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by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 87060

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I tend to use "two thousand X" (no "and") for 2000 through 2009 (i.e. "two thousand" through "two thousand nine"), and "twenty X" for 2010 and beyond ("twenty ten"). Strangely, though, for the years 1001 through 1009 I would tend to say &qu...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 87060

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

I'm by no means an expert phonologist, and it's possible that I don't fully understand the question, but would it not be correct to state that such a word should be considered to end in a vowel plus /r/ or /ɹ/ if a minimal pair can be found of that word and another ending in some other consonant? I ...
by Aiwendil
Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 337
Views: 131457

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

I'm currently completing an official form from the Royal Mail, and section 3 is entitled "Who wants their mail redirecting?". Now I've come across that particular formation plenty of times before (e.g. "Do you need your lawn mowing?", "If you want your car cleaning tomorrow...
by Aiwendil
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 14676

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Alcohol and carbonated beverages do not count because they tend to dry out a person. Alcohol in high enough concentrations can be net dehydrating, sure, but I really doubt that carbonation has any effect. I can't believe that drinking a glass of seltzer is less hydrating than drinking a glass of pl...
by Aiwendil
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I don't mind "text" (as in SMS) being used as a verb, in fact I often do it myself. However, it sets my teeth on edge when I hear people use "text" as the past participle, e.g. "she text me last night to say she was going to be late". Is this common usage? Yeah, I hear...
by Aiwendil
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 87060

Re: Pronunciation of "aur" words like "aura", "aural", "Laura", "Lauren" and "laurel".

I don't distinguish the "story" and "torrent" vowels, and I pronounce both with a vowel somewhat higher than my "caught" vowel. Normally, the lower "caught" vowel doesn't occur before "r", but I will sometimes pronounce use it in "aural" to...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 6108

Re: 1703: "Juno"

OK, I'm confused by the alt-text. "The name wasn't a tip-off?" Why would the name "Juno" be a tip-off that it was intended to go to Saturn? Juno was Jupiter's wife, which is the obvious real-world reason for the name.
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 7597

Re: My wife and I's...

Sure, but there's "my wife's kids and me", too. Inverting it seems unlikely to me unless the joint possessive is intended. But it's true that it could be read that way. It doesn't seem at all unlikely to me. It's non-standard, but locutions such as "Me and my friend were talking the ...
by Aiwendil
Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 337
Views: 131457

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

In the US wasps are called yellow jackets, but it looks like "wasp" is also used for some other flying insect? Which one? I (from the U.S.) use "wasp" as a general term for a large number of flying insects - pretty much everything in the order Hymenoptera except for bees and ant...
by Aiwendil
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 7597

Re: My wife and I's...

Yeah, and what's nice there is that the joint ownership is built in, so even with a plural, "me and my wife's kids", you don't have to ask whether you mean that there are children belonging to both of you or whether you just each have one. I don't think that's true - you could still incor...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 337
Views: 131457

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

bigglesworth wrote:Spellcheckers might not save us from that one.

"Ur so vain" does not set off my spellchecker because of the city.


Well, it's about time someone took the Sumerians to task for their legendary vanity.
by Aiwendil
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 7597

Re: My wife and I's...

...or because "I's" as a possessive would normally be wrong (in most cases it should be "my"). Yeah, but my point was that "my's" is also normally wrong, but "my wife and my's" sounds less wrong to me than "my wife and I's". I think Xanthir may be r...
by Aiwendil
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?
Replies: 10
Views: 3900

Re: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?

But yeah, it is common through much of North America to raise these to [iŋ]. Some speakers even go one step further and change the "-ing" morpheme to [in], so that "going", for example, sounds like "goeen". Wow, I was genuinely shocked by this, as I've never noticed su...
by Aiwendil
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I regularly hear "times" used as a verb by fellow physicists (mostly young ones). It irks me, but I bite my tongue about such things ever since a group of them didn't take kindly to my telling them that they were pronouncing "processes" wrong. (I'd had a few beers, and I believe ...
by Aiwendil
Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 7597

Re: My wife and I's...

To my ear, "my wife's and my" sounds best, "my wife and my's" sounds a little off but would probably not really stick out in conversation, and "my wife and I's" sounds very jarring. I'm not sure why adding the enclitic to "I" sounds so much worse to me than ad...
by Aiwendil
Tue May 10, 2016 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1678: "Recent Searches"
Replies: 31
Views: 6976

Re: 1678: "Recent Searches"

orthogon wrote:
Echo244 wrote:"average turning rate of an unladen adult velociraptor"

I have no idea why my work time estimates are always wildly off...

African or EuropeanGondwanan or Pangean?


<pedant>But Gondwana was part of Pangaea. You must mean Gondwanan or Laurasian.</pedant>
by Aiwendil
Tue May 03, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 465066

Re: Favorite math jokes

Here's one I just thought up. A man walks into a bar, followed by a line of countably infinite mathematicians. The man orders a beer, and the bartender serves him. The bartender asks the first mathematician for his order. He thinks for a second, then points to the man and says "I'll have what ...
by Aiwendil
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 87060

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Attorney general is a pretty messed up word in English, anyway. The adjective comes after the noun! You can thank the French for that. Really, the word makes a lot more sense when you realize that it's literally just "general (as in not specific) attorney". When I was young I always thoug...
by Aiwendil
Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 87060

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I think I tend to say "fathers-in-law", but it's a plural that occurs so rarely in everyday speech that I'm not entirely sure.
by Aiwendil
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Yeah, there's no sense in which /ˈpɹɑsɛˌsiːz/ is more correct than /ˈpɹɑsɛˌsɛːz/. Further, I'd say it's a worse error than pluralizing all "-us" words in "-i" - the analogous error would be pluralizing all "-is" words in "-es"; but "process" doesn't ...
by Aiwendil
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 193066

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Controversial opinions: Most vegetables should be eaten raw. Meat is generally better medium or well-done than rare. Cinnamon-raisin bagels are a horrific abomination (there should never be anything sweet in or on a bagel). There is no decent pizza outside of the greater New York area (Italy might b...
by Aiwendil
Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anyone here from Massachusetts?
Replies: 6
Views: 3903

Re: Anyone here from Massachusetts?

In contexts in which the expectation is for drinks to be non-alcoholic (e.g. a typical restaurant), I would interpret "soft drink" to mean a carbonated beverage. In contexts in which the expectation is for drinks to be alcoholic (e.g. a bar), I would interpret "soft drink" to mea...
by Aiwendil
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

…Also, it annoys me when impressionists do a decent job of capturing somebody's vocal quality but completely half-ass the accent. The way this ersatz Bernie Sanders says "voters" is the most un-Bernielike thing I've ever heard. Yeah, you'd think at least he could make an attempt at non-rh...
by Aiwendil
Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 439113

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Just finished reading Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune. Good shit. Now, onto the Foundation trilogy. Alright, so that ended too. Now for Cat's Cradle. How did you like the Foundation trilogy? It's very near the top of my list of favorites, particularly parts of Foundation and Empire and Sec...
by Aiwendil
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 412
Views: 809755

Re: Forum Migration

Forgive me if this is a stupid question, with all this talk of searching - but I can't seem to see any search link. Has it disappeared, or am I being quite obtuse? Also, Umm, egosearch is really easy now. I think. Below your username is the number of posts you've made. e.g. Image davean Site Ninja P...
by Aiwendil
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 5729

Re: 1661: "Podium"

The thing he's talking about is a lectern, but he does also appear to be standing on a podium.
by Aiwendil
Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 412
Views: 809755

Re: Forum Migration

When viewing the board index now, the latest posts in each sub-forum are now listed by post subject, rather than thread subject (at least by default). Is there any way to change this? I suspect the answer is 'no', but personally I much prefer threat titles to post titles there. At best, having it di...
by Aiwendil
Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 130067

Re: Words you love.

A few words that I rather like, ranging from the mundane to the esoteric and obscure:

Talon
Bear (the verb)
Thrive (provided it's conjugated as thrive, throve, thriven)
Glade
Crenellation
Wellaway
Xenodochy
Azure
Graveyard
Hesternal
Onomastic (also, 'onomasticon')
Aumbry
Cascade
by Aiwendil
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 412
Views: 809755

Re: Forum Migration

I agree that the reduced width is annoying.

To be honest, I also agree that "the forum looks all weird now" in a bad way, but then I hate change. But for what it's worth, I far, far prefer SubSilver to this.
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 241183

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Hmm, maybe it is that simple. I heard a Canadian say "at the weekend" recently, which surprised me, but consultation with a few other Canadians suggests that this is atypical there.
by Aiwendil
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 241183

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Does anyone have any data (anecdotal or otherwise) as to the geographic distribution of "at the weekend" vs. "on the weekend"?
by Aiwendil
Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 33639

Re: Bad science jokes!

I know that these are from four years ago, but I believe there are errors in the following jokes: 2 million bicycles? = 2 megacycles Should be 1 million bicycles = 2 megacycles. 4 nickels? = 2 paradigms I believe you'd need 8 nickels to make 2 paradigms. In a similar vein, let me add: 3 nickels = 1 ...
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I trust science. So I let it make decisions for me.
Replies: 22
Views: 4951

Re: I trust science. So I let it make decisions for me.

Quizatzhaderac wrote:The biggest one is if the animal has been bread for domesticity..


Yeah, my preferred pets are rye and wheat. I know some people like oats, but I just don't find them affectionate enough.
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 11509

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Wee Red Bird wrote:"do you want to hold them?"


Nah, I'm not really into Pokemon.
by Aiwendil
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

OK, that makes sense. I was slightly confused by your use of "aw" and "ah". I interpret the former as /ɔ/ (or /ɔə/) and the latter as /ɒ/. I don't have /a/ in my native phonemic inventory (I have the father-bother merger). So I notice two things about a Bostonian accent: first, t...
by Aiwendil
Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Something else that bugs me: when people are trying to make fun of the Boston accent in text and write the city's name as "Bahstin". What they're trying to get at is the Eastern New England low vowel system, which – to put things crudely – means that Bostonians pronounce quite a few words...
by Aiwendil
Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Wow, somehow that marketing completely escaped me, and it never occurred to me to interpret it as a word. This despite it being the OS on my primary computer for ~2 years. Now that I am aware of it, I concur with Eebster's assessment.
by Aiwendil
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430603

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

And so we go gerundingly onward. But "gerunding" there is surely a participle, not a gerund! And yes, gmalivuk, I do dislike essentially all uses of brand names as verbs, though some are worse than others. I eventually had to force myself to accept that use of Google or it would have star...
by Aiwendil
Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd Pronunciations
Replies: 19
Views: 7555

Re: Odd Pronunciations

araprado613 wrote:E for Igloo


I was extremely perplexed by this until I noticed that you're from Sydney. I guess you pronounce it /'iɡ.luː/?
by Aiwendil
Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Mediaeval Music
Replies: 0
Views: 5674

Mediaeval Music

So I've been listening to a good bit of Mediaeval music lately and thought I'd start a thread here on the off chance that any other forumites are fans of such things and wanted to share recommendations. Does anyone else out there enjoy a good estampie or consider themselves a connoisseur of Ars Subt...

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