capitalized-hwaet:

THE ENGLISH WORD DEER COMES FROM THE OLD ENGLISH WORD DEOR WHICH JUST MEANT “ANIMAL”! NOTE THAT IT IS COGNATE WITH THE GERMAN WORD TIER (“ANIMAL”).

THE WORD HAS UNDERGONE A PROCESS CALLED SEMANTIC NARROWING, BY WHICH THE WORD’S MEANING HAS CHANGED FROM A MORE GENERAL…

MICE AND RATS AND SUCH SMALL DEER

capitalized-hwaet:

THE ENGLISH WORD DEER COMES FROM THE OLD ENGLISH WORD DEOR WHICH JUST MEANT “ANIMAL”! NOTE THAT IT IS COGNATE WITH THE GERMAN WORD TIER (“ANIMAL”).

THE WORD HAS UNDERGONE A PROCESS CALLED SEMANTIC NARROWING, BY WHICH THE WORD’S MEANING HAS CHANGED FROM A MORE GENERAL…

SWEETMEATS.

Which leads me to sweetbreads. Not bread, not sweet. Similar syntactic narrowing, or just euphemism?

linguisticsyall:

The Roman word Vomitorium was not a place where people went to puke, but where they left a building.

This survives in theaters, where the aisles between the seats are often referred to as “voms”.

Re: Pennsylvania Dutch, so I thought you'd appreciate a fun-fact. The name "Pennsylvania Dutch" comes from a time when all of the languages between Denmark and France were just one big clusterfuck of dialect chaining. The language we now know as German used to be known as Dutch (NL: "Duits", DE: "Deutsch") and German was kind of just a word to describe all of those languages in that region. So, Pennsylvania Dutch were people who spoke what we now call German, but was then Dutch. (AFAIK, anyway)
continent-of-wild-endeavor continent-of-wild-endeavor Said:

linguisticsyall:

Love it! Thank you!

An explanation I’d heard before was that when the Pennsylvania Dutch encountered English folk (anyone who’s not Amish/Mennonite/etc), we’d ask what they were, what language that was, and so forth, and they, as they didn’t speak much English, would respond with “Deutsch”. “Oh, you’re Dutch!” “No, Deutsch.” “Yeah, that’s them Dutch people I was telling you about, honey.”

I think this other one is slightly more plausible, but it’s close.

kaywinnetleetam:

However loving his parents may have seemed, he [Simon] knew that, scratch the surface, and they’d scream and run away. And here he’s confronted with a guy who is just everyting he thinks is wrong about a person, who comes back for him when the chips are down because he’s on his crew. To me, that’s a  real parent, and that is an extremely beautiful thing to get to, and I think it’s very real… But the most important thing about ‘Safe’ was that relationship.

Joss Whedon, Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume One

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craigslisthorses:

I submitted last week but I’ll submit again! This is the second horse I work with, his dapples are coming out stunningly. But he’s extremely headshy.

Like with last week, he’s frequently posted on my photography blog Fourcatsandtheirhuman!

Why are so many horses, even those with ostensibly good conformation, posed leaning forward? Like, I want to hitch this pony to my homestead plow and feed him an apple, so it’s not that I have a problem with the shape of this horse. This is less extreme than some, too, but there are a lot of leaning horse shots out there.

Is it just that they’re tempting the horse with something to stretch the neck out? Or? The angled front legs and general off-balance-ness make it hard for me to judge the overall shape.

16chakras:

Woutherus Mol (21 March 1785, Haarlem – 30 August 1857, Haarlem)

I feel like there’s sick commentary going on here.

"What? That’s normal, right?"
"Look, I’m going to tell it to you straight. It’s not great, buddy."

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wintesoldieriscoming:

I’ve already fancast Gwendoline as the new Thor. I’m not sorry.

wintesoldieriscoming:

I’ve already fancast Gwendoline as the new Thor. I’m not sorry.

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face-down-asgard-up:

blacksupervillain replied to your post: anonymous said:There was even a C…

don’t forget space horse

People ADORE Beta Ray Bill but can’t get behind a woman Thor. like wtf.

Man, Beta Ray Bill is so silly and my boyfriend is so into him and I don’t even know why.