July 13, 2020

Boredwalk Community: Punching Nazis

Welcome to our weekly Boredwalk Community series, where we ask Boredwalk fans fun questions! This week we're talking to Emily S., who's seen here, getting the feline seal of approval in her Fine Thanks scoop-neck top!

1. What's your actual day job and what's your dream day job?

My actual day job is working for the government, but my dream job would be to work in a yarn/fiber arts shop — a nice big one with places to sit and socialize. And while I'm dreaming let's say I own the shop, have an apartment above it, and it's in a walkable neighborhood. (Ed. note: If you're going to dream, may as well dream big!)

2If you could have any superpower what would it be?

If I could have any superpower I think I'd like the Captain America set — really strong, agile, and quick. And then I could punch lots of Nazis, do security for women's shelters, probably be useful in search and rescue, also potentially good for statue removal...you know, useful things. (There are few things more patriotic than punching Nazis.)

3. What's your biggest pet peeve?

I have many pet peeves (it's not "The Serenity"! It's just "Serenity," dammit!) but possibly my biggest is when people drive slower than the flow of traffic in the passing lane.

4. Clear up a misconception (about your job, where you are from, some other topic you know a lot about).

A misconception I see fairly often is "Shakespeare wrote in Old English" or "The Canterbury Tales are in Old English." Shakespeare used Early Modern English, Chaucer used Middle English, and Old English is what Beowulf is in. A quick and dirty way to tell which of the three is which is that if you can mostly understand it it's probably Early Modern. If you can puzzle bits of it out here and there and it may or may not have some extra letters (like "ð" and "þ") it's probably Middle. If it has extra letters and is almost or entirely unintelligible to a present-day English speaker, that's your Old English, aka Anglo-Saxon. (We're all learning so much today!)

5. Where can the rest of the Boredwalk community find you?

I'm @Diversiply on Twitter, and BuenaSuerte on Ravelry.