Katy Perry Should Try Emotional Refusal

Response paper for my fall Argumentation (COMM3700) course. 2017. Taylor Swift’s application of emotional refusal throughout her career not only benefits her brand, but also silently takes down her aggressors. According to Heinrich, emotional refusal is “when being bullied or heckled, refuse to show the emotion the bully wants. Gain the audience’s sympathy by trying … Continue reading Katy Perry Should Try Emotional Refusal

The Etymology of Conlang

An introduction to the word conlang Merriam-Webster: CONLANG, N. an invented language intended for human communication that has planned and cohesive phonological, grammatical, and syntactical system. The word conlang serves as a compound of the words constructed and language; it was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in February of 2017. A conlang is an artificial … Continue reading The Etymology of Conlang

Kenneth Koch’s parody of “This is Just to Say”

Occasionally, we befriend a person we should not have—the kind that borrows a shirt and never returns it, never seems to remember to bring a wallet to dinner, or never offers to drive or give gas money. This type of friend resembles the speaker of Kenneth Koch’s “Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams.” … Continue reading Kenneth Koch’s parody of “This is Just to Say”