Thursday, May 21, 2009

Signing, Love, and Grammar

I hate signing yearbooks. Why? Because that person (people, group of people, horde) comes up to you and asks you to sign their yearbook. You know the one: the one that you really haven't talked to all year (whether that's because you secretly dislike them and have been avoiding them, or because you honestly just don't know them at all), and you can't think of anything significant to say to them now. So you sit there, dumbly thinking... while they scribble away in YOUR yearbook, taking up space that could be used for people you actually care about. And you also have to time it so you finish signing each others book at approximately the same time, otherwise one of you stands there awkwardly waiting for the other to finish, feeling kind of bad because the other person thought of better things to say. Meanwhile, the other person feels rushed in what they're trying to say... the whole deal is a mess.

Additionally, how are you supposed to summarize en entire year's worth of a relationship with a person that you actually DO care about in a blurb? It's dumb. If it's someone you really care about, then you're probably going to continue to see that person.

A was deaf for today. It was an assignment for her sign language class. She wasn't allowed to speak for most of the day, and had to use sign language exclusively. Which made me think: how does a person with sign language think? Intelligent thought depends on the structure of language, so how would a deaf person's thought process change because their language is one of physical movement, rather than one of verbalization?

Make up your mind. And when you do so, make it up in a way that I like.
And since I know you're reading this, here is an appropriate sentence that ends in a preposition:
What did you step on? What department is she in?
Some articles article on the rule:
So there. I win.

Not to the person addressed above: Take a hint. I've provided you with many.

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