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by Threb
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best way to clean socks
Replies: 20
Views: 2315

Re: Best way to clean socks

I put them in inside out, I'm passionately anti skub, and I always butter my bread on the top side.
by Threb
Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9363674

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

I think I hear the Jurassic Park theme.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuKSOalgqzs
by Threb
Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Awkwardness Repository
Replies: 23
Views: 2927

Re: The Awkwardness Repository

I went a production of The Rocky Horror Show with my aunt a few days ago. It wasn't very awkward, though. My aunt is cool, and she had seen it before in a theatre. My mother played Magenta in the local theater's RHPS. I chose not to go, but then made friends with someone who had seen that show. Awk...
by Threb
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: words you know exist but you wonder why.
Replies: 102
Views: 17325

Re: words you know exist but you wonder why.

Defenstrate - who needs a word for "to throw out of a window"? I was thinking this as I clicked the thread link. Also 'autodefenistrate' is even better, it means 'to throw oneself out of a window'. The reason it's in English is because in Rome there was an assassin type, the defenistrator...
by Threb
Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Awkwardness Repository
Replies: 23
Views: 2927

Re: The Awkwardness Repository

Dad: "Hey family! Let's go see Borat! It sounds funny!" Me: "Ummm... that movie... uhh... I don't think it's quite what you're expecting" Dad: "No, it'll be great!" Sitting between my parents, watching two naked hairy men chase each other with a rubber fist on the big ...
by Threb
Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Trashy Romance Novels with X
Replies: 37
Views: 5183

Re: Trashy Romance Novels with X

Trashy Romance Novels with South American parasitic catfish! Actually, I probably shouldn't delve further into that. Every time I read about this, I rush to cover my hands with my groin, skip over whatever paragraph was going into detail about them, and try to never think about it again. The first ...
by Threb
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized
Replies: 246
Views: 96952

Re: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized

Bit of a necro, but it's related. Every time you see a yawnfest unoriginal "x waz/was/wuz/wus/etc here" written on a wall, you can improve it by writing this under it: "GARY OAK WAS HERE FIRST!" My friend told me this, and I think it's great. You can adapt it to just about any un...
by Threb
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Trashy Romance Novels with X
Replies: 37
Views: 5183

Re: Trashy Romance Novels with X

Trashy Romance Novels with POKÉMON! Ash Ketchum wasn't the most romantic guy. He dedicated much of his time to his love, his hobby, his career -- catching pokémon. Very little time was set aside for dating, and in fact, he rarely bothered asking girls out. It seemed Pokémon training was to fore...
by Threb
Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: adverbs of -ly adjectives
Replies: 4
Views: 1987

Re: adverbs of -ly adjectives

Maybe keep it the same?

"He ran away cowardly."

It doesn't seem to work for everything, though.

"The lumberjack chopped the tree down manly." doesn't sound very good.

Or reword it.

"The lumberjack chopped the tree down like a man."
by Threb
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to introduce yourself to existentialism
Replies: 40
Views: 3623

Re: How to introduce yourself to existentialism

Gaydar2000SE wrote:Oh, my believe is roughly summed up by this, mathematics is a genuine pursuit of knowledge, the rest is flatting the human ego or for practical use solely.



Duuuuuude.

I think you found a font more irritating than Comic Sans MS.

It literally makes me feel nauseous.
by Threb
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494127

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Jebobek wrote:
goofy wrote:positive anymore
Good lord. It could be my own Irish heritage that started this.


For a while, I've talked with a guy online (screw you, firefox spellchecker) who does this; he's the only one I've heard doing it. I think it's pretty neat, to be honest.
by Threb
Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best secondary language besides spanish
Replies: 43
Views: 4907

Re: Best secondary language besides spanish

For talking to all those people in South Africa who don't know a word of English? And otherwise the same could be said of German, which is the 10th most commonly spoken language, as opposed to 100th for Afrikaans. German is farther away from the Scandinavian languages though. I know Dutch speakers ...
by Threb
Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352742

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

At my school, there's a girl named "Ana Graham." Pretty neat, actually. On another note, I think middle names should go for "as neat as possible," normalcy be damned -- since you can always omit or initialize a middle name if you don't like it. I think, for instance, that "X...
by Threb
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The best way to learn a brand new language.
Replies: 16
Views: 3471

Re: The best way to learn a brand new language.

I'm looking to learn Swedish, I downloaded that Anki programme but couldn't find any Swedish flashcards, although it does seem pretty decent software if the desired language was on there. Personally, I just add my own flashcards for words and phrases I come across that I think are useful as I go al...
by Threb
Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best secondary language besides spanish
Replies: 43
Views: 4907

Re: Best secondary language besides spanish

Edit: Forgot to mention this the first time, but I'm looking into learning a new language on my own/with classes. Were I, myself to learn a language, would Swedish or Italian be better? My logic is that, having already learned a large amount of Latin, Italian follows naturally. The problem lies in ...
by Threb
Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What do other countries teach about The united states?
Replies: 78
Views: 9689

Re: What do other countries teach about The united states?

Kizyr wrote:To add onto this... what do Canadian schools generally teach about the War of 1812? KF


This is related: http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=166
by Threb
Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The best way to learn a brand new language.
Replies: 16
Views: 3471

Re: The best way to learn a brand new language.

Wow, that is a terrible post you just made there, man. I mean, I could disguise this as a "you could have done a bit better" kind of criticism, but no, I mean, really, that was just absolutely terrible. Wtf? Don't tell me you can't see what I meant. Even disregarding the fact that this is...
by Threb
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The best way to learn a brand new language.
Replies: 16
Views: 3471

Re: The best way to learn a brand new language.

Anki is an excellent program that lets you create flashcards and schedules them based on how well you remember them. I'd explain it better, but its website does a better job than I can. It's especially great for building vocabulary in another language. http://www.livemocha.com is also very handy fo...
by Threb
Sun May 31, 2009 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 174959

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Is there a word for what you're doing when you submit a résumé to get a job as someone who professionally writes résumés, or rig the votes in an awards category for "best rigging of votes," or some other situation where the application process for the job, award, et cetera, is actually an ...
by Threb
Sun May 31, 2009 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 18519

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

That bit about Know-Nothing Bozo the Non-Wonder Dog in So Long and Thanks For All The Fish made me crack up the first time I read it, and again when I reread it last year.
by Threb
Sun May 31, 2009 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 178520

Re: The Official Running thread!

I was thinking of beginning to run some over the summer. Is running barefoot okay, or absolutely horrible? Everything I read is talking about shoes, and nothing says anything about not wearing shoes. I like to be barefoot whenever possible. (my callouses are strong because of this.) I think the con...
by Threb
Sat May 30, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 178520

Re: The Official Running thread!

I was thinking of beginning to run some over the summer. Is running barefoot okay, or absolutely horrible? Everything I read is talking about shoes, and nothing says anything about not wearing shoes. I like to be barefoot whenever possible. (my callouses are strong because of this.)
by Threb
Fri May 29, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What really burns me...
Replies: 87
Views: 7733

Re: What really burns me...

I really hate that I only find one of six of my classes very useful, and that I only learn anything in about two classes. It's irritating to know I could cut my school day down to two hours or so and learn about the same amount. I wish I could at least test out of English classes, or something. It's...
by Threb
Thu May 21, 2009 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 86034

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

csam wrote:Damn you, Alanis Morrissette, for ruining the word ironic!


The song is ironic, though, if you think about it.

It's a song titled "Ironic," with lyrics that contain no irony.
by Threb
Wed May 20, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid classmates
Replies: 106
Views: 16499

Re: Stupid classmates

Equally, I get perplexed when other students are surprised that I know something that we already covered in a previous class --pretty much like Lithium's gerrymandering example. This happened a lot in middle and high school--where I felt like half of any given year was wasted on reviewing material ...
by Threb
Sun May 10, 2009 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Versatility of Swears
Replies: 37
Views: 5010

Re: Versatility of Swears

I think swearing is a self-reinforcing activity. When we're young, we only hear people say 'fuck' in real life or on TV, when they are very angry or frustrated. We don't necessarily learn what these words mean until much later. But because we are first exposed to swears in this context, when we bec...
by Threb
Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ascending Letters
Replies: 14
Views: 2834

Re: Ascending Letters

6453893 wrote:
Oat-Pat and Rat-Sat-Tat had occurred to me, but Nat and Qat aren't in my dictionary. Maybe I just have a crappy dictionary.



Qat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khat
by Threb
Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494127

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I hate the word "technically" when it's abused by someone in a vain attempt to sound intelligent.

Especially when it would be appropriate to say "practically" or "for all practical purposes."
by Threb
Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 174959

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

I would like a word for the kind of indecipherable pretentious ramble that sounds as if it were produced by this . The kind of article or writing you read through once and derive no meaning from. It looks fairly intelligent if you scan it through, so you assume you must have had a slip in attention....
by Threb
Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 224640

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

I don't think the guy knows what "choreographed" means. Well, there are different levels of fake. It's not, for instance, done all in CG. You wouldn't call live theatre fake, would you? No, I wouldn't, but I guess a lot of the meaning came out of the tone of the guy's voice -- he said &qu...
by Threb
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 224640

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

Happened maybe a month ago before my first period class (Spanish) had started, between a fella I know fairly well and an ultimate douchebag sort of guy I don't think anyone is particularly fond of: D: "<general rambling about wrestling (WWE?) that I don't recall verbatim>" F: "You kno...
by Threb
Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 55
Views: 7842

Re: Euphemisms

all this reminds me of another one. 'discomfort' when what we all know they mean is 'pain'. My dentist was talking about this while he was cleaning my teeth, actually. This is the same dentist that said superfloss (floss with hard ends similar to aglets on shoelaces on it to thread through braces w...
by Threb
Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Reverse-abridged" Dictionaries?
Replies: 1
Views: 880

"Reverse-abridged" Dictionaries?

I know the name makes very little sense, since "reverse abridged" would just mean "unabridged," but it's the only thing I can think of at the moment to describe what I'm thinking of. Are there abridged pocket dictionaries that, instead of omitting all but the more common words, s...
by Threb
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that no longer seem to be words
Replies: 99
Views: 17599

Re: Words that no longer seem to be words

Just stopping by to say that I kind of ignored the way "America" looked spelled out, looked up how the name to be, saw it several times in the same paragraph, and now the word looks foreign to me. I mean, it starts and ends with As. I can't think of too many relatively long words in Engli...
by Threb
Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that no longer seem to be words
Replies: 99
Views: 17599

Re: Words that no longer seem to be words

Just stopping by to say that I kind of ignored the way "America" looked spelled out, looked up how the name to be, saw it several times in the same paragraph, and now the word looks foreign to me. I mean, it starts and ends with As. I can't think of too many relatively long words in Englis...
by Threb
Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The letters xkcd don't seem to be chosen randomly
Replies: 4
Views: 1177

Re: The letters xkcd don't seem to be chosen randomly

Of course, if they were chosen randomly, in an alternate universe we're all reading gtmq. In another, ltvb. Yet another universe houses the webcomic "jqxp." It goes on.
by Threb
Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 54087

Re: "Well" Discussion

Posting to say that oh dear god I laughed at the last bit of the alt text.
by Threb
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Languages for Reading
Replies: 7
Views: 1503

Languages for Reading

Kind of an ambiguous title, but my question is: What do you think are some of the best languages for reading literature? For any reason from having lots published in them to translating poorly to English to having a lot of things of historical significance written in them. I wouldn't be able to say,...
by Threb
Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 174959

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

I think we need words for people that are living together, but haven't or choose not to marry. "Boyfriend" and "Girlfriend" just don't have enough "oomph," in my opinion, when you're talking about people who intend to stay together for the foreseeable future. Also, we n...
by Threb
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0519: "11th Grade"
Replies: 204
Views: 45638

Re: "11th Grade" Discussion

Some schools offer dual-enrollment programs that will allow you to enroll in a college class (for example, at a community college in the area) while still in High School. I managed to get 16 college credit hours my senior year of high school. If your school offers it, it's worth looking into. I thi...

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