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by djfly
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 320396

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

My testing: I get the French Military Victories joke for Chrome from Quebec City, Canada I get the CBC/Hockey/Aurora joke for Chrome from Winnipeg, Canada I get the Tunnel/Black hole/whatever for Internet Explorer from Winnipeg, Canada I'm going to see what other friends/browsers/locations i can try...
by djfly
Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30581

Re: 0890: Etymology

Incidentally, a friend of mine and I were trying to reconcile this, and reasoned that so long as the Kessel Run was a course that had curves or obstacles in it, technically the boast would still work, if he was speaking of the ship's maneuverability. That is, he made the Kessel Run in the shortest ...
by djfly
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling and homonyms?
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: Spelling and homonyms?

It still doesn't excuse adults with a highschool education misspelling/misusing these words - this mistake makes them seem like complete idiots. I agree. My point is only that looking like an idiot and being understood are not mutually exclusive. but, i don't even try to understand people that talk...
by djfly
Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling and homonyms?
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: Spelling and homonyms?

It still doesn't excuse adults with a highschool education misspelling/misusing these words - this mistake makes them seem like complete idiots. I agree. My point is only that looking like an idiot and being understood are not mutually exclusive. but, i don't even try to understand people that talk...
by djfly
Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89673

Re: Mnemonics you love

Bobber wrote:Hmm I don't know, unrelatedwaffle's version still states the rules for English orthography. Of course it changes when you bring foreign languages into the picture. 8)


"but the science is weird"

that better? ;)
by djfly
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Handwriting
Replies: 58
Views: 11110

Re: Handwriting

I believe it's in grades 1-3 where you "learn" cursive writing (at least, in my case) They (the teachers) give you workbooks with letters to trace and you eventually learn to connect them all together. In grade four, I reverted to printing, as my teacher didn't consider cursive a requireme...
by djfly
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling and homonyms?
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: Spelling and homonyms?

Well at some point it's like txtspeak: If u can't b asked 2 spell the whole word, u look like n idiot. My thoughts exactly - I've come to the point where I refuse to respond to SMS messages that are in "txtspeak" with anything other than "Speak English please." Eye have bin tryi...
by djfly
Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89673

Re: Mnemonics you love

unrelatedwaffle wrote:My favorite mnemonic is the complete recitation of the following:
I before E except after C, or when sounded like A as in neighbor or weigh. But some words are just weird.


but some Rottweilers are just weird*

:)
by djfly
Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Scone" Pronunciation (Enhanced)
Replies: 50
Views: 10850

Re: "Scone" Pronunciation (Enhanced)

Canadian English, rhymes with "cone" My grandmother, who was born in England says it the same way, and I'm not sure I've ever heard a Canadian say it any other way (assuming we are in fact talking to the English breakfast biscuit) We had an interesting documentary on television a while bac...
by djfly
Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling and homonyms?
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: Spelling and homonyms?

Without a doubt, I'd use "the Soviet bloc countries"; I'm unsure if I'd be happy with "a significant voting bloc" (and would probably spell it "block"), though I have absolutely no idea why I'd likely spell the later with a "k"... <rant mode> my two biggest pe...
by djfly
Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353357

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I served with a Seaman Sample, a Private Parz, an Airman named Basehore (pronounced Bah-JORE), a Colonel Sanders, a Major Fith, and a Sergeant Sarjent. We can't choose our family name, but we can choose our career. When I was a kid, I had a subscription to a kid's wildlife magazine and the mailing ...
by djfly
Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353357

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

A friend let her husband decide on the first (of the four) names of their daughter, or more precisely she had him suggest a couple of names and picked one. It turned out later that *all* of his suggestions were former girlfriends of his. Yes, they were divorced before the child was three. I'm not a...
by djfly
Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494969

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

MOIST VAGINA is the song title. Nothing wrong with stating it in this thread, which is after all about words. Considering the vagina is a portion of anatomy, why would we have a problem stating it? Calling someone a "sopping cunt" is one thing, it isn't inappropriate, but it is a perjorat...
by djfly
Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Comic Sans
Replies: 57
Views: 22911

Re: Comic Sans

So which font is the true lowest of the low? DEBATE NOW! 1) All of the "cursive" fonts. I remember in the Win 3.11 days, when many people used wordpad, I seem to remember a cursive font that got used CONSTANTLY. I find it hard enough to read cursive handwriting, never mind the computer ge...
by djfly
Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: headphones vs. speakers
Replies: 38
Views: 12845

Re: headphones vs. speakers

I don't game much, but when I do feel the need to fire up a (dated) FPS, speakers definitely win if I'm alone. For music, while not at work, the speakers win even if I'm not alone. Tough luck to my roommate if they don't like my music, I have to put up with hers all the time! While at work, headphon...
by djfly
Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494969

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I don't know, "symbology" seems pretty unobjectionable to me. And for what it's worth, the OED has it from 1840. I agree with most of your other complaints, however. I had assumed it was a non-word, thanks for correcting me. In interests of entertainment, I'll include the quote i was refe...
by djfly
Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Can somebody explain this phrase?
Replies: 31
Views: 5844

Re: Can somebody explain this phrase?

Saw "What did you bring that book I don't like to be read to out of up for?" on the "Pi equals 3" thread, and can`t understand the meaning. I figured what "for" was for out though. There are two parts: "what did you bring that book ... up for?" becomes "...
by djfly
Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353357

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Eebster the Great wrote:Well if you are going to bring up Dick Trickle, then surely you must know of Dick Butkus?

Indeed, but I'd forgotten about that one until you mentioned him.
by djfly
Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494969

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

My biggest pet peeve is when people that say acronyms that are typically typed while chatting. "I'm going to the washroom, be-are-be" "The guy tripped and face-planted, I ell-oh-elled so hard!" others: "digits" to refer to "phone number" "word" as a ...
by djfly
Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353357

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I personally know a Stormy Dawn (born, you guessed it, early in the morning during bad weather). She loves the name, but I would imagine that she got teased at some point. I've known a Winter, Summer, Autumn (but not a spring) I have a friend named April who was born in May and one named November wh...
by djfly
Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 54169

Re: "Well" Discussion

I always thought the QWERTY layout was intended to prevent people using manual typewriters from jamming up the arms when pressing two side-by-side letters very close together (by separating the letters that usually fall together a bit)... And I thought Dvorak was intended to place all the common let...

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