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by klausok
Fri May 01, 2015 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1519: “Venus”
Replies: 39
Views: 8040

Re: 1519: “Venus”

But if it is the tulips that are alien, why is it grass and birch which causes most pollen allergies?

Oh, and to slightly unskew the statistics, I am from another country (than the Netherlands), and I have now mentioned it.
by klausok
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1512:"Horoscopes"
Replies: 43
Views: 9629

Re: 1512:"Horoscopes"

I think that if you are conceived by people trying on costumes, you would likely be a sagittarius or scorpio. The carnival is in the early spring. The US halloween tradition is not followed all over the northern hemisphere.
by klausok
Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 143624

Re: The "What-If?" Book

On page 42, that is the last page of the "periodic wall of the elements" article, there is a drawing of a wall leaving out astatine and the transuranic elements. This ought to be safe, given proper containment of the more reactive elements. However, the box in the lower left hand corner is...
by klausok
Mon May 28, 2012 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45674

Re: 1061: "EST"

I thought the 7 days comes from the moon, not the bible; 28 days in the moon cycle, half that is a fortnight, half that is a week. Where does this idea that the moon cycle is 28 days come from? Check a calendar has moon phases. You will see that the moon is full every 29½ day. Or as Wikipedia puts ...
by klausok
Fri May 25, 2012 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23838

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

ModestMouse wrote:LOL - Nice cartoon. A little Dilbertesque, but with a few more teeth and a wider Cheshire grin.


Have you seen today's Dilbert?
by klausok
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 71014

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

When I read strip 688, I thought that there was no way it could any nerdier. How wrong I was!

In other words, I really like this one.
by klausok
Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 175185

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

There are a few words that I, a native speaker of Danish, miss when speaking English. The most basic are the infinitives of the modal verbs. While "at rejse er at leve" translates easily (to travel is to live), "at ville er at kunne" is more or less impossilble. "To be willi...
by klausok
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which nearly all languages use
Replies: 54
Views: 10111

Re: Words which nearly all languages use

Derek wrote:
kjsharke wrote:But /ahh/ seems to mean yes a lot (ja, da, nah... oh wait)

Speaking of which, it seems to me that negative words in a lot of languages start with 'n'. No, non, nein, niet. Even "negative" itself. Is this just a coincidence, or an Indo-European thing, or what?


Nai is Greek for yes
by klausok
Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353408

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Amcher - named for the Albany Medical Center Hospital Emergency Room According to a persistent legend, a girl born during the bombadment of Copenhagen in 1807 was named Raquetta Bombardina. So far no one has managed to find proof in the official registers, but one searcher found these: Bombardus Eh...
by klausok
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary
Replies: 50
Views: 9453

Re: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary

Danish distinguishes, in pronounciation as well as in spelling You can't blame this on English, since we do the same with the spelling of many compounds, and the pronunciation of all of them. A greenhouse is different from a green house, and if you were listening you'd understand that not all brown...
by klausok
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary
Replies: 50
Views: 9453

Re: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary

I've been wondering if other languages have similar problems with compound words as Finnish does. I wouldn't really point fingers at English because the incorrect spelling is common with kids who don't know English yet and not much attention is paid to it in school, so many don't ever learn it prop...
by klausok
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 96164

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

Gymnasium = years 10 to 12? Yes, or 11 to 13 if you take the optional 10th year of primary school. It is a school that prepares you for university. If you are not going for an academic education, you would in principle not want to go there. In practise many choose the gymnasium because it gives the...
by klausok
Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 96164

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

Forreign languages I have studied: English 5th through 9th grade plus first year of gymnasium German 7th through 9th grade Latin 9th grade French all 3 years of gymnasium Italian 30 hours at night school And of course I studied my native Danish throughout primary school and gymnasium, 12 years total.
by klausok
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary
Replies: 50
Views: 9453

Re: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary

Another thing that is happening in Danish is that many people now say "du" when they mean "man". "Du" means you (singular, nominative). "Man" refers to a generic person. There are those who will say "når du er gravid", when you are pregnant, to a man...
by klausok
Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary
Replies: 50
Views: 9453

Re: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary

Danish has suffered several such influences. One is that it is now quite common to see an apostrophe before a genetive -s. E.g. a store front might have "John's Minimarked" in stead of the correct "Johns Minimarked". Another, much more troublesome, is that you very often see comp...
by klausok
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 24837

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

The original Greenlandic system has words only for numbers up to six. Seven is "six and two". (Why not "six and one? No idea.) Even counting to 20 is somewhat complicated in this system, so modern Greenlandic has imported the Danish number system.
by klausok
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 24837

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

Danish uses a base 20 system, I think, to some extent. I believe I've also heard that that's true for Basque. Danes still mostly use base 10, but base 20 for all the tens. *Waits for Dane to enter thread and correct* OK, here I am. Only the numbers 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 are base 20, and even they a...

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