“You didn’t ask to be you, bro. I didn’t ask to be me. I didn’t ask to have this skin. I didn’t ask to be who I was, bro. Nobody in here asked that. The beautiful people? Your beautiful parents made you, bro. You didn’t ask for that. You didn’t ask to live where you live or anything. So when you see people, forgive them and accept, you feel me? You gotta open your mind and say, man, nobody asked to be born. Life is hard, kinda.”—Lil B (via 100newfears)
The title of this post is directly copied from the title of the article, so though the article does interest me, don’t assign to me the excitement hinted at by the punctuation :)
This is another article with discussion of the work of historical linguists. I hadn’t known that English had gendered nouns back in the day. The proposed reasons behind the disappearance of grammatical gender in English is intriguing as well. I think it’s pretty cool looking at how outside factors, and the languages they bring with them, can affect an already existing language, especially when the invading language doesn’t replace the original language completely.
As for my answer to the question posed at the end of the article, I don’t believe that English would be better with grammatical gender. It’s already one of the most difficult languages to learn as a second language and I don’t know what benefit would be added if our nouns were gendered. If grammatical gender existed in English, it would possibly make it easier for speakers of some languages to learn English, providing that the gendering was similar for both, but I think it would make the task even more difficult for speakers of languages where the noun genders differed.
J. K. Rowling: I said to Arthur, my American editor - we had an interesting conversation during the editing of seven - the moment when Harry takes Draco’s wand, Arthur said, God, that’s the moment when the ownership of the Elder wand is actually transferred? And I said, that’s right. He said, shouldn’t that be a bit more dramatic? And I said, no, not at all, the reverse. I said to Arthur, I think it really puts the elaborate, grandiose plans of Dumbledore and Voldemort in their place. That actually the history of the wizarding world hinged on two teenage boys wrestling with each other. They weren’t even using magic. It became an ugly little corner tussle for the possession of wands. And I really liked that - that very human moment, as opposed to these two wizards who were twitching strings and manipulating and implanting information and husbanding information and guarding information, you know? Ultimately it just came down to that, a little scuffle and fistfight in the corner and pulling a wand away. Melissa Anelli: It says a lot about the world at large, I think, about conflict in the world, it’s these little things - J. K. Rowing: And the difference one individual can make. Always, the difference one individual can make.
“Man, I’m pro-caring. That’s a big thing we should bring back. Let’s bring back caring about each other, honestly, genuinely. Anybody can have their preconceived notion about me. They can be like, “I think he looks like this and I have my vision in my head.” But after the day, break that down. Look at me and I’m not what you think. Some people not even be thinking nothing about me. They might have love. They might look at me like a baby, like a little alien. Cuddle. Hold me. But, man, bruh, all this is is a positive healing. With this historical time together I want everybody in this building to know everybody is your friend here. People that love Lil B’s music and respect Lil B from the core, we’re about positivity and not judging, letting people be theyselves. Be yourself one hundred and one thousand percent.”—Lil B (read more at The Fader)