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by Simbera
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Your Own Contribution to the English Language
Replies: 48
Views: 17510

Re: Your Own Contribution to the English Language

I think I've mentioned it in another thread, but I extended the "once, twice, thrice" system to be applicable to all numbers: just do it as "fourth, fifth, sixth" do it but replace the "th" with "ce". I tend to spell the 5 one "fivce" because I prefe...
by Simbera
Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 163367

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

I do love 'thrice'. Are there any similar words for higher numbers? A while ago, in some other thread, I suggested you just use the same conventions as ordinal numbers (sixth, seventh) but replace the -th with a -ce (thrice, fource, fivce, sixce, sevence, etc). Spelling-wise it makes it easy, and i...
by Simbera
Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: How I Sweat Your Mother
Replies: 87
Views: 31037

Re: How I Met Your Mother

And let's face it - once they meet the mother, and even reveal that this girlfriend of Ted's is indeed the mother, they can still take it on for another season or two while they date/are engaged/get married. And I'm assuming that at some point one or several of the main group moves away from New Yor...
by Simbera
Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 450686

Re: Tattoos? (Recently merged: "Nerdy Tattoo Idea")

AFAIK the translation is more commonly associated with the pro-gun movement than the original Greek, but my information probably comes from the same source as yours (Wikipedia) I personally would choose ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ in such a font, striking the balance between obscurity and legibility (the letters tha...
by Simbera
Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Every male/female word
Replies: 44
Views: 24103

Re: Every male/female word

Some ones I like include Duke/Duchess and Viscount/Viscountess, but in all seriousness you will be here forever and a day. It's not like it's a short list, and adding the -ess suffix to words is a commonly accepted way of making new gender-specific words, so the list is always growing (even though o...
by Simbera
Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 108424

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Written Sentences Ending with Prepositions - You can end a sentence with a preposition just as sure as you can kick a baby. Can doesn't mean should. Just keep your verb and your preposition together. If you have an at you need to have a location or a time. In conversation, i get it, but in written ...
by Simbera
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.
Replies: 37
Views: 10737

Re: Uniting Speech and Writing: the Half-Mark.

A letter is a poor analogue if you want a text-based form of communication to compare to the telephone call. A better one would be internet chatting, like on MSN (or AIM or whatever the hell else you want to use). A letter is a one-sided conversation, a monologue which can be replied to at a later d...
by Simbera
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 74634

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

So, "Ut renovare, primum dilabendus est"? Not really sure how to make 'renovare' into the subjunctive... Thanks heaps, anyway, you're a lifesaver. And yeah, I figured nobody except fluent Latin speakers would know the difference, but then again I laugh at the people on Hanzi Smatter so if ...
by Simbera
Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 74634

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

the request two posts up is remarkably similar to the one four posts up. honestly you could just replace the words in the translations provided by alcas where appropriate. the only oddity is that as you noted the reflexive pronouns. as for alcas' first translation, it should obviously the second pe...
by Simbera
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Twitter Trend
Replies: 40
Views: 3013

Re: Twitter Trend

You can get anything to trend on Twitter if there are enough people who agree with you - it's not like doing a post about your topic is replacing anything interesting, for the majority of users. And let's face it - the internet is not exactly devoid of atheists (nor of religious scientists, who may ...
by Simbera
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469851

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Really? That specific example seems very awkward to me, although a hyphen wouldn't help the situation (I'd probably just recast to 'coined' or 'invented'). Do you have any other examples?

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by Simbera
Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469851

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Yeah, none of those is what I asked for, which was phrasal verbs made into compound modifiers. Right, whoops. Neither of those books specifically mention particle verbs, however I would say that, although it only contains two words, "made up" qualifies as a 'Compound adjective that consis...
by Simbera
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469851

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

In textbooks, yes: Compound adjectives These usually take a hyphen - He is a tone-deaf musician. - It was an open-ended discussion. When the adjective follows a linking verb, the hyphen is dropped. - She wore a light-coloured suit. (but 'Her suit was light coloured.') - Don't tell a hair-raising sto...
by Simbera
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Named" vs "Called"
Replies: 20
Views: 20031

Re: "Named" vs "Called"

I'd suggest that 'called' is the general term - it can be used for any noun* including people, whereas 'named' is more specific, and can only be used for people (or, I suppose, things like animals or anthropomorphised objects, like when people name their car; like Telestriation said, personification...
by Simbera
Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469851

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

^ pretty sure that takes a hyphen - all phrasal verbs turned into adjectives preceding a noun take hyphens, but they don't when following the noun (ie "they are made-up words" but "those words sound made up") At least, according to all the research I did on hyphens when I had to ...
by Simbera
Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]
Replies: 167
Views: 74634

Re: Moderatores Populusque XKCDi [Latin]

Hey, can someone help me out with a translation? Online translator sites are even worse at translating Latin than they are for other languages... A friend of mine wants to get a tattoo, "In order to recreate yourself, you must first fall apart." in Latin. I know a small amount of common La...
by Simbera
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Australian Economy
Replies: 16
Views: 2324

Re: The Australian Economy

Australia hasn't been affected that badly; whether it's because of what Rudd's done or because of other factors is still up for debate, but I think it has probably helped a bit. The important bit is that it's not just the personal stimulus packages, it's also infrastructure spending and so on. The c...
by Simbera
Fri May 29, 2009 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Hangover Thread
Replies: 56
Views: 18390

Re: The Hangover Thread

The thing I find with hangovers is that your body is just very picky. It wants strange things and changes its mind often, but provided you stay with it and let it drink when it wants, eat grease when it wants and healthy when it wants, sleep when it wants, sit still when it wants, etc, you will prob...
by Simbera
Fri May 29, 2009 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Believe" to imply doubt
Replies: 22
Views: 2961

Re: "Believe" to imply doubt

^ This is pretty much what I do - many times of being burned (ie gossip + childhood gullability) and also of just bluffing and saying I was sure of something when I wasn't (ie science + teenage arrogance) have made me change my ways, and now I say "I believe X" one hell of a lot - I only u...
by Simbera
Sat May 23, 2009 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7727

Re: Questions for native speakers of English

I don't think pronoun conventions have much to do with anything. I could see using "Peter" or "he" in that sentence with about equal frequency, though of course in each individual case it would depend on the context, as pronoun use always does. My point was that the only conditi...
by Simbera
Wed May 20, 2009 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7727

Re: Questions for native speakers of English

Ahh...I see where I've been going wrong now. "Peter didn't like any of those books. This book, Peter seems to like . So let him keep it." This still doesn't really work with normal conversational practise but I can see where the problem lies now. "This book, he seems to like." Th...
by Simbera
Wed May 20, 2009 7:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Click it or Ticket" Seat-belt Legislation
Replies: 65
Views: 5401

Re: "Click it or Ticket" Seat-belt Legislation

The VicRoads site say here that it is much the same for you guys, with slightly lower fines. Actually it doesn't say that at all: * Driver not wearing seat belt - driver fined more than $170 and 3 demerit points * Passenger over 16 not wearing seat belt - passenger fined more than $170 * Passenger ...
by Simbera
Tue May 19, 2009 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Click it or Ticket" Seat-belt Legislation
Replies: 65
Views: 5401

Re: "Click it or Ticket" Seat-belt Legislation

@mrbaggins: Are you sure about that? I'm pretty sure we have the same rule as someone said the UK has above; under 16 is the driver's responsibility, over 16 is their own responsibility. I am from Victoria though; keep in mind that different states have different road rules if you're going to genera...
by Simbera
Tue May 19, 2009 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7727

Re: Questions for native speakers of English

Yeah, fair enough, I did over-generalise in that paragraph (as I was trying to provide a framework that the person could use generally, beyond these three examples; clearly I failed) but you are doing the same, Belial (and to be frank you could be less condescending about it, too). Obviously I'm awa...
by Simbera
Tue May 19, 2009 11:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Halloween (and Othertime) Costume Ideas
Replies: 262
Views: 47188

Re: Doctor Zoidberg costume

Moo - apparently your 'ridiculously simple Google Image search' didn't reveal the image you posted in your next post, in which his eyes clearly have a blue tinge. As they do in every other pic of him, ever. You can certainly get away with having them white for the costume, as they are a very very pa...
by Simbera
Mon May 18, 2009 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions for native speakers of English
Replies: 88
Views: 7727

Re: Questions for native speakers of English

I have a real(ly weird) question. What about sentences like (1) This book, Peter seems to like. Is (1) considered grammatical? I was just wondering whether in English you could also topicalize objects that are embedded (since [to like this book] in 'Peter seems to like this book' might be - and usu...
by Simbera
Mon May 18, 2009 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Question for a friend...
Replies: 12
Views: 1973

Re: Question for a friend...

#1 sounds the most natural, although as it's using the subjunctive it's still not the most common way to express that sentiment - "If he comes...", "if he came..." or even, as ungainly as it sounds to me, "If he was to come..." are much more likely to be said by your av...
by Simbera
Mon May 18, 2009 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 163367

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

icenine wrote:One word to express that staying-online-is-wasting-time-and-I-should-sleep-but-I-still-want-to-stay-on feeling. I need it almost every day.


In the same vein as procrasturbating, perhaps procrastinetting? (net as in internet)

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by Simbera
Wed May 13, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Twins
Replies: 16
Views: 1395

Re: Twins

^ That's actually not so far-fetched, I have heard that a small percentage of lefties are completely reversed (internal organs flipped) although I can't find a reference for it. And I definitely remember from my Psych textbook in Year 12 that the various hemispheric specialisations in the brain (ie ...
by Simbera
Wed May 13, 2009 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Versatility of Swears
Replies: 37
Views: 4823

Re: Versatility of Swears

"Bloody" was (and is) a lot more common in Australia than England, though; it may have started there but we took it and ran with it. Also: it didn't lose much force when associated with bloody (in the filled-with-blood sense) commercials that depicted violent car crashes. 'Bloody' lost its...
by Simbera
Wed May 13, 2009 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 163367

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

^ wouldn't that just be a clarification?

I would just call the above sentence a clarification; is that what you meant?

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by Simbera
Wed May 13, 2009 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3578

Re: Guessing the language

Even if you don't know a bit, can you think of any other language where some of the words sound French or Spanish, but the intonation sounds Russian? It's my understanding that Vietnamese is cobbled together from French, Russian and something else (Chinese? The original speech of the Vietnamese bef...
by Simbera
Wed May 13, 2009 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 7753

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

Also, Meteorswarm, I'm not sure just having a different accent constitutes a different dialect...it would need different grammar/spelling/whatever, wouldn't it?

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by Simbera
Wed May 13, 2009 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: help: Grammar book request.
Replies: 15
Views: 2862

Re: help: Grammar book request.

In addition to the above, you could check out the Language and Linguistics forum on here if you have specific questions. People are usually pretty happy to help (although be warned that a lot of those smaller, more finicky rules aren't set in stone and may attract debate)

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by Simbera
Tue May 05, 2009 4:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape
Replies: 48
Views: 5573

Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Instead of repairing your shoes, why not make a moccasin kind of thing? And while you're at it, make a shirt and pants out of duct tape... ...I know what I'm doing this summer! Because what I did was, there were holes in the soles of my shoes and water kept getting in, so I used duct tape to seal t...
by Simbera
Mon May 04, 2009 1:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape
Replies: 48
Views: 5573

Re: ITT:We discuss Duct Tape

Off the top of my head, I have used it to make a wallet (which apparently is pretty common) to dampen the sound of my kick-drum on my old drum kit, and to repair my shoes.

The shoe-repair did not go well.

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by Simbera
Sun May 03, 2009 6:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So; I'd like to be an editor.
Replies: 7
Views: 949

Re: So; I'd like to be an editor.

Proofreader, I'd say. The thing is, though, the lines are becoming more and more blurred these days, as what used to be like six different jobs is now done by 3-4 people (and not uniformly, they seem to just apportion those six tasks out among their staff according to the need and their skill sets; ...
by Simbera
Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 7753

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

Adam Hills did a bit on this a while ago, but my YouTube skills are failing me. He noted how when we do impersonations of people speaking another language we just make the sound we associate with that language and intersperse it with the one or two words we know, which led him to do an approximation...
by Simbera
Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sideboob vs. Underboob
Replies: 36
Views: 5322

Re: Sideboob vs. Underboob

I think the fact that I voted for underboob may have been swayed by you attributing such an awesome term for it.

And +1 to TheSkyMovesSideways' sentiment. It's like French Fries all over again.

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by Simbera
Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SNES game recomendations
Replies: 63
Views: 4182

Re: SNES game recomendations

I also throw my support behind Mystic Quest Legend (which is what it was sold as in Aus), I only had a lend of it back in the day but I hunted down a ROM of it recently and I still love it as much as I did back then. Admittedly I'm not a huge RPGer, though. Another one I recommend is UN Squadron, a ...

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