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What does JTAC Stand for?

Tons of people have been asking what JTAC stands for on my blog, and it’s getting out of hand, seriously the amount of you that read my blog and comment on every one touches my heart, and for that reason, I shall give you what JTAC stands for.

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

And there you have it folks.

#!@% This stupid Journal Entry.

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Name: We're bombarded with swearing but who #*@%*! cares?
Date: 18/3/12
Author: Chris Berg

Key Ideas: 

  • Swearing is becoming less offensive
  • Swearing can make a credible speaker (government official) appear more human
  • Swearing in front of your child has no impact on how much a child will swear when they reach adulthood
  • There is no statistical evidence to show that swearing has increased in the past few decades
Language Features: Swearing, Language Progression, Euphemisms, Expletive swearing, Social/Stylistic functions of swearing
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 1: Informal Language - Role of swearing in society, Swearing, Relationship between the context and the features of language in informal texts

Personal Opinion: I believe that swearing is becoming more normalised in Australia and around the world, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Swearing is harsh, and should not be said to people that you know would not accept it or get angry that you swore in front of them. It should be something that is shared on a personal level with some friends or family members. Saying F*CK or SH*T when you’ve hurt yourself has become a natural reaction, and I think that it’s an OK thing to do, it relieves the pain somewhat. Although I do agree that blatant swearing towards people in order to hurt them is wrong and should not be used in that manner.

“Quotes”: 

  • The average speaker of English utters around 80 to 90 swear words every day. That’s only about half as frequent as we use first person plural pronouns such as ”we” and ”us”.
  • But swearing is more public, more frequent in film, television, on radio and in print. It’s been normalised.
  • ”the use of obscenity could make a credible speaker appear more human”.
  • Almost everybody swears, and swears a lot. Punishing extremely common language is obviously a bad idea. Something so banal should not be a police matter. Even prime ministers do it, after all.

I know fancy words too… I don’t like to Bloviate about it though.

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Name: Lost for words in the universe of expanding English
Date: 1/28/10
Author: Elizabeth Farrelly

Key Ideas:

  • Vulgarisms – when they are said out of anger, are pathetic. Only when they are gratuitous are they less harsh
  • High vocabulary is nice to have if you want to show off
  • Expansion in the English Language is achieved by skipping to the word, not working your way up to creating it. In her words, ‘leaving holes in the middle’.
  • We shouldn’t use words from other languages to express things that we feel, when there are English words that you can use as well.
Language Features: Word Addition, Informal Language, Swearing, Grammar, Word Formation, Neologisms
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 2: Formal Language - The nature and function of formal texts, the relationship between the context and the features of language in formal texts, analyse the nature, features and functions of formal texts

Personal Opinion: This woman annoys me to no end. She shows off all her rococo words in this article just to show off all her rococo words! I feel like I could start a diatribe with her to show how vitriolic I can be. I’m pretty pervicacious about this sort of thing, and she basically made an article talking about how many words she knew. Besides that, she makes some good points about how vulgarisms said out of anger are pathetic, and how lots of the new words created today ARE interesting to read and look at.

“Quotes”:

  • Writers are always gushing over the flex and dexterity of English, the way it hoovers up slang, patois and jargon of all kinds with a voraciousness rivalled only by Catholicism’s sucking-up of billabong religions.
  • English is remarkable. The gushers cite really useful blow-ins like wiki and lolcat (has there ever been a craze so dumb?) but there are many newbies to inspire our thanks. Pixel is one. As in “I’m feeling a little bit pixilated today”. Or muffintop, as in jeans. Snowclone, metrosexual and meme.
  • “You like to impress,” wrote one reader recently, “with your knowledge of every English word on the planet, so I presume you are familiar with ‘hyperbole’.” Familiar? Darling, hyperbole and I are like this!

Very Article, Wow. So Analyse.

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Name: A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.
Date: February 6th 2014
Author: Gretchen McCulloch

Key Ideas:

  • ‘doge speak’ is used mainly on a picture of a Shibe Inu, a type of Japanese dog.
  • It is constructed of something the author calls ‘doge phrases’ In these phrases, the shortest possible form of the word is used, meaning no suffixes. Eg. amazing = amaze
  • adjectives are modified to make shortened sentences
Language Features: Phrases, Shortened Sentences, Alliteration, minimal utterances, doge phrases
Course Aspects: Unit 3: AoS 1: Informal Language - Spoken & Written, key linguistic concepts, nature features and functions of informal written texts.

Personal Opinion: I think that the doge speak is interesting, as it uses broken English, and doesn’t need to complete a sentence to show what it is saying. I believe that it should mainly be used for comedic purposes though, if this was used as a main language (which it probably already is somewhere) it could become more of a wide-spread change for the English language, and it might not be a good thing.
“Quotes”:

  • “In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language.”
  • “Doge speak is clearly composed of subunits which are divided by a period in running text, which I’m going to call doge phrases.”