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by Aiwendil
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12933

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

It always bothers me that these places say "open 24 hours" instead of "open 24 hours a day".
by Aiwendil
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3567
Views: 222285

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, I was there thinking 'pretty sure he was using it against Germans, being an ethnic minority doesn't mean you don't count'. Also, there's not much of a difference between scooping up innocent people to kill them with gas rather than just killing innocent people with gas on the street. Yeah, th...
by Aiwendil
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 17971

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Anywho, I think it best to let states hold more power in general in comparison to the federal government when it comes to issues of morality in general. If you don't like how one state does things, you can a) try to convince that state why they are wrong, or b) just move to another one. Would you a...
by Aiwendil
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 16177

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Same in the UK. Maybe it depends where you are in the UK - I'm English and say "inVENtory". I've only ever heard "INventory" from Americans. I was unfamiliar with the pronunciation with the stress on the second syllable, but it sounds delightfully like what a whimsical inventor ...
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 17971

Re: Breaking Up the United States

I honestly think you'd be surprised how little these groups actually intersect despite occupying the same physical space. You say this forum spans a broad range of the political spectrum, and yet, I can think of no more than five members of this forum who are even likely Trump supporters. There's p...
by Aiwendil
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 6279

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

I just want to say, I really, really hate the term "onboarding". It started showing up at work about a year ago, and my reaction to it has not improved with time. There's no rational basis for this hate, mind you -- the term fills a niche that is otherwise hard to describe -- but neverthe...
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 48773

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Is "junk" really a synonym for you? For me (and anyone with a junk drawer ) "junk" includes miscellaneous not-very-important things that are nonetheless useful enough to keep around instead of throwing away. Hmm, when I use "junk" in the sense of miscellaneous unimport...
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 48773

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Is there a difference between "trash" and "garbage" to you? For me, they're synonyms. I've read that historically there was a difference. Garbage referring to food waste. For me they're synonyms as well (and also "junk"). I found it quite confusing and rather amusing w...
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 15466

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I think it's clear: Randall is wrong about all food. I suspect he has never eaten or drunk anything, and obtains nutrients by submerging himself in some kind of protein bath.
by Aiwendil
Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7987

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

A new-ish thing that I hate is when an article has a video at the top, and if you scroll down past it to the text, the video shrinks and moves down to the lower right of the screen. What's worse, I've had it happen that I've loaded a page, clicked "pause" on the video because all I'm inter...
by Aiwendil
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 8379

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

As a scientist working on an experiment in Canada, I find that pie chart a little disquieting.
by Aiwendil
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7987

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

What always used to get me , when I was younger and more excitable about this issue, is that the publication standards seemed to be (contrary to how I was taught!) to put quotations in single-quotes, quoted quotations in double-quotes, quoted quoted quotations back in single quotes. I personally th...
by Aiwendil
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 187075

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I don't have it, but I've heard in in "both". I tend to associate it with older New York state (not city) residents, but I have no idea whether that impression is at all correct.
by Aiwendil
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 187075

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I don't pronounce the 'h' in 'herb', 'herbal', or 'herbivore', but do in 'history', 'historian', etc.
by Aiwendil
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 187075

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I pronounce the first r in February, but I'm not sure whether I do this "natively", so to speak, or whether I learned it as the "correct" pronunciation at some point in childhood.
by Aiwendil
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 187075

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

It's weird that I've never heard the w-less version of "quarter", despite the coin being mentioned in plenty of American shows. The closest I can remember hearing was a scene in the old Transformers cartoon where Megatron noticeably pronounces "headquarters" without the w sound....
by Aiwendil
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 187075

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Yeah, my "want" vowel varies from "wand" to "font" depending on context. I use the same vowel in "wand" and "font", /ɑ/. my "want" rhymes with "punt" and "hunt" rather than "font" or "taunt". the rar...
by Aiwendil
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1797: "Stardew Valley"
Replies: 16
Views: 4207

Re: 1797: "Stardew Valley"

This is the first comic in a while that I don't understand at all, or even have any idea what the reference is.
by Aiwendil
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 187075

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I would, like Lazar, have guessed that /wʌnt/ is a minority, but that might be a parochial impression.
by Aiwendil
Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 282593

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I don't get it.
by Aiwendil
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is up with the ASCII capital phi?
Replies: 6
Views: 2698

Re: What is up with the ASCII capital phi?

It kind of resembles the way I write capital phi, except for the vertical line not being continued within the circle. I tend to use exaggerated serifs on capital phi (and theta) to more clearly distinguish them from lower case phi (and theta).
by Aiwendil
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 7597

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

That Craft Barrel-aged Smoked Authentic Homemade Sun-dried Whole Extra Sharp actually sounds pretty good.
by Aiwendil
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 9387

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Neither are Chewbacca and R2D2 human, and everybody converses with them as well with no apparent difficulty or misunderstanding. Which makes you wonder why Anakin felt there was a need for a protocol droid capable of understanding over six million languages. That's not really true. Only C-3PO seems...
by Aiwendil
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 11289

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

Starting a list of other movies you might assume everyone's seen but they haven't and don't care: Napoleon Dynamite Eight and a Half Treasure of Sierra Madre Dr. Strangelove Ghost Busters Metropolis Dirty Harry Are we really at the point now where we assume everyone has seen Metropolis ? This is Fr...
by Aiwendil
Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1746: "Making Friends"
Replies: 12
Views: 2906

Re: 1746: "Making Friends"

Soupspoon wrote:Why, then, if I do smell of rotting meat, do I have no friends?


Because your facts about space aren't cool enough.
by Aiwendil
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 187075

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I'm from northern New Jersey, and I have "ought" natively, although I use "should" more frequently.
by Aiwendil
Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 4720

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

I think you may not understand the satire as well as you think you do. The paper is written in two voices: Hofstadter's in the "Post Scriptum", and a hypothetical opponent of non-racist language reform in Hofstadter's fictional world in which standard English was divided by race rather th...
by Aiwendil
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 4720

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

I will doubtless learn more when reading said paper, later, but I don't see any reason to presume gendering in (I think) the words "they", "them", "their", "theirs" or "themself" There is no presumption of gender in these words, nor any objection to...
by Aiwendil
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 366862

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Well, it's similar to the recent construction in "Internet speak", where people will deliberately ungrammatically drop everything between "because" and the important noun/gerund/adjective they're referring to: "Stopped for an extra coffee and doughnut before work. Because M...
by Aiwendil
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116200

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

I write "rooves". Also, "hooves", "dwarves", and "elves", and "oaves" (regardless of the context). (All right, I don't have much occasion to pluralize "oaf", but still). But again, this may be the result of being thoroughly steeped in Tolki...
by Aiwendil
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116200

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

That doesn't surprise me – some forms that are preferred in Britain, like the "-t" forms of verbs, strike us Americans as more old-fashioned and thus more literary. That ought to result in the opposite behavior, though, from that which I exhibit - I say "dreamt" but often write ...
by Aiwendil
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116200

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

Interestingly, I find that in writing, I am about equally likely to use "dreamt" or "dreamed", but in speech, I always naturally say "dreamt". I'm curious as to how people conjugate "blend". I tend to use "blent" as the past and the past participle, ...
by Aiwendil
Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116200

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

I suspect it's the unusual orthography of having "y" represent a vowel in a non-final position that holds back "tryna". With its vocalic "y", "tryna" looks foreign. And the alternative, spelling it "trina", obscures the meaning too much. I agree, tho...
by Aiwendil
Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 323
Views: 110626

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

The "-wise" suffix does sound a little corporate-speakish to me, but not annoyingly so.
by Aiwendil
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 366862

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I'm from the U.S., and while both seem quite acceptable to me (and I hear both very frequently), "excited for" does give me a vague feeling of colloquialism or informality. I would guess that "excited for" might be more common among younger speakers. But all this is just my very ...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 48773

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I tend to use "two thousand X" (no "and") for 2000 through 2009 (i.e. "two thousand" through "two thousand nine"), and "twenty X" for 2010 and beyond ("twenty ten"). Strangely, though, for the years 1001 through 1009 I would tend to say &qu...
by Aiwendil
Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 48773

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

I'm by no means an expert phonologist, and it's possible that I don't fully understand the question, but would it not be correct to state that such a word should be considered to end in a vowel plus /r/ or /ɹ/ if a minimal pair can be found of that word and another ending in some other consonant? I ...
by Aiwendil
Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 323
Views: 110626

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

I'm currently completing an official form from the Royal Mail, and section 3 is entitled "Who wants their mail redirecting?". Now I've come across that particular formation plenty of times before (e.g. "Do you need your lawn mowing?", "If you want your car cleaning tomorrow...
by Aiwendil
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 11222

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Alcohol and carbonated beverages do not count because they tend to dry out a person. Alcohol in high enough concentrations can be net dehydrating, sure, but I really doubt that carbonation has any effect. I can't believe that drinking a glass of seltzer is less hydrating than drinking a glass of pl...
by Aiwendil
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 366862

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I don't mind "text" (as in SMS) being used as a verb, in fact I often do it myself. However, it sets my teeth on edge when I hear people use "text" as the past participle, e.g. "she text me last night to say she was going to be late". Is this common usage? Yeah, I hear...

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