Hello, friends! Today I wanted to share a super cool tag that I think all bloggers should participate in, The Blog Most Likely To… Tag! I was tagged by Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Thanks, Joey! (By the way… you never suggested a blogger superlative to me… but that’s okay!)
Like Joey explained in his post, this challenge was actually inspired by Huntley Fitzpatrick’s release of The Boy Most Likely To back during the summer of 2015. Like Joey, I haven’t read any of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s work despite having heard so many wonderful things. But I do plan to eventually. My Life Next Door being the one that holds the most anticipation; that premise just appeals to me the most out of the rest of Fitzpatrick’s work.
But anyway, before I reveal what my blog superlative is… I just wanted to let you guys know that early 2015 I also completed the More Happy and Not Tag, which was created by Shelumiel at Bookish and Awesome. That tag was also inspired by a book release, More Happy Than Not. It’s such a feel good post that I also encourage you guys to do if you haven’t already. (By the way, despite all the promises and “I’ll read it soon”s, I never managed to pick that book up in 2015. Sigh. Will 2016 be the year?)
Note: This is a 2015 tag, meaning I was first tagged in 2015. I’m just trying to go through all the awards and tags from my 2015 queue. But I am an tag/award free blog in that I won’t be doing any more tags/awards after I go through the 2015 drafts. Sorry for the confusion!
And time for the big reveal (or maybe not so big if you’ve already sneaked a peek due to the bold, “in your face” text):
Xingsings would be:
“The Blog Most Likely to… Be EXCESSIVELY Wordy”
To clarify what that means (to me):
I often times make my reviews, posts, comments, replies 10x longer than they should be. Like all I’m trying to say sometimes is “nice post,” but I end up going on several tangents and then it becomes what I term as the “Summer bomb.” I’m sort of pleased by how a lot of you guys have recycled that before. 😄 And more often than not my book reviews are 1000+ words long, which I guess is sort of the norm for people that like to write long reviews but I tend to use a lot of extra words like “sort/kind of,” filler conjunctions, double adjectives (like my earlier “super cool”), parentheses (like just how I used one, and one again), and adverbs. This is precisely why I bold the main points to my arguments in most of my posts…
Gosh, why am I so wordy?
A) Taking a total of six courses in Latin throughout high school and college contributed to this. English was always my weakest subject in school, and I honestly think I learned how to use proper English grammar though my Latin courses more than my English ones (but this is a common sentiment among most Latin students, I think). And, as you know, Latin’s an archaic language and rarely spoken (except for those extreme Latinist or linguists). Instead emphasis on the accuracy of translation and expression is often the focus. Latin students usually pick up textbooks that will have wordy sentences that fit with “the curriculum.” Latin is very specific with certain use of adjectives, adverbs, and constructions (ablative absolutes, indirect questions, etc); the overall language is systematic, but also very convoluted. I mean have any of you read and translated any classical Latin writings?
“post haec caelatus eodem sistitur argento crater fabricataque fago pocula, qua cava sunt, flaventibus inlita ceris; parva mora est, epulasque foci misere calentes, nec longae rursus referuntur vina senectae dantque locum mensis paulum seducta secundis: hic nux, hic mixta est rugosis carica palmis prunaque et patulis redolentia mala canistris et de purpereis conlectae visitbus uvae, candidus in medio favus est; super omnia vultus accessere boni nec iners pauperque voluntas.”
Lines 668-673 from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Book VIII, “Philemon and Baucis”)
Yes, that was just one sentence. Look at the the number of semicolons and colons… >.<
B) In addition, Vietnamese uses some superfluous verbiage sometimes. I can’t exactly explain this in English in a proper and effective manner. But we use a lot of “adverbs of intensity.” Instead of saying something more straightforward and short, we’ll add adverbs like “very” even when it doesn’t matter if we use the relative (example: good), comparative (better), or superlative (best) form. Another example, we often use terms of endearment such as “ơi” at the end of people’s names. And we have many multi-word adjectives. But yeah. I guess I put a lot of thought into this. 😄
C) My thoughts are plain mush sometimes, haha. Or maybe that’s just my internet persona.
But whatever the reason, I don’t think being “wordy” is necessarily a good thing or a bad thing.
It’s very likely you’ve gotten a “summer bomb” or paragraph comment from me some point or another. But for some odd reason if you did not, here are some ridiculously long posts I’ve published in the past:
5 Longest Miscellaneous Posts:
4,616 words: Liebster Award (2nd and Last One) post
4,368 words: All Things About ARCs post
3,806 words: Real Neat Blogger Award post
3,308 words: Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of the World Bloggers Award post
2,601 words: Attack on Titan post
5 Longest Review Posts:
2,138 words: My True Love Gave to Me revew
1,600 words: Everything, Everything review
1,401 words: Maximum Ride Forever review
1,308 words: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids review
1,261 words: A Darker Shade of Magic review
What is your “Blog Most Likely to…” superlative?
I Tag –
- Aentee at Read at Midnight
- Analee at Book Snacks
- Ashley at Dreamingthroughliterature
- Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories
- Cassandra at Read All About It
- Chooi at Read, Think, Ponder
- Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions
- Erika at Erika in Bookventureland
- Jenna at Reading with Jenna
- Josie at Josie’s Book Corner
- Kelly at Dancing through the Pages
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Poulami at Daydreaming Books
- Raven at Dreamy Addictions
- Shotobhisha at Confessions of a Bibliophile
- Thuong at I Read Therefore I Am
- Trey at Trey Schnarr Books
- Trisha at The Bookgasm
- Wesaun at Oreo & Books
Also, I really want everyone to do this. So if you’d like to, I tag you! 😀
Haha, I hope that was kind of interesting. Thanks for reading! Did you guys find it an accurate description or not really? Let me know what you think my superlative should have been if not this one. 🙂
Oh and this will be my last award/tag post for a long while. I’ll eventually get through all the other 2015 drafts by the year’s end but this is one of the last of the scheduled posts I created in early January (the others are scheduled later in 2016). I’m going to try to focus on mainly book reviews, Summer Says, Summing it Up, and haul posts from here on out. :3