Sunday, August 7, 2011

Simply Nonsensical ~ A Guest Post by Taylor Lynn

Hey guys! It's Taylor Lynn from Perfectly Sensible Nonsense here, and Paige asked me to guest post for her while she's on vacation! I'm not quite positive why she chose me to post for her. I can be pretty random and nonsensical, hence the name of my blog. But she did, and I'm here, and I've got a WHOLE BLOG POST at my disposal!

Yeah, if you're feeling a bit aprehensive, I completely understand.

Anyway, I was thinking about what to guest post about. I wasn't really sure. Actually, I'm still not sure! But I think I'll use the name of my own blog as inspiration. Perfectly Sensible Nonsense. Let's break it down, shall we?

perfect /per-fect/, adj: 1. conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type 2. excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement 3. exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose 4. entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings 5. accurate, exact, or correct in every detail.

sensible /sen-si-ble/, adj: 1. having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgement...

nonsense /non-sense/, n: 1. words or language having little or no sense or meaning 2. conduct, action, etc., that is senseless, foolish, or absurd 3. impudent, insubordinate, or otherwise objectionable behavior 4. something absurd or fatuous 5. anything of trifling importance or of little or no use.

Put 'em all together and you get... nonsense! When you think about it, my blog name is a complete oxymoron.

oxymoron /ox-y-mo-ron/, n: 1. a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in "cruel kindness" or "to make haste slowly".

Okay, now that definition sounded like nonsense to me!

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I've come across many sources of nonsense in my life. Like, for instance, Dr. Seuss. No one can deny that his work is nonsense of the most wonderful kind!


And then there's the classic Alice in Wonderland. Ah, silly little Alice! There's so much random nonsense in her book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll! The Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Queen of Hearts, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat, the Fish Footman, the Duchess, Bill the Lizard, the White Rabbit, the Mock Turtle... on and on the list of whimsical creatures and characters goes!


For example, how can you get more nonsensical than this?!

"I quite agree with you," said the Duchess, "and the moral of that is - 'Be what you would seem to be' -or, if you'd like it put more simply - 'Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise that what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.' " ~"Chapter IX: The Mock Turtle's Story" in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

There are modern examples of randomness, too; most notably, the famed Owl City! Seriously. Who doesn't love his awesome music?!


So there we were, back home from somewhere inside my head
Oh, bravely I fought off the monsters beneath her bed
Pillars of postwar books supported by frame of mind
While she memorized the pages that I tried to not hide behind
~Sunburn, by Owl City

Possibly his best song. Check out this cute animation for it!

And let's not forget dear Winnie the Pooh, that silly old bear!


"I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way." ~Winnie the Pooh

A lot of nonsense seems to be found in children's stories, but that's not to say that nonsense is just for children. Nonsense is lovely stuff, and I personally think everyone should be random and nonsensical now and then. There's quite enough randomness in this world to go around!

And on that note, I leave you. But please, feel free to leave a comment - and don't forget to check out my blog! There ought to be something interesting over there for you.

Perfectly Sensible NonsenseThanks so much, Paige, for allowing me to guest post and annoy your followers with random nonsense! I appreciate it. Enjoy your vacation - see you when you get back!

Taylor Lynn ยช

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise, what it is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" ~Alice from the Disney animated movie Alice in Wonderland


alaw said...

Awesome post! :D

Jenna Blake Morris said...

Nice examples! Just reading this was entertainment in itself. (:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, alaw and Jenna! I'm glad you guys liked it. :)

Marisa said...

Awesome post Taylor! :D

Shelby said...

great post taylor. I don't think I'll be able to beat that on Thursday!

Paige said...

Wonderful post Taylor! Thank you so much for posting, I really appreciate it! I loved that video and the Dr. Suess thing haha!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, guys!

@Shelby: Don't worry, I'm sure your post'll be great, too! :D Can't wait to read it!

@Paige: No problem, I was happy to! I'm so glad you liked my post and the "illustrations". ;) Hugs!

ElfRenee said...

Hooray for nonsense!!

Anonymous said...

Agreed, Renee... thanks for reading my post! :D