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  • MikeW

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    Mar 29, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    An animated recital of the poem "Typography" by Taylor Mali:

    Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

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    Mar 29, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    Brilliant...like I totally
    LOVE IT.
    It's so true, ya know?.
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    Mar 29, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    What about speaking with false authority? There's a lot of that going on, too.
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    Mar 29, 2013 1:38 PM GMT

    Ronnie missed the last coma. {grin}


    I think it's because there are so many PC things today that one is afraid to make any statement, because they get pounced on immediately.


    Here, from my buddy in South Carolina, for example:

    "I don't Mexicans".icon_wink.gif

    Now watch. But note I didn't say why he didn't.

    He doesn't like Mexicans because the dealings he's had with them, they feign 'no comprendo' when it suits them.
  • MikeW

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    Mar 29, 2013 2:41 PM GMT
    Living in California where 'Valley', like, started, expressing facts as if they're questions is, you know, like, the way you make sure people are getting strung along with your thread of conversation? I mean, I remember the first time I was, well, eaves dropping on these two Valley Girls having a conversation in a public place together and I was, like, what are they saying because even though it was obviously english, wow, I really couldn't figure it out or anything and this was, like, 1980 something? Pretty soon everyone was saying "totally kewl" ya know? I mean, it hadn't bee that long ago that we'd been saying shit like 'man' and 'groovy' and 'wow' with appropriate inflection and feigned interest so, whatever, this was, well, the way teenage valley girls were talking so you just knew that was, like the kewlest thing ever, right? And its been this way more or less ever since except now with texting and all u dont nd 2 mny letrs.
  • MikeW

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    Mar 29, 2013 2:44 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidWhat about speaking with false authority? There's a lot of that going on, too.

    That is so totally true, bro. u shud rite a poem abot it.
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
    MikeW saidAn animated recital of the poem "Typography" by Taylor Mali:



    Very entertaining, meaningful, and insightful. As a former typographer, I appreciated the aesthetics. As a public speaker, writer, and English teacher, I wholeheartedly agree with the poet.


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    Mar 29, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    MikeW saidLiving in California where 'Valley', like, started, expressing facts as if they're questions is, you know, like, the way you make sure people are getting strung along with your thread of conversation? I mean, I remember the first time I was, well, eaves dropping on these two Valley Girls having a conversation in a public place together and I was, like, what are they saying because even though it was obviously english, wow, I really couldn't figure it out or anything and this was, like, 1980 something? Pretty soon everyone was saying "totally kewl" ya know? I mean, it hadn't bee that long ago that we'd been saying shit like 'man' and 'groovy' and 'wow' with appropriate inflection and feigned interest so, whatever, this was, well, the way teenage valley girls were talking so you just knew that was, like the kewlest thing ever, right? And its been this way more or less ever since except now with texting and all u dont nd 2 mny letrs.


    Just totally awesome man! ;)

    I hate this use of awesome. I especially hate it when students attempt to insert it in formal speaking or writing. I tell them: do you have any idea what the primary definition of awesome is? It means that someone or something is so powerful that it is scary. Therefore, God is awesome; your girlfriend isn't!
  • MikeW

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    Mar 29, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    justin_pal saidGod is awesome; your girlfriend isn't!

    You never know. I've known some pretty awesome ladies in my life. Example: Eva, this German lesbian bull dyke who used to grab me by my shirt collar and shove me forceably up against a wall whenever our paths crossed. Imagine a german accent and a glaring face just inches from my own: "Zo, what have YOU been up to?" It was just her way of saying "hi".