Mushroomy Mushrooms will be Mushrooming until they are fully Mushroomed

As bizarre as this post may seem to be, or seem like a really mundane topic and you’re thinking what on earth is she going on about mushrooms for? Was she on magic mushrooms when she wrote this? Just for the record, no. I was reading a journal article the other day and came across the word “mushrooming”. My first thought being: Since when is mushroom a verb? How does one “mushroom”? Then in the same night when reading an article on the CNN low and behold I came across it again:

Can we know what is art? There’s now a whole field called neuroesthetics devoted to the neural basis of why and how people appreciate art and music and what is beauty. Semir Zeki at University College London is credited with establishing this discipline, and says it’s mushrooming. Many scientists who study emotion are collaborating in this area. Zeki is studying why people tend prefer certain patterns of moving dots to others.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/15/health/art-brain-mind/index.html

Coincidence? I think not. So I looked up the derivations of mushroom. (I actually did this after my first encounter with it.) Mushroomy is a given, and if there is mushrooming then there must be the past tense form of the verb as well; hence mushroomed. If you’re interested then below is what it means, which does seem pretty logical. However finding etymological information proved to be difficult. It could be a colourful use of verbing which is common place in the development of language, or its genesis is rhetoric in the use of anthimeria (changing a words grammatical class to alter its meaning). On a final note I do realise that I may probably should get out more….

verb

[no object]

  • 1increase, spread, or develop rapidly:environmental concern mushroomed in the 1960s
  • 2form a shape resembling that of a mushroom:the grenade mushroomed into red fire as it hit the hillside
  • (of a bullet) expand and flatten on reaching its target:these are high-performance bullets which mushroom upon impact
  • 3 (usually as noun mushrooming) gather mushrooms:he went mushrooming with his father

Derivatives

mushroomy

adjective

Used figuratively for something or someone that makes a sudden appearance in full form from 1590s. In reference to the shape of clouds after explosions, etc., it is attested from 1916, though the actual phrase mushroom cloud does not appear until 1955.
“expand or increase rapidly,” 1741, from 

mushroom

 (n.). Related: Mushroomed; mushrooming

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com

And now just for  a laugh….

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Why is it that at the start of, and when I say start I am referring to within the first 2 months of beginning an educational course, that students need to start planning what they are going to do come the end of it?

Firstly, what ever happened to enjoying the learning process? How can students be expected to focus on their current studies if already they are being forced to thinking about what they’re going to do afterwards? Planning and applying for suture jobs/courses takes time, attention and energy away from current studies; including exams! Surely, the present should be the focus for students if they are to succeed in their chosen course.

This is not necessarily the fault of the educational institutions, however if the deadlines for applications were not so early this would make life easier. For instance, in 2011 I graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics, in October 2012 I begin a MSc in the Neuroscience of Language, however if I wish to do a PhD at the same University I have to have a research  proposal along with many other sheets of paper by the second week of December! And yes that is December 2012. For one, I’ve just started this course, give me a chance to get my teeth stuck into it first, and two, said proposal would be due in exactly 10 weeks since commencing the course, in this time there are multiple exams and assignments to be completed in what time between going to lectures, brushing my teeth, writing, revising and possibly finding some food would the proverbial “they” like me to think, write and edit a research proposal?

WHY PEOPLE FEAR THE INTRODUCTION OF GAY MARRIAGE

Understanding NOM/DOMA

This takes a look at the reasons why people do not feel comfortable supporting gay marriage, and while taking these into account I intend to expand and add to your views.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is against the idea of legalising gay marriage in the view that…

“Oppose any effort that would eliminate DOMA and its protections for state marriage laws all across the country.
Please drop the attack on DOMA and instead defend the rights of states to protect marriage yas the union of a husband and wife. Thank you for protecting DOMA!”

(National Organization for Marriage, 2011)

In their petition letter NOM are asking presidents to “protect marriage”. This implies these people view marriage as a commodity or as a possession which belongs only to heterosexuals. This then alludes to the idea that the marriage ritual forms part of the heterosexual identity since they wish for it to remain exclusive to them. However, a flaw in this line of thought is that some heterosexual couples even those who have been together for over a decade choose not to marry and yet they are in a heterosexual relationship and friends and acquaintances would be happy in the acknowledgment of this sexual preference, although this scenario is rather less common as opposed to long term partners who do marry. Thus marriage, for some, must be part of their sexual identity – it is their right as a heterosexual to be permitted to partake in this particular ritual.

What is the reasoning that only they are permitted? Well, the most common reasons people marry are that they choose to, a sign of their love one other, want a sign of their commitment to one another, want to announce their feelings to God (I use this term to refer to all figures of Divinity) or they wish to bring a child into the world and feel this would provide a more secure environment. All of these remain the same in Gay Marriage. However, the penultimate statement is slightly controversial, but this can easily be put to rest. This is because not all married heterosexual couples are religious and thus may not have a religious ceremony; so from this point on religion is not an issue. Moreover marriage is never a prerequisite for a stable family environment. I have heard the Holy Bible being used as an excuse not to tolerate homosexuals – apparently it’s just wrong, period. However marriage is an act – and linguistically speaking it is a ritual consisting of a series of speech acts – which is a sign of commitment and love between two people. Thus as this is a reason for some of the prejudice beliefs against gay marriage, surely then atheists should also not be allowed to legally marry.

More specifically many hold prejudice because they feel that homosexuality is unnatural. This is because the reason males and females are [meant to be] attracted to one another is because it is inherent in all of humanity that the imperative to reproduce, after all that is nature and that is what we are meant to do, supposedly. “We’re meant to have children so homosexuality is not natural” – is the crux of the argument. But sex can/is no longer be scrutinized in terms of functionality. Humans have sex for pleasure which is completely devoid of the function of reproduction. Therefore then gay sex cannot be judged in terms of functionality either. It is possible then that humanity has another function in this world other than to breed. If we did not then surely by now we would be like the male octopus that dies after impregnating a female octopus. Therefore using the “what’s natural” argument, whereby the logical premise would be that of ‘natural selection’ there must be further functions for humanity.

Stewardship is one possibility – which is very fitting with Christendom, being a parental figure to those in need who are already struggling on this planet – whether that be in adoption, bringing up and healing an abused child, saving someone’s life, dedication to charitable work. Example figures include Mother Teresa, Orang-utan Lady. These people helped our world to thrive without adding to the human population – rather they added quality of life to those alive then and now.

Furthermore there are plenty of heterosexual couples out there who do not have children out of choice. In such a situation what is the difference between a heterosexual couple and a homosexual couple? Both couples signify two loving married people whom of which have not propagated the species.