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by Aiwendil
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 6737

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Neither are Chewbacca and R2D2 human, and everybody converses with them as well with no apparent difficulty or misunderstanding. Which makes you wonder why Anakin felt there was a need for a protocol droid capable of understanding over six million languages. That's not really true. Only C-3PO seems...
by Aiwendil
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 7274

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

Starting a list of other movies you might assume everyone's seen but they haven't and don't care: Napoleon Dynamite Eight and a Half Treasure of Sierra Madre Dr. Strangelove Ghost Busters Metropolis Dirty Harry Are we really at the point now where we assume everyone has seen Metropolis ? This is Fr...
by Aiwendil
Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1746: "Making Friends"
Replies: 12
Views: 2179

Re: 1746: "Making Friends"

Soupspoon wrote:Why, then, if I do smell of rotting meat, do I have no friends?


Because your facts about space aren't cool enough.
by Aiwendil
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156697

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I'm from northern New Jersey, and I have "ought" natively, although I use "should" more frequently.
by Aiwendil
Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3010

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

I think you may not understand the satire as well as you think you do. The paper is written in two voices: Hofstadter's in the "Post Scriptum", and a hypothetical opponent of non-racist language reform in Hofstadter's fictional world in which standard English was divided by race rather th...
by Aiwendil
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 3010

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

I will doubtless learn more when reading said paper, later, but I don't see any reason to presume gendering in (I think) the words "they", "them", "their", "theirs" or "themself" There is no presumption of gender in these words, nor any objection to...
by Aiwendil
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1922
Views: 334140

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Well, it's similar to the recent construction in "Internet speak", where people will deliberately ungrammatically drop everything between "because" and the important noun/gerund/adjective they're referring to: "Stopped for an extra coffee and doughnut before work. Because M...
by Aiwendil
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 642
Views: 102178

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

I write "rooves". Also, "hooves", "dwarves", and "elves", and "oaves" (regardless of the context). (All right, I don't have much occasion to pluralize "oaf", but still). But again, this may be the result of being thoroughly steeped in Tolki...
by Aiwendil
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 642
Views: 102178

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

That doesn't surprise me – some forms that are preferred in Britain, like the "-t" forms of verbs, strike us Americans as more old-fashioned and thus more literary. That ought to result in the opposite behavior, though, from that which I exhibit - I say "dreamt" but often write ...
by Aiwendil
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 642
Views: 102178

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

Interestingly, I find that in writing, I am about equally likely to use "dreamt" or "dreamed", but in speech, I always naturally say "dreamt". I'm curious as to how people conjugate "blend". I tend to use "blent" as the past and the past participle, ...
by Aiwendil
Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 642
Views: 102178

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

I suspect it's the unusual orthography of having "y" represent a vowel in a non-final position that holds back "tryna". With its vocalic "y", "tryna" looks foreign. And the alternative, spelling it "trina", obscures the meaning too much. I agree, tho...
by Aiwendil
Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 321
Views: 101790

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

The "-wise" suffix does sound a little corporate-speakish to me, but not annoyingly so.
by Aiwendil
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1922
Views: 334140

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I'm from the U.S., and while both seem quite acceptable to me (and I hear both very frequently), "excited for" does give me a vague feeling of colloquialism or informality. I would guess that "excited for" might be more common among younger speakers. But all this is just my very ...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 373
Views: 25752

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I tend to use "two thousand X" (no "and") for 2000 through 2009 (i.e. "two thousand" through "two thousand nine"), and "twenty X" for 2010 and beyond ("twenty ten"). Strangely, though, for the years 1001 through 1009 I would tend to say &qu...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 373
Views: 25752

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

I'm by no means an expert phonologist, and it's possible that I don't fully understand the question, but would it not be correct to state that such a word should be considered to end in a vowel plus /r/ or /ɹ/ if a minimal pair can be found of that word and another ending in some other consonant? I ...
by Aiwendil
Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 321
Views: 101790

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

I'm currently completing an official form from the Royal Mail, and section 3 is entitled "Who wants their mail redirecting?". Now I've come across that particular formation plenty of times before (e.g. "Do you need your lawn mowing?", "If you want your car cleaning tomorrow...
by Aiwendil
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 8294

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Alcohol and carbonated beverages do not count because they tend to dry out a person. Alcohol in high enough concentrations can be net dehydrating, sure, but I really doubt that carbonation has any effect. I can't believe that drinking a glass of seltzer is less hydrating than drinking a glass of pl...
by Aiwendil
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1922
Views: 334140

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I don't mind "text" (as in SMS) being used as a verb, in fact I often do it myself. However, it sets my teeth on edge when I hear people use "text" as the past participle, e.g. "she text me last night to say she was going to be late". Is this common usage? Yeah, I hear...
by Aiwendil
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 373
Views: 25752

Re: Pronunciation of "aur" words like "aura", "aural", "Laura", "Lauren" and "laurel".

I don't distinguish the "story" and "torrent" vowels, and I pronounce both with a vowel somewhat higher than my "caught" vowel. Normally, the lower "caught" vowel doesn't occur before "r", but I will sometimes pronounce use it in "aural" to...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 4231

Re: 1703: "Juno"

OK, I'm confused by the alt-text. "The name wasn't a tip-off?" Why would the name "Juno" be a tip-off that it was intended to go to Saturn? Juno was Jupiter's wife, which is the obvious real-world reason for the name.
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 4213

Re: My wife and I's...

Sure, but there's "my wife's kids and me", too. Inverting it seems unlikely to me unless the joint possessive is intended. But it's true that it could be read that way. It doesn't seem at all unlikely to me. It's non-standard, but locutions such as "Me and my friend were talking the ...
by Aiwendil
Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 321
Views: 101790

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

In the US wasps are called yellow jackets, but it looks like "wasp" is also used for some other flying insect? Which one? I (from the U.S.) use "wasp" as a general term for a large number of flying insects - pretty much everything in the order Hymenoptera except for bees and ant...
by Aiwendil
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 4213

Re: My wife and I's...

Yeah, and what's nice there is that the joint ownership is built in, so even with a plural, "me and my wife's kids", you don't have to ask whether you mean that there are children belonging to both of you or whether you just each have one. I don't think that's true - you could still incor...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 321
Views: 101790

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

bigglesworth wrote:Spellcheckers might not save us from that one.

"Ur so vain" does not set off my spellchecker because of the city.


Well, it's about time someone took the Sumerians to task for their legendary vanity.
by Aiwendil
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 4213

Re: My wife and I's...

...or because "I's" as a possessive would normally be wrong (in most cases it should be "my"). Yeah, but my point was that "my's" is also normally wrong, but "my wife and my's" sounds less wrong to me than "my wife and I's". I think Xanthir may be r...
by Aiwendil
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?
Replies: 10
Views: 2672

Re: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?

But yeah, it is common through much of North America to raise these to [iŋ]. Some speakers even go one step further and change the "-ing" morpheme to [in], so that "going", for example, sounds like "goeen". Wow, I was genuinely shocked by this, as I've never noticed su...
by Aiwendil
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1922
Views: 334140

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I regularly hear "times" used as a verb by fellow physicists (mostly young ones). It irks me, but I bite my tongue about such things ever since a group of them didn't take kindly to my telling them that they were pronouncing "processes" wrong. (I'd had a few beers, and I believe ...
by Aiwendil
Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 4213

Re: My wife and I's...

To my ear, "my wife's and my" sounds best, "my wife and my's" sounds a little off but would probably not really stick out in conversation, and "my wife and I's" sounds very jarring. I'm not sure why adding the enclitic to "I" sounds so much worse to me than ad...
by Aiwendil
Tue May 10, 2016 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1678: "Recent Searches"
Replies: 31
Views: 4858

Re: 1678: "Recent Searches"

orthogon wrote:
Echo244 wrote:"average turning rate of an unladen adult velociraptor"

I have no idea why my work time estimates are always wildly off...

African or EuropeanGondwanan or Pangean?


<pedant>But Gondwana was part of Pangaea. You must mean Gondwanan or Laurasian.</pedant>
by Aiwendil
Tue May 03, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 410085

Re: Favorite math jokes

Here's one I just thought up. A man walks into a bar, followed by a line of countably infinite mathematicians. The man orders a beer, and the bartender serves him. The bartender asks the first mathematician for his order. He thinks for a second, then points to the man and says "I'll have what ...
by Aiwendil
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 373
Views: 25752

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Attorney general is a pretty messed up word in English, anyway. The adjective comes after the noun! You can thank the French for that. Really, the word makes a lot more sense when you realize that it's literally just "general (as in not specific) attorney". When I was young I always thoug...
by Aiwendil
Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 373
Views: 25752

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I think I tend to say "fathers-in-law", but it's a plural that occurs so rarely in everyday speech that I'm not entirely sure.
by Aiwendil
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1922
Views: 334140

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Yeah, there's no sense in which /ˈpɹɑsɛˌsiːz/ is more correct than /ˈpɹɑsɛˌsɛːz/. Further, I'd say it's a worse error than pluralizing all "-us" words in "-i" - the analogous error would be pluralizing all "-is" words in "-es"; but "process" doesn't ...
by Aiwendil
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 886
Views: 136200

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Controversial opinions: Most vegetables should be eaten raw. Meat is generally better medium or well-done than rare. Cinnamon-raisin bagels are a horrific abomination (there should never be anything sweet in or on a bagel). There is no decent pizza outside of the greater New York area (Italy might b...
by Aiwendil
Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anyone here from Massachusetts?
Replies: 6
Views: 3005

Re: Anyone here from Massachusetts?

In contexts in which the expectation is for drinks to be non-alcoholic (e.g. a typical restaurant), I would interpret "soft drink" to mean a carbonated beverage. In contexts in which the expectation is for drinks to be alcoholic (e.g. a bar), I would interpret "soft drink" to mea...
by Aiwendil
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1922
Views: 334140

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

…Also, it annoys me when impressionists do a decent job of capturing somebody's vocal quality but completely half-ass the accent. The way this ersatz Bernie Sanders says "voters" is the most un-Bernielike thing I've ever heard. Yeah, you'd think at least he could make an attempt at non-rh...
by Aiwendil
Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 384317

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Just finished reading Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune. Good shit. Now, onto the Foundation trilogy. Alright, so that ended too. Now for Cat's Cradle. How did you like the Foundation trilogy? It's very near the top of my list of favorites, particularly parts of Foundation and Empire and Sec...
by Aiwendil
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 403
Views: 388167

Re: Forum Migration

Forgive me if this is a stupid question, with all this talk of searching - but I can't seem to see any search link. Has it disappeared, or am I being quite obtuse? Also, Umm, egosearch is really easy now. I think. Below your username is the number of posts you've made. e.g. Image davean Site Ninja P...
by Aiwendil
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 3721

Re: 1661: "Podium"

The thing he's talking about is a lectern, but he does also appear to be standing on a podium.
by Aiwendil
Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 403
Views: 388167

Re: Forum Migration

When viewing the board index now, the latest posts in each sub-forum are now listed by post subject, rather than thread subject (at least by default). Is there any way to change this? I suspect the answer is 'no', but personally I much prefer threat titles to post titles there. At best, having it di...

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