Thursday, April 18, 2013

Side Effects Include…

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials for drugs. You know what type I’m talking those ones where one person talks to the camera about how great a drug is and then explain the millions of deadly side effects.

I have seen many scary things, but these commercials are sometimes even more disturbing. Now, I understand that with drugs come side effects, but with the amounts of side effects these drugs have one would expect that it is some type of life saving medicine, but most of the times it’s something like birth control or even migraines.

Drugs like these should not have things like heart attack, suicidal thoughts, and perpetual urge to do the chicken dance as side effects. Okay I made up the last one, but the other ones are real and scary. I understand maybe headaches or dizziness, but I think for solving a migraine, a potential heart attack (or perpetual urge to do the chicken dance) is a little big. Also, why is it that these people always say these side effects with a smile? One of life’s mysteries I suppose.

Outside of that, there are other questions these commercials cause me to ponder. For example, why are the commercials usually just someone walking around trees and nature. Did this person have a migraine recently because it looks like they are fine? I am confused. Also, why are they alone? Is this the only person the drug has helped? Where are the others? And why are they smiling when talking about the side effects? Did I already ask this question?

I guess we’ll never know.

-The Anon Blogger

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The English Rebellion: ‘I’ Before ‘E’ except after ‘C’

For many years, the English language has been filled with confusing words and sentences. It is ridden with words with thousands of meanings and meanings with thousands of words. In these segments, I aim at rooting out the issues with language and start: An English Rebellion

Most English speaker at some point in their English learning hear this old saying explaining some key spelling tips. The saying goes, “I’ before ‘E’ except after ‘C’ or sounding like ‘A’ as in ‘neighbor’ or ‘weigh.’”

This rule seems simple and easy to follow, and you can apply in certain cases, like with the word ‘friend’ or ‘beige.’ This universal rule seems to make the English language a lot more simple, which as I said, is the purpose of the English Rebellion. You’d think I would love this rule, but I don’t. “Why?” you ask. Because it doesn’t work.

This rule a bunch of exceptions which cause confusion to anyone who relies on this rule. Some exceptions are: seize, weird, either, height, foreign, leisure, counterfeit, forfeit, neither, their, reinsure, ancient, species, science, sufficient, society.

These regular, everyday words contradict this rule, which begs the question, why have the rule?

The rules are made to make things easier, but this rule just leads to confusions. This is why I urge the world to rid itself of this rule and stop making this language so unnecessarily confusing!

Comment Question: What do you think? Should we keep this rule or get rid of it? Will you join the rebellion?

-The Anon Blogger

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