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by CharlieP
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0153: "Peptides" [removed]
Replies: 22
Views: 10586

Re: What-If 0153: "Peptides"

I thought it was a different question for a second. I can get GAGA and TACT.
by CharlieP
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Or, until 2009, you could ride the Circle line Eastbound from Euston Square for 27 stops and find yourself back where you started (I've just learned that they changed the line in 2009 so you have to change trains at Paddington or Edgeware Road to continue around the loop). To be fair, ending back w...
by CharlieP
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Pfft, next somebody's going to suggest that Notre Dame doesn't actually rhyme with Boater Game...
by CharlieP
Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 16729

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

I was surprised when I learned that Americans whistle to express approval at concerts. Where I grew up (Netherlands, Germany) whistling indicates strong dis approval, at concerts and soccer matches. To signal approval, you cheer and/or clap. I always assumed the whistling at soccer matches was an a...
by CharlieP
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 16729

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Catcalling I have never seen used in a more general sense, always targeting women. Derail I have never seen reserved in the way you describe. Yeah, as someone whose social group is similarly dominated by meanieheads (what with it overlapping heavily with your social group), I have likewise never se...
by CharlieP
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

chrisjwmartin wrote:How about "New New York" as a silly name that might be mistaken for a real one?


Hey. Matt Groening's been on the money with a lot of his cartoon predictions so far...
by CharlieP
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Mikeski wrote:"The West" is where you wind up if you leave the east coast and go east, and "The East" is reached by leaving the west coast and going west.


I disagree. Norway/Denmark/Germany/The Netherlands and Ireland/Canada are all "The West", if you ask me.
by CharlieP
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Scunthorpe frequently falls foul of naughty word filters, as do Penistone, Shitterton[1] and, occasionally, Clitheroe. And as fans of Julian Lennon discovered, "Saltwater". How about the two Twatt's (one in Orkney, one in the Shetlands)? OK, kind of obscure. Do they ever get mentioned oth...
by CharlieP
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

by CharlieP
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Scunthorpe frequently falls foul of naughty word filters, as do Penistone, Shitterton[1] and, occasionally, Clitheroe. And as fans of Julian Lennon discovered, " Saltwater ". Until I saw "buttbuttinated" my favorite filter replacement was that one. It happened on an American Foo...
by CharlieP
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What's with the title? A normal native speaker would say "Map of Britain". Was he trying to avoid the whole England/Britain/UK minefield? I say again, did he accidentally invent real place names? The real Cadbury is pretty small, but Braintree, Essex is a place I was well aware of. I coul...
by CharlieP
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

No, that's Hull. Grimsby's on the south side of the Humber, so if we ever dig a ditch joining it to the Mersey the southerners can have Grimsby. Malham-Barmston-Saltfleet-Hyde.png Not quite shown at the top edge: Wharram Percy. Really. Given the accuracy of some of the points on his map, maybe he w...
by CharlieP
Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 29898

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I see a few categories emerging... feel free to edit/rearrange/discuss: Real places: London Oxford Cambridge Paisley (mislocated) Loch Lomond North Sea Others: Chough Blighton Aidenn Basil Cabinetry Cardigan - town in Wales. (mislocated) Sundial Blandford - there's a Blandford Forum in Dorset which...
by CharlieP
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 75223

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Oh, Americans.

I'm not angry, I'm just very disappointed in you.
by CharlieP
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 75223

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Not my circus, not my monkeys. But please don't let Cheeto Jesus win.
by CharlieP
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6015

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

...and if you tell that to the young people today, they won't believe you...
by CharlieP
Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 43
Views: 17427

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

I think thunk thanks are definitely in order.
by CharlieP
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 12654

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

There is no secret really - that's a fallacy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnvYymrCn4g
by CharlieP
Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 5751

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

The joke used to be "You don't need a parachute to skydive, you only need a parachute to skydive twice". But that's been well and truly busted in recent years thanks to Gary Connery and Luke Aikens.
by CharlieP
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 5751

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

The_Alchemist wrote:There are lots non-edible organic material. Toxic plants. Poisonous mushrooms. You get the idea.


Isn't that category "edible, but only once"?
by CharlieP
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 66766

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 922 is unsupported.
by CharlieP
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 12654

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

asking for a cup of tea has resulted in somebody bringing me a cup of hot water with a packaged teabag on the side. Horrific but true. The logic behind that is simple. Given that the tea is teabag-tea (rather than a more artisanal/traditional/ technological solution), rather than risk over/under-st...
by CharlieP
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 12654

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

xtifr wrote:It doesn't make you special to dislike coffee. It just makes you yet another example of the wonderful variety in which humans come.)


Not special, just super. 8-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertaster#Specific_food_sensitivities
by CharlieP
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 12654

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Of course, while this strip is deliberately ridiculous for the purposes of comedy, I have actually been to places[1] where asking for a cup of tea has resulted in somebody bringing me a cup of hot water with a packaged teabag on the side. Horrific but true. [1] Either countries that aren't the UK, I...
by CharlieP
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 12654

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

In my house the process is something like:

1. Say "Would you like a tea or coffee?"

2. Say "Coffee???"

3. Root around in cupboard for 95% full jar of Nescafé.

4. Remove lid.

5. Vainly stab solid black lump inside with a teaspoon.

6. Say "Would you like a tea?"
by CharlieP
Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: BCE and CE.
Replies: 47
Views: 7608

Re: BCE and CE.

I prefer CE to AD, but am OK with "Christmas" for the midwinter festival that has very little to do with Christianity unless you do the churchy bits, and "Wednesday", "Thursday" etc. for days of the week. Is that a bit hypocritical of me?
by CharlieP
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

SERIOUSLY? So much for my personal observation that it's a minority of cases. :( Is this another US/UK thing, like titbit/tidbit, couldn't/could care less etc.? Clearly we're never going to agree on this, but I still remain of the opinion that "think" works far better as an idiom, because...
by CharlieP
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

I'm not sure how you can decide what a phrase "should be." The phrase still makes sense I'm still struggling to see how "another thing coming" makes sense, as to me it just raises the questions (a) what was the first "thing" and (b) what is the new "thing". P...
by CharlieP
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

"Just desserts", particularly, is one of those fossilized phrases - "desert" isn't really used anywhere else. A person could easily see it as an unfamiliar word and guess the food spelling instead of the one matching "deserve", or just as easily have some elaborate met...
by CharlieP
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

I'm not sure how you can decide what a phrase "should be." The phrase still makes sense I'm still struggling to see how "another thing coming" makes sense, as to me it just raises the questions (a) what was the first "thing" and (b) what is the new "thing". P...
by CharlieP
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

Yes, the confusion is clearly caused by the fact that both phrases sound practically identical in speech - many people might only have heard it spoken and transcribed it with the wrong[1] noun, which in turn led to some people reading the wrong[1] version and repeating it, until such point that ther...
by CharlieP
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

gmalivuk wrote:
CharlieP wrote:Why "ludicrous attempt", when that's what the phrase should be?
Careful you don't mistake "should be" and "used to be". They are not the same.


Ah, yes, your right.

Or "you're", as it used to be written.
by CharlieP
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

ahammel wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:I considered "another think coming" as an even more ludicrous attempt at correction.
"Another think coming" is clearly intentionally ungrammatical for funzies.


Is "have a good think about it" ungrammatical too?
by CharlieP
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

.... Why would a person, even hypothetically, have a problem with "chomping at the bit"? It's the same word with a more common (regional) spelling. = . There is nothing wrong with the phrase at all, but it is an example sometimes given of a common mistake. I chose it because it was partic...
by CharlieP
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 11037

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

My girlfriend follows the regional custom (Midlands and North England, possibly beyond) of using the "wrong" past particple - e.g. "he's fell down", "I've ran here", "she's took it" (but not in all cases - she'll always say "he's gone" rather than &q...
by CharlieP
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the plural of computer mouse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5728

Re: What is the plural of computer mouse?

Ah, on second thoughts I probably haven't picked a very good parallel.

"Would you like to buy this magic carpet?"

"What's so good about it?"

"It's magic!"

Would it be natural to swap magic for Bluetooth in the last line?
by CharlieP
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the plural of computer mouse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5728

Re: What is the plural of computer mouse?

So is the "magic" in "magic wand" an adjective?
by CharlieP
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 300253

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

My girlfriend's friend wants to call her as-yet-unborn daughter Cersei, after the Game of Thrones character.
by CharlieP
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the plural of computer mouse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5728

Re: What is the plural of computer mouse?

You've got me thinking now. To me, Bluetooth is like "magic" (no, not like that) - you can use Bluetooth to connect devices in the same way that you can use magic to do whatever you want, and you can buy Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headsets etc. in the same way that you can be given a ma...
by CharlieP
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the plural of computer mouse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5728

Re: What is the plural of computer mouse?

I'm struggling to think in what context you would have "a Bluetooth". You can use Bluetooth as an adjective (Bluetooth devices) or an uncountable noun ("devices communicate via Bluetooth"), but not, as far as I can tell, as a single noun.

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