This is Alice Ball, the pharmaceutical chemist who in 1919 developed a medical treatment for Leprosy and gave hope to millions. Her drug was the premier treatment for Leprosy until the 1940’s when antibiotics were developed. Before Alice, Leprosy was considered a hopeless disease. In the US people found to have Leprosy were forcibly removed from their homes and detained indefinitely in remote colonies. Alice’s treatment allowed hundreds of detainees to at last be paroled from the detention centres and go home to their families.
moelskerdeg replied to your post:LATE ANSWER IS LATE BUT: Princess Tutu DVDs [IT’S NOT COPYING IF IT’S TRU, the book DWJ’s sister finished, a ducky umbrella, a cure for avocado allergies, and a collage of pictures of Danny Pudi, Lee Pace and Shirley Manson. :Pfull disclosure: I totally looked into whether ducky umbrellas were a thing you could buy AND THEY’RE NOT WHAT THE SHIT AMERICAN MARKETPLACE
WAAAAAAAAAH THAT’S TRAGIC ;_;
there was ONE that I found that was like, a duck face on the umbrella and it was cute-ish but not like Ahiru’s and also it was for really small kids so I’m guessing it would not be practical for adult usage haha womp
However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone” “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone”).
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes — and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
Reblogging. Because linguistics.
THIS IS LATE BUT YES <3
it makes me really uncomfortable to think people born in the year 2000 are now teenagers