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Athena saw yesterday’s “I Has a Flavor” kitty and wanted to do something similar, and provided an amusing prop with which to get best results. We applied prop to cat, took photos, and then added our text. Here’s Athena’s: And mine: Frankly, the cat’s expression is what makes it work. But it wouldn’t be any […]

Athena saw yesterday’s “I Has a Flavor” kitty and wanted to do something similar, and provided an amusing prop with which to get best results. We applied prop to cat, took photos, and then added our text. Here’s Athena’s:

And mine:

Frankly, the cat’s expression is what makes it work.

But it wouldn’t be any fun if you didn’t get a shot at it, so, here:

Feel free to add your own caption and post it up somewhere. If you want to come back and leave a link to your newly-captioned picture of our royally humiliated cat, that’s fine with me too.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

51 replies on “Fun With Teh Catz”

JD: Did I miss a week somewhere? Where did the weird grammar and spelling trend start?

I think it started at least as far back as “Modern English”, which is usually traced back to the time of William Shakespeare. (The timing is not at all coincidental.)

In terms of this specific and more recent spate of weirdness, my only-mildly-informed guess is that it’s a playful outgrowth of both IM shortcuts and African American Vernacular English (aka “ebonics”) via rap and hip-hop.

JD: Did I miss a week somewhere? Where did the weird grammar and spelling trend start?

I think it started at least as far back as “Modern English”, which is usually traced back to the time of William Shakespeare. (The timing is not at all coincidental.)

In terms of this specific and more recent spate of weirdness, my only-mildly-informed guess is that it’s a playful outgrowth of both IM shortcuts and African American Vernacular English (aka “ebonics”) via rap and hip-hop.

(In oddly affected British accent)

I AM ON YOUR SOFA AND MY COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS QUITE SUFFICIENT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I MOST STRENUOUSLY RESENT ANY IMPLICATIONS TO THE CONTRARY. NOW, WILL YOU PLEASE, KINDLY REMOVE THE FUCKING TIARA?

Heh. I can just see some grammar cop pointing out an infraction to one or another of the queens of Britain, and being told in no uncertain terms that “We are the English language.”

Which of course is true, if one exchanges the royal “We” for a more we-the-people sort of “we”. While grammar rules and spelling and dictionary definitions and so on certainly have their place, the English language is what we say it is.

Bacon taped to fur
Now foolish crown on my head
Behold kitty rage

Human prints out draft
Many days of work is there
I shall pee on it

See my flowing river
Yellow and odiferous
Curdles bond paper

Bountiful as well
Overflows the paper pile
Shorts out computer

Dignity avenged,
I curl around your ankles
Demanding dinner

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