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by qvasi
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 43491

Re: 1045: Constraints

iabervon wrote:A bit contrived. Doesn't everybody find guidelines help ideas? Just keeping lengths minimized never opens possibilities. Quite reversely, since the users verily will Xerox your zeitgeist.


+1
:D
by qvasi
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 20699

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

As it seems this a revolutionary war battle and the people in the comic are using muskets that bullet in panel 4 shouldn't be elongated and it shouldn't be spinning. Shouldn't it be a sphere traveling in either a fairly straight line (if they are at close range) or a slight arc. The mini ball and t...
by qvasi
Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 34355

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Wouldn't "Epidural" be a nice name for a server?
:mrgreen:
by qvasi
Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32713

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

So according to the "it's pronounced 'eich oh' and therefore must be written HO" logic, James Bond's code number must be written "OO7" not "007", and Web two point oh" is written "Web 2.O", and if you pronounce the year 2009 as "twenty oh nine" ...
by qvasi
Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that sound like what they mean
Replies: 33
Views: 41868

Re: Words that sound like what they mean

Nevertheless Qvasi, I think it's interesting that speakers of English have remarkably similar ideas about what aspects of a word cause it to actually sound like what it means. It would be remarkable if non-English speakers got the same feeling. Or if most English speakers agreed on the meaning of a...
by qvasi
Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that sound like what they mean
Replies: 33
Views: 41868

Re: Words that sound like what they mean

For someone to which English is not the native language, very few of the examples in this thread actually "sound" like what they mean. The only words that are not onomatopoeia that kind of sounds like what they mean are "borderline onomatopoeia"; words that describe actions (or s...
by qvasi
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Who ate who?
Replies: 39
Views: 6828

Re: Who ate who?

It depends on the word order of the language. The sentence "the cat the dog ate" must be in a language with either a subject-object-verb (SOV) or object-subject-verb (OSV) word order. The default order of Portuguese and English is subject-verb-object (SVO) order for normal sentences (somet...

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