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allthingslinguistic:

allthingslinguistic:

What makes a selfie a selfie?
I wrote an article for Lexicon Valley about extended uses of the word selfie:

We typically think of a selfie as a photo taken by and of oneself, whether in a mirror or by holding a camera out at arm’s length, hence the name. But here’s a recent anecdote from Language Log suggesting that some people are extending it more figuratively:




In front of the window of a candy store in Peebles, a small town about an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh, an elderly American woman approached a gentleman she didn’t know and, holding out a cell phone, asked:




"Would you please take a selfie of my friend and I in front of this window?"




She was not aware that she had approached a linguist.



Are art museums full of Renaissance selfies for you, even if Henry VIII didn’t paint his own self-portrait? Or have you only encountered the more limited uses of selfie? 

Apparently, pictures taken in photobooths can also be referred to as selfies, at least according to this CBC article:

The portraits were all likely taken in a Photomatic Photobooth, a contraption invented in the 1920s that remained popular throughout the 1940s that allowed people to take some of the earliest selfies. 


You guys. If you’re not following this tumblr you are missing out.

allthingslinguistic:

allthingslinguistic:

What makes a selfie a selfie?

I wrote an article for Lexicon Valley about extended uses of the word selfie:

Are art museums full of Renaissance selfies for you, even if Henry VIII didn’t paint his own self-portrait? Or have you only encountered the more limited uses of selfie

Apparently, pictures taken in photobooths can also be referred to as selfies, at least according to this CBC article:

The portraits were all likely taken in a Photomatic Photobooth, a contraption invented in the 1920s that remained popular throughout the 1940s that allowed people to take some of the earliest selfies. 

You guys. If you’re not following this tumblr you are missing out.

zitsandwrinkles:

same-ish:

British to American Food Translations

Going deep in the internet to find helpful things. 

This doesn’t help me understand how to say “coriander” in British English…

zitsandwrinkles:

same-ish:

British to American Food Translations

Going deep in the internet to find helpful things. 

This doesn’t help me understand how to say “coriander” in British English…

Left half of the orchestra.

I’ll take 12.

skunkbear:

Two UT Arlington engineers have invented a tiny, working windmills. They propose creating a field of these windmills on a cell phone sleeve, and using them to recharge cell phone batteries.

Don’t tell tiny Don Quixote.

(via freshphotons)

Tesla displays his editing skills. #precisionoflanguage #deletesallthewords
This week’s #tbt is the replica of Starry Night I created in 2nd grade (I think) art class. 7 year old Julie was pretty awesome at mixed media (crayons + watercolor).

I think the kid who lives downstairs is mad about all of the awards Gravity won. #thiscantbenormal

This week’s #tbt is brought to us by Coca-Cola. They sent my parents to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. 12-year old me got to stay home.
thelandofmaps:

NFL team fans according to Facebook likes of the teams’ official pages [1289x752]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

thelandofmaps:

NFL team fans according to Facebook likes of the teams’ official pages [1289x752]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

Best friends?
babreknits:

this is GORGEOUS


Now I want to knit a crown.

babreknits:

this is GORGEOUS

Now I want to knit a crown.

(Source: dixieseoul, via stitch-please)

betterbooktitles:

Albert Camus: The Stranger

betterbooktitles:

Albert Camus: The Stranger

(Source: yodropthebiscuits)

33 cent 2014 wall calender. Great XMas present or Greatest XMas present?
He is inches from my face and won’t let me leave. Send reinforcements. #catsitting #melvin
nprfreshair:

Terry asked the Coen brothers about casting and filming the cat in their film Inside Llewyn Davis:


Ethan: We used the advice of the cat trainer, the animal trainer [to get] a kind of orange, marmalade tabby cat just because they’re common, so easy to double, triple, quadruple, there were many cats playing the one cat. It comes across pretty well in the movie, but the whole exercise of shooting a cat is pretty nightmarish because they don’t care  about anything. They don’t want to do what you want them to do. As the animal trainer said to us, “A Dog wants to please you. A cat only wants to please itself.” It was just long, painstaking, frustrating days shooting the cat.



Joel: What you have to do is basically find the cat that’s predisposed to doing whatever particular piece of action it is that you have to film. So you find the cat that isn’t afraid to run down a fire escape or the cat that’s very docile and will let the actor just hold them for extended periods of time without being fidgety. Then you want the fidgety cat, the squirrely cat for when you want the cat to run away. And you keep just swapping them out depending on what the task at hand is.



Ethan: In True Grit we had a vulture, a trained vulture… that was a pain and that was even, by vulture standards probably a stupid vulture and that was frustrating. But I would take a vulture over a cat. The cat was just horrible.

nprfreshair:

Terry asked the Coen brothers about casting and filming the cat in their film Inside Llewyn Davis:

Ethan: We used the advice of the cat trainer, the animal trainer [to get] a kind of orange, marmalade tabby cat just because they’re common, so easy to double, triple, quadruple, there were many cats playing the one cat. It comes across pretty well in the movie, but the whole exercise of shooting a cat is pretty nightmarish because they don’t care  about anything. They don’t want to do what you want them to do. As the animal trainer said to us, “A Dog wants to please you. A cat only wants to please itself.” It was just long, painstaking, frustrating days shooting the cat.

Joel: What you have to do is basically find the cat that’s predisposed to doing whatever particular piece of action it is that you have to film. So you find the cat that isn’t afraid to run down a fire escape or the cat that’s very docile and will let the actor just hold them for extended periods of time without being fidgety. Then you want the fidgety cat, the squirrely cat for when you want the cat to run away. And you keep just swapping them out depending on what the task at hand is.

Ethan: In True Grit we had a vulture, a trained vulture… that was a pain and that was even, by vulture standards probably a stupid vulture and that was frustrating. But I would take a vulture over a cat. The cat was just horrible.