language

Editorial: That Word

I’m not going to say or type that word. I have my reasons, namely that it isn’t an active part of my vocabulary and I recognize the legitimate causticity of it, but with that said, I firmly believe that a word’s power comes from the intent behind it’s use. Sadly though, others do not agree, and so we have a supposedly “politically correct” replacement phrase like “N-word”.

Why am I writing about “the N-word” on a movie site called Nerdbastards? Well, a few weeks ago, actor Samuel L. Jackson was being interviewed by a Houston based TV reporter named Jake “The Movie Guy” Hamilton and the term figured prominently.

The video can be seen here, but at around the 13:55 mark, Hamilton asks Jackson about the “N-word” controversy in his new film, Django Unchained. In the film, which focuses on slavery, the word that the “N-word” refers to is uttered more than 110 times according to various reports. (more…)

Fifty-year-oldĀ  Jonathan Brown of Furzton has spent the last 12 years learning the laguage of Star Trek‘s Klingon race. It hasn’t been easy though, as Jonathan has dyslexia, a reading disability that occurs when the brain cannot properly recognize and process certain symbols. You’d think this would hinder Jonathan’s ability to learn such a unique language (of spit, grunts and shouts), but no, he went all Doctor McCoy on himself and treated his own condition thanks to Klingon. Here’s what Brown had to say:

“Working on the translation has helped me understand where I’ve been having problems all my life with languages, I realized I’d been trying to remember the words in the name part of my brain and because I can’t remember names, I can’t remember the words.”

“With the Klingon language games used on the CD, I tended to put words into a different place and it went into my long term memory.”

In the same way we would remember cheat codes, or how to find hidden collectables in a game, Johnathan is using his brain to remember one of the manliest languages in science fiction.

So there you go, this is yet another way that Star Trek has had a positive effect on Reality. Via: Blastr