Luddites

Luddism – a hatred of technology – takes its name from a group of disgruntled nineteenth-century textile workers who rebelled against new factory methods that threatened their livelihood. Although the original Luddite Revolt was swiftly quashed, fear and distrust of new scientific advances continues to play a role in politics and has colored contemporary debates about a variety of topics ranging from computers to genetically modified foods.

The original Luddites took their name from Ned Ludd, who may or may not have been a real person. According to legend, Ludd broke into a house sometime in the late 1770s and destroyed a pair of stocking fames, recently invented knitting machines that were blamed for putting textile workers our of work. Whether or not this event actually occurred, the phrase “Ludd must have been here” became a common refrain in English factories whenever a piece of newfangled machinery was found damaged.

By 1812, a group of textile workers who had crowned Ned “King Ludd” began destroying stocking frames and weaving frames all over England. The first organized Luddite Revolts occurred in 1811; it took 2,000 troops to quell the violence. Soon thereafter, “machine breaking” was made a capital crime. (After one 1813 trial in York, seventeen men were hanged for breaking this law.)

Although the original Luddite Revolt faded away, the term Luddite entered the political lexicon as a way of describing opponents of the relentless onslaught of technology.

Aaaargh! Please Stop Saying Lip-Singing

This morning I read a blog post that made my want to defenestrate the computer and go live on the moon. I usually scan and sometimes read the blog posts that are in the ‘blogging’ and ‘life’ tagged sections of Freshly Pressed. I don’t know why I always go to those sections. I just do.

Anyway, someone had written a post about ipods and how people listen to their music. It was one of those list posts. According to almost every post that I have read about ‘how to blog’ or ‘blogging techniques that work’, you are supposed to add lists to your posts. Apparently people like to read blogs that contain numbered lists.

My Top 10 Blahs
10 Blahs I like
10 Blahs to Tell if Your Blah is Blah

I guess it’s to break up the monotony and hold the interest of the reader.

In the post I was reading, the blogger made reference to those people who mouth the words to the song when they are listening to their ipods. He/she referred to them as ‘lip-singers’. I screamed inside. Just like I ALWAYS do when someone says ‘lip-sing’.

It’s not lip-sing, it’s lip-sync; as in synchronize. Synchronizing your mouth movements to match the words of the song. As in, as RuPaul says on RuPaul’s Drag Race, “It’s time to lip-SNYC for your life”.

It wouldn’t have been so bad, but the person writing the post wrote ‘lip-sing’ about 20 times. Each time I read it, it was like fingernails on a blackboard. It’s not as noticeable when it’s spoken. There is only a slight difference between the hard g and hard k sound. But, when it’s written out it’s like ARGHHH! There is no giving the person the benefit of the doubt; especially when it’s in bold face type.

I wanted to say something about it in the blogger’s comment section, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I know how I feel when I make a mistake or erroneous error in a blog post and people jump all over it. I didn’t want to do that to someone else.

Leave me alone. I'm working on my 'end of the physical year' crap.

I don’t know why I let stuff like that bother me. I could have just said to myself, “Oh, they’re one of those people who says lip-sing instead of lip-sync”, and just left it at that. But, I just let it get under my skin. Just like when people say ‘physical’ instead of  ‘fiscal’. Especially if they are accountants or finance people. I know someone who works in finance that does that; says ‘physical’ instead of ‘fiscal’. They’ll be talking to me about their work and it’s like, “Blah blah blah blah, physical year, blah blah blah physical year”.  That’s all I hear. Physical year. On the outside I am smiling and politely nodding my head, but on the inside I am running around, jumping up and down and screaming, “OMG, how did you even graduate from college with a degree in finance when you actually think that it’s physical year“.

I get equally as crazed when people say real-a-ter, instead on real -tor. Realtor has 2 syllables, not 3. I live in the south and have gotten quite used to people adding extra syllables to one and two syllable words, but that real-a-ter thing still drives me nuts.

It’s possible, I suppose, that lip-sing has become an acceptable alternate for lip-sync and that I just don’t know it. If that’s the case, then fine. I suppose that I could get used to it, even though I still think it sounds horribly wrong. I finally resigned myself to the fact that some people pronounce the T in often, so I guess that anything is possible.