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by buttered_cat_paradox
Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Up Goer 5: The Game
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Re: Up Goer 5: The Game

Any particular reason for scoring plurals and so on separately? The original Up Goer 5 makes quite a lot of use of plurals and the -ing suffix on top of the base list of words. ... and issue fixed (at least mostly). Interestingly, it seems like there are quite a few tools that are good at lemmatiza...
by buttered_cat_paradox
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Up Goer 5: The Game
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Re: Up Goer 5: The Game

Soupspoon wrote:Perhaps the single most frequent individual use of it in public is people directly quoting Python.


Can't believe I forgot of Monty Python.
[hiding in corner]
by buttered_cat_paradox
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Up Goer 5: The Game
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Re: Up Goer 5: The Game

Oh. Great point. :) As a starting point for a scoring function, we used a list of the top 10,000 frequent words in English. The list includes inflections, so they are scored separately, but you're right -- we probably don't want to punish people for using plurals. Will throw some morphology on top o...
by buttered_cat_paradox
Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 61041

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

[Hope it's ok to revive this thread] Allow me to introduce Gist -- an online game inspired by Up Goer Five/Thing Explainer. :) The goal is to come up with simple definitions for complex concepts. In addition to being fun (and introducing people to some unusual vocabulary), Gist is a part of a resear...
by buttered_cat_paradox
Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Up Goer 5: The Game
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

Up Goer 5: The Game

Allow me to introduce Gist -- an online game inspired by Up Goer 5/Thing Explainer. :) The goal is to come up with simple definitions for complex concepts. In addition to being fun (and introducing people to some unusual vocabulary), Gist is a part of a research project; the results will help comput...
by buttered_cat_paradox
Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that have two opposite meanings?
Replies: 29
Views: 8657

Re: Words that have two opposite meanings?

There's a weird example in Hebrew -- the verb לקלס (le-ka-less) means both to praise and to mock/scorn. The nice thing about it is that these are actually two different verbs from two different languages (Greek and Ugaritic, most likely) that just happen to look exactly the same when imported to Heb...
by buttered_cat_paradox
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 239913

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Cosmic coincidence (although that seems like a show I might like).
by buttered_cat_paradox
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 628
Views: 93594

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

Indeed. And tit-häd-shu when spoken to a group.
by buttered_cat_paradox
Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign languages in dreams?
Replies: 48
Views: 14138

Re: Foreign languages in dreams?

I definitely dream in multiple languages. The weirdest one was years ago, after going to a film festival -- after three days of foreign films I had a dream with subtitles. :)

(Can't tell if the translation was accurate, but hey)
by buttered_cat_paradox
Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: You keep using that word...
Replies: 39
Views: 8412

Re: You keep using that word...

:)

Yes, I meant unbiased/impartial vs. not interested.
by buttered_cat_paradox
Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: You keep using that word...
Replies: 39
Views: 8412

Re: You keep using that word...

Of all the petty things that annoy me, misuse of the word literally is very near the top of my list. It's about as annoying as "can I ask you a question?" +1 for that (bonus points for for the person who told me "I literally died"). My pet peeve is words with prefixes that do no...
by buttered_cat_paradox
Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 628
Views: 93594

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

"The Meaning Of Tingo" book is full of words I'd like English to have. :) (I ran a quick search and it seems like nobody mentioned it. Check it out, it's full of great words from around the world) The word I personally miss the most when speaking English is an equivalent of the Hebrew word...
by buttered_cat_paradox
Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Trying to say "why" in 25 languages
Replies: 20
Views: 7187

Re: Trying to say "why" in 25 languages

A small nitpick about Hebrew -- there are actually two words for "why":
* למה LUH-muh
* מדוע muh-DOO-'uh

I think initially למה was about purpose ("what for?") and מדוע was about reasons ("what made you do it?"). Colloquially, למה is used for both.
by buttered_cat_paradox
Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 239913

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

My favorite two examples were both waitresses -- Toy and Latrina (which to the best of my knowledge means "toilet" in Latin).

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