I now present a tale not related to any existing SCP whatsoever.
Date: 18 Jun 2012 11:37
Number of posts: 58
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He's so special he uses capitalization correctly except for the i.
How does he know he's in America? He's bilingual but has issues with punctuation and capitalizing his i's? I also wasn't aware that Lord Blackwood was a scientist on-top of everything else he already is.
Presumably he has trouble with the shift key - he knows names are super-important and need to be capitalized, but he doesn't understand how important it is otherwise. And, of course, speaking a language and reading/writing it are two different things, as he never learned to read French, only speak it.
And Lord Blackwood did figure out a way to kill an Unclean in just under two months using lab equipment he was completely unfamiliar with. So yeah, scientist. :)
Presumably he has trouble with the shift key
I'm not buying it, he knows to shift for names and words starting a sentence but he no one said "do that for the i"? Really? He can grasp 2 languages (something some people have trouble with) but he can't grasp the shift key despite using it elsewhere?
"The marvel is not how well the bear dances; it is that it dances at all."
He's a bush baby who can speak and read English at at least a grade school level. I'm sure there are grade-schoolers out there who don't always remember to capitalize I.
He learned how to spell and speak English in under a year, he has an above grade school intellect and can speak 2 languages reasonably well but he can't learn to capitalize the i. I don't know any children that can spell scientist but can't capitalize their i.
We don't know that he speaks them "reasonably well". We only hear mention of him speaking two sentences in French, and almost all of the direct interaction he's had with humans was with Anglophones.
In any event, I wanted his writing style to be idiosyncratic and I felt that lower-case i was a good way to convey "intelligent compared to a bushbaby, but not very intelligent by human standards", and for now I like it.
I assumed 'reasonably well' because imagining the intelligent bush baby speaking like Sloth from the Goonies killed it. Personally I think the lowercase i makes no sense in regards to the hyper intelligent bilingual bush baby.
Who ever said he was "hyper-intelligent"? Babies can become bilingual if they're exposed to more than one language during infancy. That's what Ziggy is, more or less - the psychological equivalent of a human child who's learned language by paying close attention to people. Compared to a regular bush baby he's abnormally smart, but he's not going to cure cancer, find the Higgs boson, or invent a low-fat snack cake that doesn't let you down in the flavor department.
Hyper-intelligent in regards to bush babies since he can speak multiple human languages and has a relatively good grasp of writing English (I say relatively because even mentally challenged humans can capitalize the i.)
This sidebar is becoming rather silly, so suffice it to say that for whatever reason he either doesn't understand that you need to capitalize the i, or he doesn't think it's that important.
There's an internal logic at play here, though. He knows to capitalize names and the first word of a sentence, but he doesn't capitalize I unless it's the first word. He knows that you have to end a sentence with a period, but there's very little punctuation besides. There are no apostrophes, for instance, though I think I saw a comma.
Anyway, it's obvious that he's learning writing in a very piecemeal fashion. But the consistency of the writing to its own logic is one of the most charming things about this, I thought.
See I have an issue with the internal logic that he knows to capitalize normal letters except the i and there is no real justification for it. Was he taught to capitalize the other stuff but not the i? Why? How can he grasp the concept enough to understand its importance for names and sentences but not i?
He's obviously learning English in a very piecemeal fashion. And I don't mean being taught piecemeal, I mean that's how he's picking up and remembering things.
So piecemeal that he understands bigger words and nromal capitalization except the i (which he should've picked up very fast if he was learning from site staff who do capitalize their i's.)
Half-tempted to make an SCP out of him…
Precious baby. +1
I would pay good money to hug Ziggy.
I'd steal your money, then hug Ziggy before you.
Living the dream, or dreaming the life?
I would steal Ziggy and charge you both to hug him
(but I would only a dollar I am not a monster)