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by Eugo
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: No, no, roll the "R"
Replies: 60
Views: 7681

Re: No, no, roll the "R"

And I think most Asian languages don't have the consonant clusters we have. A word like "strengths" would be very difficult. The funny bit is that most English-speakers have no problem with "strengths", but balk at Russian (and other similarly consonant-heavy languages) words li...
by Eugo
Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 102532

Re: Little editing mistakes that drive you up the wall

I actually can't think of a currency that's officially placed after the number. Any TLA currency is _after_ the number, like 5.75 GBP, 9.50 SKR etc. If you have ever spent as much time reading currency exchange lists, like we got before the € was adopted, you'd get the habit. And even now, I think ...
by Eugo
Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: No, no, roll the "R"
Replies: 60
Views: 7681

Re: No, no, roll the "R"

I went to school with a Vietnamese guy named Dzung Nguyen. Pronounced "Yome Wee-ehn." It was always fun when we had a substitute or otherwise strange adult come in and try to call on him. Had a neighbor with the same name, but he told me to pronounce it "wn"... i.e. quite short....
by Eugo
Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Balkan languages, how many are there?!
Replies: 18
Views: 3900

Re: Balkan languages, how many are there?!

You've received excellent explanations from my neighbors :) We've also noticed that is easier for us to start talking bad Serbo-Croatian, than for the others to understand Macedonian :) Tako je... I have far less trouble understanding Slovenian than Macedonian, but give me two days in Ohrid again a...
by Eugo
Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 91562

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

Hány magyar van még itt? Kezdjünk egy beszégetést? Én szerb vagyok, de dolgoztam Magyarországon kb. 2 év. Tanultam a nyelvet úton, munka melett. A szótaram rövid, és a billentyüzet kiasztás a nagy problém. Sajnos hogy sokat elfelejtem, utolsó tartozkodásam ott 1999-en volt, és az csak négy nap volt...
by Eugo
Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language practice threads
Replies: 148
Views: 131061

Re: Language practice threads [new: Danish added]

OK, anybody for the general mix of српски, hrvatski and bosanski/бошњачки? Which are actually one language (if anyone asked me... but they didn't, so now I speak two languages more than before, without any particular effort). For lurkers out there, these are Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian. I'd also l...
by Eugo
Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 102532

Re: Little editing mistakes that drive you up the wall

I'm sorry you can't adjust to modern English, but that just means you'll have trouble understanding and making yourself understood to a great many people. Also, it's not as though it happened because one person decided to stop using "datum" for the singular. It happened over time because ...
by Eugo
Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Classical meaning of words
Replies: 19
Views: 3148

Re: Classical meaning of words

My favo/u/rite pet peeve here is "pathetic". It went so far astray from its classic meaning of "subject to feeling, capable of feeling, impassioned" ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pathetic ) to today's meaning of just plain "miserable". Sure, in 1737 . Seems like you'...
by Eugo
Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 438547

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Words like Wensday (in case you really can't tell, that's my proposed spelling of "Wednesday"). Yeah? And what's wrong with Wenzday? (that's the spelling I used this Wenzday) We pronounce it as a zee, don't we? I am also particularly annoyed when I hear "Oh my (G)god" said by at...
by Eugo
Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0448: "Good Morning"
Replies: 119
Views: 18961

Re: "Good Morning" discussion

And yes, I've done the drift-west-around-the-whole-world-in-a-week thing Left to myself - in a cave or orbit, perhaps - I'd do that in about 23 days, with my biological day being around 25 hours. When not working, i.e. not tied to other people's schedules, I usually end up sleeping one hour later e...
by Eugo
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 102532

Re: Little editing mistakes that drive you up the wall

Or when they put the € ($, £, ...) after the number. 30€ aaaaargh. Or the awful habit of putting unit of currency before the amount - anything else, anywhere else is in number first, unit later. Only the USD symbol comes before the number, contrary to all known habits. You put meters, days, kilos, ...
by Eugo
Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Fuck shit piss goddamn motherfucker (Swearing)
Replies: 82
Views: 16069

Re: Fuck shit piss goddamn motherfucker (Swearing)

Here, I give you some German swearing: shit := Scheisse, Kacke, Mist Interestingly, kaka, caca, etc is the most international word I know. Even in Peru, they say lake Titicaca is divided so they got the titi, and the Hondurans got the caca. bitch := Schlampe This is funny, we got the word in my nec...
by Eugo
Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Classical meaning of words
Replies: 19
Views: 3148

Re: Classical meaning of words

My favo/u/rite pet peeve here is "pathetic". It went so far astray from its classic meaning of "subject to feeling, capable of feeling, impassioned" ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pathetic ) to today's meaning of just plain "miserable". Just like that miserable Patheti...
by Eugo
Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 18727

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

I learned to program in BASIC on my C128 when I was six years old. I'm a lawyer now. Where did I go wrong? Wrong machine? Commodores sucked... (disclaimer: it's raining whole week here, I'm depressed like a commandbutton, forgive this feeble attempt to rekindle the old flame war - I still have a ZX...
by Eugo
Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 18727

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

spec8472 wrote:
Ubiquitous wrote:IMathematicians have a sense of humor just like normal people! ...honest!


I've yet to see any proof of this statement.


It's a statement, not a theorem... chillax, person!
by Eugo
Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 18727

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

Ubiquitous wrote:...and I said 23. Without missing a beat she replied, "Well, at least you'll be in your prime."

See? Mathematicians have a sense of humor just like normal people! ...honest!


Better. They also have their own sense of humor on top of the normal one.
by Eugo
Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 18727

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

I know so many people like that, too. It's not only math. You basically have to start young at anything anymore, especially sports. Which makes it pointless in a way. I mean, what's the point in knowing and thinking all that science if you can't fight it over a keg with your colleagues? Where's the...
by Eugo
Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 185948

Re: "Purity" Discussion

See, A=A works even for things which aren't numbers or necessarily comprehendable, like infinity. I think. I've run out of knowledge. For that, instructions are in my tagline... (are these smileys intentionally campy? they look like designed by Georges Melies). Anyway, depending on how you define y...
by Eugo
Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0442: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel"
Replies: 372
Views: 82361

Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

I watch very little television any more and as a result miss some neat things. Thanks for posting the video link. I've been humming the refrain all day. Just discovered we totalled 90 minutes of TV for the last six weeks, or since whenever it was when that guy Seezn Fennelly came and shot all the w...
by Eugo
Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0442: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel"
Replies: 372
Views: 82361

Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

bitwiseshiftleft wrote:I love the rolling hills.


I actually love the sound of the hills when they roll.
by Eugo
Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 27396

Re: Dead End Discussion

As for if this is even a problem, I still see no evidence provided by you. Like I said, if you don't perceive as a problem, then you have a blind spot. I have lived in three countries and visited a few more, and spotting this was easy. In none of these places was anyone happy to live in a cul de sa...
by Eugo
Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 27396

Re: "SUV" Discussion

InvisblePinkUnicorn wrote:So if you're simply wanting to let people know how wasteful and excessive SUVs are, feel free. Talk some sense into people. But don't force them to give up their choice through government regulation.


And tax breaks for buying them were not government regulation?
by Eugo
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0441: "Babies"
Replies: 111
Views: 19192

Re: "Babies" Discussion

Crazy people in the modern world and their crazy definitions of "old enough". Randall, judging by your bio, you're old enough to have grandkids . Mind you, that's unwise to the second power, but it's still biologically possible. I was waiting for someone to get to this. The age of. Not un...
by Eugo
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0441: "Babies"
Replies: 111
Views: 19192

Re: "Babies" Discussion

So instead of multiple babies, we have multiple Babies threads? :?
by Eugo
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 27396

Dead End Discussion

So why are American cities the world's champions in the number of dead end streets? What's your source for this? My own driving experience, then looking at Google maps of pretty much any city around here, specially suburbs. "World champions" may have been exaggerated, just to make a point...
by Eugo
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 27396

Re: The reverse!

more likely that the demand for food will continue to rise, unless the government arbitrarily decides to remove ethanol subsidization. The demand for food can only grow so far. At some point, those demanding food start losing interest. This makes no sense. You're going to have to elaborate. We're n...
by Eugo
Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 27396

Re: "SUV" Discussion

You're going to have to show some evidence that this would be the case. The whole point to building the roads is to make money off the customers (whether the "customers" are the drivers or the destinations - such as stores and malls). If you're not satisfying the customers you'll lose the...
by Eugo
Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 27396

Re: The reverse!

InvisblePinkUnicorn wrote: more likely that the demand for food will continue to rise, unless the government arbitrarily decides to remove ethanol subsidization.


The demand for food can only grow so far. At some point, those demanding food start losing interest.
by Eugo
Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 27396

Re: "SUV" Discussion

I don't mind Prii, or their owners... But I do think they're ugly cars :P I don't know what's up with these Amers - Prius is actually the first hybrid car which doesn't give a hoot about looking like other cars - to me, it looks like a tennis shoe first, then a geek's toy. Which it is - if I didn't...
by Eugo
Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0438: "Internet Argument"
Replies: 118
Views: 37951

Re: "Internet Arguement" Discussion

While this is technically true, it makes a more interesting statement if you assume this comic to be part of a larger narrative (not pictured). In that case, the menfolk are having a story, and the woman swoops in to change something, make the men into better people or whatever, and sweep out. Whic...
by Eugo
Fri Jun 13, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0436: "How It Happened"
Replies: 168
Views: 35991

Re: "How It Happened" Discussion

Cartofel wrote:...and then probably holds it for about a minute afterwards...


The illusion of time in a comic never stopped amazing me. How do they do that remains one of the mysteries of the universe.

I mean, where did you get "about a minute"?
by Eugo
Sat May 31, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0430: "Every Damn Morning"
Replies: 184
Views: 35132

Re: "Every Damn Morning" Discussion

Well, the reason everyone says "HE'S IN MY HEAD!!" is that we never hear these things discussed anywhere else, on TV shows or popular news articles or even that much among friends. At least, that is true for me. But I agree saying it over and over is REALLY annoying. You're not special. I...

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