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Like It or Not

“And then kind of maybe just go on international news like okay then I’ll just do the flavour of the week and be like Ireali Apartheid week.”

This was my friend discussing their blog ideas with me. (Wow! How meta? Blogging about the language used when discussing our blogs.) Those were their exact words. Notice anything? Like, maybe, like, every validation-seeking Facebook-user’s dream – a lot of ‘likes’.

It seems that older generations scorn ‘the kids these days’ for using like – even Kfm spent my entire drive through Cape Town traffic ranting about how irksome they find it. But like, I really like like.

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Grammer Natzee

Dus reeding this maek u kringe?

Well, I certainly did. But then again, I’m a first-language English-speaker and I’ve been studying English and Linguistics for three years – not everyone can say that.

Language use is political and being a ‘grammar nazi’ is like being the person who only drinks bottled water when hiking through a forest surrounded by fresh water streams; it’s kind of ridiculous and elitist. Continue reading “Grammer Natzee”

Hard News

‘Baby Got Back’: Nyanzi arrested for calling Ugandan President a ‘pair of buttocks’

On Friday, 7 April 2017, academic and human rights activist, Dr Stella Nyanzi, was arrested for “cyber bullying” Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni. This caused a stir on social media, with the hashtags #PairofButtocks and #FreeStellaNyanzi trending in Uganda shortly thereafter.

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