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Letter meme

Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter if you want. Write ten words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation of what the word means to you and why, and then pass out letters to those who want to play along.

andrewducker and bopeepsheep are the only two people I've asked to give me a letter, and they both gave me G. I wonder if this says anything specific about me...


I've lived or worked in Glasgow for the last ten years, and I think it's the best city in the world. This makes me wonder about the Darwinian advantages of humans always loving their home cities, because it's obviously not objectively the best city. But it's got fab people (OK, and a load of nutters), great shops, great transport, beautiful architecture and tons to do. 90% of my friends are in Glasgow, and my family live in the vicinity, and I know all the best places to go and the best ways to get there. When I wander around the Merchant City or the West End, it's almost guaranteed I'll run into someone I know, and that makes it like living in a village. I can't imagine moving anywhere else, certainly not for a job or a man, cos I can't see either one being better than the whole of the rest of my life.


I'm a proud geek, though I'm only on the edges of true geekdom. (I don't like Star Trek or old Who, I'm not a programmer, I have rudimentary social skills ;o)) I do a lot of computery things, including LAN parties. I like a variety of SF and fantasy shows and books, and Lord of the Rings and Pratchett were major influences on my teenage self. I fill my life with geeks to the extent that I forget that to some people it's still a negative term - I've got a hoodie that says Geek on it, and was disturbed recently when someone at work reassured me seriously that I wasn't a geek.


Yay grammar. I've always had a pretty strong internal grammar, probably because I've always read such a lot. I like Chomsky's theories of natural grammar. I love how it's grammar that causes us some of the most major problems in artificial intelligence. I will stick up for the apostrophe and the semi-colon until the end of the world...but I'm quite happy to play with the rules of grammar for effect, and as for the rules that only got introduced to English because Latin had them, like all that crap about splitting infinitives - that can sod right off.

Gummi Bears

Gummi bears are great for three reasons. Firstly, they're scrummy. Secondly, the cartoon had a scarily catchy theme tune. Thirdly, they're a major plot point in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.


Gi-i-i-iles. Probably the reason I got obsessed with Buffy, which led on to the rest of the Whedonverse and the world of online fandom. He's British and he loves books and he's sexy and he's funny. If I had to pair him with someone in Buffy canon, I'd have a hard time choosing between Wesley and Willow. I'm totally in love with Giles, but I just think Tony Head is kinda sexy and cool - I'm not sure if it's more or less healthy to know you're in love with the character rather than the actor.

Good Omens

by Pratchett and Gaiman, of course. I read it very young, and I think it's had a huge effect. For my Higher English I studied the portrayal of good and evil in Good Omens vs in LOTR, and that helped me come to my own conclusions about the subject, which are far closer to Pratchett and Gaiman's than Tolkein's. I'm pretty sure the Aziraphale/ Crowley thing opened my mind up to slash fic, too.


One of my favourite words ever. It means mucking around with political borders so that all the people who vote for you are in the same constituency and the vote doesn't get split, basically, but for years I thought our Modern Studies teacher had made it up. Well, he was a loon, and it's a silly-sounding word...


What I usually say when I'm asked for my favourite word. I love the onomatopoeia of it - it makes a sort of gloopy, teardroppy sound in my head.

Gaiman, Neil

Neil Gaiman's kind of my hero, because he's managed to do astonishing stuff in so many different mediums. Er, media. His Sandman graphic novels are deservedly lauded everywhere, but his novels are great too, the musical of Wolves in the Walls was brilliant, I'm holding out high hopes for his films (haven't seen Mirrormask yet)... His blog is one of the oldest celebrity ones around and still one of the most entertaining, and he just seems like an absolute sweetheart.


Er, because I've run out of time and inspiration, and it sounds fun.


( 8 comments — Comment )
May. 2nd, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
I love Good Omens!

And split infinitives have their uses. Even Fowler says so.
May. 3rd, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yep, there's no reason not to split infinitives, really. And sometimes it sounds much more awkward to try and avoid one... Plus, To Go Boldly Where No Man, etc, just doesn't sound right!
May. 3rd, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
The word actually memorialises a person called Gerry, who was a nineteenth-century governer of one of the New England states. Apparently he came up with an incredibly artificial redesign of the county boundaries in the state that was blatantly designed to ensure he got re-elected. One of the new counties was shaped a bit like a newt or salamander, which led a cartoonist to create the "gerrymander", a new political pest.
May. 3rd, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Gerrymander
Oooh! Now, that's a cool random fact.
May. 3rd, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
May I have a letter please, Bob?
May. 3rd, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Let's go for...R.
May. 3rd, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Cool. Will try to think of some (mind already going blank!). :D
Jan. 17th, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
painter 11
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