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The new English pronoun: “Ve”

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by kumoriha

This is a topic I’ve been thinking about for many a year, and it’s bothered me so much that I have decided to finally do something about it. Close friends may have heard me complaining frequently about this matter.
Now, as we well know, the English language contains many, many words, allowing easy expression of nearly our exact emotions. My focus, however, is upon the pronoun category. We can describe the speaker, the audience, the outside member or members…but wait! For a singular third party member, we must identify by gender! And so thus, we fall into the pitfall of the English language when we don’t know said gender.

What do Americans do? Well, of course, they can use “he” to substitute. This was all well and fine until feminism and gender equality came in and kicked this idea out the door. Plan B? Use “they.”

Now, it may not bother you (because you are a(n) _____), but it certainly bothers me. Now, unless that person harbors another person inside his body, I don’t want to hear him called “they (example using a male character).” So in situations where you don’t know the subject’s gender (or subject doesn’t have (only) one…), I propose we use the pronoun “ve.”

I will list all of the ve forms with example sentences below.

Subject: Ve (pronounced “vee”)
That person looks like a girl, but ve might be a trap.
Objective: Vir (pronounced “veer”)
Last night I was talking to someone online, and I gave vir my email address.
Possessive: Vis (pronounced “vis”)
It looks like somebody left vis water bottle on the train.

And there you are, the gender-ambiguous singular third party pronoun. This will be the next Frindle, with YOUR help.
So I beseech you to stop using “they” to refer to a singular person and instead use “ve.” And when your conversational partner looks at you in confusion, explain to vir this word, and if you’d like, link vir to this page.

I take my leave.

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Good hayou! Uh, ho zao! Tsuuka, shi which ah?!

Posted in Life with tags , on June 9, 2010 by kumoriha

As I was walking home from the gym today, I looked ahead and saw a car waiting to come out from McDonalds onto the street. As it was, it was in the way of the sidewalk. Normally, you (well, I) would walk behind it and continue on. Despite the long half-circumference I have to take. But the car backed up and let me pass directly across the curb. Instinctively, I turned to the driver and did a smile-and-minor-bow, but then it suddenly hit me. What if he wouldn’t really understand me? What if he thought I were strange? Okay, didn’t really care about the second one. But nonetheless, I wondered whether the proper thing to do was to do the wave-hand-greeting. As it was, I was in the middle of my bow, and it probably looked like I spasmed. While smiling. A bit.

At least I don’t bow to the pizza delivery guy.

Oh wait. I did. Urgh.

Well, I’m looking forward to the possible return visit to China over Winter Break. Hopefully I’ll still remember Engrish by the time I get back.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
ROMります(ROM-rimasu) – Pronounced ロムります(romurimasu) too, I believe. Anyway, I’ve seen a lot of acronyms for the ROM part, but the one that stuck (the first one I saw and the shortest one) was “Read-Only Member.” In short, it means to lurk (in a chat or whatever). Yeah, I’m rewatching DRRR!! again.

Esu! Ei! Tiiiiii!

Posted in Life, Nico Nico Douga with tags , , , , on June 5, 2010 by kumoriha

This morning I took my SAT IIs. I was originally planning to take US History too, but after I went through hell Math II and Physics, I fell into “screw this” mode. It was very fun, especially since I couldn’t sleep at all last night. And thanks for the text message at 12:26 am, Clint.
That aside, I should have scored okay…maybe…hopefully…

SHIT.

Also started working out. I feel like POO.

In happier news, local NND god J has come back, with THE old favorite, a cover of Nico Nico Douga Ryuuseigun.


Collapse.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
あり得ない(arienai) – “Impossible!”; lit. “can’t be.” By the way, the neutral form of the verb is ariuru, not arieru. People who say arieru are doing it wrong.

Mahjong

Posted in Life with tags , , on May 17, 2010 by kumoriha

Lately I’ve been getting re-addicted to Mahjong. I blame that on my decision to watch Akagi.
Luckily, I found Touhou Unreal Mahjong, which is Japanese Riichi Mahjong, although each character has some ability to break the game. “Screw the rules, I’m a moe-ful Touhou character,” or something like that.
Anyway, the thing that gets me about Riichi Mahjong is that, unlike when I play Hong Kong rules, not all hands can be played. Each hand has to have 1 fan or something (I forget), so oftentimes I think I’m about to win, draw the tile…and there’s no win option.
Well, hopefully I’ll be able to learn the rules soon enough.

Also, 「丼みたい」ってワワワウェタ.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
丼(donburi/-don) – a donburi is a rice bowl. Basically, you have a topping on a bowl of rice. Like 牛丼(gyudon/beef bowl), カツ丼(katsudon/fried pork cutlet bowl), and 親子丼(oyakodon/”mother-child bowl” consisting of chicken and egg). Very yummy.

Garage Sales

Posted in Life with tags , , on May 1, 2010 by kumoriha


So today I experienced a garage sale for the first time. Very interesting.
Mother woke me up saying, “Hurry up, people are coming to clean. Also, the Japanese people across the street are having a garage sale.”
So we had a look. For some reason, my father gave me $1xx.xx, which I’m sure could have bought every freaking thing there. There was quite a bit of random stuff. I got a nice mug (I’ve been wanting a mug for some time), a tie (been wanting one that doesn’t suck), and 2 Japanese books (some random 1st grade storybook and a Pokemon dictionary). For $4.75. By the way, the books together cost 75 cents. The Pokemon dictionary itself had a retail price of 980 yen.

Yeah.

I love garage sales.

…Although, I really should have picked up a couple of stuffed animals. There were quite a few. Perhaps next time.
ガラージセール最高!

And no, Black Rock Shooter (which got delayed to summer and became an OVA…) has nothing to do with anything.
Random Japanese Word of the Day:
凄い(sugoi) – Wow!, Amazing!, OHMYEFFINGHARUHI. Very, very common adjective. As with anything, it turns into a drawling すげえ(sugee) in slang, where it can be drawn out as long as you want to for emphasis. For even more emphasis, you can go with すっげええ(suggeee…).

Prom

Posted in Life with tags , on April 23, 2010 by kumoriha

What is the point of it anyway?

Well, it’s about time for prom (I think) and lately things have been getting exciting. Kind of. Not really.
Of course, watching rejections is great. It really makes me feel all warm inside. Well, my sadism aside.

I never really understood what you do at prom. I mean, okay, couples. But what about gay people? Well, they have couples too I guess. Mother advocates grabbing a random black girl for the desperate. I’m not saying anything more about this statement.

Ugh, enough. I’ve spent at least half an hour on this entry because of interruptions. End here.

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
通り(toori) – follow through. For example, その通り (sono toori) means “exactly as that” or Light’s 計画通り(keikaku doori) means “all according to keikaku (Note: keikaku means plan).”

Food Poisoning…Again.

Posted in Life with tags , , , , on March 22, 2010 by kumoriha

So once again China is here to show us how to skimp on our daily needs. Who needs mainstream cooking oil, while you can get and make recycled cooking oil from sewage waste for half the price?
No shit.
You can read the article on Sankaku Complex. China China China…

Health Care bill passed today. Celebrations and anger all around. I’m curious myself to see public reaction and how it’s going to all work out…

Random Japanese Word of the Day:
痛車(itasha) – car with anime/game characters and such painted all over. Usually look very slick and nice. Would like one someday.