Public health slogan 

UK politics, satire 

@irina Political works tell you what to think, but moral works make you think.

The story of the Emperor's New Clothes is unrealistic in that the crowd didn't try to make the boy shut up.

UK politics, COVID-19, satire 

"Gender reveal parties" 

The original working title of "Total Recall" was "Rubbish Precision".

@aldersprig English's vestigial gender system applies mainly to pronoun selection
He - masculine
She - feminine
Either - epicene
It - neuter
So "kingdom" is neuter.

@aldersprig I wouldn't say "Kingdom" was gendered - there's no corresponding "Queendom". I live in a kingdom that's ruled by a queen.

UK politics, Rejoin the EU 

Has anyone else made a with a Daghestanian-style noun system?

"Magic's not like in the movies, where you wave a wand and shout 'Canis Latinitatis!' and something goes bang," explained the Cunning Man. "Everything happens for a reason, and magic is all about giving things reasons to happen."

@janellecshane I felt the urge to sing all of these, but I did so under my breath, so that my family wouldn't think I was even weirder than usual.

For a magical subculture to hide in plain sight in a contemporary setting, you have to have magic that looks like coincidence to mundanes. Magic that can't do things that are physically impossible, but which can make things happen that would not have happened otherwise.

@anke Some spells only work in daylight, others at night.

A Teen Threw Scots Wiki Into Chaos and It Highlights a Massive Problem With Wikipedia t.co/yOJPKFsfvi #linguistics

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