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by Jobo
Tue May 05, 2009 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7953

Re: Questions to the native speakers of English

Yeah, um, native speakers generally knife grammar in the back and toss it out the window into a pile of steaming shit. Americans verb the hell outta nouns, too. And we start lotsa sentences with "and." Split a few infinitives, use "um" and the word "like" alot, don't p...
by Jobo
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Whence and hence
Replies: 19
Views: 6756

Re: Whence and hence

But you have to use from with whence, don't you? At least, every time I've seen it use, it has had the from. From whence it came, etc. Would you be correct saying, "Whence did he come?" These are words I would like to start using.
by Jobo
Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Double contractions: I'd've thought they were fine
Replies: 40
Views: 12283

Re: Double contactions: I'd've thought they were fine

You shouldn't be using contractions other than possessives in formal writing anyway. I think this is a pretty outdated rule at this point. All sorts of published essays and formal things use contractions. No, you shouldn't litter your writing with them. But the occasional, "It's" isn't go...
by Jobo
Sun Dec 23, 2007 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0360: "Writers Strike"
Replies: 125
Views: 23002

Re: "Writers Strike" Discussion

We still have shows, because before the strike a certain number of episodes of each show had already been written, so they could be produced even while the strike was going since that doesn't require writing. But pretty soon, yeah, it's going to be all reruns and reality TV, because they're running ...
by Jobo
Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0360: "Writers Strike"
Replies: 125
Views: 23002

Re: "Writers Strike" Discussion

Big whoop, $2000 a week. Sure, that's a great salary. But they keep the job for three, maybe four seasons, and then what? They're out of work until a studio picks up another one of their scripts and decides to make it. ...thats quite a bit of money to last them. True. The problem is, these guys are...
by Jobo
Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 488254

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I don't like chocolate. I like the candy well enough, but the word itself sounds like something you would say if your mouth were full of chocolate and you tried to talk anyway. And that's gross, I hate when people talk with their mouths full.
by Jobo
Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0360: "Writers Strike"
Replies: 125
Views: 23002

Re: "Writers Strike" Discussion

again, the wga is not mostly struggling writers. Maybe not mostly, but certainly largely. It's not exactly hard to join the WGA--in fact, it's pretty necessary to get into serious script-selling territory. Meaning that there are plenty of members who sold that one great script and, since then, have...
by Jobo
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Rising voice inflection to indicate a question?
Replies: 68
Views: 15902

Re: Rising voice inflection to indicate a question

I would say both English and French require more than an inflection change to make a question. I don't know anything about French, honestly, so I'll just speak to English. Yes, you can say, "You went to the store?" But it carries a different meaning than saying, "Did you go to the sto...
by Jobo
Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that are fun to mispronounce
Replies: 169
Views: 27277

Re: Words that are fun to mispronounce

Tramapoline! Trombopoline!
by Jobo
Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Question about "et cetera"
Replies: 36
Views: 5241

Re: Question about "et cetera"

Does anyone know if &c. was ever a common way of writing etc.? I've been reading Pride & Prejudice, and I notice Austen uses it. And I think that's just the coolest thing ever. So should I be giving her or the conventions of the time credit?
by Jobo
Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 309509

Re: What is your favourite book?

Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami. Honestly, a lot of this guy's books would end up on my favorites list, but this was the first novel of his that I read, and... I'm not sure what it is that I love so much. Everything just goes together so nicely. I'm sort of in the middle of rereading it for a thi...
by Jobo
Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Argh apostrophes!
Replies: 66
Views: 8510

Re: Argh apostrophes!

On the subject of words that end in s... I learned from my English teacher (who was, I believe, using the grammar rules that the New York Times uses--and yes, I did want to say the New York Times's grammar rules, but I don't know how I should apostrophe-ate that) that something becomes s' only if ma...
by Jobo
Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95489

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I under-voted on the poll. I said two, then remembered all the others. In school: Spanish Latin Greek Italian On my own: Japanese Of these, Italian's the only one that has really taken off. I'm currently in a one-student (me!) AP Italian class, and I love it. I'm planning to get back into the Japane...
by Jobo
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: SAT Scores
Replies: 241
Views: 37650

Verbal 720
Math 650
Writing 750

For a 2120... I'm taking it again in October, though. Hopefully that will improve things. Like math.
by Jobo
Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does anyone have an empty Nintendo Wii box?
Replies: 60
Views: 13587

I would second the idea of going for a box that appears to contain something that, while useful, is awful as a gift. Like a toaster, or a George Foreman grill, or a set of soup ladles.
by Jobo
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Age
Replies: 958
Views: 213602

17 for a couple more months. I guess the end of October is far enough away that just "17" will suffice. But I like to remind people that I'm going to age.
by Jobo
Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 330414

Hola. Uhh, I'm Thomas, I'm 17, I live in St. Louis... and I'm also not so great at these intro things. Umm, I'm interested in language-y things, particularly writing and learning foreign languages. At the moment, my foreign language is Italian... I'm planning to expand into French and then maybe Kor...

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