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by TheMelancholyJaques
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 88753

Re: High School Pranks

We had a good one a few years before I left. Our school is about 500 years old and has been on the current site - importantly in the middle of the city - since the 19th century. So a press release went out announcing the school was moving the other side of the motorway 50 miles away. They got pretty...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign languages in dreams?
Replies: 48
Views: 23818

Re: Foreign languages in dreams?

I've had two instance of dreaming like this. First was on a German exchange. It took me a week before I was getting a grip on the day-to-day language, and somehow, it filtered into my sleep as well! Second was when I was revising my maths A-level. Not having done much work through the term, I studie...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Fri May 28, 2010 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A REAL Utopian System?
Replies: 41
Views: 6253

Re: A REAL Utopian System?

I think it's worth pointing out that, though they may none of them be utopian, different forms of goverment, or lack of it, are each better in different circumstances, and at different times. Hence despotism is frowned upon now in our western liberalist societies (one of Iraq's main problems accordi...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Fri May 28, 2010 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Possibilities of Meaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1559

Re: Possibilities of Meaning

I only read books when it rains in the library. The person has a very unusual temporal existence with a mutable past dependent upon exotic indoor weather phenomena. I like this one a lot :D Took me a second read before I understood it. As for Twelfthroot's contribution, I'm happy with it, and I don...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Thu May 27, 2010 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 345387

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Bobber wrote:
Chopperman wrote:he could be WMD
Those are the best initials yet in this thread.


I had a friend at school whose intials were KKK. He was black.
by TheMelancholyJaques
Thu May 27, 2010 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Possibilities of Meaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1559

Possibilities of Meaning

Goode'en to you all. Time for... an experiment! Well, to be honest, this one's been tried before (probably a good many times), but I thought people would enjoy having a bit of a think about it. Especially here on the language/linguistics board where the best thing most people have to do is cricise o...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistics Majors - What are your careers?
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: Linguistics Majors - What are your careers?

She's fluent in Armenian, Russian, German, and English, with a smattering of French and Spanish for good measure on the side. She teaches the German and Russian programs at my school. Since she's the only one, she has complete control over what it is she wants to do. I've been in the highest German...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2349883

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

It's me, call me Ishmael, I mean, Jaques (JAY-queez) :shock: This is not how Jaques / Jacques is pronounced, and why Ishmael? The "JAY-queez" is a Shakespeare thing (he likes antagonizing the French for some reason.) joshz is quite right, both for the Moby Dick reference and that Shakespe...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Supper or Dinner?
Replies: 55
Views: 8693

Re: Supper or Dinner?

What does your sig mean by the way? Wolf in fairy tales? Literally, yes. It's an idiom for "speak of the devil". I think it's in the sense that you can predict the entrance or character of a wolf in fairy tales easily, and I hastily presume Latin fairy tales are like ours today. I like it...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2349883

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hullo all :) I've been dastardly and already started posting on threads until I realised about this one. All the same, I haven't been deleted yet, so I'd better make a quick and desperate attempt at greetings before I am wiped off the face of the earth. So yes. It's me, call me Ishmael, I mean, Jaqu...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Supper or Dinner?
Replies: 55
Views: 8693

Re: Supper or Dinner?

Super supper! Supper definitely makes me think of Chaucer, mainly because when we read the Franklin's Tale at school,that Franklin "was Epicurus owene sone" and 'wel loved he by the morwe a sope in wyn" and he generally seems to eat lots. Supperish indeed. Methinks the true experts on...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 88167

Re: Mnemonics you love

One favourite for spelling 'special': Speckled Parrots Eating Carrots In A Lake A German grammar one that I didn't really get until much later in school: The plural endings of regular verbs end in two ducks, ENTEN. If that doesn't make sense, don't worry about it. I've probably written it poorly, an...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language practice threads
Replies: 148
Views: 142432

Re: Language practice threads [new: Korean]

Oo! Ancient Greek? I'm just revisiting some of my work on it having done a GCSE several four years ago, and I'm hoping to go to a summer school to study some more! (My idea of a holiday :D ) Deutsch kenne ich auch, obwohl ich schon gesehen habe, dass ein Thema drüber gibt. Et linguam latinam quoque ...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Your and You're
Replies: 66
Views: 6406

Re: Your and You're

Here's a nice piece of syntactic evidence for the negated verbs' being single words: ✔Don't you think you should be doing your homework? *Do not you think you should be doing your homework? ✔Don't you go there! *Do not you go there? The first member of each pair is a perfectly ordinary English sent...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pi Equals 3 (Not a Math Thread)
Replies: 57
Views: 10677

Re: Pi Equals 3 (Not a Math Thread)

"Don't never use double negatives" would make more sense, I guess. We used to have a poster on the wall of one of our modern languages classrooms that said: "How come we've not never done nothing like this in English then?" And moving on in my mind, there's a nice W. Churchill q...
by TheMelancholyJaques
Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Friendships
Replies: 11
Views: 2378

Re: Friendships

I'm in a year out, having left high school last summer, but I've moved away as well, so friends are now very distant. For me it's a matter of getting trains or otherwise making opportunies of every trip that is vaguely in their area if I want to see them. What I've found is that most my friends have...

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