Super Specific Liebster Award II: The Tension Between Who and Whom

Well hello there, and welcome to another…

Hold on, I’ve received a alert on my phone:

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ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018, THE NATIONAL BLOGGING SERVICE ISSUED AN OVERWHELMING SILLINESS WARNING FOR NORMAL HAPPENINGS COUNTY. THIS WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 AT 10:00 A.M. CST. BE ADVISED THAT THIS SILLINESS COULD RESULT IN HIGH AMOUNTS OF JOKING SPREAD OVER A WIDE AREA. PLEASE TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY.
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Huh, sounds serious. Well, I guess while I’m taking cover, I’ll take the time to respond to the Liebster Award nomination from the amazing Unoriginal (love) noteS! Lizardin Bain and I go way back to, well, March, when I restarted blogging, and I’ve loved the endless creativity displayed on their amazing blog! It was an honor to receive the nomination, so thank you very much!

Also, Lizardin Bain, I will be shortening your blogger name to Liz for the duration of this post because it’s 2018 and I’m worried people will get turned off reading too many syllables.

*Types 1,500-word blog post*


Q&A

Liz, I have a confession to make. I’m intimidated by your questions. Most of the ones I receive for these award posts are, at least in part, as simple or as complex as I want them to be. But my goodness, Liz, yours are deep and cut right towards the soul. It is far and away my favorite set so far.

Before we get started, I’d like to add a question of my own:

“Whom” is a word? What in the world is that?

whom
What is a “whom” and where do I find one?

Apparently it’s a word used by speakers and writers of English that are actually doing it correctly. It’s also the one rule of grammar I choose to defiantly, blatantly ignore. Nobody should be forced to go through the on-the-fly mental arithmetic needed to determine which form to use, and it’s nice to see the two words converging in modern English into a simple “who.”

That said, Liz, I admire your expert navigation of the treacherous tempest that is who/whom! Additionally, these are some expert-level questions that I’ve been wrestling with all week.

What have you forgotten?

I don’t remember…

Just kidding. I remember what I forgot.

I’m one of those people who forgets things once they are on my person. Where’s my work badge? Oh, I’m wearing it! Where are my keys? Oh, they’re in my pocket. Where’s my phone? Oh look, it’s in my hand and I’m talking on it.

And we’re not talking about brief lapses in common sense — we’re talking about 20-minute fetch-quests to find the missing item which is already secured. The place where an item is supposed to be is honestly the worst place to put something. I’m not unorganized, just… dumb sometimes.

If you were guaranteed the answer to one question, what would it be?

You can skip this question if you want. I am answering it strictly for me. But you are part of my wonderful blogging community, and it would be disingenuous to avoid a truthful answer.

Minor trigger warning: I directly talk about my faith in this answer. There is no avoiding it. But as always, I am never interesting in pressuring someone towards religion.

This is the hardest question on this list — I’ve had to come back and answer it last after finishing up this entire post. I’ve often thought this week about how to answer this monster. Be funny? Give a non-answer? Skip it and move on? Completely remove it? But no. How do I answer this question? “Honestly.” That’s how.

I have seen miracles, and the reckoning of God as he’s guided me towards becoming a better person. He’s healed me — twice. He is a constant in my life on a deeply personal and spiritual level, and that faith-journey is the biggest adventure I could ever hope to go on.

Yet even still, I am human, and I am courageous enough to say what many of my faith are too scared or insecure to. I am prone to wander, and that means inevitable doubt despite all the personal conviction in the world. Even writers with personal, direct experiences with God did so. This question is too valuable to be wasted on something so superficial as winning lottery numbers or if aliens exist.

So, here it is. Here is my not-at-all super-specific question. It is, in fact, a vacuous question.

What happens when you die?

What’s it like being you right now?

I find myself interesting, but sometimes I also annoy myself. That’s pretty much an INTJ in a nutshell. More details in an upcoming post.

What makes you nostalgic?

Literally any Super Nintendo game, including those I haven’t played. My most nostalgic game is Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which I will address in detail in the upcoming collaboration.

What’s the most beautiful word in the world?

Halcyon.

An adjective meaning calm, peaceful, and tranquil.
It also carries with it a connotation of being happy, joyful, and carefree.

I love that word so much I avoid dropping it in everyday conversation for fear of it losing its impact.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

The engagement and wedding ring I gave Nikki was pretty swanky.

Best gift you ever received?

Related: Nikki.

How many times a day do you look in the mirror?

Approximately 1.6 times a day. This was up from five years ago, when it was 1.2 times a day. I don’t have a particularly high-maintenance haircut. Mostly I look in the mirror to fix my dang undershirt, which is never ever symmetrical with any outfit I wear.

What makes you feel safe?

Statistics, weirdly. Knowing that something bad happening is highly improbable makes it easier to reconcile the fact that I’m risking my life with every breath.

Whom do you secretly admire? + Whom are you envious of? Why?

They both have the same answer. Any author who makes a passionate career out of writing fiction. I hope to one day join that list, and in my mind Dysontopia is an important first step.


Nominees!

Normally I only invite ten illustrious bloggers to take on my super specific questions. However, this time it’s a little different. By my calculations, the contributors for The Games That Define Us have 38 days to finish their posts, so at this midpoint in the writing cycle, they may be potentially running a bit low on ideas.

You all have won a Liebster Award in my heart, but I challenge each contributor to boost your brainstorming by taking on these super specific questions!

To obtain a Super Specific Liebster Award, not to be confused with a Liebstering Liebsterish Liebster Award, a Liebstery Award of Awesome, or simply a Liebster Award, you are requested and required to answer my ten super specific questions in a separate blog post. Consider this your official invitation.


Super Specific Questions

Pedantics among us: you can add “will you” to the beginning of any command statement to make it a question. Problem solved. 

I am going to dial back the super-specificity of these questions a bit just this once, to avoid scaring off any potential newcomers. They’re still fun, they just don’t require jumping through so many hoops.

Question 1: Jump through a hoop. Describe the experience.

Just kidding, that’s not a real question, but you’re free to answer it if you like. Here they are.

  1. Ask your best friend/significant other to make an annoying animal sound. How did they react, and what animal did they imitate?

  2. *POOF* I am your barista. Order your favorite coffee shop beverage exactly as you would in real life.

  3. Do numbers have personalities in your mind? If so, tell me about the personality of the number 6. What’s it’s story? What kind of disposition does it have?

  4. What is your favorite movie title? Not your favorite movie, just the title, irrespective of the quality of the film.

  5. Story time! Your best friend suddenly finds themselves in the body of your least favorite animal. Craft a story of five sentences or less with this unfortunate predicament as a central plot mechanic. Bonus points if it’s the same animal they chose to imitate.

  6. Tell me. Do Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo?

  7. Tell us about the most boring game show you could ever imagine.

  8. Useless Superpower Bedbug: The Return!
    Which of the following useless superpowers would choose and why?
    – The ability to randomly add cat meows to every song on the radio
    – The ability to randomly add the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story to even the most intense of any movie scene
    – The ability to randomly add Owen Wilson saying “WOW” to any line of dialog in a video game

  9. What is the hexadecimal color code for your favorite color?


  10. On a scale of one to 15,742.58, how do you feel about these super specific questions?

If you weren’t nominated, that’s totally okay! Play along in the comments! If I like your answer, I may nominate you for a future super specific award. I’m looking forward to seeing your responses!


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Matthew Estes. STL-based Blogger. Graphic Designer. Happily Married. One day I'll actually complete a book I'm happy with. I love pizza, video games, and using way too many ellipses...

23 thoughts on “Super Specific Liebster Award II: The Tension Between Who and Whom

    1. Thank you so much for the nomination! I am legitimately amazed by your questions, and wish I could turn every one of them into a blog post of their own. I might do that, if it’s okay with you!
      Also, I am, at the very least, curious of you answer to the most boring game show you can think of. 😀

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  1. You’re welcome (the pleasure was and is all mine 🙂 ) I have noticed it and am glad. It’s more than okay with me, and I am looking forward to reading them.
    Hmmm…that requires a bit of a thought – I think I will write a post about it if you don’t mind.

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  2. Literally *today* I realized I was aiming for October 1st and not September 1st. Your reminder above validates my silly notice and I’ve also now realized I forgot to write back to the last mention you gave me- so I’m excited to write some answers soon!

    That said, I love your answers (though specific thumbs up to your word of choice!) and thank you for pinging me on this!

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  3. Thanks for the nomination, and good answers! I’ll have fun trying to come up with my own answers to your questions…

    Also, who/ whom is something I recently explained to my other half, and now she won’t stop correcting me if I use the wrong one. I’ve learned that encouraging pedantry is an exercise in self-defeat! (Although I did have a little smile when I read the question ‘whom are you envious of?’ since it’s a correct use of ‘whom’ but ends on a preposition, which is a lovely sort of juxtaposition between prescriptivism and common-use sentence structure. I’m a bit of a nerd sometimes.)

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    1. You bet, Chris!
      Eek, yeah, life has a tendency of balancing out like that. My wife’s an English major and I’m a Communication major, so we often find ourselves debating the proper usage of words.
      Oh, and that whole preposition thing… you should just ignore the “rule.” Everyone else does.

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  4. You said to have fun in the comments…so here goes
    –Ask your best friend/significant other to make an annoying animal sound. How did they react, and what animal did they imitate
    He asked for clarification, then told me me the screeching of a spider monkey is annoying
    –*POOF* I am your barista. Order your favorite coffee shop beverage exactly as you would in real life.
    Hey, baby, bring me some coffee too please.
    –Do numbers have personalities in your mind? If so, tell me about the personality of the number 6. What’s it’s story? What kind of disposition does it have?
    Not Really.
    –What is your favorite movie title? Not your favorite movie, just the title, irrespective of the quality of the film.
    The Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind
    –Story time! Your best friend suddenly finds themselves in the body of your least favorite animal. Craft a story of five sentences or less with this unfortunate predicament as a central plot mechanic. Bonus points if it’s the same animal they chose to imitate.
    I almost killed my hubby. He was a spider at the time. the only reason I knew is because of the shaved head and goatee. It looked really weird on the spider, so I stopped and caught him. Guess my spell worked, but on the wrong person!
    —Tell me. Do Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo?
    Sometimes, I suppose, but normally its NYC buffalo buffaloing Buffalo Buffalo.
    –Tell us about the most boring game show you could ever imagine.
    my imagination is not fueling too well right now… but let’s see… uhm, bird watching games for money.

    –Useless Superpower Bedbug: The Return!
    Which of the following useless superpowers would choose and why?
    – The ability to randomly add cat meows to every song on the radio
    – The ability to randomly add the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story to even the most intense of any movie scene
    -The ability to randomly add Owen Wilson saying “WOW” to any line of dialog in a video game
    The last one.. It seems the most funny.
    –What is the hexadecimal color code for your favorite color?
    9548e2
    –On a scale of one to 15,742.58, how do you feel about these super specific questions?
    About 8675309

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