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Covfefe is So Fetch

“That’s so fetch!” I say, after watching Mean Girls (2004) for the ten million, twelve hundredth and eleventh time. (I felt a bit like beloved president Jacob Zuma trying to type that number.) I’m reminded that I have no idea where fetch comes from, Gretchen only offers the explanation, “It’s like slang, from England”.

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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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