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10th-Jul-2009 11:20 pm
pb - oh really?
Brody has been working. It's easy to tell: he's too pale, which he's trying to cover up with make-up, like someone stuck a straw in him and sucked out all the filling. And he's wearing a lot of clothes, but that could also mean he left the house intending for people to look at him.

"So, like, when you say the word 'cute'... what do you mean? Like, 'your dog is cute,' or, 'cute shoes', or whatever. What exactly does 'cute' mean? ...Nobody quote the dictionary at me, you fucking pedants, I will bite you in the face." No, that's not a serious threat.

He fidgets, gnaws on his finger, pushes around a plate of vegetables he is not eating because it's making him nauseated. He's drinking, though, SURPRISE!!! "Do you think it's okay for parents to hit their kids?"
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11th-Jul-2009 07:57 am (UTC) - 1/2
It's like what Chris Rock said: "It's not the word, it's the context". Sometimes cute is cute. You see something attractive and you call it cute because it is. Sometimes cute isn't cute. For this we can go back to its original purpose of being the shortened form of acute, which is "keenly perceptive or discerning, shrewd" (Sorry, I quoted the dictionary there). We can also used cute to describe someone who is clever or in my type of plain, contemporary language, a smartass.

Like all words, it can also be used in a sarcastic context. You can fill in the blank there.
11th-Jul-2009 08:00 am (UTC) - 2/2
Also, no I don't agree with hitting your kids. I grew up with the shit and it does fuck-all to stem bad behaviour. Gets your kids to resent you, even hate you sometimes if you're a real fucking bastard about it.
11th-Jul-2009 08:04 am (UTC) - ffff watch him take like thirty million years to type this on a tiny iphone keyboard
but then, cute has different like conotations than attractive, right? cute is sort of infantilizng it. i think used in any other context it's always a little sarcastic. but then i'm like completely bewildered when people use it for like, clothes and stuff. i love shoes, but how are they "cute"?

i didn't think so, but, i've been talking to my friends lately and they are all talking about how shitty and fucked up their life is because of it and like, i dont know. i was a pretty bad kid and i still did bad shit anyway, i was just sneakier about it. but maybe that's a good lesson, learning how not to be a fucktard and get caught.
11th-Jul-2009 08:20 am (UTC) - ever tried txting on a razr? my teeny fingers cannot compute the flatness
Fuck if I know either. I've love me some shoes too, mostly boots, but then you can't call the type of boots I wear "cute". They're more like "shitkickers" or "I'm going to wear these while I screw you and you're going to like it" boots. >_>

With my background, beatings were the thing you expected as a kid when you fucked up. If you were a dumbass and got caught like you said. See, I was the quiet freaky child who kept to herself and her handful of friends. No one really suspects the quiet one.
11th-Jul-2009 08:35 am (UTC)
i wear like six inch stilettos and people call them "cute" and i'm like "n oactually they could take out one of your eyes, what are you actually saying". i don't know. i am tired of the word cute. i don't even know why. i think it's just overused.

some kids respond to it, some kids don't. my older brother didn't even give a fuck. thats why they kicked him out.
11th-Jul-2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Probably. Do people call you cute often? That could be your problem there.

They threw him out? Isn't that a touch extreme?
11th-Jul-2009 08:59 am (UTC)
all the time. they can eat a dick.

(no, i'm kidding.)

he wasn't happy there, they weren't happy with him there. he ended up fine. i think it was better for him.
11th-Jul-2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Clearly you need to stop being cute. Right now.

(I'm happy that you're kidding but dick eating is a delicacy in some countries. And dimensions.)

Good for him. I had a friend like that. Had to drag her out of the damn house myself before she got any peace.
11th-Jul-2009 09:08 am (UTC)
i saw mike rowe eat a raw goat testicle and i got a little excited :3

it helps when you're old enough for it. not like... 12...
11th-Jul-2009 09:18 am (UTC)
What?! No he did not...Wait. Was that the episode when he was castrating farm animals with his teeth? :/?

Twelve. Fucking christ. At least now we know he ended up alright but that must of been shitty for a twelve year old to deal with.
11th-Jul-2009 09:20 am (UTC)
o no not mike rowe i meant my husband, bear grylls. also he slept inside a camel!

no no he was.. older, like a lot. i wold of left at 12 if anyone had let me. stupid cops >:\
11th-Jul-2009 09:30 am (UTC)
Fuck Bear Grylls. That shit was way better when Luke Skywalker did it the first time.

Sometimes cops know what they're talking about. But sometimes they're full of shite.
11th-Jul-2009 09:32 am (UTC)
how dare yo ublaspheme against my husband?! bear grylls is a man's man who teaches about wilderness survival from the comfort of plush hotel rooms, and then goes and eats scorpions and shit anyway! we are soulmates.

i'm p sure i ~ran away from home~ like three times packing a change of underwear and like half a suitcase full of bubblegum soooooooooo
11th-Jul-2009 09:39 am (UTC)
He's a fancy ponce. Nuff said. And I prefer Les anyday over Grills. Sorry. Grylls.

Three times? A for effort, eh.
11th-Jul-2009 09:42 am (UTC)
les is kind of bear-y... not full on bear more like a cub. i bet hes got sweat stank too. whereas i imagine bear grylls has skin smooth as a baby's toes and smells like a fresh mountain spring :3
11th-Jul-2009 09:54 am (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with liking a man who has a little hair on him >:/ Sweat stank and all. But I draw the line at full-on sasquash. Also: pfft. You wish.
11th-Jul-2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
there is when it sits there, collecting sweat and getting all crusty o____o
12th-Jul-2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Now you make sound like something nasty :/
11th-Jul-2009 07:03 pm (UTC) - TIME HAS NO MEANING HERE PRETEND SHE DOESN'T HAVE OTHER STUFF GOING ON
"Cute has maaany many meanings, like--well, this is a colloquialism, but there's 'oh, that's real cute', which is sarcastic, and 'oh my GOD that is SO CUTE' which is my reaction to anything I like including sometimes giant man-eating tigers, but typically it's just- you know, things that are appealing in a way that's more endearing than intimidating. So maybe it depends on what you find endearing." BREATHE, WOMAN.

"Annnd...I don't know, there are some bad-ass little kids out there. Closed-fist, not so much. Open hand is another matter." Trivia: Stella's mother only used corporal punishment with Estella because none of her other kids are crazy people.
12th-Jul-2009 02:54 am (UTC) - LA LA LA THNMY
"Endearing, that's a good way to put it."

He scratches the top of his head. "Right? Like I just... I know so many people who are like NO NEVER and others who are like 'well I was a terrible child if no one had hit me I would have turned out horrible', so. I dunno. ...I don't think anyone should, like, punch four-year-olds, though, I mean the point is to discipline them, not break them."
12th-Jul-2009 03:01 am (UTC)
"Yeeeah, thing is- we all know people who will smack someone under the claim of it being 'for their own good,'" and there's a bitter twist to her voice, but it isn't something that lingers or needs to be addressed, "when really they're just fucking angry and looking for somebody else to take it out on. So I think intent means a lot there- and you can tell, because people who smack their kids around when they just can't control their own temper are the ones who will take it too far. You know what I mean?"
12th-Jul-2009 06:47 am (UTC)
"True. Then again, sometimes people are just making excuses, and sometimes they really, truly think they're doin' something for your own good, and they ain't."

Brody frowns, abruptly smothers the twang out of his accent. "Their intention is still good, but... Yeah, I get it."
11th-Jul-2009 09:48 pm (UTC) - fffffuck yeah anon text
I don't really use the word cute a lot so I'm not sure. I guess it means attractive or pretty to me. Like, my girlfriend's cute. Not how I'd usually describe her, but she really is... but that's not all it means. My little cousin is cute, too, just more in the four year old terror way.

Anyway. That's one hell of a seque between questions.

My answer is "hell no, never". But I could be biased.
12th-Jul-2009 02:56 am (UTC) - fucking-- YOU PEOPLE AND YOUR TEXTING
theres all these different words for "attractive" that all have different meanings though. like, something makes cute different than pretty... although i guess in a lot of contexts they are used the same way.

i dont fuck around. (maybe i was thinking about how people think its cute for girls to beat up their boyfriends but not the other way around idk dont question my head.)

never ever? how would you deal with a kid who doesnt respond to other forms of discipline/punishment? im not like tryin gto argue im jsut curious.
12th-Jul-2009 03:35 am (UTC) - i'm going to text you and you're going to LIKE IT
I guess so. Although, if we're talking girls, I guess cute is more... the things someone does, rather than how they look. At least for me. If I was just talking about looks, I suppose I'd call someone pretty or beautiful. Partly because I am a sap. Partly because girls do the cutest things when you call them that.

...that is the lamest thing I have ever said in text. OKAY, MOVING ON.

Well, I'm never going to be a dad, but if I was-- I guess I'd lecture. Louder. I'm really good at that. Corporal punishment is valid in some cases, maybe. But it's something I can't bring myself to do. My own issues.
12th-Jul-2009 06:42 am (UTC) - NOOO HIS TINY MANGLED FINGERS :(
i guess. i think i am just biased because i hear that word so much it annoys me.

fair enough.
12th-Jul-2009 06:51 am (UTC) - OH BABY, YOU KNOW IT HURTS SO GOOD
Makes sense. FYI, I am now going to assume you are wee and adorable.

Yeah. Too easy, in my experience, for a parent to make excuses about that. Maybe the first time is justified... you're dealing with a kid who can be a real smartass and won't listen to you. I was a kid like that. But. It's so easy to justify yourself the next time and the next time...

Not that it matters. Again, not going to be a dad. Because of that and a whole bunch of other shit.
12th-Jul-2009 11:38 pm (UTC) - no :(
you are incorrect. i am huge and hideous.

i think the problem is that some people aren't really ready for the commitment raising kids takes so they do whatever is easiest instead of whatever is better.
11th-Jul-2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
It really depends on the context, I guess! But generally, something that I like and is appealing. I'm not going to call a pile of garbage cute or anything, you know?

No. :(
12th-Jul-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
appealing in what way? what would get you to describe something as cute instead of attractive, pretty, beautiful, etc?

why?
12th-Jul-2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I guess in a younger, less refined of way, maybe? See: puppies and kittens vs. a beautiful painting.

It's never okay to hurt kids.
12th-Jul-2009 03:39 am (UTC)
fair enough.

sometimes kids need to learn.
12th-Jul-2009 06:31 am (UTC)
I don't know, I think that if you have to hit someone to teach them something, you're not a good teacher.
12th-Jul-2009 06:36 am (UTC)
kids arent exactly known for their great logical reasoning skills, you know?

like if no one had beat my ass i would probably still be getting in vans with strangers.
12th-Jul-2009 06:49 am (UTC)
That's why it's the adult's job to keep the kids from harm, not hurt them more to make them stop.

Normal spanking or whatever, fine, but anything more than that just isn't cool.
12th-Jul-2009 06:51 am (UTC)
that's true, i guess.
12th-Jul-2009 06:55 am (UTC)
A lot of grown ups haven't gotten the memo.
12th-Jul-2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
i hate that word, "grown up".
12th-Jul-2009 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how shoes could be cute unless they're pink and have bows or something, but "cute" is generally something that's appealing in a young and small way. Something that triggers your "awwwww" reflex. ::Harper is short and has been called "cute" more times than he'd like.:: Or somebody's being sarcastic and they're really showing disgust. ::And again.::

Sometimes. I don't mean like beatin' the hell out of kids, but sometimes something's so important that they need the shock of a light shot to really get an immediate feeling of connection and "I really don't wanna do that again." But if you're too angry to think straight you shouldn't be laying a hand on a kid.
13th-Jul-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
"I guess it's just, like, a word people are just conditioned to use, or something." Yes, Brody, like "like" and phrases like "or something"? "For stuff they like. But it's like, umm, infantilizing, which is what I find weird about it."

...yeah, he's having this relatively normal teen angsty phase right now where he's seventeen, only a year away from being a technical adult, and really sick of being infantilized. But it's his youth that makes people react that way to begin with.

"I think it's better to hit them to teach them a lesson than let them learn that lesson on their own and get really hurt. Y'know? But I know a lotta people who say they're all fucked up from their parents hitting them at all, so... I don't know." Not that Brody's friends are by any means a good measuring stick of the average person's reaction to fucked upness, since all of them have more than their fair share of tragedy heaped upon them. But.
13th-Jul-2009 02:02 am (UTC)
No need to complain to me about the infantilizing, because I get it. People can suck.

My family was hard on me sometimes, but we lived in really dangerous areas. Even then I did some stupid stuff and paid for it bigtime. Considering how things went, sometimes I wish they had been harder. If I'd been more cautious, they might have lived longer. Anyway, I'm fucked up for several reasons.
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