17 Guaranteed Ways To Annoy An English Language & Linguistics Student
Eng Lang and Lx students are usually pretty easy going. But there are some things they just can’t tolerate.
1. Ask them how many languages they speak.
That moment on nights out when you people ask about your linguistics degree "oh right, how many languages do you speak then?" Sigh.
— Jade Leanne (@Jade_Dawson1) November 24, 2012
2. And then, when they say “no, it’s not like that,” look really disappointed.
3. Say things like: “But can’t you already speak English?”
4. And: “Oh yeah I studied that at A-level, hated it.”
5. Hear them complain about Syntax Trees and Morphology and then say: “I dunno, sounds really simple to me.”
— Jade Simpson (@jadesimpsonxx) May 16, 2016
6. Make sure you involve them in every grammar debate you ever have.
They never get tired of it. Ever.
legit the hardest thing about linguistics is trying to let go of being a grammar freak in order to study it
— laney (@laneyk28) January 12, 2015
7. Put them on the spot by asking them to identify someone’s accent to the nearest 5km.
8. And when they can’t, look really disappointed again.
9. Call people who use txt speak stupid.
10. When they use the word “contraction”, say: “like when a woman is in labour?”
11. Call them out on their “incorrect” use of a word or grammar.
I feel like all grammar nazis should be forced to study linguistics until they see the error of their ways
— Hannah (@hmbenzies) January 24, 2016
12. Assume they’re talking about beer when they mention IPA.
Every time I see someone raving about IPA I think they mean the int’l phonetic alphabet and am super sad when they mean beer
— Amy Brown (@amisamileandme) August 14, 2015
13. And look distinctly unimpressed by the fact that they’ve memorised a whole new alphabet.
14. Laugh at them when they’re doing phonetics revision and need to make sounds.
15. If you studied grammar at school, tell them you’ve practically done their degree already.
16. Make them text you about everything they’re doing then laugh at the autocorrects.
Word wants to change 'rhotic' to 'erotic'…#linguistproblems
— Ella Jeffries (@elzejeff) February 2, 2016