I want to be a polyglot someday and these are the languages I’m most interested in learning
-Americain Sign Language (Current personal study, soon to add formal education) -French (At home studying, and I’m thinking about taking French as a Minor in college) -Esperanto -Italian -Brazilian Portuguese
The Game Cube can be hit with a sledgehammer and work just fine. The Nintendo DS was specifically designed to be able to survive a 1.5 meter (five foot) drop onto solid concrete without breaking, and one of the company’s bigwigs wouldn’t let it go past the design phase until the design team could guarantee it could survive the drop at least 10 times. In fact, Nintendo products have such a reputation for being impossible to break through normal means that they spawned the term “Nintendium”—an all-purpose phrase given to pieces of technology that survive extreme punishment. For example, take the Gulf War Game Boy, an original Game Boy console that survived having a freaking bomb dropped on it.
Nintendo never advertises their products as being durable, they don’t brag about their Game Boys being bomb-proof or their consoles being tough enough to survive being hit by a car. They just expect their customers to be human and include features to prepare for that humanity. While other companies decide that they’re nice by including a cover to protect the screen of the $600 phone you just bought in case you drop it, Nintendo just builds a device that can survive being dropped in the first place and doesn’t make a big deal about it. Because that’s how a real company does business.
Are you a boy whose name ends in “n”? Congratulations, you are contributing to one of the weirdest naming trends in American history.
This article looks at naming trends, but specifically at the “*Aiden” name family: Jayden, Aden, Kayden, etc. This group of similar sounding names has a wide range of spellings, made even more diverse with the recent trend of desiring unique spellings (though it’s arguable how recent this trend is in some demographic groups). In any case, the *Aiden and *Ayton (Clayton, Peyton, Dayton) name families may be made up of many different names, but the overall sound similarity of these groups makes it reasonable to analyze them as a unit, rather than many different names. And now, as a group, these types of names are overtaking the traditionally more popular names like David, Robert, John, and Michael (many of which are Biblical in origin).
So what does this mean? Really, all it means is that names have always had trends and fads and this one really is no different.
This graph shows the “*bert”s versus the “*aiden”s. Back in the ’20s, the proportion of babies given names from the *Bert family outnumbers those in the *Aiden family today. The main difference is that there are fewer ways people then chose to spell these names.
There were a bazillion Jessicas, Jennifers, [C|K]aitlins and Laurens in my high school class. It felt like half of the boys in my friend group were named Chris or Matt. Naming trends have always existed! (As far as we know.) This is why there aren’t so many Abernathys and Belindas any more. They used to be more popular names, but the trends have changed. As the io9 article concludes:
What’s fascinating is that parents seem to measure a name’s distinctiveness not by its sound, but by its spelling. The delightful irony, of course, is that in seeking to diversify the way we spell our children’s names, we wind up converging on a surprisingly homogenized sound. The more names change, the more they stay the same.
So you know how every language has that word/phrase/sentence that native speakers can pronounce just fine, but foreigners can almost never pronounce it correctly? And the natives have a lot of fun telling the foreigners to try and say it and laughing at their attempts?
They’re called Shibboleths, and wikipedia has a whole article on them. Even better, wikipedia has a whole article on examples of them.
Some of them are ridiculous, I can’t stop reading this article.