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by AVbd
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pi Equals 3 (Not a Math Thread)
Replies: 57
Views: 10873

Re: Pi Equals 3 (Not a Math Thread)

We prefer the term, "Grammar National Socialists", thankyou very much.
by AVbd
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Next Thursdayism (What's "next Thursday" mean on a Sunday?)
Replies: 56
Views: 24828

Re: How would you interpret this?

why do we insist that the day ends at the arbitrary point when our clocks reset (well, I don't know whether it's arbitrary), rather than the natural point, when we wake up? I usually define the next day as beginning at dawn. That's also useful for when pulling all-nighters, or at LAN-parties. Yeah,...
by AVbd
Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Next Thursdayism (What's "next Thursday" mean on a Sunday?)
Replies: 56
Views: 24828

Re: How would you interpret this?

I don't get it. For some weird reason, when it gets to midnight, people say it's "tomorrow". They obviously don't actually think of it as the next day if they're still referring to it as tomorrow, so why do we insist that the day ends at the arbitrary point when our clocks reset (well, I d...
by AVbd
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 6093

Re: Colloquial SI units

:shock: What? Word choice is very important in poetry, and some words will generally work better than others. I absolutely agree that technical words can be used to good effect, but they're used for effect rather than because they're suitable for lot's of situations. I was arguing for the versatilit...
by AVbd
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 6093

Re: Colloquial SI units

Sorry, I accidentally made a mistake in how I quoted in that post :oops: (I tend to do that). I didn't listen to the song (I have a very slow connection), and I was talking about English; other languages have different stress patterns and pronuncation, so I wouldn't make a blanket statement about ev...
by AVbd
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 6093

Re: Colloquial SI units

"But I would walk 500 miles / And I would walk 500 more / Just to be the man who walked 1000 miles / To fall down at your door" That's because your not used to it, and of course because 'kilometer' doesn't fit the meter in this case. In my language, there are songs that say pretty much th...
by AVbd
Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 6093

Re: Colloquial SI units

The SI has definitely established itself despite its units' long names. I'm just saying that a bit of colloquial help couldn't hurt, is all. Incidentally, I like words that sound like they came from the middle ages. They feel timeless. But to each his own. Hmm, I wasn't being critical, by the way; ...
by AVbd
Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 6093

Re: Colloquial SI units

Yeah, coming from an SI country I've thought about this a few times: SI units are just too long, and because each part is significant, they don't shorten well. Kilogram becomes kilo; Kilometre becomes... kilo? Metre? Sorry, already taken mate. Unfortunately a lot of people tend to use the American s...
by AVbd
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My friend, Tom's cat
Replies: 8
Views: 2943

Re: My friend, Tom's cat

Clearly it should be "My friend, Tom,'s cat". That's basically how I'd say it aloud, anyway, even though it makes little sense on paper... That's how I envision it in my head. Like "My friend, Tom," is one noun. Yeah, that's close. It's one noun phrase , which works essentially ...
by AVbd
Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Absence of Language
Replies: 19
Views: 3051

Re: Absence of Language

• It is used for communication from one intelligent living being to another. • It is made up of symbols, which could be spoken sounds, letters written on a page, etc. In other words, as you said, it attributes meaning to the meaningless. • It arises and evolves naturally, without the conscious effo...
by AVbd
Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Curious about areas of linguistics you are involved in.
Replies: 44
Views: 5380

Re: Curious about areas of linguistics you are involved in.

Greetingss goingnorthwest (but no salutations, I left them at home :-( ). Sorry to break up this inspiring conversation about ending clauses with prepositions, by the way ;-) . I'm trying to figure out which language my school offers would be best for the area of linguistics: FORTRAN, BASIC, or Java...
by AVbd
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: words you know exist but you wonder why.
Replies: 102
Views: 17346

Re: words you know exist but you wonder why.

I was being sarcastic (mostly.) Personally, I'm in favor of having more words rather than less. What's the worst a worthless word will do, weigh down your dictionary? Disappear, actually. Nothing wrong with lots of words; the ones with less value will just gradually fade out, or be used for somethi...
by AVbd
Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Every male/female word
Replies: 44
Views: 24860

Re: Every male/female word

first lady v. first gentleman (Though, if we ever have a female president, he would probably be termed "first spouse") I'm not American, so I don't know, but I thought that the first lady wasn't necessarily the spouse of the president. Something like the keeper of the... something... or s...
by AVbd
Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: words you know exist but you wonder why.
Replies: 102
Views: 17346

Re: words you know exist but you wonder why.

Closer to the topic, can someone please give me one good reason why we need specific names for most phobias? A few phobias certainly have descriptive power, but is anyone really going to use triskaidekaphobia (let alone its sibling, paraskavedekatriaphobia) as opposed to an English description of t...
by AVbd
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How did people wake up before alarm clocks?
Replies: 49
Views: 6427

Re: How did people wake up before alarm clocks?

Sleep is actually a cycle that repeats four or five times a night (depending on how much sleep you get, of course). At the start and end of a cycle, your brain activity is very close to what it is when you're awake, while during the middle your brain slows down heaps. If your alarm clock goes off du...
by AVbd
Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353371

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

On another note, I think middle names should go for "as neat as possible," normalcy be damned -- since you can always omit or initialize a middle name if you don't like it. I think, for instance, that "Xenia" would be a sweet middle name. Lousy first name though. One of my half ...
by AVbd
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Vwl Rfrm
Replies: 53
Views: 5988

Re: Vwl Rfrm

H gd! Cn tp n m Dvrk kbrd wth n hnd whl hvng ht chclt n th thr. Mmmm, ht chclt. Nn wnt t hv gm f tbl tnns? Hv cmpltl fr hnd! ! RSN! Mb nt sch gd d fr m, bt y cn g hd wth t. thnk 'll stck wth zp r smthng fr m cmprssn nds. Oh good! I can type on my Dvorak keyboard with one hand while having hot chocol...
by AVbd
Sat May 16, 2009 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353371

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

In Orthodox Christianity (at least the form I'm familiar with), everyone must be named after a saint when they are baptised, and has a "Namesday" celebration on the day of their saint, which is supposed to be more important than their birthday celebration.
by AVbd
Tue May 12, 2009 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3793

Re: Guessing the language

It's funny that a few people say they can't pick between the asian languages as they're the only languages I can immediately determine. I'm useless when it comes to anything else - I'll generally just say 'oh, that language sounds harsh - maybe it's German..' and be totally off the mark. Me too. I ...
by AVbd
Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353371

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

maycelestia wrote:There is someone somewhere in my town with the name Manley Power. Their parents deserve some kind of award for that name. :D

Hehe. That reminds me of a guy I went to school with named ‘Guy Power’.
by AVbd
Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: One apostrophe or two?
Replies: 9
Views: 3210

Re: One apostrophe or two?

My usage is all over the place, thanks to various programming languages making the particular type of quote significant. Generally, I tend to use ‘single quotes’ for short things (generally scare quotes and stuff), so they don't get in the way, “and double quotes for longer quotations,” to stand out...
by AVbd
Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Modern Languages?
Replies: 9
Views: 1789

Re: Modern Languages?

Fryie wrote:I have no solid knowledge of either Lojban or Loglan

Yup.
by AVbd
Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A name for this phenomenon? (ambiguous meanings of "no")
Replies: 69
Views: 12415

Re: Is there a name for this phenomenon?

Do what my 2-year-old does. Answer them literally with a one word "yes" or "no." Then just look at them. People stop and have to untangle their own string of double negatives to find out what the answer means. Basically, any natural language (and artificial language, really), ne...
by AVbd
Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Theory of Chemical Emotions: Pointless to Pursue Happiness?
Replies: 17
Views: 3914

Re: Theory of Chemical Emotions: Pointless to Pursue Happiness?

I think the factor being overlooked is that life is finite, and very few folks can guaruntee just how finite. As such, it seems logical to try and pursue happiness as early and often as possible, as dying with an abundant reserve would be "wasting". Living for today because tommorow may n...
by AVbd
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 35745

Re: Utility of Religion

‘Utility of Religion’, i.e. ‘Whether or not it is useful to have religion’, doesn't make sense. I don't believe in a world without religion. Even if ‘religion’ suddenly disappeared one day, you'd have to repress any idea of the metaphysical to keep it that way, otherwise those ideas would form into ...
by AVbd
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sonnets
Replies: 6
Views: 1358

Re: Sonnets

Haha. I was just reading something about Oscar Wilde when I read your post. My sister was recently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and the only thing I heard her talking about was Wilde being gay. Like, wow, man. Like, I'm not talking to you anymore. Like, k? I have to say I've been too traumatis...
by AVbd
Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sonnets
Replies: 6
Views: 1358

Re: Sonnets

I'd recommend not going with #18, unless you want to show up to class with the same poem as half of your classmates. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" No, you shan't. But smw, thou art so lovely and temperate! Can't I just compare thee a little? I can't remember where I read this,...
by AVbd
Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dvorak Usership
Replies: 25
Views: 2111

Re: Dvorak Usership

I could quite easily copy a whole book out without looking at the keyboard on a qwerty, heck I could probably even touch type on a table without any keys at all and still get reasonable accuracy (As long as I had a reference point and orientation to line up to), but I wouldn't be able to touch type...
by AVbd
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dvorak Usership
Replies: 25
Views: 2111

Re: Dvorak Usership

I actually wrote a Javascript/XHTML typing tutor a while ago — compatible with IE6/7, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Konqueror — that tracked the types of errors you were prone to (word length, double letters, particular letter combinations, and stuff like that) as well as your different speeds (highes...
by AVbd
Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0555: "Two Mirrors"
Replies: 134
Views: 41224

Re: "Two Mirrors"

AlexDitto wrote:I laughed out loud when I saw this comic; the concept of ducking and having them fly into each other is hilarious. I absolutely lost it when I saw the alt-text, though.

Too bad they all fell on her and killed her anyway.
by AVbd
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 26429

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

Hey, Randall could make money that way by mentioning companies in his comic to cause the stock to go up. Now what to call that idea? Let's see, he'd be add ing the sites' names to his webcomic, it'd make him lot's of ‘green’, but we want a nobler form of green to represent his good intentions… I kn...
by AVbd
Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 26429

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

roflcopter wrote:
AVbd wrote:These ‘Haikus’
Make me physically hurt
Other people
Wow you suck at this
what kind of haiku is that?
you should try harder

I have been working
On this Haiku for years
:(
by AVbd
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 26429

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

These ‘Haikus’
Make me physically hurt
Other people
by AVbd
Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The worst designed page on the internet
Replies: 71
Views: 9798

Re: The worst designed page on the internet

I think I've found the most eye-bleedingly bad website on the internet. Be warned, the site I'm about to link to makes most myspace websites look professional. http://yvettesbridalformal.com/ It could be worse. They could've used flash containing marquee and blink. *shudder*. Fixëd. In other news, ...
by AVbd
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this a sentence fragment
Replies: 19
Views: 4415

Re: Is this a sentence fragment

Fryie wrote:Have you ever said "yes"?
No.
by AVbd
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 26429

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

For all of those people who insist of commenting on the syllabic/moraic structure of Haiku, remember that the Haiku comes from Japan , and the Japanese language. Japanese phonotactics are stricter and simpler than English, and the Japanese ‘syllable’ (onji? or something) is shorter and simpler than ...
by AVbd
Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Online Grammar
Replies: 62
Views: 6288

Re: Online Grammar

[...] the recipient took [...] 26 seconds - to read the message out loud. It took 14 seconds to read messages sent in conventional English. [...] It took students 220 seconds to compose a message in text-speak, but 258 seconds in conventional English. I thought that it was interesting. What I concl...
by AVbd
Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this a sentence fragment
Replies: 19
Views: 4415

Re: Is this a sentence fragment

I said make it a compound sentence with a comma and "and", but she said it would be a run-on. I find this slightly disturbing. Not only is the second sentence not a complete independent clause, you'd be joining it with a conjunction; that's still ungrammatical, but it's almost the complet...
by AVbd
Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Useful documents for proving evolution?
Replies: 35
Views: 2971

Re: Useful documents for proving evolution?

but if you lose, you represent science as a whole when you do so, and that might convince people that science itself is wrong on the matter. That's a good point, but frankly, I'd rather someone try and engage the willing in a discussion, then let people be convinced science was scared to talk. I th...
by AVbd
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do you get people to enjoy talking to you?
Replies: 29
Views: 3081

Re: How do you get people to enjoy talking to you?

Enjoy talking to them. If you're having the time of your life then other people will feel that and they'll brighten up and enjoy themselves more. If you're depressed, then people will pick up on that and you won't be as much fun to be around. Of course some people just won't like you. People are com...

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