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britpol but just barely; game 

If you're already finding the Tory leadership race somewhat boring before it's even started, I have built a Snes-style kart-racer game to liven it up a bit:

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This is the blog/video version of the ridiculous project I showed the audience at tonight.

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I have made a silly quiz, principally to bemuse Americans: Doctor Who Technobabble, or UK Government Term?

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look the high ground isn't that useful if you're massively outnumbered with no possibility of reinforcements, and i will die on this hill

here on mastodon with takes too hot for Twitter!!!


elon musk is a bit silly

I've made one of those daily word game things! But it's not just Wordle in a hat, it's a totally different puzzle and I'm really pleased with how it came out.

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i haven't slept for 10 days 

because that would be too long

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the people in the facebook polyam dating group need to understand that if i read their post and get to "favorite colour" before "what town they live in" they're just wasting both of our time

but they need to understand it without my telling them because i don't want to be that guy

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is this like to make sure i know what i'm talking about?

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queer jargon, English language history, long (warning for sexism in history) 

This is a kind of wordplay that I've been interested in for years. Here is a newly rewritten version of something I posted on Mastodon a long time ago, about constructing queer jargon from archaic English, plus some examples of historically real archaic English words for trans and intersex folk.


I made up these LGBTQ identity words show what it would be like if the words were built only from native Germanic English roots, instead of from Latin or Greek loan-words:

Some constructed words for sexual orientations:

sexual orientation = drawing or faining (fain is an archaic English word for desire; see )
asexual = undrawn or unfaining
bisexual = twain-drawn or twain-fain
gay (in the sense of homosexual) = same-drawn or same-fain
gay (strictly in the sense of men loving men) = wer-drawn or wer-fain (wer or were is an archaic English word for a specifically male human, whereas "man" was a gender-neutral word for a human; see )
heterosexual = other-fain, else-fain, or else-drawn
lesbian = lass-fain, lass-drawn, lady-fain, lady-drawn, or wif-fain (wif is a Middle English word for woman; see )

Some words about gender:

gender = kind
assigned gender = allotted kind
gender dysphoria = kind-woe
transgender = cross-kind
transition = crossing
cisgender = same-side-kind or stay-kind

Some words about nonbinary gender:

gender binary = kind twofoldness
binary genders = twain kinds
nonbinary = untwain
genderfluid = kind-flow
genderqueer = kind-queer
agender or genderless = kindless
bigender = twi-kind
neutral gender = fair-kind
neutrois = fair-three

Building words from native Germanic English roots is a linguistic experiment that is helpful when you find yourself overwhelmed with what we think of as "long words," which are really words of Greek or Latin origin. Wikipedia gives several examples of writings that attempted to do that:
This wiki has a lot of resources for if you want to try it too:

Even if words have the same number of syllables as a native English word, they can feel longer, more difficult, more intellectual, unnatural, and/or more modern because they don't perfectly fit in with the rest of English.

And now some real, historical, not-made-up, archaic English words for gender and sex variant people, since naturally we did exist in early English history:

bæddel, or bædling. This is a historically real Old English word for effeminate men and intersex people. During that era, the word was-- or came to be used as-- an insult, so much so that it might possibly be the origin of the word "bad." (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary acknowledges the possibility, but says "bad" more likely came from elsewhere.) Since 2014, there has been a movement of trans women taking up the word "bæddel" for themselves, because the word shows that trans women have always existed, and that sexism against trans-femininity has been a big part of culture for centuries.

scrat, or scritta. From a historically real Middle English word, another form of the modern word "scratch." The form "scrat" survives in some modern dialects. This has been used in family records and legal documents for intersex people. People breeding livestock also used it for animals born with intersex conditions, too. One of the English nicknames for the Devil, "Old Scratch," has to do with demonizing pre-Christian forest spirits that shared this name. (They were sort of like fauns or elves.) Other Germanic languages have cognates for scrats, including the connection between nature spirits and human intersex conditions. That may reflect pre-Christian attitudes where gender and sex variance were seen as sacred. This aligns with a common historical pattern of sacred sex and gender variance being demonized, as described in Leslie Feinberg's "Transgender Warriors."

wæpen-wifestre, or wæpned-wifestre. This is a historically real Anglo-Saxon word. Wif meant woman. Estre was a feminine suffix. Wæpen (weapon) or wæpned (weaponed) were equally likely to mean having a sword or a penis. (Please tell old England that using the same word for both swords and penises reflects a tasteless attitude about sex.) This word was used for gender non-conforming people of that time. It could have been used for a woman warrior who wields a sword, a trans woman, an intersex person, or nearly anybody who was thought to have both male and female characteristics.
Here is where it appears in a dictionary from 1838:
This talks about it in context with Beowulf, in regard to Grendel's mother, who was a monster or a woman warrior:

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so i assume when a youtube video has a reasonably flat engagement curve with a peak at just the point when i scream in frustration and abruptly change the subject that means people have it on the the background and weren't expecting the change in tone?

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As the rich stole the last of the planet's resources, the people wondered if these billionaire CEOs were *really* creating anything.

Finally, the richest developed spacecraft and fled. One landed in a desert civilisation on a distant world. An experienced CEO, he hired locals as unpaid interns to build a chain of skyscrapers, as best the primitive technology would allow.

Millennia later, the people of this world again wondered if their extraterrestrial visitor *really* built these "pyramids".

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Since this did such numbers on birdsite:

Five or so years ago I was working on the BBC's developer portal at and I was asked to replace the terrible fake code on the laptop screen in the stock photo. As an easter egg, if you click on the laptop screen then you can change it too.

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