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we have literally created our own dialogue? language? here on tumblr and i think that is the most amazing thing ever please disregard my shitty editing skills

no listen this is actually really amazing because this is a real thing. i think this counts as a pidgin language. a pidgin language is basically a changed, simplified version of a language. you can change the spellings of words, pronunciation, grammar rules, or even make up new words. i think. i’d have to research it a bit more to be sure but i’m 90% sure this is right. if its not a pidgin language, then its a lingua franca but thats more used for trade and stuff like that. but still a new language. so yes, we’ve created our own language. we’ve changed the whole sentence structure. we can trail off sentences, say things like “i just cant”, and use words like ship, OTP, fic, fandom, feels, and ship names and everyone will understand what you’re saying. the part that i love most is how people go “OMGH IM CRIIY NIG SOIOO HARD” and understand each other. for example “IM LIUA GHMNIG”. that one was incredibly easy, but if you knew that said “I’m laughing”, congratulations. You speak a pidgin language. we can even say stuff like “Does anyone know of a Johnlock fic, at least 20k words, not a WIP, with no OCs, and is Post-Reichenbach? Or just a Destiel PWP would be great.” To someone not on tumblr, that wouldn’t make any sense. but you understood, didn’t you? One characteristic of a pidgin language is that you have to learn it like a second language. Another characteristic is that it is frequently changing. tumblr goes through many trends with how we talk. if i remember correctly, when i first made an account about two years ago, talking like this wasn’t quite as common. also, that thing of suddenly capitalizing your sentence is fairly recent. you know, when people go “the new epISODE IS TOMORROW”. Like one of the people up there said, all of this is awesome because how else do you easily show emotion and tone over the internet? we’ve even made a whole sense of humour that most people here share in. There’s so much more that I could talk about with this, but i’m tired and i may be entirely wrong about everything. but yes. people on the fandom side of tumblr who speak like this are speaking a new language

It’s more amazing when you think that the new language was developed almost exclusively through indirect communication.

Man I wish I still had linguisitics classes because I am sure this totally counts as a pidgin language…

Oh man, paint me green and call me Shrek, YES. This is the kind of post I’ve been waiting for.

I’m a second year English linguistics major, and according to my studies, the “Tumblr lingo” doesn’t really fall into the category of a pidgin language, but that is a clever thought, and you were definitely on the right track. Pidgin languages are essentially contact languages between different cultures, with a limited vocabulary and system of rules, that disappears completely after having served its purpose.

My favorite example is Russenorsk, the now extinct pidgin language created by Russian and Norwegian fishermen. These two languages had nothing on common, and fishermen, not generally being known for their high levels of education, probably didn’t speak any language other than their own which could have acted as a lingua franca (as English does on Tumblr and in general). Russenorsk had words only related to fishing and trading (NOTHING ELSE, you couldn’t have held a conversation about, let’s say, politics with that one), and it disappeared when the contact between the two cultures was terminated. That’s a true pidgin: an awkward, albeit revolutionary attempt at communication that’s forced into existence by simple necessity. It resembles a natural language, but is not nearly as expressive or useful in a modern person’s day to day life as a natural language.

TLDR, a pidgin is a temporary, limited mishmash of words that is not comparable to what we have here.

Tumblr lingo doesn’t adopt rules or words from other cultures, we just contort our existing knowledge of the English language into new shapes, based on a system of new, unspoken, arbitrary rules; while the new words are mostly acronyms and shorthands for already existing, common English words.

As I see it, Tumblr lingo is a sociolect of English. Not a dialect, that would imply that there is a specific place where it’s spoken, and as we know, tumblr’s audience is shockingly diverse. A sociolect, on the other hand, isn’t limited by location. It’s determined more by common experience (let’s say a workplace, or yes, a website with a strong social aspect) and social status. It includes words and expressions that are only used in that setting, and it may or may not have rules regulating the social behavior of the members. (I’m thinking of  ”YAAAAAAS” now, and how it came to take the place of “yes” in certain settings, for example. Our usual, everyday reaction to a given situation changes when we’re in the setting where the sociolect that requires it is used. What’s special about Tumblr in this case is that it requires unpredictable responses, which is really dang impressive and interesting.)

That takes the circle back to OP’s question: why do popular posts observe these rules. It seems to me that the rules of Tumblr lingo are most often observed by those who are, or wish to be “Tumblr famous” (see, who wish to belong to an “elite” group or pretend that they do), or have a successful, widely known post. The upper class of our little, broken society uses broken grammar and a bastardized version of English, and it is (probably) unconsciously seen as a status symbol. We value nonchalance and unpredictable, wild emotions, and the Tumblr lingo aims to reflect just that in written form. And yes, I do believe that the tag system did participate in the abandonment of punctuation in our speech, but I could probably write a whole study about that alone.

All in all, this phenomenon is not necessarily unique, but I have never seen it change a language so violently, and I think that’s absolutely fascinating.

(Source: battlestar-venus)


Anonymous asked:

Why do you personally ship Destiel? (Sorry if you've already answered this!) x



Okay, first off I don’t ship them in a romantic sense.

I can’t imagine them holding hands, or doing any cutsey, coupley stuff. To me that’s out of character. And I don’t care about them having sex. I don’t even really read fanfiction, as I’ve said. To Dean, sex is just casual, to be done with any random girl he picks up in a bar. To Cas, he’s not all that interested in sex at all. And I’m completely disregarding 9x03. Even after that, he just had a passive view on it.  And once he stole that other’s angel’s grace, he had no interest in sex once again. He seems asexual to me.

So you may ask, then how do you ship them?

That’s a questions I’ve been mulling over only recently. Not as just friends. It’s more than that. But not romantically, either. It’s very strange.

I just like them. Together.

I ship them because Cas raised Dean from Hell. He then proceeded to rebel against his family for a human he only knew for  blink of an eye, given he has existed for ages. Castiel chooses Dean again, and again, over the angels.

He fell from heaven. Because of Dean.

He started a war in heaven. Because of Dean. To prevent the Apocalypse from happening all over again. To protect what they fought so hard for.

When he was insane, and didn’t want to fight anymore, he still chose to go with Dean when Dean asked him to.

In Purgatory, stayed away from Dean to keep the Leviathans away.

He fought so hard against Noami when she was trying to force him to kill Dean.

"You have to choose Castiel. Us, or them."

And he chooses them, again.

And again in season nine, he chose Dean over his angel army.

And then he broke into heaven to try and weaken Metatron by destroying the angel tablet.

As Castiel once said, “Has anyone but your closest kin done more for you.”

And as Metatron said, “You drape yourself with the banner of heaven, but really it was all to save one man.”

On the opposite end, Dean cares greatly for Castiel.

Just the look in his eyes whenever he thinks that he has lost Castiel breaks my heart.

And Dean obviously considers Cas family.

Which is really great, because he didn’t even consider his own granfather family. Back in season 6, he told his granfather “Just because you're blood doesn't mean you're family. You have to earn it.”

As I described above, Castiel has done more than enough.

Dean prays to Castiel. Even when he doesn’t answer. At first just because he needed things from Cas, but then they grew steadily more emotional. He prays to him to protect his little brother. He prayed to him all through Purgatory.

In season 7 he kept the trench coat. And was so depressed once he lost Cas.

Then in season 8, he spent a year in Purgatory looking for the angel, when he could have followed Benny and left at any time.

And it’s just. I’m just stringing along canon things without going into much detail.

Almost like a shopping list. Jumping around.

But Dean is so happy around Castiel. Even in season 9, when he had the Mark of Cain, he would smile hearing Cas’s voice or just talking with Cas. Which reminds me of the episode I started shipping them, which was back in 5x03– Free To Be You and Me

I know, strange to start shipping a ship when one half of the pair is trying to get the other laid with a stripper. But just when Dean smiled in this scene, and made the comment about how he hasn’t laughed that hard in years:


That’s when something just clicked for me.

They make each other happy.

They will literally do anything for each other.

They have already done so much for each other.

I don’t think they realize just how important the other is to them, until it’s too late. But thank god in Supernatural characters come back to life.

Maybe I do ship them as just friends. Mmnhm.

They love each other.

Is it romantic. Perhaps not. But it’s not just friendship. It’s so much more.

I think Castiel summed it up perfectly “Dean and I do share a more profound bond”.

Well that was fun, trying to grapple with the question of why and how I ship Destiel.

I tried to edit something in this post and tumblr wouldn’t let me and just said this:


Tumblr approves my answer and won’t let me change it.

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