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by MisterFanwank
Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1443: "Language Nerd"
Replies: 78
Views: 19456

Re: 1443: "Language Nerd"

Without any examples in hand, I'm not entirely sure what you're talking about. Do you just mean morals like "thou shalt not kill"? Let's use that as an example anyway, I'm curious about the Vulgate now. In the Vulgate it is "Non occides", or "You will not kill". It's a...
by MisterFanwank
Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1443: "Language Nerd"
Replies: 78
Views: 19456

Re: 1443: "Language Nerd"

What about "Let Carthage be destroyed!" or "Be Carthage destroyed!" The latter sounds (to my native English ear) archaic but correct, I'm just not sure if it captures the same meaning as the Latin phrase you're trying to translate. Similar to archaic expressions like "Be ye...
by MisterFanwank
Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1443: "Language Nerd"
Replies: 78
Views: 19456

Re: 1443: "Language Nerd"

All language nerdery ought to include* a reference to the serial comma. *Is there no affix/inflection of necessity/compulsion in English? Similar to the use of the gerundive "Carthago delenda est" in Latin, but using morphology rather than grammar. Ah, the passive periphrastic. English do...
by MisterFanwank
Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1443: "Language Nerd"
Replies: 78
Views: 19456

Re: 1443: "Language Nerd"

I see two ways to parse the use of "language nerd": 1. "I don't mean to go all on you." In this case, "to go all" is not limited by subject, whatever this slang phrase actually means. Note the atypical noun and adjective placement when "all" is modified by &qu...

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