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by Chopperman
Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 83826

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

v. tr. 1. to walk gingerly upon (one or more feet or legs) so as not to further aggravate a recent painful injury thereto. I like the word "dodder" for this. It seems to imply less stability in walking than "limp" does, but perhaps a less painful injury or a safer environment in...
by Chopperman
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 25583

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

Ryder's Second Law: "Any great and widely-reported crisis will be compared to 9/11" Oh god, what kind of suffix will this tradition attach to events? We already have -gate, which they toss on to any old scandal these days. Maybe they'll search for a related word that rhymes with or sounds...
by Chopperman
Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469196

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Back on topic, I love the word "entertainment" (though not when it's followed by "tonight" >.>). "Mirror" and "attack" are also good words. I think "attack" is a perfect representative sound for its meaning, though it isn't onomatopoeic.
by Chopperman
Sun May 30, 2010 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should have / Should had
Replies: 58
Views: 22677

Re: Should have / Should had

gmalivuk wrote:
Chopperman wrote:Woah, no need to get angry.
No need to assume I was getting angry just because a "bad" word happened to be included in a phrase I used as an example of a similarly worded sarcastic expression for not caring.


Sorry, I haven't been around long so I misread your tone. :)
by Chopperman
Sun May 30, 2010 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should have / Should had
Replies: 58
Views: 22677

Re: Should have / Should had

I've never even considered that the phrase may be sarcastic, myself. Look, I could give a fuck what you've considered yourself (see what I did there?). When I use it, it's with the intonation expected of a sarcastic statement. Woah, no need to get angry. You stated that the phrase IS sarcastic (def...
by Chopperman
Sun May 30, 2010 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should have / Should had
Replies: 58
Views: 22677

Re: Should have / Should had

The same goes for the phrase "I could care less," or, correctly, "I couldn't care less." Its overuse (resulting in syllable trimming) in speech has made it nonsensical. No. "I could care less" is sarcastic, not nonsensical. Really? I don't think anyone understands it t...
by Chopperman
Sat May 29, 2010 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22760

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

As I see it, maths and sciences are the languages of the universe. As humans, and thus being (as far as we know) the most intelligent beings in the universe, it is our responsibility to understand and pass on at least the fundamental concepts of math and science to as many individuals as possible. I...
by Chopperman
Sat May 29, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should have / Should had
Replies: 58
Views: 22677

Re: Should have / Should had

I imagine the confusion comes from elision in rapid speech, where the "v" in "have" is entirely gone (at least in my dialect). "I should have done it" would come out as "I shoulda done it" , which could easily be reparsed as "I should had done it". ...
by Chopperman
Sat May 29, 2010 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Possibilities of Meaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1555

Re: Possibilities of Meaning

You will only admit to having read books in the past when it presently rains in the library.
by Chopperman
Sat May 29, 2010 6:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: improving your work ethic?
Replies: 15
Views: 14358

Re: improving your work ethic?

When I need to do homework on the computer and am surrounded by distractions, I use this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pSyYhRYeIM It's 10 minutes of rain sound, sans music. When I put on heavy-duty headphones and turn the volume up, the world outside my work just goes away. Unlike music, you don'...
by Chopperman
Sat May 29, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 68899

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

The worst teacher I've had was my 10th grade New Mexico History teacher. First off, it was a regular-ed course; the subject matter was so simple that it was hardly worth learning in a class rather than from a picture-book. Half of the class was on the Manhattan Project and WW2, yet we hardly scratch...
by Chopperman
Tue May 18, 2010 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 342827

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

If I have a son, I'll seriously consider naming him Mercutio. It's just an amazing name-- no woman could resist a man named Mercutio. As a double-whammy, since my last name begins with D, I would give him the first name William so he could be WMD. People in my family tend to go by their middle names...

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