i wish that when i was little my mother would have sat down with me and told me that i am perfect just the way i am. and i wish that when she was little her mom did the same thing so that neither of us would grow up and become adults who think we are never good enough.

my mother is 44 and still thinks that she is ugly. she passes her insecurities onto me, and i am often reminded that i am too dark and short, i have bad skin, a flat chest, fat legs, small eyes, thin lips, and rough hands.

yeah, that hurts my feelings, but what i really care about is that my mother is a 44 year old woman with two daughters who believes every day that she is an ugly woman. and that’s what really fucks me up.

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Have a great weekend, Tumblr. 

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So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

Can I make love to this post?… Is that a thing that’s possible?

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Amber Rose


*takes notes for tonight*

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Bill Skarsgard photographed by Mattias Edwall

Bill Skarsgard photographed by Mattias Edwall

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Winnie Harlow is the new face of Desigual. 

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Joseba EskubiOrganic Forms in Decomposition

Check out more of his work on Flickr:

Surreal, dark and often macabre – the work of Joseba Eskubi has real power. In his own words he describes his paintings “I’m interested in organic forms in decomposition, soft and amorphous qualities that accentuate the tactile sense of vision. There is movement and tension, an internal force that pulls things toward the abyss. I usually work at several works at the same time, with the intention of expanding the possibilities of each theme. I try to make the final effect as something obsessive, repetitive, with a certain tone and atmosphere. The idea is that each image has a temperature, a character like a portrait of an unknown thing until you create it. Generally I don’t represent specific elements, trying to maintain a certain ambiguity that allows the suggestion and evocation.” 

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why does rainbow road exist

to separate the weak from the strong

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