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officialnatasharomanoff:

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officialnatasharomanoff:

stop using romanov as natasha’s last name.  according to russian grammar, she’s a female, so her last name would be romanova. either call her natasha romanoff or natasha romanova, if you insist on using her russian name. romanov is grammatically incorrect. like, it’s just wrong in terms of the russian language.

Romanoff/Romanov are different ways of transliterating the same -ов Russian ending, which is to say they’re different ways of spelling the same thing in the Latin alphabet. It’s not a case of one being necessarily “Russian” and the other necessarily “American”— both spellings have been used as standard transliterations of Романов. (Romanoff is, I think, influenced by older French styles of transliteration, Romanov is more standard these days.)

While Russian names, in Russian, are gendered, it’s not “incorrect” to drop that aspect when translating to English, which lacks grammatical gender. Sometimes Slavic immigrant women use the “masculine” form in the West, sometimes they don’t. In the end, though, they get to decide how to transliterate and anglicize their own names, and probably shouldn’t be told they’re grammatically incorrect for doing it.

In the film continuity “Natasha Romanoff” is standardized as the spelling she uses and so the name she prefers to go by. In the comics, there is no standardization, and Romanoff/Romanov/Romanova spellings are all used, so any of them is correct, depending on context. (The comics also use Natalia as her first name fairly often.)

My sources here are Russian lessons and discussion w/Russian immigrants. Anyway, Wikipedia has a page on Eastern Slavic naming customs, including a line about how there isn’t really a standard way of transliterating women’s last names. I also wrote up a long post about Natasha’s name and its history, with even more links.

honestly, a lot of people have either messaged me/reblogged saying, “i’m russian, and you’re so right,” or messaged me/reblogged saying, “i’m a linguistics major, and you’re wrong,” and it’s gotten to the point where i don’t know which one is right.

Hm… I thought about that a little…

And I think it’s because you are neither completely wrong or completely right. Names are different from other words in language. Sure, laws of grammar do apply, but in the end, it’s about your personal choice and preference. (well, in this case, about personal choice of Natasha)

As I mentioned, you need to end your name with “ova” in czech language (and russian too) because of declension. But there are women who decided to take masculine versions of surnames because they are living abroad or because they want to take feminist stance or differ from the rest. It is usually because majority of english speaking people think that Romanova and Romanov are completely different names and therefore, people with names like that aren’t related/married. However, it is essentially the same name, just feminine and masculine version.

Basically, it’s about the personal choice. There is no gramatical right or wrong concerning names. I see the “Romanova” version as more accurate, since my language is similar to russian, but Natasha is living in english speaking country now, so it would be more logical to use “Romanov” or “Romanoff”. If she is in Russia, she probably should be adressed as Romanova, since it makes more sense… (or if someone from Russia is talking to her, they would most probably also use “Romanova”)

All versions probably correct, though. We would have to ask Natasha what she thinks about it and that version would be the correct version. :)

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daily reminder pepper potts took out every single big bad in all three iron man movies.

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you know what i didn’t even fucking realize this until right now you go pepper potts four for you pepper potts

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Anonymous asked: I hope you change your opinion on self-diagnosing. But if you don't it's okay I still love you and you're still awesome. Have a good day!

captainamerica-in-middle-earth:

I have ADD and its extremely offensive when someone makes some flippant comment about it like “The other day…. OH LOOK A BUNNY!!! Hahahaha Im sooooo ADD!!!”

Do you understand how much that pisses me off?

Like, Im sorry, do you struggle with focusing on even the things that you love to do to the point that doing them becomes a struggle and frustrating. Have you ever been in a college class where you tried to explain to a professor that you were recently diagnosed with ADD and you might need a little extra help with remembering certain assignments, only for that professor to tell you that if you can’t handle college, you shouldn’t be in it.

Do you get crippling anxiety and do you struggle with organization to the point where you have anxiety attacks because you have no idea how to organize things that people tell you to organize?

Do you forget things to the point where your parents are constantly yelling at you and telling you how irresponsible you are because they think you aren’t remembering things because you “just dont care and are immature and will never amount to anything”?

Are you impulsive to the point that trying to be financially responsible on your own is almost impossible, because you struggle with managing money?

Do you have severe lack of motivation to the point that you cant bring yourself to do the things that you love? Does it cause you to procrastinate the things you have to do to the last possible minute, and then you cant concentrate on it because you cant focus and then you are trying to do all the work while trying not to have an anxiety attack?

Do you struggle with forming relationships with people because this thing you suffer from somehow prevents you from being able to interact with people the way others can?

Do all these things cause you to be hypercritical of yourself because of how people see you as being “irresponsible” and “immature” because they dont understand what you struggle with? Does it give you a horrible self-image to the point that it causes depression?

Now, you might say, “yeah I can relate to some of those”, but try imagining struggling with all of them at the same time and then tell me not to get angry when someone says “Hahaha Im so ADD!!!”

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Italy, Czech Republic to help Iraqis preserve historical manuscripts

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September 4, 2013

On Wednesday, the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the arrival of an Italian preservation “clinic” that will work on preserving the Iraqi historical manuscripts that were damaged during the past decade.

Qasim Tahir Al-Sudani, the ministry’s…

Well, our librarians and historians learned a lot about preserving manuscripts after those damned floods of 2002. Most of the national library was flooded and there was a new process invented to save the old books, which included flash-freezing, getting rid of moisture while the pages were still frozen and then gradually defrosting them again (you can’t really call it thawing if there’s no water anymore, right?)

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It is not possible to be truly balanced in one’s views of an abuser and an abused woman. As Dr. Judith Herman explains eloquently in her masterwork Trauma and Recovery, “neutrality” actually serves the interests of the perpetrator much more than those of the victim and so is not neutral. Although an abuser prefers to have you wholeheartedly on his side, he will settle contentedly for your decision to take a middle stance. To him, that means you see the couple’s problems as partly her fault and partly his fault, which means it isn’t abuse.

"Why Does He Do That: Inside The Minds of Angry and Controlling Men" by Lundy Bancroft

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I have never seen the Neutrality Fallacy explained so succinctly before.

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"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel

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I swear to god I will lose my mind if I hear the “sex sells” fallacy one more time. Sex does not sell. If sex sold, we would see penises where we see boobs. Naked men would be on everything that naked women are on. Sex isn’t what they’re selling you. They’re selling you an impossible, pornographically fueled misogynistic idea of the perfect woman.

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FUCKING THANK YOU

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Amen

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INDEED.

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"No one will miss me", "I’m better off dead"

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When I worked at a non-profit that handled suicide prevention, I had access to the donation records. Each month, a specific man donated 15$ to our organization. It was like clockwork.. same day, same man, he had been doing this for over 4 years. It always seemed odd to me but I never questioned it… until I saw a note attached one month. "For Noah- Dad"

his donation was once his child’s allowance.

I can promise you, they would miss you for the rest of their lives.

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Ryuko Matoi

YUI KASANAGI 
COULD BE WORSE FOR SURE

igarashi ganta..

kaneki ken.. *cRIES*

haruhi fujioka?!? yes!!

Do I really have to be Shinji Ikari?

The last anime I watched was Clannad…

I am perfectly fine with being Hinata!!

Yamori N O I LIK E MY TOE S AND FIN GERSWhat’s a thousand minus seven?

stardust crusaders

I am jotaro now

II am Princess tutu…..I am a man….hear me roar

i am now Makoto Naegi

Amuro Ray? Hell yes.

Johnny Joestar ……fuck

Well I am Usagi Tsukino. Not bad. Being Sailor moon is cool.

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summonthedarklordsatan:

lumiinya:

starrynightskyinabottle:

simplicity-is-a-sin:

whiterabbitstraightjacket:

khazon:

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mc-jaeger:

motorcycle-chan:

kaotosaurion:

kamui-senketsu-kisaragi:

Ryuko Matoi

YUI KASANAGI 

COULD BE WORSE FOR SURE

igarashi ganta..

kaneki ken.. *cRIES*

haruhi fujioka?!? yes!!

Do I really have to be Shinji Ikari?

The last anime I watched was Clannad…

I am perfectly fine with being Hinata!!

Yamori N O I LIK E MY TOE S AND FIN GERS
What’s a thousand minus seven?

stardust crusaders

I am jotaro now

II am Princess tutu…..I am a man….hear me roar

i am now Makoto Naegi

Amuro Ray? Hell yes.

Johnny Joestar ……fuck

Well I am Usagi Tsukino. Not bad. Being Sailor moon is cool.

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