Elena. 20.

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"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment…I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen." - Lupita Nyong’o on being named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful




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My mom got called on to read aloud in class and came across the word ‘island’ and pronounced the s (is-land) and the whole class laughed at her and the teacher told her she was stupid.  She grew up hating reading and has literally not read any books, newspapers, magazines, etc. since my sister and I were younger and then she only read us children’s books because she ‘had to.’  So like, don’t do this.

For the longest time I thought “Penelope” was pronounced “penn-eh-lope”!

On the podcast I’m constantly like “Shit, I’ve only ever read this word.”

I will still pause when speaking and say, “Gosh, I’ve never gotten to say this one out loud before but I’ve read it lots.  Please let me know if I’m pronouncing it wrong, okay?” and the people with whom I’m speaking have always shared the joy of finally getting to speak a known but unvoiced word and have always understood the intimidation of trying out a new word.  

Ask me about “misled.”

I get so embarrassed about the words I pronounce wrong because I only ever saw them in books

I remember reading the word “annihilated” a lot in Animorphs, knowing the word from having heard it, but not knowing they were the same word. “Annie-hillated? What does that mean?”

Yup! And epitome and ep-I-tome.

#tangentially related to this#i started taking english classes when i was 5 or 6#and only recently did i realise one major difference between polish and english#it’s NOT possible for a native polish speaker not to know how to pronounce a word they haven’t heard spoken aloud before#but i hear/see native speakers of english stumbling over words they’d only seen in writing all the time#seriously#took me 20+ to realise this#and i STUDIED LINGUISTICS
Oh I have to respond to your tags, ninui, because I too only realised a few years ago that Polish is the most consistent language I know of in terms of spelling vs. pronunciation.  Sure, I’d imagine the rules are hard to wrap your head around initially if you’re not a native speaker (some claim it’s the hardest language to learn), but once you have them you cannot go wrong.  Ever.  A couple of loan-words excluded, but we tend to just change the spellings of those eventually.
On the subject of the original post, I still have some English words I mispronounce in my head because I’d only read them for many years.  I know English is technically my second language, but it’s not really, cause I’m bilingual now.  But do not even remind me of when I first tried to say “vehicle”.  Just… don’t.


Hannibal AU, in which Hannibal doesn’t listen to classical music.

In some ways, the term “pansexual” came out of biphobia and a need to stipulate that one was not transphobic. If you take the binary view of “bisexual,” then a sexuality specific to an attraction to men and women could be seen as being noninclusive of transgender men and women. On the other hand, transgender men and women want to (and should) be seen as simply men and women, meaning that they would/should be included in that very binary; not including them tends to be much more phobic and noninclusive.

Then there is the thought that the binary view of bisexuality can be seen as phobic of anyone who identifies as genderqueer, or somewhere along the gender and sexuality spectrum, not identifying as male or female, man or woman. But, as I mentioned before, the true definition of “bisexual” is being attracted to those who are the same as me and those who are different from me, encompassing all genders and identities. The often-repeated argument that “bi means two” ignores a simple fact: “Same” and “different” are, indeed, two groups.


via The Bad ‘B’ Word: A Need for Bisexual Acceptance

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“When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be aggressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority.”
- Julia Serano | Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive (via sociolab)

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removing stains from your carpet
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40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
what the hell is a mortgage?
first apartment essentials checklist
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100 tips for life
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