forest | and do so as we please
it’s the island song from ADVENTURE TIME!!
so here’s the deal with adventure time.
created by a genius by the name of pendleton ward, it tells the story of a silly and heroic kid named finn and his best friend, jake. they live in the land of ooo which is supposed to be a post-apocalyptic continent that came to be after the great mushroom war. and yeah, jake has magical powers and by magical powers, i mean he can stretch his body or grow or shrink, which is like the coolest power ever.
like any other teen, finn has a crush, princess bubblegum or pb as he calls her. as her name implies, pb is made of bubblegum (crossed with human genes) and she rules candy kingdom. what i like about pb is that she’s a geek. she’s always doing these little experiments and she’s always bursting with enthusiasm. she has a pet unicorn named lady rainicorn who speaks korean without her translator. unmistakably, she’s jake’s love interest.
there are other cool characters in the show. marceline the vampire queen, for one, is one of my favorites. she’s this groovy, rocker vampire who used to mess with finn’s head when they first met but turns out to be pretty heroic herself. so they got along pretty well and they actually look cute together; ice king, finn and jake’s dumb nemesis who kidnaps princesses all the time; lumpy space princess (lsp), the resident brat who sounds weird but is cute all the same and beemo this cute, outdated video game console who provides finn and jake “entertainment”.
who knows if the moon’s
a baloon, coming out of a keen city
in the sky - filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should
get into it, if they
should take me and take you into their baloon,
we’d go up higher with all the pretty people
than houses and steeples and clouds:
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody’s ever visited, where
Spring) and everyone’s
in love and flowers pick themselves
"To boldly go where no man has gone before"
— star trek