søndag, maj 07, 2006
This post brought to you by the letter 'G'
Here are the rules:
Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write 10 words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation what the word means to you and why, and then pass out letters to those who want to play along.
I requested a letter from the lovely Socialpest, and she kindly chose 'G'. I have managed to avoid using the words 'good' or 'great' to complete this meme...because being able to list good food, good music, and so on wouldn't have been nearly as challenging.
1) Genre. Yes, I may not be doing my project (well, I have gotten some good work done on it today), but I'm sure as hell thinking about it! I'm definitely setting my view of blogging (and by extension, tagging) from the perspective of genre theory. So, that comes first.
2) Grammar. I love grammar, by which I mean syntax. It's like a gigantic puzzle. I like teaching it, I like knowing how it works in my foreign languages, I like it on a more theoretical level. I know, I'm a mutant.
3) Guernica. It started when a teacher in a James Joyce seminar in my undergraduate days gave out a photocopy of it to the class. Then to see the real thing, in the Reina Sofia, words cannot express. I cannot go to Madrid without spending a long time just staring at it from various angles. I have a small canvas poster of it, lovingly known as mini-Guernica, as the centerpiece in the room where I study (and blog), and stare at it a lot, too.
4) Grey. I'm not sure if this is my favorite color anymore, but it's one of them anyway. It was the undisputed king of colors for much of my teenage and post-teenage years. All shades of it, but preferably a bit darker.
5) Growing up. I'm still waiting to feel that I'm a grown up, though I probably am. But I feel keenly that the things I go through, and put myself through, put me in a pretty much continual state of growing up.
6) Getting out. I do tend to stay in the same place on the couch, doing stuff on my computer, rather than being out enjoying things. So, I should be getting out. All the same, it's a very comfortable couch.
7) Glottal Stop. Danish has a reputation for being difficult to pronounce. Half of this at least, or at least talking about the Copenhagen/Zealand dialect, is that there are glottal stops (in Danish, stød) in what at first appears to be really odd places. At my language school, which is pronunciation obsessed in general, students have been known to fail early levels for not pronouncing the stød, even though there are regional variations of Danish which don't have this feature. I got quite good at glottal stopping on demand, until I didn't need it anymore, and now I apparently speak without using a single stød.
8) Ginger. Or maybe Garlic. Along with vanilla, my personal holy trinity of food flavors. I will consider any recipe or menu item that features these ingredients prominently. And all three make good ice cream flavors. No, really.
9) Geek. Well, nerd is probably more appropriate...more academic, and not necessarily as deeply focused on one small area. But it doesn't start with 'G'. I have referred to myself as a grammar goddess, but maybe grammar geek? How about blogging geek?
10) Giants. I tend to ignore most of the baseball season, mainly because there is nothing in Europe to remind me of it, but it is (along with football...by which I mean soccer) my favorite team sport. And well, this is my favorite team. Root, root, root for the home team, right?
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