Anonymous asked:

why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance





you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.

In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.


thank you internet…for me,mostly tumblr and livejournal…for helping me not to feel so alone here. i like a lot of alone-time,but my life takes it too far sometimes. also,for those braver than me facing harder battles…though it’s not a competition…i hope for miracles of any size for you and good vibes to anyone who needs it!

i like a lot of alone-time,but my life takes it too far sometimes." YES me too.  

Train #Ramune #ラムネ



Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan, 2014.

(via hijapan)


Since the TFIOS movie became available On Demand and for digital download and people can now pause and zoom in and stuff, many people have asked who wrote the pages of An Imperial Affliction that appear in the movie.

I did. Executive producer Isaac Klausner asked me to write four pages (the two you see here and the final two pages of the book) for the movie edition of An Imperial Affliction, so I did. In this passage, Anna is recalling intense pain breaking through her high doses of narcotic pain medication. 

The book that Hazel reads in the movie is just the four pages I wrote printed over and over again hundreds of times. I have a copy of it in my house; it’s my only souvenir from the movie set.

This week in pictures


if you plant a flower in your garden and you see it every day, no matter how stunning it is, eventually it may seem common and mundane to you
but!! lots of people pass by your garden every day and stop to appreciate how gorgeous that little flower is
and that’s kind of how self image is-
we’re so used to living in our own skin, we don’t think we’re anything special
so whenever you’re feeling upset with the way you look, try to see yourself the way the passerby see the flower
because i promise you, you’re lovely and you deserve to be confident

(via selfcarereminders)