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Tumblr User Expounds Tolkien's Wonderful Nerdery

Tumblr users apparently have a lot of time on their hands, and they use it for amusingly specific and labor intensive thoughts like the relationship between elves eyes and the curvature of middle earth, or discussing the full versions of classic sayings. We're glad people get so into stuff, like this Tumblr thread that makes history fun.

Tumblr user explains how Tolkein used his extensive knowledge of linguistics to make details in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit | mirkwoodest One ballsiest things Tolkien ever did write 473k words about some hobbits called frodo, sam, merry, and pippin and then write appendices their names are actually maura, ban, kali, and razal, mirkwoodest
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Tumblr Thread Shows The Full Versions of Classic Sayings

Somewhere along the way, classic idioms and sayings with two parts got shortened to the first one, and everyone's just been using them wrong for a while. Tumblr gets itself into spirals of informative weirdness, like this Tumblr thread that actually makes history fun.

Tumblr thread shows real meanings of classic sayings | phrase curiosity killed cat is actually not full phrase actually is curiosity killed cat but satisfaction brought back so don't let anyone tell not be curious little baby okay go and be interested world. See also Blood is thicker than water, blood covenant is thicker than water womb. Meaning relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.
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Short Thread On Naming Shows How Much Scientists Love Stupid Puns

Just a a few short dumbass examples, and the unfortunate repercussions of scientists turning their work into hilarious puns. That all being said, Nim Chimpsky is an absolutely hilarious monkey pun in our opinion, and we hope scientists use more incredibly stupid puns in the future. If this made you interested in science stuff, here's a microbiologists unbelievable thread about lobsters. And for puns, here are some terrible/excellent puns.

Examples of how scientists name things with stupid puns.
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Tumblr Post About Patriarchal Culture Gets Schooled By Linguist

Call the burn unit! This linguist took a Tumblr user's post, and absolutely destroyed. And they did it with the cold, hard logic from the linguistics field. A job well done, indeed. 

breaking down the word human
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19 Non-Native English Speakers Share Phrases They Wish We Had

Wouldn't it be simpler to have a single word that encapsulates the concept of getting drunk in your underwear? Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to call someone an "orthopedic walking cane" out of hate? These options and many more lie waiting to be discovered in the world's many wonderful languages. For some English wins and fails, here are some incredible uses and misuses of the English language.

words and phrases that don't exist in the english language
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20 Incredible Uses and Misuses of the English Language

English is a complex and weird language, made out of sutured together bastardizations of dozens of other languages. It's got confusing tenses and conflicting rules all over the place. Here are some fun applications of English, as well as a few miserable but funny misapplications of the language. For more interesting stuff about the English Language, here's a tumblr thread deconstructing the actual meanings of popular figures of speech.

weird english rule
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