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by Engma
Sun May 18, 2008 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: scars
Replies: 42
Views: 4162

Re: scars

Has anyone mentioned to keep it out of the sun? Keep it out of the sun. I have a bunch of minor scars on my knuckles, mostly from punching glass. :( Yeah. Don't let the area burn, so keep it covered or put sunscreen on it. I can understand with wanting to make it fade. Sometimes a scar is just in a...
by Engma
Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marijuana prevents pregnancy? (Abstinence only Ed. nonsense)
Replies: 101
Views: 7135

Re: Marijuana prevents pregnancy? (Abstinence only Ed. nonsense)

Smoking pot prevents pregnancy... man, IF ONLY. It'd be great if smoking pot prevented pregnancy...then the people we DON'T want to breed wouldn't be able to. Maybe instead of confiscating and destroying drugs, our law enforcement professionals should start cutting drugs with chemicals that destroy...
by Engma
Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Untranslatables
Replies: 55
Views: 6638

Re: Untranslatables

I love Sanskrit for finding screwy untranslatable words. One of my favorites is "adrshtakama" (the 'r' is prounounced the r in "pretty"). It means "desire without seeing". It's a big thing in old Indian literature: two people fall in love without ever seeing each other,...
by Engma
Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marijuana prevents pregnancy? (Abstinence only Ed. nonsense)
Replies: 101
Views: 7135

Re: Importance of Sex Education

Bleach tastes nasty. I know a better anti-HIV method.

It's called a bullet and you apply it to your brainstem.
by Engma
Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tantrik? More like Tantrick!
Replies: 17
Views: 2307

Re: Tantrik? More like Tantrick!

Just to play devil's advocate, I thought that most tantrik spiritualists followed a philosophy of peace, why is it any surprise that they can't use their power to kill someone? Technically yes. But there is a long tradition of "Avidya Tantra" (Tantra of Ignorance/Darkness) [please note th...
by Engma
Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: History Question
Replies: 1
Views: 552

History Question

I'm very interested to know how Jagadish Chandra Bose died. I've searched it in several dozen ways, but all I can find is the when and where. No site I have ever seen says how.

Does anyone know?
by Engma
Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Name of a List
Replies: 1
Views: 1435

Name of a List

Hi there, I'm trying to remember the name of a certain list of words. It is a list of 400 or so words that linguists use when trying to record an unknown language. It is a list of the "most essential" words in a language (as decided by some linguist out there). I can't remember what it's c...
by Engma
Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What argument styles are acceptable/unacceptable? (Opinion!)
Replies: 179
Views: 20935

Re: What argument styles are acceptable/unacceptable? (Opinion!)

I have to say, most of the arguments I run accross in forums are either reasonablely well thought out (if not something I agree with) or so freakin' stupid that it defies convention. The stupid ones tend to make the most random jumps in logic, or try to do much at once, rather than going in a more l...
by Engma
Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3441856

Re: Girl Thread: You make me feel like a natural womaaaan

Oh yay for disgusting girly things. It's rough being one of us. I'd say that the bane of my existance is the period stained underwear. Now matter how careful I am, I always end up with one pair of underwear that gets dirty. I can usually end up cleaning it up, but (after a while) that doesn't work s...
by Engma
Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 283
Views: 67404

Re: "Dangers" discussion

I want to know how you die in a knitting accident. I just learned to knit and I want to know what the dangers are.

And so I can freak out the local knitting club....

I hope it involves filing a wooden needle to a point and going all "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

:twisted:
by Engma
Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 138424

Re: Beautiful words...

I recently had a discussion in my Sanskrit class regarding concepts of beauty, especially in language. The consensus is that retroflex sounds are ugly and nasals are beautiful (even the retroflex nasal). Expressions of love and poetry are expected to have a lot of nasals. But it's an arbitrary decis...
by Engma
Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best sentence ever
Replies: 58
Views: 12454

Re: Best sentence ever

"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously." "Mr Robbins, your proposals for the environment at first blush seem very green. But when I scrutinized them further, it became clear to me that they lack substance completely. They aren't green; in fact they have no color. I will not vote for ...
by Engma
Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Authority of Media
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

Authority of Media

So, I'm writing a final paper for a class of mine. Often while writing these papers, random questions and "what ifs" come to my mind. I want to ask a question: Do you think that our various sources of information have an authoritative ranking? Are people more likely to trust a book or a do...
by Engma
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best sentence ever
Replies: 58
Views: 12454

Re: Best sentence ever

I guess it depends on who says the sentance. I've always loved "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously." But that's kinda cliche. But, really, any sentance can be good when you have semantisits trying to find the most convoluted possible meaning to a sentance. "Time flies like an arrow...
by Engma
Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 255605

Re: Sprich Deutsch! [German practice]

Es macht spass, dass diese Thema hier ist. Ich habe Deutsch für neun Jahren studiert. Letzes Jahr, war ich in Wein für ein Semester. Das war total toll für mich. Jetzt bin ich fast fleissend, ausser Ingeniur/Mathematiker Sprachen. Ich verstehen sie nicht auf Englisch, so es ist keine Überraschung, d...
by Engma
Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 145307

Re: eating meat

I've been a vegetarian for three years now. Personally, it's for several reasons. 1) I'm a lot happier eating vegetarian. I seriously like vegetables more than I've ever liked meat. 2) It's a lot easier for me to stay healthy. I associate with a lot of vegetarians and their love of healthy, nutritio...
by Engma
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you survive the apocralypse
Replies: 260
Views: 16218

Re: Would you survive the apocralypse

Personally, it would depend on when/where. I've done a fair share of camping and I know a pretty good amount about surviving out of doors with little more than a knife. My problem would be is if I was stuck in a colder climate during winter. I doubt I'd do all that well, since most of my survival sk...
by Engma
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2783242

Re: Confessional Thread

7.) Given half a chance, I'd jump one of my really attractive friends and ride her like my own bedside merry-go-round. And her really amazing boyfriend too. Too bad she's straight and he's too stodgy for a threesome. Just get her really, really drunk and horny one night and take advantage of her co...
by Engma
Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Psycholinguistics and Priming
Replies: 3
Views: 2136

Psycholinguistics and Priming

Okay, for those of you who don't know, I'll give a bit of background on my question: In psycholinguistics, one of the favorite tests for quite a while was to see how quickly people recognize words. Their brains are monitored and words are flashed in front of them while measurements of brain activity...
by Engma
Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you lie?
Replies: 177
Views: 13787

Re: Do you lie?

When I really look at it, I lie quite often. I've told lies to protect other people's privacy quite often. For some reason, several closeted or semi-closeted people have come out to me in the past few years. So when someone asked me "Is so-and-so gay?", my response has been "I don't k...
by Engma
Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Sad Song
Replies: 104
Views: 10577

Favorite Sad Song

This is kind of random, but I was just listening to my favorite sad song: "Last Kiss" as sung as only Pearl Jam can. I'm wondering about other people's favorites now. EDIT: Also "A Frog and his Boy" by Tom Smith. Yeah...that's a special one for those of us who were raised on Mupp...
by Engma
Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 240477

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

I came up with my name because I saw that this forum had a linguistics section and I thought it'd be funny to have an IPA symbol as my name. I'm not sure why I thought this, but I did. Engma is the velar nasal, for anyone who doesn't know. I also like it because there used to be a professor at my Un...
by Engma
Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2783242

Re: Confessional Thread

Okies...confessions...A few of these are odd and funny, some are quite possibly sad and pathetic, you be the judge: 1.) I look up random words on the Oxford English Dictionary Online. I will cry the day that I lose free access to this magnificent site. 2.) I can't stand that big wad of hair that is ...
by Engma
Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Creative Curses
Replies: 125
Views: 8621

Re: Creative Curses

I like "blast" and "piffle" if I'm disinclined to swear for any reason. Blast usually gets a laugh, which can be fun sometimes. "Bloody hell" works nicely too, as it's not terribly offensive in America. I'm a big fan of "Bloody Hell" too. It's nice cursing in...
by Engma
Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: word manufactory
Replies: 46
Views: 6922

Re: word manufactory

I believe "crumb" as a verb should be part of the English language. It means to leave small messes of food and stuff...like when you're eating potato chips or cookies

ie: Don't crumb on the couch! I had some friends over and they crumbed all over the couch and the next morning I had ants.
by Engma
Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that should be acronyms, but aren't
Replies: 50
Views: 8000

Re: Words that should be acronyms, but aren't

Am I the only one who thinks that KIA is a really freaky name for a car company? KIA: Killed In Action. That's not exactly the kind of image I want for my car company.... I also remember torturing an Army friend with this one...he had a constant spat going on with an Airforce girl: Airforce Rejected...
by Engma
Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men's brains are different!
Replies: 164
Views: 18328

Re: Men's brains are different!

Um...I'm female and I'd say that the level water in the tilted cup of course is horizontal. Water forms to whatever space it's in, so the natural thing to draw. I didn't exactly draw it, I just imagined what I should draw. Personally, I'm a fan of this test. I think it's a bit more acceptable to say...
by Engma
Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
Replies: 6
Views: 3869

Re: Gàidhlig

I'd love to learn Irish Gaelic, personally. But learning the Scots sort is pretty awesome too.

Good luck with it!
by Engma
Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Humanity: First Sentient Speicies?
Replies: 112
Views: 12312

Re: Humanity: First Sentient Speicies?

There's no particular reason why we have to be the first...but there's also no particular reason why we aren't the first. I think it's possible either way; the Universe is a big place, so there's plenty of room for a lot of things to happen. In the way of actually looking for other sentient species,...
by Engma
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?
Replies: 35
Views: 4273

Re: extremely comfortable with same sex friends or bisexual?

I'm honestly a bit confused about what you're talking about here...you're going to have to define "ideological bisexuality" and "is bisexuality just sexual?" to make sure I'm on the same page as you. Secondly, I'm curious as to why you think women would be more comfortable with o...
by Engma
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language evolution in the face of argument?
Replies: 37
Views: 5280

Re: Language evolution in the face of argument?

< scientific Latin octopus (1758 or earlier in Linnaeus) < ancient Greek eight-footed, an eight-footed creature < OCTO- comb. form + -, foot (see -POD comb. form). The plural form octopodes reflects the Greek plural; cf. OCTOPOD n. The more frequent plural form octopi arises from apprehension of the...
by Engma
Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between nouns and verbs
Replies: 67
Views: 6317

Re: The difference between nouns and verbs

Typically "noun" and "verb" are conventions that are used in grammar to express an idea that we usually all agree upon (except in the hypothetical situations that riddle online forums). The actual semantic difference is in what role a so-called noun and so-called verb can play an...
by Engma
Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 94676

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I've studied German, Sign Language, Mandarin, and Sanskrit. German I'm pretty fluent in now...so I can order food, beer, find the restroom, and discuss German literature in it. I still don't understand what politicians or engineers say, but I never understood them in English...so...whatever. For Sig...
by Engma
Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: annoyingness of the English language
Replies: 94
Views: 19213

Re: annoyingness of the English language

Technically, no one language is "more difficult" than another. Each language has a particular idiom and certain way of doing things. Turkish inflects the living hell out of its words, but English does not. If you come from a heavily inflected language, the lack of inflection might throw yo...
by Engma
Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libraries: a cave where genius abides
Replies: 17
Views: 2491

Re: Libraries: a cave where genius abides

Yeah...Libraries aren't the only places for the intellectual that burns inside of each of us...not with the invention of the internet. Notwithstanding, I still think that libraries are magical places. I love them. I especially like being in old libraries. My university's library system is the third ...
by Engma
Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 209787

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I truly cannot stand quite a number of books... My list includes a few German novels that I was forced to read...I'll translate the titles for those interested. Most of them were the East German literature...so you're either going to try and find them on Amazon as quickly as possible or shudder... -...
by Engma
Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text
Replies: 21
Views: 3968

Re: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text

I've never hread of this before. I mean, I've seen books that have the English on one page and the translation on the other, which is interesting. I've also see a book that had the old German on one side and the Modern German on the other...that was a trip. I'm not sure how well this would work for ...
by Engma
Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you fled the US, where would you go?
Replies: 209
Views: 23339

Re: If you fled the US, where would you go?

Personally, the first place I would go (if I were to flee the US) would be Austria. I'm most comfortable in Vienna (lived there for five months). Assuming I had enough money, I could live there comfortably for a while, possibly finding work through I contact I know. If Vienna turned out to be a bust...
by Engma
Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2351893

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Okay, time for the requisite intro reply: Hello everone! I love the comic, so I thought I'd join the forum for a lark and see what's up. I'm a 23 year old college student in Illinois. More specifically, I'm a linguistics major with a minor in Anthropology and German. I saw the linguistics section of...

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