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Jun 20

Swedish word 2

Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Humanities

This time the word is “mat” (n. food). It’s pronounced with a long “a”.

Jun 19


Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010 in Humanities

Since I have come to realize that some people are actually quite interested in learning Swedish, I thought I’d start a little series: Today’s Swedish word. I’ll post one Swedish word and explain it briefly. Just a word of warning – even if it’s called Today’s Swedish word, it doesn’t mean I’ll be posting every day. I’ll post whenever I feel inspired, as usual.

Sep 15

What is a vegan?

Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in Other

To me, who’s been vegan for several years now, veganism is something so natural and self-explanatory, I hardly even think about it. However, I’ve realized that many people simply don’t have a clue what it is. (And many of those who do, really don’t care, but that’s another story.)

So, just in case anyone’s wondering – What is a vegan?

And, here‘s the answer. (One definition, at least.)

Dec 21

What do the words slash and yaoi mean?

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 in Writing

What does yaoi really mean? I’ve never really thought about it before, but recently I read an article about it, and I realized that it’s a sort of acronym. It means (translated from Japanese to English) ‘no climax, no punchline, no meaning’. That means the same as a PWP story – plot? what plot? – in other words, it’s all just a sketch of two hot guys having sex with each other). Apparently, there’s also a more humorous interpretation, which means – in translation – Stop! My butt hurts!. Whoever made that up clearly hasn’t read too much slash… Pain is never a reason to stop…

I just realized that the word slash might not have been explained clearly. Slash is a / which stands for pairing. For some reason, slash just means a male/male pairing, though you can always use a / to indicate which pairing you’re writing about, even if it’s a het adult story. Femslash has been formed from the original slash. An early example of slash is what fans call K/S that is Kirk/Spock. They’re from Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) in case you’ve never heard of the two gentlemen. You’d never refer to a Kirk/Uhura or a Spock/Chapel story as slash. I have no idea why.

Besides, it’s also being said – though I don’t believe it – that slash usually is a sexually explicit story. There are all kinds of slash, including some which doesn’t even contain a kiss. The point is simply that two men (or boys) love each other. They don’t have to do anything about it, just feel that way. I even think unrequited love falls under the same heading.


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