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by goofy
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 3924

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage
So in adverbial use further dominates when there is no sense of distance and as a sentence adverb, but both farther and further are in flourishing use whenever spatial, temporal, or metaphorical distance is involved.
by goofy
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 3924

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

Maybe "mouses" is similar to exocentric compounds like Maple Leafs and still lifes. A computer mouse is not a kind of mouse, so it is pluralized regularly.
by goofy
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 3924

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

Yeah, the conventional distinction with hanged/hung is that the execution method uses "hanged" but everything else uses "hung". Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage provides many examples of writers ignoring this distinction and concludes that if you follow this rule &q...
by goofy
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 381
Views: 29714

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Soupspoon wrote:* luncheon /lu/
* luscious /lu/
* lustrous /lu/
* luckless /lu/
* lungfish /lu/


Those are all /ʌ/, not /u/.
by goofy
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 6445

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

No, I'm wrong.
by goofy
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 6445

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

/v/ to /f/... Should this not be intervocalic lenition?
by goofy
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 14623

Re: 1429: Data

Yablo wrote:Technically, you shouldn't qualify 'unique'. Things are either unique, or they aren't.


Technically, one of the meanings of "unique" is "unusual, rare", which can be qualified.
by goofy
Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling out numbers in different languages
Replies: 19
Views: 7552

Re: Spelling out numbers in different languages

Hindi

अट्ठाईस aṭṭhāīs twenty-eight
सोलह solah sixteen
by goofy
Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 13687

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=609 Text messages aren’t full of abbreviations – typically less than ten percent of the words use them. [Frequency Illusion] These abbreviations aren't a new language – they’ve been around for decades. [Recency Illusion] They aren't just used by kids – adults ...
by goofy
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1929
Views: 340837

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

[ˈɖ͡ʐæk.sɪ̈n] wrote:Sorry, Wikipedia gives in -> im/ir/il/et cetera as an example of English sandhi :P.


Really? I'd disagree, I'd say it's Latin sandhi.
by goofy
Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The etymology of wif, wer and mann
Replies: 10
Views: 6145

Re: The etymology of wif, wer and mann

Pez Dispens3r wrote:Any hints on where I could find more general information?


Perhaps Dennis Baron's Grammar and Gender.
by goofy
Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 89958

Re: Obscure Language Game

I don't think it's Gothic. I'd expect to see ƕ and þ.
by goofy
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 27574

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

(Just don't ask a linguist what a "word" is ...) This makes me very curious... Although it's a bit off-topic. Some linguists answer the question "what is a word?" Wow, I didn't expect such a short answer. Thank you for the link That page has 4 different replies. Look at the bott...
by goofy
Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 27574

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

PinkShinyRose wrote:
Znirk wrote:(Just don't ask a linguist what a "word" is ...)

This makes me very curious... Although it's a bit off-topic.


Some linguists answer the question "what is a word?"
by goofy
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 27574

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

"To" is most definitely not a pronoun. I don't know off hand what part of speech it is (particle?), but I do know that it isn't a pronoun. Also, if anybody had ever considered that it was bad to end a sentence with a pronoun that would have ruled out sentences like "I like him",...
by goofy
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 27574

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

inflammable means "capable of being set on fire" and I don't see what that has to do with anyone giving up. Most other "in" words mean the opposite; indecisive is being not decisive inadequate is being less than adequate inspire inscribe invoke inquire insure imbue imperil impos...
by goofy
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 27574

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

ramen wrote:There is so much wrong with this comic:
-Nobody in these comments has caught that judgement is spelled "judgment"


Both judgement and judgment are standard spellings.
by goofy
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 27574

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

Barstro wrote:It bothers me that irregardless is a word now just because the public kept using it until better minds gave up. That might be why inflammable means what it means.


inflammable means "capable of being set on fire" and I don't see what that has to do with anyone giving up.
by goofy
Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 27574

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

Literacy privilege:

'the idea that there is only one right way of doing English – and everyone else is doing it wrong – is inherently flawed. And by “flawed” I mean illogical, elitist and even oppressive.'
by goofy
Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 89958

Re: Obscure Language Game

I think Newari and Nepal Bhasa are the same language. Apparently "Newari" is pejorative, which I didn't know.
by goofy
Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 89958

Re: Obscure Language Game

Well, the text is old, so although it looks something like Bengali I can't say more than that. It's not the same script as Sanskrit, I think. Nor is it Tibetan, or Dzongkha, for sure. EDIT: Okay I guess I can say more. Oriya? Or maybe it IS Bengali? The script is closer to one used for the Indic ra...
by goofy
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 89958

Re: Obscure Language Game

lorb wrote:Image

There you go :) Click image for bigger version.


I think the script is Ranjana, so it's probably Newari or Sanskrit.
by goofy
Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 145
Views: 31740

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Daneel wrote:I'd say young people, lower classes, and the like succeeded pretty well in corrupting the language and forgetting all sorts of important spelling and grammar rules.


But since they can still communicate, how important can those spelling and grammar rules be?
by goofy
Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Deuce03 wrote:2. Susan is an ancient Time Lord who came up with the TARDIS acronym that later became the standard. Seems unlikely given that she's apparently younger than the Doctor, who's relatively young for a Time Lord at the time.


Susan grew up in the Old Time. That's when she came up with the name.
by goofy
Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Tying this back to "Doctor Who," what about the word TARDIS or Tardis or even tardis? People on Doctor Who fan forums tend to be obsessed with making sure that the word is always in all caps: TARDIS, even when talking about someone else's tardis. It doesn't stop being an acronym when it b...
by goofy
Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Highest and lowest vowel density
Replies: 18
Views: 16295

Re: Highest and lowest vowel density

drego642 wrote:Of course, in Welsh, the letter, "w" is actually a vowel.


It also represents a consonant, as in words like wyn and gwaith.
by goofy
Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I've lived for years in countries where English is not the primary language, and have heard sentences like these many times. If it's a rule that "that" must come before book in the last sentence I typed, then why would I be able to understand the sentence? Hold on... I thought by "un...
by goofy
Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Ancient language use is not correct usage today. Except in parts of Yorkshire. However, ancient language use supplies the explanatory logic behind many features of usage today. It was the logic (or "scientific basis") that was asked for. Speaking of which, do you have any evidence that Mr...
by goofy
Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I'd say it depends on the business being written about, your role in it, the intended and expected audiences for the writing in question, and also what is considered slang. Many, many words we use everyday and wouldn't consider slang were considered slang in the past, but I know you know this alrea...
by goofy
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I don't know where I first heard this, but I think it drives the point home pretty well: Language is a tool created and shaped by humans, for our own purposes; prescriptivists would have it the other way though, and make humans slaves to language, unable to change it. If you acknowledge that langua...
by goofy
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Ah, well, I'm not particularly interested in claiming that 'data' is plural. That's not one of my peeves; indeed I tend to naturally use it as singular (and get corrected for that by my supervisor). I just mentioned it as an example. My point was that language use isn't arbitrary to the point of no...
by goofy
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I think most claims about a certain language use being right or wrong can get a little way into justification - citing past usage, making analogies with other usages that both parties to the discussion agree on the correctness of - although yes, in the end you can only go so far before you meet the...
by goofy
Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

However, the movie versions of the character, played by Peter Cushing, definitely did refer to himself as "Doctor Who" but that was not canonical to the TV show continuity. If the Cushing movies aren't canon then the best bit of Doctor Who fiction ever, Paul Magrs's In the Sixties , isn't...
by goofy
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Grammar, as I use and understand it, includes spelling. The first definition under grammar in my computer's dictionary is: "the whole system and structure of a language or of languages in general." However, spelling is not part of languages in general. Not all languages are written, but a...
by goofy
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I'll put it this way: when I read Chaucer, I laugh at most of the jokes. But if you heard Chaucer, you would probably have a lot of trouble understanding him. Probably, if for no other reason than accent and my own poor hearing. No, because all the long vowels sounded very different in the 1300s , ...
by goofy
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

In 18th century England, there was a bishop named Robert Lowth who published what was one of the first majorly influential textbooks on English grammar. Because Latin was still something of a prestige dialect at that time, he decided that the rules of Latin should be all of a sudden applied to Engl...
by goofy
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

WriteBrainedJR wrote:I'll put it this way: when I read Chaucer, I laugh at most of the jokes.


But if you heard Chaucer, you would probably have a lot of trouble understanding him.
by goofy
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

The period derives from a mark used to indicate omitted letters. I don't think this is true. And even if it was true, it's irrelevant to how the period should be used now. Indeed, formerly they were written something like "M.r" and "M.rs". Look at some old manuscripts or carving...
by goofy
Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 34930

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

It's a point a pedantic significance that "Mrs" is correctly written without a period. This is not true. There are plenty of British citations in the OED for Dr. and Mrs. with the period. OED citations, British or otherwise, are not always of 'correct' usage. The OED captures historical u...

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