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by RabbitWho
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Heads up
Replies: 9
Views: 1605

Re: Heads up

Sorry I should have been more cleer hee hee.. This side! The side where you and I are! Assuming you're in Germany?
by RabbitWho
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Google translate abuse
Replies: 8
Views: 4059

Re: Google translate abuse

It seems to only work for some words.

http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-sp ... -demo.html < Works for everything, but only short paragraphs at a time.
by RabbitWho
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Heads up
Replies: 9
Views: 1605

Re: Heads up

I think its getting more common on this side of the Atlantic than it used to be.. but that might be my imagination.


"Chin up" might be similar to the German meaning... but to me it seems more like "be tough" / "grit your teeth" than "cheer up".
by RabbitWho
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?
Replies: 131
Views: 19049

Re: Men-only hairdresser. Not bad or supporting sexism?

Ach this is a ridiculous question. Cutting women's hair is not the same as cutting men's hair. It's a whole different training. Also barbers shops traditionally offer to shave you with a straight edge razor and other stuff like that, it's a whole different service. It's like complaining about women ...
by RabbitWho
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture
Replies: 56
Views: 10518

Re: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture

All I ask is how the OP and this Chinese group would respond if a white student make a joke about watching out for Chinese drivers because they can't see well out of their slanty eyes. JESUS! Did you have to give an example? You couldn't have said "if a white student made a racist joke." ...
by RabbitWho
Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 20573

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

Well was he urinating ON someone? Anyway i just wanted to say that you should never trust anyone with a goatee unless they're an interior decorator or otherwise into arts & crafts. There's a man on the Antiques Roadshow who i am CERTAIN is an arsonist. You can see him drooling whenever the antiq...
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Salish languages
Replies: 5
Views: 1785

Re: Salish languages

That sounds amazing. Must be very difficult.

What do you mean a word is an entire clause? can you give examples? Do they use infixes/suffixes/affixes? (is there a group noun for those? fixes?)
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Google translate abuse
Replies: 8
Views: 4059

Re: Google translate abuse

You think that's fun you should try acapela text to speech. Amazing quality.

When I first found that.. oh the horrible things I made Geoffry say..

I'm bored with that now so I just use it to help me pronounce things... pretty much every day
by RabbitWho
Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who/Whom?
Replies: 34
Views: 5241

Re: Who/Whom?

Ah ha! cool beans.
by RabbitWho
Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who/Whom?
Replies: 34
Views: 5241

Re: Who/Whom?

The German verb "sprechen" ("speak") is never construed with dative case. In fact, there are not that many cases (In fact, I can't come up with a single straightforward one from the top of my head...) where English has "to" and German uses dative. I wouldn't count the ...
by RabbitWho
Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How often should you use the word "maybe"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1924

Re: How often should you use the word "maybe"?

I guess it has something to do with this fear that I have of being wrong. If I say something might be true instead of saying it is true then I can't be proven wrong. Also even though scientists usually don't say what they don't know I have seen it happen. For example they might list unsolved proble...
by RabbitWho
Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How often should you use the word "maybe"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1924

Re: How often should you use the word "maybe"?

I have been accused of using words like "maybe" and "I don't know" too often. I have also noticed other people tend to avoid using them including scientists. I think people should use words like these more often though because there is alot of uncertainty in the world. What do y...
by RabbitWho
Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Twenty-ten" or "two thousand (and) ten"?
Replies: 33
Views: 6969

Re: "Twenty-ten" or "two thousand (and) ten"?

meatyochre wrote:And I say two-thousand ten and I was born in 1984. I think your theory is a little off, Rabbit.



You think? You mean you're not certain? How "weasely" of you.
by RabbitWho
Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How often should you use the word "maybe"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1924

Re: How often should you use the word "maybe"?

This is more psychology than linguistics. If you're unsure about everything you're not going to make yourself more sure just by eliminating a word from your vocabulary . If you know about something don't pretend you're not sure about it because you're shy of being confident, try to do justice to the...
by RabbitWho
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Twenty-ten" or "two thousand (and) ten"?
Replies: 33
Views: 6969

Re: "Twenty-ten" or "two thousand (and) ten"?

I can't believe such a strong habit would form in only 9 years that people would insist on saying "two thousand and ten" regardless of how ridiculous that sounds.

Did you say nineteen hundred and ninety? Oh I see, you weren't born yet!
by RabbitWho
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Handling indirect (linguistic) probabilistic qualifiers
Replies: 1
Views: 1805

Re: Handling indirect (linguistic) probabilistic qualifiers

"I am almost certain that this is maybe a good example." [Moved the maybe] If I was going to call them something I'd just call them adverbs of uncertainty. I'm not sure what makes them "indirect". Maybe you mean "inexact"? I also don't think that "maybe" or &q...
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who ate who?
Replies: 39
Views: 6749

Re: Who ate who?

I finally got this far in my Spanish:

http://twitpic.com/2ordhg

Arf arf arf
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 370719

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

I just answer the question by saying that "ought to" is to "should" what "have to" is to "must" (in meaning not in grammar) and say not to worry about the finer points because no one says it anyway.
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Infinity; real or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 3439

Re: Infinity; real or not?

Of course it is, look: O

Satisfied?
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning french on a budget
Replies: 23
Views: 3576

Re: Learning french on a budget

I think you will find a lot of useful tricks on http://www.fluentin3months.com . AHHHHHHHHH EVERYWHERE I GO on the Internet I RUN INTO THAT GUY *pulls out hair* He is SELLING other people's ideas! He is full of shite! Yeah that's why I said check out children's shows too. But, the subtitles do help...
by RabbitWho
Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who/Whom?
Replies: 34
Views: 5241

Re: Who/Whom?

Makri wrote:
The phone rings "To whom am I speaking?" - it's basically the damned English version of the dative case in German.


Indicentally, it's not in this example... ;)


Why not? What is it then?
by RabbitWho
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning french on a budget
Replies: 23
Views: 3576

Re: Learning french on a budget

Aw man there are so many free resources online for French. Here's a few: http://www.busuu.com/ http://www.livemocha.com/invite/r:1qGCjPkO (i'll get points if you join using that link, just use livemocha.com if you for some reason don't want to help me :P ) http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/ http...
by RabbitWho
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 91240

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

AvianMinded wrote:Am I the only one hung up on hat guy's mention of March 1997?



Maybe he really really didn't like The English Patient?
by RabbitWho
Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 91240

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

I am just waiting for Google to turn evil... unfortunately it's destined to happen.... why aren't they playing Modern Warfare 2, anyway? It's a cooler game... I thought the point of this is that they don't need to turn evil.. they're some of the richest people in the world.. why would they bother t...
by RabbitWho
Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How do you intentionally corrupt a file, any ideas?
Replies: 14
Views: 19372

Re: How do you intentionally corrupt a file, any ideas?

Why don't you just right click and rename?
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Castro blames self for the persecution of cuba's gays.
Replies: 22
Views: 2488

Re: Castro blames self for the persecution of cuba's gays.

Well homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland in 1993, so well done Castro. We're miles away from Civil Unions let alone marriage. Hopefully David Norris will become president and get gay rights the publicity it needs. It's getting farcical at this point. I mean it's 2010. We're not exactly in th...
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl throwing puppies in river...
Replies: 97
Views: 11342

Re: Girl throwing puppies in river...

She has a very generic face. I don't think anyone will catch her. Intentional animal cruelty like this is an almost sure sign of a sociopath. You know.. even if I didn't love animals.. even if I outright hated them.. I think 4chan would be enough of a reason for me to never so much as forget to feed...
by RabbitWho
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0786: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 82
Views: 24346

Re: "Exoplanets" Discussion (#786)

It's funny because the morning before I read this my phone woke me and I set it to snooze. The spelling of snooze seemed so strange to me that I made a mental note to set my phone back to English once I woke up.
by RabbitWho
Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Artists that makes you think: Why aren't they more famous?
Replies: 11
Views: 3136

Re: Artists that makes you think: Why aren't they more famou

The Magnetic Fields are my favourite band ever. Yes, I have heard the best song by your favourite band, and yes I think this is better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBZUmDg1jjQ

mmmmmmmmmmmmm
by RabbitWho
Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"
Replies: 35
Views: 5748

Re: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"

Hehe I think the OP means knackered... Up until this thread I always thought it was "naked", a slang use of the word So, it's quite possible that someone thought knackered was knocked up Knackered comes from Knackers yard as in where they took horses when they got too knocked up to work a...
by RabbitWho
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Local Colloquialisms
Replies: 51
Views: 13360

Re: Local Colloquialisms

Do you ever say "I amn't" instead of "I'm not"? I'd like to know how common that is. Today on Grandma's House Simon Amstell said in response to something like "This is great!" "What, us sat in the car?" Instead of "What, us sitting in the car?" and t...
by RabbitWho
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Only Ever
Replies: 4
Views: 2326

Re: Only Ever

Don't know, I say it a lot too and I'm in Ireland, if that helps.
by RabbitWho
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A very simple latin translation
Replies: 15
Views: 3416

Re: A very simple latin translation

Non timeo sum. Also, she should have a serious event in her life or deeply-held personal conviction involving not being afraid if she's getting a tattoo of it. She has, trust me Evidentially traumatized by someone who spoke latin. The pope? (I'm not teasing trauma, I'm teasing tattoos in languages ...
by RabbitWho
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who ate who?
Replies: 39
Views: 6749

Re: Who ate who?

Commas are not irrelevant grammatically, though, because they can for example tell you whether a relative clause is identifying or not. Example: My sister who lives in France speaks French. = I have two sisters. My sister, who lives in France, speaks French = I have one sister. Am I missing somethi...
by RabbitWho
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Knocked up" meaning "exhausted"
Replies: 35
Views: 5748

Re: Knocked up

Oh man.. "really tired".. wonderful.. I'm so tempted to teach that phrasal verb to every English learner I meet. *

"I got so knocked up while studying last night."

* I would never do that.
by RabbitWho
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 24718

Re: Sample (#780) discussion

The alt-text is wonderful.
Me being a tiny unknown unmentioned character in the universe of a dream of a teenager explains so much!
by RabbitWho
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where would you like to wake up Tomorrow
Replies: 23
Views: 2834

Re: Where would you like to wake up Tomorrow

Image
by RabbitWho
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 190564

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

I'm sure I'm not the first person to say this, but I can lick my elbow.

http://catharsisky.deviantart.com/

(Scroll down to the ID, I didn't have a wart on my tongue that's an inexplicable shadow)
by RabbitWho
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 151031

Re: public misconceptions

QI just told me that dust isn't made of skin. I always knew this instinctively, and I'm so glad to hear it. I also feel instinctively that the whole universe is made up of long sheets which stretch its length and breadth and everything just the bending or squashing of these sheets and light and ener...
by RabbitWho
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 48741

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

eric_svrei wrote:Ah, dyslexic jokes. The only one I know is:

So, what do you get when you cross a dyslexic, an insomniac, and an agnostic?

Spoiler:
A guy who stays up all night wondering whether there really is a dog.


*twitch* Headway Upper-Intermediate Third Edition - Chapter 4. "My mate Norman"

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