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by Justinlrb
Thu May 27, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 48790

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

It's contagious! I had some difficulty with d vs. b and 9 vs. p when I was a child. Fractions written at a slant were tragically frustrating for a time. I got over all that. But now that I teach English to Arabs, I find myself writing p when I mean b.
by Justinlrb
Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0637: "Scribblenauts"
Replies: 108
Views: 24729

Re: "Scribblenauts" Discussion

How about you discover the Higgs Boson when you summon it instead of destroying our precious earth, huh?


How about you don't discover the Higgs Boson and get all the atomsmash egg-heads tearing their hair out. You could also discover the tear slowly rolling down the cheek of an atomsmash fanboy.
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Careers after studying linguistics?
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: Careers after studying linguistics?

Self unemployment!
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0545: "Neutrality Schmeutrality"
Replies: 137
Views: 51985

Re: "Neutrality Schmeutrality" discussion

Oh no! is "it's" one word or two? what about cannot? another?
My new mission in life will be to edit all wikipedia articles so that they have unambiguous word counts. (just in case)
by Justinlrb
Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?
Replies: 10
Views: 3217

Re: dictionary.com throws the IPA out the window?

*sigh* English speakers and their rejection of international standards.
by Justinlrb
Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 82938

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

I was winning until just now. Thanks a lot.
by Justinlrb
Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neato sounds.
Replies: 16
Views: 3515

Re: Neato sounds.

Is it like the start of Tsunami? Not unless you pronounce it really weird. It's like a t with an s that starts halfway through, then the t ends before the s does, and the sound finishes as an s. But really fast. It's pretty much the ts at the end of cats or hats or bats. I didn't know it was possib...
by Justinlrb
Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?
Replies: 16
Views: 3238

Re: Plain Vs. Academic or Regular English?

For instance, why would I use the word regular when mundane may convey my meaning better? Just to throw it back at you, why use mundane when you probably mean boring or everyday? How often do you really mean earthly in opposition to heavenly? Is it really a good idea to say antepenultimate instead ...
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neato sounds.
Replies: 16
Views: 3515

Re: Neato sounds.

I have an ingressive trill that's not on any list.

It's true.
by Justinlrb
Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?
Replies: 22
Views: 3617

Re: To have to ~ Must, Got? what's up here?

I'd say "I('ve) gotta get a drink" expresses desire or internal need. Note "?I('ve) gotta get a drink for my brother" is a little strange. Whereas "I have to get a drink" is either a strong or external need. "I have to get a drink for my brother" perfectly nor...
by Justinlrb
Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Spanish Mac keyboard vs Emacs
Replies: 1
Views: 1310

Re: Spanish Mac keyboard vs Emacs

Looking around some more I found that some people seem to have dealt with the problem. But not knowing enough about development I can't really make heads or tales of this: http://www.nabble.com/spanish-keyboard-config-td13531424.html where I found this: (spanish . (([?\M-`] . "[") ("\...
by Justinlrb
Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Spanish Mac keyboard vs Emacs
Replies: 1
Views: 1310

Spanish Mac keyboard vs Emacs

I've been trying to use emacs on our new MacBook (w/ Spanish keyboard). As you probably know, in order to type certain characters like # , @ , [ , ] , or even \on a Spanish keyboard you have to press alt + 3, 2 , `, + or º respectively. Meaning, when I try to type # or \ I get "M-º is undefined...
by Justinlrb
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8989

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Even English has this distinction! For instance, you can use "he"/"she" only to refer to animate things — sometimes only human things — and "it" only to refer to inanimate things and some animals. I got to thinking about this and the distinction between things that can...
by Justinlrb
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Emphasis altering word meaning
Replies: 33
Views: 9722

Re: Emphasis altering word meaning

Robin S wrote:I recognize that. However, the phoneme stays the same, which is what is relevant to the original question.

Well, is schwa a different phoneme from a full vowel?
by Justinlrb
Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 752527

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

A car insurance company here ran an add for a while in which the blue arrow, which is the company's logo, would fly around and stick people up the back side. The victim would get a shocked, if not pleased, expression and come to the realization that they should join said insurance company. Never min...
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Shock and awe!
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: Shock and awe!

I gotta say it's a pretty grim joke. I think I have a pretty grim since of humor. I can joke about all kinds of strange that I've been through, and people usually laugh. (Probably because I'm laughing.) It's probably the time that has passed which allows you to tell this kind of joke. But, if you we...
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Paraprosdokian
Replies: 27
Views: 11626

Re: Paraprosdokian

Does this one count?
Bill is so righteous he doesn't smoke drink eat or sleep.
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8989

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

innoby... wrote:No it's die frauline or die maedchen (or as best as my meager german knowledge suffices)


Look it up. Then correct us ignoramuses.
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8989

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

10 noun classes! Check it
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Operation correct microsoft's grammar
Replies: 16
Views: 3358

Re: Operation correct microsoft's grammar

Dextrose wrote:you've misspelt 'misspelt'


I motion dictionaries be checked before taking others to task.
misspelled
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Emphasis altering word meaning
Replies: 33
Views: 9722

Re: Emphasis altering word meaning

(Those thingies that I always incorrectly call apostrophes added for emphasis on, err, emphasis.) ReCORD vs REcord isn't emphasis, it's stress. And APPly vs apPLY isn't an occurence of the same phenomenon, since they differ in more than just stress, being ["{pli] and [@"p_hlaI] respective...
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Emphasis altering word meaning
Replies: 33
Views: 9722

Re: Emphasis altering word meaning

Post subject: Re: Emphasis altering word meaning Reply with quote Justinlrb wrote: program You pronounce that differently depending on whether it's a noun or verb? To be honest that has always been one of the more difficult ones for me to pick out. I've heard elsewhere that it is, but it's probably...
by Justinlrb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8989

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

Also, as anyone who knows anything about languages will tell you, grammatical gender is to some degree completely independent of the biological/social kind. Isn't it German where the word for "girl" is grammatically masculine? And I know that in many Romance languages the word for "p...
by Justinlrb
Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Arrow game
Replies: 3127
Views: 196029

Re: The Arrow game

^ Cares Less
< from another country
V Is feeling a bit hungry
by Justinlrb
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Emphasis altering word meaning
Replies: 33
Views: 9722

Re: Emphasis altering word meaning

record
program

Often in English a stress changes makes the difference between a noun and a verb.
I can't think what it's called right now. Maybe it'll hit me later.
by Justinlrb
Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An Official English Language
Replies: 23
Views: 4650

Re: An Official English Language

I'll cut open all your throats and shit in the wounds goddamn I hate when people try to tell me my grammar is wrong An excellent illustration of why establishing an Official English is not a good idea. But, if we were to establish one, Standard Midwestern American should definitely be the model. Wh...
by Justinlrb
Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ways to improve your grammar and spelling?
Replies: 30
Views: 5118

Re: Ways to improve your grammar and spelling?

I'm with the other guys on this. Write a lot. Take your time. In my opinion, the most important thing is to care. Caring and reviewing what you've written go hand in hand. (Right now, go back and look at something you wrote here or elsewhere. You might be surprised at how easy it is to pick out simp...
by Justinlrb
Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5960

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

Society values financial independence Ya don't say! If you are deemed to be falling behind in reaching these goals by your own choice rather than inherent/environmental/circumstantial factors you lose the respect of society because you are not upholding it's ideals. Deep, seriously. Either respect ...
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5960

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

Sure, but what would happen if we suddenly broke out on the respect side of the circle? What do you think? What's your opinion? This question? I thought the answer was implicit, but I'll spell it out: if we could magically make everybody start respecting everybody else, the world would be a better ...
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5960

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

If people flipping burgers started taking pride in their jobs, they'd probably get fired for dawdling. The general public can't voluntarily start respecting the art of burger-flipping, because respect isn't voluntary. When I talk about treating people with respect, I'm not referring to politeness o...
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5960

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

Nath wrote:Vicious cycle. Respect for a job comes from people taking pride in their work. Most people don't take pride in their work unless they are treated with respect.


Sure, but what would happen if we suddenly broke out on the respect side of the circle?
What do you think? What's your opinion?
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5960

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

My third question has been addressed several times, but not answered. I think we can all agree that there is little respect (there is some from some people) for low wage jobs and for the people working in them. The jobs are variously described as soul crushing, dead end and meaningless. The workers ...
by Justinlrb
Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So the rich are rich and the poor are poor, right? But..Why?
Replies: 102
Views: 10418

Re: So the rich are rich and the poor are poor, right? But..Why?

Nath wrote: That doesn't mean I chose it, or can fix it, but it is ultimately my responsibility more than anyone else's.


I don't grasp what you are trying to say. What to you mean by responsibility then?
And, how does this tie into being rich or being poor?
by Justinlrb
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So the rich are rich and the poor are poor, right? But..Why?
Replies: 102
Views: 10418

Re: So the rich are rich and the poor are poor, right? But..Why?

What if you don't know how to find them? What if you're too busy trying to survive to depressed or to trapped to figure it out? Ignorance, business, depression and so on are all properties of an individual, and therefore, in a sense, their own responsibility. Respectfully, I completely disagree, an...
by Justinlrb
Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5960

Re: What's wrong with flipping burgers?

Very interesting. Standing up for oneself is probably one of the most important things a person can learn to do in life. I am sure burgerking is a pretty awful place to work. I think lack of respect from society in general is responsible. It gets passed on down the line from owners, and the public t...
by Justinlrb
Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So the rich are rich and the poor are poor, right? But..Why?
Replies: 102
Views: 10418

Re: So the rich are rich and the poor are poor, right? But..Why?

How about people whose parents can't afford for them to go to university/college? Re-read my post, I already said that it is beyond some people's means to leave their situation. And secondly, my parents can afford to send me to a university or college, but they don't. I pay for it myself. There *ar...
by Justinlrb
Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's wrong with flipping burgers?
Replies: 42
Views: 5960

What's wrong with flipping burgers?

I saw this on the literacy discussion: ... It should be so that people have more choices than flipping burgers at your local grease-food joint. The point is, America's workforce no longer requires education in order to get a job done, and this is definitely not a good thing... It got me thinking. Ca...
by Justinlrb
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An Official English Language
Replies: 23
Views: 4650

Re: An Official English Language

Official English policy: If it is not broken, fix it until it is broken. And, tell everybody they're saying it wrong. I personally vote for less efficient communication, creative spelling (I want the words to feel good when I type them like with rhythm and stuff), and inventing words the way we do s...
by Justinlrb
Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 140238

Re: Beautiful words...

The most beautiful word is, without a doubt, sleeves.
by Justinlrb
Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25546

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

Evolution is faith as well until people can prove it on their own. Why should people trust someone with the title of scientist anymore than someone with the title of priest, seeing as how both have done horrible things in the past in the name of their beliefs? Where can I get one of these titles of...

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