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by deejbot
Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.
Replies: 88
Views: 15382

Re: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.

Speaking of war , the word evolution is as follows: Indo-European werza which became the Old Franco/Gaul word weurre (of which guerre is derived, i.e. guerilla ) which entered Middle English as warre , contracted to the WAR we know and love today. Interestingly, werza literally means "confusio...
by deejbot
Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign declensions of borrowed English words.
Replies: 26
Views: 4185

Re: Cacti or Cactos?

Dingbats wrote:When we borrow a Persian word, do we keep the original plural? Arabic? English is English, so what's wrong with cactuses and agendas?


for Modern Persian we don't borrow the plural, I'm also fairly sure we don't borrow Arabic plurals
by deejbot
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: help needed with some Cyrillic text.
Replies: 19
Views: 3743

Re: help needed with some Cyrillic text.

I'd bet it's more like a personal name, something like Smirnov, though why it's a feminine style, I don't know.
by deejbot
Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Technically Sound?
Replies: 15
Views: 2668

Re: Technically Sound?

Assuming the deafening silence means nothing to the singer, it's grammatically correct, albeit a bit wonky wording. If it means something to him, it's still grammatically correct, but not by formal written english, and still a bit wonky. Also everything you know about double negatives is not always ...
by deejbot
Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Notepad (Elision of central consonants)
Replies: 31
Views: 3375

Re: Notepad

Y'all do use words like "all" funny. Me: You have any coffee? Waitress: Sorry, the coffee is all Me: ...the coffee is all what ? And on until one of us gets pissed. KF Interesting, That came up in German a while back ("Die Marmalade ist Alle" = "The Marmalade is all", ...
by deejbot
Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "There's" or "There're" for plural?
Replies: 54
Views: 7870

Re: Apostrophe S for plural

It is indeed, but it's also shorter, which is why people do it. There is also another invalid, yet very common reason people do it: They're fucking morons. Don't speak PIE? well I guess you're a fucking moron. back to the topic at hand- I'd propose consonant harmony. But also, both forms don't seem...
by deejbot
Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "in" vs "at" when referring to location.
Replies: 23
Views: 29440

Re: "in" vs "at" when reffering to location.

I would say 'in' for most cities ... err at least in English. ... and mostly for a unchanging state, if for example I were travelling, I would use 'at' I'd still check MLA or somesuch though, sometimes I tend to mix usage with forms not exactly in line with "proper" English; also, yes ...
by deejbot
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 255705

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Wenn Du kein Wörterbuch hast, kannst Du auch http://www.leo.org benutzen. Das ist das einzige Wörterbuch, welches ich verwende. pshaw, bei meiner meinung ist Beolingus http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/ ein bisschen besser, wenn ich erinnere micm richtig, es gibt umlautsbuttons, fur die Fauler. jetzt für ...
by deejbot
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)
Replies: 64
Views: 47114

Re: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)

transliterate it imo, или on-screen keyboard для инвалидов в windows, но не знаю так на linux и mac. damn that takes forever, anyway ya uchus' po russki i po nemecki v universitete alabami; takzhe kak "uchu" net uchus'? takzhe, kto zhivet v virginia, v williamsburg, exai na ihop i govorit ...
by deejbot
Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of a German minor.
Replies: 7
Views: 3310

Re: Use of a German minor.

you could always go into linguistics. a lot of the early (Western) work on Historical, and specifically Indo-European linguistics was done in German, and as far as I know the authority on IE etymological dictionaries is in German. Past that there's Music and Engineering where German knowledge is hel...
by deejbot
Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign languages in dreams?
Replies: 48
Views: 23853

Re: Foreign languages in dreams?

I haven't really polled other people, as it seems a bit of an odd question, and few of my friends are bi- or more -lingual; but from my experience, what I know as a "foreign language" in dreams is, as you say, not entirely correct, and probably half the time gibberish. Also, it's extra cla...
by deejbot
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between nouns and verbs
Replies: 67
Views: 6318

Re: The difference between nouns and verbs

See, that's going against what people like Belial are saying. You're talking about it being caused by human biology, they're talking about it being part of the requirements for something to make sense as a "language". If languages were programming languages, the question is essentially &q...
by deejbot
Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: scheduling issues make college easy + wastes my $
Replies: 10
Views: 1659

Re: scheduling issues make college easy + wastes my $

if you can stomach it, take language courses, preferably obscure ones. unless languages just aren't your thing, then don't.
by deejbot
Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between nouns and verbs
Replies: 67
Views: 6318

Re: The difference between nouns and verbs

Yes, it does. All you've done is pointed out that languages have present and past participles. (And English does as well, so I'm not really sure why you chose to use German...) Verb forms of words can be used as adjectives. But they are then adjectives in that sentence. I may have misinterperted wh...
by deejbot
Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between nouns and verbs
Replies: 67
Views: 6318

Re: The difference between nouns and verbs

In English. But many other languages are much stricter about which words are nouns and which are verbs. Particular inflecting ones, which require some sort of ending on their nouns and/or verbs, so switching without modification is impossible. I was generalizing across all languages. Meaning that, ...
by deejbot
Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between nouns and verbs
Replies: 67
Views: 6318

Re: The difference between nouns and verbs

You guys are just repeating what I (perhaps poorly) already tried to explain: A) verbs don't necessarily refer to action, & B) nouns don't necessarily refer to physical objects. The distinction between the two different kinds of words doesn't reflect their meaning, but their function. I don't s...
by deejbot
Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:08 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Let's have a South-East [United States] meet-up!
Replies: 84
Views: 20463

Re: Let's have a South-East [United States] meet-up!

from what I remember, Richmond is/was a rather dodgy place, but thats probably just the snob in me.
by deejbot
Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2353121

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Daniel, I'm a 4th year student at Univesity of Alabama, Majoring in German. I'm also a bit of lurker, and surprised by how many people are from Eastern VA ( I grew up in Williamsburg o= ...) I've also been avoiding this thread for several weeks. It kinda scares me. edit: I'm also both a bot, a zombi...
by deejbot
Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0341: "1337: Part 1"
Replies: 89
Views: 21856

Re: "1337: Part 1" Discussion

I'd put serious cash on it being a 5 part mini series; like 2 dollars serious cash.
by deejbot
Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between nouns and verbs
Replies: 67
Views: 6318

Re: The difference between nouns and verbs

what fonkey said.

also, "parts of speech" breakdown just seems the most useful I guess. I imagine abstract v. concrete would be pretty poor for determining grammaticality of a sentence.

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