broke: horseshoe theory
woke: fishhook thoery
@laser how do you say the word "theory"
@laser take it up with Mads
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@laser some linguists are like, hand-wavey 'spelling isn't Our Problem', but it's always been fun to me to look at spelling as a part of what people know about their language. spelling undergoes the same kinds of shifts as other forms of language-knowledge, so I like to see if I can look at spelling innovations and figure out, like, 'what knowledge makes this spelling tick?" 😃
... so that's why I'm nosey, I just think this stuff is cool
@laser I had a dream last night that i had to explain fish hook theory to my mom
@pbandkate how'd it go?
@laser ya know I think I got as far as explaining why horseshoe theory was wrong and was about to move onto fishhook theory and then I woke up
@laser this theory has really reeled me in
@laser i find it relevant that it's a circle hook rather than a straight hook. A circle hook better demonstrates how close centrist is to far right. A circle hook is also self-landing while a straight hook requires the fisher to land the fish. Circle hook implies that falling into the area between centrist and far right is enough to hook you, a straight hook would imply that an external-to-politics angler had to seal the deal.
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