Proud of Cartoon Network for taking action so quickly.
wait what happened
good job, CN
the speech impediment of the 21st century (by Marc Johns)
I’ll fuck you up buddy this is not a speech impediment it’s linguistic evolution!! the existence of the phrase “Aisha was like” allows the speaker to convey whatever Aisha said without making the listener assume they’re quoting Aisha directly while still maintaining the FEELING of what Aisha said.
ie, Aisha said she didn’t want to go out with me VERSUS Aisha was like, “I’d rather kiss a Wookie”.
the addition of “XYZ was like” lets the speaker be more expressive and efficient and it is a totally valid method of communicating information!!
With the way language has evolved, this is one of the few ways I can even think of to express in casual conversation what someone said.
"So I said to Aisha," is certainly used, but if you remove the "so," which implies casual tone ("and" can be used in the same way), you get
"I said to Aisha," which is really formal in most English dialects/variations. I don’t know about all, but in New England dialects, you sound like you’re reading aloud from a novel.
"I told Aisha," is really only used when you continue to describe, not tell, what you told her. Ex: "I told Aisha that James was too punk for her" works while, "I told Aisha, ‘James is too punk for you’" crosses the line back into formalness of the "I said."
Things like “I asked” or “I answered [with]” are similar levels of casual and efficient to the “So, I said [or say, as many conversations about the past take place in present tense anyway, as if the speaker is giving a play-by-play in the moment]” but are specific to only certain situations.
"I was like, 'Marc Johns, what is your obsession with restoring archaic speech patterns and interfering with the natural progression of English from complex to efficient?'" envelopes all of these easily and is accessible and crisp, and allows for more variations on inflection than the others.
Of course, James is probably like, “I already fucking said that.” But eh, I tried adding on.
This a million times
Marc Johns needs to sit down
not to mention this is a construction that other languages have already evolved (there’s a linguistic distinction in japanese between ‘i am quoting directly’ and ‘i am giving a paraphrased version of what was said’)
Q:hey dude I gotta ask about the grumpy animal crossing, what animal exactly is brian?
Q:HI! First off, I'd like to say that you're amazing and I love your blog! You're advice has helped me through more than a few sticky situations in writing. I'm a young writer (14 years old) and I'm writing a kind of romance story. Since I'm pretty young and have no romance experience whatsoever, should I maybe wait until I'm older and work on other things for now?
Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎
You just posed one of my favorite paradoxes in writing. You see, nobody ever asks me:
"Hey Max, I am writing about vampires, except that I am not actually a vampire. What can I do to make sure the story is realistic?"
"Hey Max, I am writing about a teenager with a terminal illness, but I don’t have a terminal illness. What should I do?"
"Hey Max, I am writing about a character who is a soldier, but I have never killed someone in my life or served in the military. Should I enlist myself in the army?"
I meet so many writers who don’t believe they have the ‘experience’ to write about mundane things like ‘love’ and yet again nobody ever seems to question writing about things like ‘murder’ or ‘magic.’ I think it’s kind of funny— but, that doesn’t really answer the question. So, it’s time for me to take off my gloves and put things bluntly.
- I am not a (rather bitter) 22-year old merchant.
- I am not a 16-year old girl in a mental hospital.
- I am not a 15-year old girl grieving over the death of her uncle.
But my characters were. When i write, I am not there — and my experiences don’t matter at all — because the person you are reading about is not me.
As I have said countless times on this blog, when I write I am not the director or the actors— I am just the camera-man; I follow the characters and record their emotions. Do you think camera-men are required to have experienced what is happening on the other side of the lens? Of course not.
This is why that paradox is so amusing to me. Some writers think that they need to have experienced what they are writing about in order to be ‘realistic’ (whatever that even means), and yet nobody ever seems to bother with that when writing about the fantastical— werewolves, elves, shooting fireballs out of your fingertips, and whatnot.
Now, if you have read the above and you feel a great sense of freedom— now that you can finally get back to writing without worrying about ‘getting it right’ (whatever that even means), then you go on and write :D
But… if you read the above, and you still feel iffy about writing romance when you have never felt love, then I have some homework for you! I have tackled this very subject in the past in my weekly writing workshop, the Virtual Writing Academy:
- Episode #06: Writing Things You Have Never Experienced
- Episode #07: Writing About Someone Who is Different Than You
Trust me, that should really cover all of your bases c;
I hope that this has been helpful! If you, or anyone, have any more questions feel free to send them my way~ ♥︎
when im a parent i won’t take my kid’s electronics when they get in trouble i’ll just take the charger so i can watch the fear in their eyes as they use it less and less while the battery slowly begins to run out
no stop i already have one post ruining my life
This was interesting. Note to take from this is that FRIENDS ARE IMPORTANT!
things i wanna do w/u:
- get milkshakes at a cute fifties place
- splash in the street during a storm
- take pictures of flowers and cool plants
- kiss & hug in the ocean
- play cards by candlelight
- sew couple cosplays
- overthrow the government probably