July 9th, 2008

Trixie heroine addict blue

The dictionary hates fangirls, and other things.

Yay, lunchtime posting! Lots of Things to Share.

First up, we have a fun little brainteaser from this site:

What nine-letter word in the English language is still a word when each of the nine letters is removed one by one (not in any particular order)?
(Answer after the cut.)

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Second, exciting news! My cousin-in-law, Liz, is pregnant (well, I knew that already, but you didn’t) and is doing very well! It’s going to be a girl. Even though I probably won’t get out to see the wee sprite until probably at least several months after birth, I can’t wait to see lots of pictures and adorable baby feet. I hope she has red hair like Liz, ‘cause red hair is awesome.

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Next, some interesting links (now, with Commentary!):

Top Ten Things Authors Should Not Do At Amazon

Or, If You Can’t Take the Criticism, Don’t Write the Book.

In short, someone criticized author Leslie Carroll (a.k.a. Amanda Elyot)'s book in an Amazon review. The author came back with several comments, including:

...trashing authors online is rude, not to mention, bad karma. There are many books I have begun to read and couldn’t finish, and many more that I didn’t care for at all, but, being an author myself I am not comfortable, nor do I feel compelled, to share my opinion in a public forum. After all, it’s only mine, and it would be the equivalent of stopping another mother on the street just to gloat, “my, you have an ugly baby!” It’s an unnecessary and unpleasant encounter.

Geez. Hasn’t this author ever heard of free speech? I always love it when authors (usually this is seen more in fanfic-land, but still) say, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Ch’yah! Where would we be if no one ever gave constructive criticism? Plodding along in mediocreland while thinking we were better than we are at things. Plus, that’s just a ridiculous Entitlement statement right there. If you publish something, you’re holding it up for approval or critique. You don’t then have the right to tell people, “I showed you this thing in a public forum, but if you don’t like it you can’t tell anyone. Because it’s miiiiine! *rolls eyes* I mean, if the person is saying something inaccurate or downright wrong about your book, ok, then I could see stepping in to correct or whatever. But if it's just an opinion being expressed? Please. It’s like some writers just want praise and attention, whether their actual product is good or crap. But I don’t play that way, and no one else should either. We all have the right to have opinions and to express them. True, that doesn’t mean we have to do so. But if we want to say, “This book is crappy,” then we can. Bonus points, of course, if we say it without being nasty or unhelpful as to why, because that is rude. But no matter how it’s said, we still have the right to say it, and if you're submitting your work to the public, hoping for praise, you should also expect criticism. That's just how it goes, so deal with it, lame author.


Next up, ’Fanboy’ gets legitimized; no luck for ‘fangirl’

Merriam-Webster has added 100 new words to their dictionary this year, and one of them is...fanboy.

Well, ok, that’s cool. Fanboy’s been around for awhile, we all probably use it now and again, along with its counterpart, fangirl. Which...wait...what?? Fangirl is NOT one of the 100 new words added to the dictionary?!?

OK, now I call shenanigans. WHAT THE HELL, DICTIONARY FOLKS?!? Are we women who are “enthusiastic devotees (as of comics or movies)” not good enough for you? I mean, f’real. You only have to read my journal or that of just about any other LiveJournaler out there who is female to see we can be just as crazy and obsessed about pop culture (celebrity squee!), comics (Deadpool Deadpool Deadpool), movies (OMG Iron Man & The Dark Knight!), TV (LOST LOST LOSSSST), video games (did I mention Dave just got us Super Smash Brothers Melee to play? Kirby is so awesome), books (Discworld Convention, hurrah!) etc. as any guy you put in front of us. I’d even venture to say that we can sometimes obsess MORE than Teh Boys. (I am probably more fannish than Dave, for instance, when it comes to hardcore obsession.) So what gives?

The woman who’s journal I linked wrote to the Merriam-Webster folks, and this is the reply she got back:

A word is only entered in our dictionaries when it meets three criteria: widespread usage in well-read publications; established usage over a certain period of time; and an easily discernable definition. For “fangirl” to be entered, then, it will need to appear in a number of well-read print sources for a good number of years.

I did a quick check of our citational database, which house upwards of 17 million citations of words in context, and we only have a handful of citations for “fangirl.” I’m afraid that without more citational backing (and a longer usage history), it’s currently not eligible for entry.


So, in other words, we’d better start using and citing fangirl early and often if we ever want to be recognized for the geeks we are.

FANGIRL. FANGIRL. FANGIRL.


There. That should be a start, at least.


And speaking of my fannish ways, did I link this Cable & Deadpool article before? I can’t remember, but I found it yesterday while searching for a good C&DP wallpaper, and it made me tearily happy. Aw. Why did the run have to end???

Cable & Deadpool: Thanks for the Memories

And speaking of wallpapers, did you realize Marvel.com has a whole slew of “official” wallpapers that you can search by character? It’s pretty awesome. Not only do they have great C&DP ones, but they have some fun ones from the Iron Man movie, too.

Check ‘em out.

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And now, finally, part three of the Alphabet Meme.

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