Search found 41 matches

by Cecily
Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Clod Atlas
Replies: 56
Views: 16623

Re: Cloud Atlas

I saw the movie before I read the book. I tried to read the post-apocalyptic part, honestly I tried so hard. But I had to skip it. It was so hard to understand. In which case, stay away from Russel Hoban's "Riddley Walker", a post-apocalyptic novel that was a major inspiration, but where ...
by Cecily
Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Clod Atlas
Replies: 56
Views: 16623

Re: Cloud Atlas

It's been a while seen I've seen the movie or read the book, but basically the structure is this way: Prophetess is a diary Frobisher reads the diary of the Prophetess, so it's the same world (an actual person in Frobisher's world wrote this diary of his personal experiences) Luisa Rey reads the le...
by Cecily
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Native English speakers - what's it like?
Replies: 37
Views: 15614

Re: Native English speakers - what's it like?

...having English, the global tongue, as my native tongue, just feels...empty. Your first language is an extremely important part of your identity, and when your language is spoken by so many people around the world, what do you have? Nothing... Well, I didn't feel empty, but I do now! Seriously th...
by Cecily
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you find new books?
Replies: 22
Views: 21518

Re: How do you find new books?

I'm another fan of http://www.goodreads.com - but not its recommendation engine. Instead, I've built up a network of friends with similar taste and joined some of the themed groups. I have read all sorts of things I would not otherwise have read, and most of them were good. It's a great site, and th...
by Cecily
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Clod Atlas
Replies: 56
Views: 16623

Re: Cloud Atlas

I understand they needed to do some things different from the book, and in some ways it's a very different story. Firstly, it's very definitely a story about reincarnation, and that's fine. I also get that they changed some of the main points of stories, though Frobisher's was a bit problematic. I ...
by Cecily
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Female equivalent for "guy"
Replies: 49
Views: 28832

Re: Female equivalent for "guy"

Thesh wrote:Wouldn't that be "Gal"?


Oh please not "gal". Maybe it's generational and/or depends what side of the Atlantic you are, but to me "gal" is much like "gel" and conjures a posh young lady.
by Cecily
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Native English speakers - what's it like?
Replies: 37
Views: 15614

Re: Native English speakers - what's it like?

I agree with people above about the advantages. A disadvantage I would add (which applies to any mother-tongue) is that one is less conscious of which grammatical constructions and idioms are harder for non-native speakers to parse. When communicating with someone whose English is very good or submi...
by Cecily
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Exploiting the McGurk effect
Replies: 1
Views: 2278

Re: Exploiting the McGurk effect

I don't know the answer (but I'd love to). I'm guessing it would have to be something quite short and maybe it would be easier in some languages than others?
by Cecily
Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Quotes and punctuation
Replies: 7
Views: 2688

Re: Quotes and punctuation

The crucial issue is whether you use American English or another English. Brits, Australians, New Zealanders and many others use what is often, logically, called logical punctuation with quotations: we only put the punctuation inside the quotation marks if it is part of the quoted material (as with ...
by Cecily
Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best sites for correct English grammar
Replies: 2
Views: 2267

Re: Best sites for correct English grammar

I was asked a similar question a while ago, but someone who had lived in England, moved "home" and wanted to polish their skills, especially commas. Here's what I sent them. You won’t want all of them, but I hope there is a wide enough selection to find some that are useful. Unless otherwi...
by Cecily
Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Combining Contractions
Replies: 20
Views: 3806

Re: Combining Contractions

What about simpler, but less common contractions? For example, I invariably get funny looks if I say "mayn't".
by Cecily
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English Examinations
Replies: 11
Views: 1787

Re: English Examinations

I can't think of any educator that would require students to commit a few quotes to memory in the hopes that one will be relevant to the 2nd essay. Maybe not in your neck of the woods, but when I was studying English (late '80s in England) that was exactly what we had to do. There were no "ope...
by Cecily
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A poll of 'handedness' & writing english right to left
Replies: 51
Views: 9721

Re: A poll of 'handedness' & writing english right to left

I'm ambi but I use different hands for different tasks... I'll use my right for the mouse and my left to take notes or scribble ideas... I investigated having 2 mice attached to my computer. You sound like me. I like the idea of two mice, but I suspect it would be like trying to pat one's head and ...
by Cecily
Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 19456

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you rea

About the only problem is that when there's narration between certain actions or dialogue, I'm still thinking of the action or dialogue in my head. For example, in the Harry Potter series, Harry tends to pace a lot. Unfortunately, J.K. (as talented as she is) will often add in narration right after...
by Cecily
Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What would be the properties of an ideal language?
Replies: 8
Views: 2022

Re: What would be the properties of an ideal language?

Sir Novelty Fashion wrote:What would be the properties of an ideal colour?


Hooloovoo.
by Cecily
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Academy of English
Replies: 23
Views: 4107

Re: Academy of English

We have one , but the membership standards are pretty low. Very good. The QES Academy of English is now being discussed on Language Log (but remember, you read it here first), where they diverted to discussing the words " jinguistics " or "jingoistics" for "the impulse to g...
by Cecily
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Supper or Dinner?
Replies: 55
Views: 8898

Re: Supper or Dinner?

Supper, personally. Background: German, though I left the country too young to speak the language So the relevant information is which country you were raised in and live in now. Read the rest. He mentions that because his German household used "Supper". I did read the rest, but if he doe...
by Cecily
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a word?
Replies: 77
Views: 9768

Re: What is a word?

An interjection or exlamation can still be a word and "oops" certainly meets your criterion of "conveys a meaning". How about this definition: word Traditionally the smallest of the units that make up a sentence, and marked as such in writing. In practice, words are established b...
by Cecily
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Supper or Dinner?
Replies: 55
Views: 8898

Re: Supper or Dinner?

casperhighlander wrote:Supper, personally. Background: German, though I left the country too young to speak the language


So the relevant information is which country you were raised in and live in now.
by Cecily
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve
Replies: 42
Views: 13477

Re: Accents and style in written English: naive vs. naïve

We don't pronounce 'Paris' the way the French do, either. But then this extends to most of the Gallicisms too -- we often don't pronounce the loaned words the way the French do. But we do pronounce "Lyons" the French way. I wonder why we retain some pronunciations and not others? Maybe we...
by Cecily
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Academy of English
Replies: 23
Views: 4107

Re: Academy of English

They're complaining that "sanction" has two opposite meanings. But they've completely misunderstood what a portmanteau word is. That was my first thought, but I struggled to believe that anyone claiming to be an authority on the English language could be so ignorant of the meaning of a no...
by Cecily
Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 312524

Re: What is your favourite book?

I'd say it's a toss-up between: Fahrenheit 451 , by Ray Bradbury The Count of Monte Cristo , by Alexander Dumas Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World , by Haruki Murakami Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favourites too. I love the fact that it is a paen to the power of the written word: that p...
by Cecily
Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Academy of English
Replies: 23
Views: 4107

Re: Academy of English

Anyone who sets themselves up as some sort of authority is bound to come a cropper, but that doesn't spoil one's delight in pointing it out. ;) Their very brief list of errors ( http://www.queens-english-society.com/errors_list.html ) doesn't mention prepositions - yet. The page about the founder me...
by Cecily
Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353319

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Monika wrote:What do you say? First name? Christian name?


First name or forename are what I use and tend to hear, although "Christian name" is still widely used.

However, whilst you can only have one first name, and arguably only one forename, you can have two or more middle names (as I do).
by Cecily
Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Curious celebration
Replies: 4
Views: 887

Re: Curious celebration

Yes, she could have done it anyway, but I think the law she invoked actually puts a duty on people (well, men) to attend.
by Cecily
Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Effect on Google Maps
Replies: 40
Views: 5689

Re: Weird Effect on Google Maps

And is it "coincidence" that it's flying over Enola Drive?
by Cecily
Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Curious celebration
Replies: 4
Views: 887

Curious celebration

An English vicar has realised an old law has not been repealed and therefore she is able to summon her parish to archery practice. She laid on a barbecue afterwards. What real made me smile was that this was because they were "celebrating the building of a new loo in the church". I'm sure ...
by Cecily
Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 'xxx' in messages
Replies: 57
Views: 16063

Re: 'xxx' in messages

I'm curious that the questions are divided into "female" and "not female" respondents. I realise there are transsexuals and people with intersex conditions, but I don't think I've ever noticed the distinction made that way before.
by Cecily
Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353319

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I've known a few people with odd names: Richard Head who preferred to be called Dick; a girl called Pelican; a woman known as Jessie who was actually called Majestic (after the ship her father served on). One aspect that is sometimes overlooked is initials. In a positive way, I saw a birth announcem...
by Cecily
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is anyone else really annoyed that *other people* read xkcd?
Replies: 26
Views: 4204

Re: Is anyone else really annoyed that *other people* read x

I know what you mean, though I experience it more with books and films. There have been several that I enjoyed and thought obscure till they were shortlisted for awards and everyone knew about them. Although part of me was glad they'd reached a wider audience, part of me regretted that I was no long...
by Cecily
Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cat's Cradle
Replies: 7
Views: 2702

Re: Cat's Cradle

I reread "Cat's Cradle" a few years ago and thought it quite good, but not exceptional. I remember the main idea as being that people need the reassurance of beliefs regardless of whether they are true or not - which they aren't. More recently I read his " Galapagos ", which I th...
by Cecily
Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So many new posters
Replies: 100
Views: 11616

Re: So many new posters

I only joined last night, so my post count is low (this will take it to double figures).

I thought it would look bad for a newbie to flood the boards with posts, but perhaps I'm wrong?
by Cecily
Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Read All About It! (special UK edition)
Replies: 25
Views: 2839

Re: Read All About It! (special UK edition)

The best summary of the British press comes from ~20 years ago, in Yes Minister, and is still pretty accurate: Hacker : Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers: The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they...
by Cecily
Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sayings and idioms?
Replies: 4
Views: 1533

Re: Sayings and idioms?

The OED lists "smarty pants" from 1941. So that's the year I'd trust, especially if the place claiming 1915 doesn't have an actual source for it. I don't think it's quite so simple. I'd certainly trust the OED in that there is an authenticated source of the phrase being used in 1941. Howe...
by Cecily
Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Academy of English
Replies: 23
Views: 4107

Re: Academy of English

Give them an academy if they want, and let them make decrees on whatever areas of usage bother them. It won't make any difference. They have it already, but only inasmuch as a group of people set up something with that name. It has no authority of any kind. The site has a wider and, in my opinion n...
by Cecily
Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Supper or Dinner?
Replies: 55
Views: 8898

Re: Supper or Dinner?

This is my take on the names of meals in England. I think it's clearer as a table:

Image
Click this link to see it full size:
http://img813.imageshack.us/img813/7875/meals.jpg
by Cecily
Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Teachers ignore fire alarms
Replies: 59
Views: 8135

Re: Teachers ignore fire alarms

I don't recall teachers ignoring fire alarms, but three of us slept through one - and no one noticed we were missing at roll call!
by Cecily
Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Academy of English
Replies: 23
Views: 4107

Re: Academy of English

Already there's an informal movement to make "their" a genderless singular pronoun. Don't get me started on that! The short version is that singular their/they is NOT grammatically incorrect. The "rule" was invented by Anne Fisher, an 18th-century British schoolmistress who wrot...
by Cecily
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Academy of English
Replies: 23
Views: 4107

Academy of English

The (British) Queen's English Society is to set up an Academy of English to advise on usage in a way that minimises change. News story: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/education/article7145147.ece The QES’s website: http://www.queens-english-society.com/pageone.html Their list of errors is ...
by Cecily
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Little Things
Replies: 2
Views: 839

Re: The Little Things

1. It's not usual to start a quote with an ellipsis - though there may not be a prohibition against it. 2. I would capitalise the first actual letter of a word that has dropped its original one, such a 'Enry 'Iggins because the E and the I are now the first letters of proper nouns and so should be c...

Go to advanced search