1. Spent all summer writing a dissertation, got a masters in Linguistics.

2. Recorded 30 cover songs in 30 days and uploaded them to Youtube.

3. Finally went to Germany.
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4. Had a volleyball spiked hard on my face twice. No nosebleeds.

5. Had an excellent birthday party in a foreign country.

[and then suddenly…]


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This is a personal website, and I enjoy producing content that removes mediocre playlist and comic ideas from my brain. However, I also try to write intelligently about linguistic topics, and sometimes the fluff of the fun posts can distract from my aspirational pursuits.

If you’d like to just read my discussions on linguistic topics, they can all be found HERE.

Thank you.

Brianne Hughes


December 12, 2012

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December 3, 2012

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My initial reaction to the announcement that Oxford Dictionaries US had chosen gif as a verb as its 2012 word of the year was one of underwhelmtion. Previous winners of the American Dialect Society’s WOTY have been occupy, app, and tweet, which seem to encapsulate the trends of a whole year more completely than gif does, which I initially felt only represented a small corner of the internet.

…but then I thought about it.

2012 is the first year that I’ve ever been in a gif. I’ve been giffed! I was roped into this gif, peer pressured by the enthusiasm of 4 ladies with dialects different from my own. Oh the foreign lifestyle! Being swayed by someone’s argument based solely on their vowels… So yeah basically I’m in this dumb gif where we’re trying to have attitude and be sassy with snapping, but just looks silly. I don’t know how they got me to be in the front of the group, but there I am.

[and then suddenly…]


November 28, 2012

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This isn’t about a particular episode, and these screenshots are from two separate stories. The point of this post is to talk about how I’ve never really thought about Gotham being set in a particular point in time, other than the 20th century. Gothamites have electricity, and TV news, and experiments that turn people into Bane and Poison Ivy. Freeze makes an underwater city in one episode, and that takes some serious hydro-engineering. How do you bring in air? How do you take out trash? Sidetracked.

In the first of these two shots, Bruce Wayne holds a comically large cellphone.

Batman: The Animated Series ran from 1992-1995, and during that time, cell phones were big. It’s funny to see them in 2012, but that’s fine. The realization that I’m having is that Gotham exists in several points in history all at once, and we can choose to focus on whichever era is convenient to the storyline.

[and then suddenly…]


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