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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:19 pm UTC

SPACKlick wrote:<snip>
Preview edit: r is not a vowel, Our is not a true triphthong it's a diphthong. And i don't care how many times Hour, Fire and Loir are quoted at me R IS NOT A VOWEL /linguistichighhorse


R is not a vowel. Correct. However, sometimes the letter r is used to signify a change to a preceding vowel instead of the introduction of an actual r. In the case of hour that change also signifies a shift because you can't "r-ify" (there is a technical term for that, but I forget what it is, it's been a while) an oo. So it ends up coming out as a tripthong ah-oo-er, the er is a single vowel, an r modified eh.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Someguy945 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:22 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:4. It is revealed that the sand is actually a giant T-1000, and after everyone is gone, it forms into a giant Robert Patrick, and goes off to kill John Connor.


I imagine it would look more like this.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:27 pm UTC

Someguy945 wrote:
Dracomax wrote:4. It is revealed that the sand is actually a giant T-1000, and after everyone is gone, it forms into a giant Robert Patrick, and goes off to kill John Connor.


I imagine it would look more like this.

That never happened. there was no third Spiderman movie. There was a Hatman and the kingdom of the crystal skull, starring Harrison Ford, but it had no connection whatsoever to any popular or enjoyable series.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Purplepants77 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:32 pm UTC

buffygirl wrote:Maybe it's Asteroid B-612.

Edits: found name of asteroid. Then fixed typo.


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2 cents: I love this book! I used to have a VHS reading of this when I was a kid1 with the pictures from the book and I loved it. Then I moved recently and stumbled across the actual book in my packing/unpacking process and thought: "Hey, I used to like this as a kid, I'll read the book for the sake of nostalgia!" Then I read it and thought "Wow, my past self didn't get any of the important messages in this book, this is seriously awesome stuff!And to think I just thought it was a cool story." So all my life I lived under the impression that it was a little kids book, not realizing it was actually worth reading!Now I can honestly say that, despite being somewhat simple in both plot and language2 compared to typical "good" books, this is easily one of my favorite. I'm not one to get choked up because of books/movies, but I legitimately came this close to shedding a few tears when I read the chapter with the fox. [/confession]

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thirds » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:33 pm UTC

So, where are they getting their bags? Do they have a car nearby? A house?

Is there no internet in this world, no wikipedia?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SPACKlick » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:38 pm UTC

jovialbard wrote:
SPACKlick wrote:<snip>
Preview edit: r is not a vowel, Our is not a true triphthong it's a diphthong. And i don't care how many times Hour, Fire and Loir are quoted at me R IS NOT A VOWEL /linguistichighhorse


R is not a vowel. Correct. However, sometimes the letter r is used to signify a change to a preceding vowel instead of the introduction of an actual r. In the case of hour that change also signifies a shift because you can't "r-ify" (there is a technical term for that, but I forget what it is, it's been a while) an oo. So it ends up coming out as a tripthong ah-oo-er, the er is a single vowel, an r modified eh.


ooh you petulant you. OU can be pronounced as in our without r-ifying, it's simple vowel differentiation not vowel modification by an r. No triphthong, never. By the castles I swear R is not a vowel modifier

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:43 pm UTC

SPACKlick wrote:ooh you petulant you. OU can be pronounced as in our without r-ifying, it's simple vowel differentiation not vowel modification by an r. No triphthong, never. By the castles I swear R is not a vowel modifier


I suppose you don't believe in silent letters or gh or ph either then :) and are you saying you pronounce "our" ahoo??? without lifting your tongue at the end? What 2 mouth shapes do you form to say our?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:44 pm UTC

SPACKlick wrote:<snip>

By the castles I swear R is not a vowel modifier


It is if you're a pirate. "Aaarrrrrrrgh, me matey!"


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Valarya » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:50 pm UTC

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I have a feeling this interlude of the Bag-Period™ will only precede an even longer Timeperiod of both M&C being gone.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:57 pm UTC

Valarya wrote:I have a feeling this interlude of the Bag-Period™ will only precede an even longer Timeperiod of both M&C being gone.

I'm really hoping we get to go with them.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SPACKlick » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:58 pm UTC

jovialbard wrote:
SPACKlick wrote:ooh you petulant you. OU can be pronounced as in our without r-ifying, it's simple vowel differentiation not vowel modification by an r. No triphthong, never. By the castles I swear R is not a vowel modifier


I suppose you don't believe in silent letters or gh or ph either then :) and are you saying you pronounce "our" ahoo??? without lifting your tongue at the end? What 2 mouth shapes do you form to say our?


None, I form one mouth shape, the diphthong aʊ followed by the consonant r

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thirds » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:01 pm UTC

They are also missing the possibility that the land they are on is simply sinking.

Where do they expect to go? Explore the perimiter of the Sea? In their 2-ish-D world?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Jonas79 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:03 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:03 pm UTC

What magic tricks does she have in that bag? It hardly seems like a bag to take on a long scientific adventure.

I'm predicting a Marry Poppins-esque bottomless bag. I am guessing this is where all the construction material has come from.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:04 pm UTC

SPACKlick wrote:
jovialbard wrote:
SPACKlick wrote:<snip>
Preview edit: r is not a vowel, Our is not a true triphthong it's a diphthong. And i don't care how many times Hour, Fire and Loir are quoted at me R IS NOT A VOWEL /linguistichighhorse


R is not a vowel. Correct. However, sometimes the letter r is used to signify a change to a preceding vowel instead of the introduction of an actual r. In the case of hour that change also signifies a shift because you can't "r-ify" (there is a technical term for that, but I forget what it is, it's been a while) an oo. So it ends up coming out as a tripthong ah-oo-er, the er is a single vowel, an r modified eh.


ooh you petulant you. OU can be pronounced as in our without r-ifying, it's simple vowel differentiation not vowel modification by an r. No triphthong, never. By the castles I swear R is not a vowel modifier
Do you actually speak RP, or are you just saying it's not a triphthong because it isn't one in your accent? The fact that the letter 'r' is not a vowel is irrelevant; it's not even pronounced as a consonant, since RP is non-rhotic. At least let that poor dejected r get credit for modifying the vowel.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:10 pm UTC

SPACKlick wrote:
jovialbard wrote:I suppose you don't believe in silent letters or gh or ph either then :) and are you saying you pronounce "our" ahoo??? without lifting your tongue at the end? What 2 mouth shapes do you form to say our?


None, I form one mouth shape, the diphthong aʊ followed by the consonant r


That would still be three mouth shapes (with smooth transitions between) but your point is understood, that you treat the trailing r as a consonant and not a vowel. Let me try to pronounce that word... wow that sounds awful. If you are really saying R as a consonant then you are building up pressure behind your tongue as you raise it to almost completely block the flow at the roof of your mouth. If what you are describing is what you are doing then you sound a lot like a pirate right now "ouR". If you don't sound like a pirate then the flow of air is not pressurized as it meets your tongue, which is the definition of a vowel, and you have not spoken a single consonant. (Phonetics was one of my favorite courses when I was a theater major, so this is fun, but wait is this turning into a flame war!)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:15 pm UTC

jovialbard wrote:
SPACKlick wrote:
jovialbard wrote:I suppose you don't believe in silent letters or gh or ph either then :) and are you saying you pronounce "our" ahoo??? without lifting your tongue at the end? What 2 mouth shapes do you form to say our?


None, I form one mouth shape, the diphthong aʊ followed by the consonant r


That would still be three mouth shapes (with smooth transitions between) but your point is understood, that you treat the trailing r as a consonant and not a vowel. Let me try to pronounce that word... wow that sounds awful. If you are really saying R as a consonant then you are building up pressure behind your tongue as you raise it to almost completely block the flow at the roof of your mouth. If what you are describing is what you are doing then you sound a lot like a pirate right now "ouR". If you don't sound like a pirate then the flow of air is not pressurized as it meets your tongue, which is the definition of a vowel, and you have not spoken a single consonant. (Phonetics was one of my favorite courses when I was a theater major, so this is fun, but wait is this turning into a flame war!)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:17 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:NO FLAME WARS! We've gone 16259 posts without starting a flame war, and I'll be damned if we start now!

Trebuchets are okay, though.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Jonas79 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:18 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:
jovialbard wrote:
SPACKlick wrote:
jovialbard wrote:I suppose you don't believe in silent letters or gh or ph either then :) and are you saying you pronounce "our" ahoo??? without lifting your tongue at the end? What 2 mouth shapes do you form to say our?


None, I form one mouth shape, the diphthong aʊ followed by the consonant r


That would still be three mouth shapes (with smooth transitions between) but your point is understood, that you treat the trailing r as a consonant and not a vowel. Let me try to pronounce that word... wow that sounds awful. If you are really saying R as a consonant then you are building up pressure behind your tongue as you raise it to almost completely block the flow at the roof of your mouth. If what you are describing is what you are doing then you sound a lot like a pirate right now "ouR". If you don't sound like a pirate then the flow of air is not pressurized as it meets your tongue, which is the definition of a vowel, and you have not spoken a single consonant. (Phonetics was one of my favorite courses when I was a theater major, so this is fun, but wait is this turning into a flame war!)

NO FLAME WARS! We've gone 16259 posts without starting a flame war, and I'll be damned if we start now!

Trebuchets are okay, though.


A trebuchet war would be cool :D Flamewars are lame.

Also, on topic. Why is Megan pausing? Did she expect Cueball to still be around?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:21 pm UTC

Jonas79 wrote:<snip>Also, on topic. Why is Megan pausing? Did she expect Cueball to still be around?


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:30 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edo » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:36 pm UTC

Flado wrote:Mine also had their personal nicknames; what I mean is a generic female nickname you use when you don't know the real one (and in some other situations which vary by country, language, and intent). Maybe something like "kid", or "kiddo", but genderful. Is there such a thing in English?.


yeah, English doesn't quite work like that, you can rarely call someone directly by an adjective ( I have seen it for deminutives, "fatty" or "cutie" would be equivalent to "Gordinho" and "Lindinho" in Portuguese. but there is no "littlie" in English. the other way is to call the person (or thing) by the (indefinite?) pronoun "one" use an adjective on that (little one, smart one (of course smarty exists), etc)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Bytes » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:42 pm UTC

I still maintain that that is rope, a bag would be coloured in.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:45 pm UTC

edo wrote:
Flado wrote:Mine also had their personal nicknames; what I mean is a generic female nickname you use when you don't know the real one (and in some other situations which vary by country, language, and intent). Maybe something like "kid", or "kiddo", but genderful. Is there such a thing in English?.


yeah, English doesn't quite work like that, you can rarely call someone directly by an adjective ( I have seen it for deminutives, "fatty" or "cutie" would be equivalent to "Gordinho" and "Lindinho" in Portuguese. but there is no "littlie" in English. the other way is to call the person (or thing) by the (indefinite?) pronoun "one" use an adjective on that (little one, smart one (of course smarty exists), etc)


True, but there is "L'il", a semi-common prefix, especially for rappers (a LOT of LITTLES), but it is more of a Noun than a generic pronoun.

But if you're mad at someone who just broke your window or left a flaming bag of dog-pooh on your porch, but then you might use it as, "C'mere, you l'il shit!!!" so perhaps it would qualify as a generic pronoun in that case?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Jonas79 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:48 pm UTC

Bytes wrote:I still maintain that that is rope, a bag would be coloured in.

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I think it's a bag, since, well, she was going to get bags.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:48 pm UTC

edo wrote:
Flado wrote:Mine also had their personal nicknames; what I mean is a generic female nickname you use when you don't know the real one (and in some other situations which vary by country, language, and intent). Maybe something like "kid", or "kiddo", but genderful. Is there such a thing in English?.


yeah, English doesn't quite work like that, you can rarely call someone directly by an adjective ( I have seen it for deminutives, "fatty" or "cutie" would be equivalent to "Gordinho" and "Lindinho" in Portuguese. but there is no "littlie" in English. the other way is to call the person (or thing) by the (indefinite?) pronoun "one" use an adjective on that (little one, smart one (of course smarty exists), etc)


I always called my daughter "Little Girl" before she was born (and that among an assortment of other endearments afterwards) but I was delighted to hear my native New Zealander friend calling her son "Little-ie" (Littlie? Little-y?). So maybe it's just American English that lacks that.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:51 pm UTC

ggh wrote:
edo wrote:
Flado wrote:Mine also had their personal nicknames; what I mean is a generic female nickname you use when you don't know the real one (and in some other situations which vary by country, language, and intent). Maybe something like "kid", or "kiddo", but genderful. Is there such a thing in English?.


yeah, English doesn't quite work like that, you can rarely call someone directly by an adjective ( I have seen it for deminutives, "fatty" or "cutie" would be equivalent to "Gordinho" and "Lindinho" in Portuguese. but there is no "littlie" in English. the other way is to call the person (or thing) by the (indefinite?) pronoun "one" use an adjective on that (little one, smart one (of course smarty exists), etc)


I always called my daughter "Little Girl" before she was born (and that among an assortment of other endearments afterwards) but I was delighted to hear my native New Zealander friend calling her son "Little-ie" (Littlie? Little-y?). So maybe it's just American English that lacks that.

My sister called her child "Pip" before birsth. Not sure if it was based on Great expectations, or the dot on a die, though.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thirds » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:53 pm UTC

Jonas79 wrote:
Bytes wrote:I still maintain that that is rope, a bag would be coloured in.

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I think it's a bag, since, well, she was going to get bags.


My questions remain: where are they getting the bags? A nearby vehicle or house? Is there no internet available to them (maps? wikipedia? - or required suspension of disbelief?)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SWO Crash » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:54 pm UTC

Bytes wrote:I still maintain that that is rope, a bag would be coloured in.

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edo wrote:
Flado wrote:Mine also had their personal nicknames; what I mean is a generic female nickname you use when you don't know the real one (and in some other situations which vary by country, language, and intent). Maybe something like "kid", or "kiddo", but genderful. Is there such a thing in English?.


yeah, English doesn't quite work like that, you can rarely call someone directly by an adjective ( I have seen it for deminutives, "fatty" or "cutie" would be equivalent to "Gordinho" and "Lindinho" in Portuguese. but there is no "littlie" in English. the other way is to call the person (or thing) by the (indefinite?) pronoun "one" use an adjective on that (little one, smart one (of course smarty exists), etc)


I always called my daughter "Little Girl" before she was born (and that among an assortment of other endearments afterwards) but I was delighted to hear my native New Zealander friend calling her son "Little-ie" (Littlie? Little-y?). So maybe it's just American English that lacks that.


We called our daughter "Bug" or "Bean" before she was born, and now my wife calls her "Love Bug" and I call her "Sweet Pea." Which, naturally, leads to the melding of names to create "Sweet Bug".
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Jonas79 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:56 pm UTC

ggh wrote:
edo wrote:
Flado wrote:Mine also had their personal nicknames; what I mean is a generic female nickname you use when you don't know the real one (and in some other situations which vary by country, language, and intent). Maybe something like "kid", or "kiddo", but genderful. Is there such a thing in English?.


yeah, English doesn't quite work like that, you can rarely call someone directly by an adjective ( I have seen it for deminutives, "fatty" or "cutie" would be equivalent to "Gordinho" and "Lindinho" in Portuguese. but there is no "littlie" in English. the other way is to call the person (or thing) by the (indefinite?) pronoun "one" use an adjective on that (little one, smart one (of course smarty exists), etc)


I always called my daughter "Little Girl" before she was born (and that among an assortment of other endearments afterwards) but I was delighted to hear my native New Zealander friend calling her son "Little-ie" (Littlie? Little-y?). So maybe it's just American English that lacks that.


I have no idea how New Zealand English works. In the other two languages of the three languages I speak, you can use translations of "La Petite™" and it would mean a small girl (English is my third language).

But, does New Zealand English have tripthongs? hides

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Jonas79 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

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Edit: Is she getting something out of the bag?

Edit2: And what does she have in the bag that she doesn't have in the box?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:04 pm UTC

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Flado wrote:Mine also had their personal nicknames; what I mean is a generic female nickname you use when you don't know the real one (and in some other situations which vary by country, language, and intent). Maybe something like "kid", or "kiddo", but genderful. Is there such a thing in English?.


yeah, English doesn't quite work like that, you can rarely call someone directly by an adjective ( I have seen it for deminutives, "fatty" or "cutie" would be equivalent to "Gordinho" and "Lindinho" in Portuguese. but there is no "littlie" in English. the other way is to call the person (or thing) by the (indefinite?) pronoun "one" use an adjective on that (little one, smart one (of course smarty exists), etc)


I always called my daughter "Little Girl" before she was born (and that among an assortment of other endearments afterwards) but I was delighted to hear my native New Zealander friend calling her son "Little-ie" (Littlie? Little-y?). So maybe it's just American English that lacks that.

My sister called her child "Pip" before birsth. Not sure if it was based on Great expectations, or the dot on a die, though.

Could also refer to a seed, especially orange or lemon seeds (e.g. Sherlock Holmes, "The Five Orange Pips").
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby morgothcr » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:06 pm UTC

I'm sorry... can I ask what is this "OTC" people is talking ago?
Long ago, I tried to keep up with this thread, and was able to do so for the first 60 pages... but damned is I'm going to read the last 347 pages to find it...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:06 pm UTC

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Bytes wrote:I still maintain that that is rope, a bag would be coloured in.

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I think it's a bag, since, well, she was going to get bags.


My questions remain: where are they getting the bags? A nearby vehicle or house?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Jonas79 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:09 pm UTC

morgothcr wrote:I'm sorry... can I ask what is this "OTC" people is talking ago?
Long ago, I tried to keep up with this thread, and was able to do so for the first 60 pages... but damned is I'm going to read the last 347 pages to find it...
Thanks a lot!


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:17 pm UTC

morgothcr wrote:I'm sorry... can I ask what is this "OTC" people is talking ago?
Long ago, I tried to keep up with this thread, and was able to do so for the first 60 pages... but damned is I'm going to read the last 347 pages to find it...
Thanks a lot!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Jonas79 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:19 pm UTC

Maybe the bag contains some kind of instruments? But they already know the sea is rising...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:20 pm UTC

thirds wrote:So, where are they getting their bags? Do they have a car nearby? A house?

Is there no internet in this world, no wikipedia?

IKEA sells bags.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thirds » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:21 pm UTC

SBN wrote:
thirds wrote:So, where are they getting their bags? Do they have a car nearby? A house?

Is there no internet in this world, no wikipedia?

IKEA sells bags.


What good are empty bags?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:22 pm UTC

SWO Crash wrote:We called our daughter "Bug" or "Bean" before she was born, and now my wife calls her "Love Bug" and I call her "Sweet Pea." Which, naturally, leads to the melding of names to create "Sweet Bug".


Ha - funny. One of the other endearments I alluded to, but didn't want to mention, was "Little Bug."

Jonas79 wrote:But, does New Zealand English have tripthongs? hides


Yeah, I'm terrified of that whole discussion. Pinker's "The Language Instinct" is my main breastfeeding reading material, and after I read that most people pronounce NPR beginning with M (and that that's natural and fine), I realized that I have no idea what sounds are actually coming out of my mouth. Worse, I wondered if thinking about the sounds of speech could evenually jeopardize my ability to understand it. Wonderful book btw.

I hope BlitzGirl is doing okay. I wonder if these pages might go a bit nuts in the next dozen newpics.
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