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by Derek
Fri May 11, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Is the children's rhyme and clapping game "Patty Cake" (or perhaps "Paddy Cake") or "Pat-a-Cake"? I'd never heard of the latter until today, it seems like it may be somewhat more common in the UK based on Google n-grams.
by Derek
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 103
Views: 27338

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

As for metric; has anyone else noticed that when the French invented it they deliberately made the essential units a little bigger than imperial equivalents? Meter = yard+10%; kilo = two pounds +10%; tonne = ton+1.6% or US ton+10%. This is a coincidence. The meter was defined to be (approximately) ...
by Derek
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

What do you call the stacks of not-yet-played cards in solitaire games such as Klondike or FreeCell? Isn't the entire set of stacks one tableau? I mean it's related to "table", which suggests that the entire area should be the single tableau. And I'm not usually playing multiple solitaire...
by Derek
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Funny: usually when a letter in a French-derived word is silent on one side of the pond but not the other (e.g. the "t" in "buffet"), I feel like it's the Americans who don't pronounce it and the Brits who do; I'm surprised to find one that apparently runs the other direction. &...
by Derek
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Liri wrote:Ketchup.

That's just the different spelling of the same word.
by Derek
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I pronounce both "catch" and "ketchup" with /æ/, and anyone who spells it "catsup" will be burned as a heretic.

Liri wrote:People where I live don't use the word catsup, but I would pronounce it phonetically.

What do people call it then?
by Derek
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Decimal to binary
Replies: 1
Views: 571

Re: Decimal to binary

What's the format of your BCD input? Is it fixed point or floating point? Likewise, what is the format of your binary output?
by Derek
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I've never heard of it. I would pronounce it based on the spelling with an /æ/.
by Derek
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Can we get some IPA in here? Because I've really fucking confused about how people are pronouncing "gone" right now.
by Derek
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: problem with two squared variables
Replies: 6
Views: 1657

Re: problem with two squared variables

If you want to express a in terms of b then,

Spoiler:
Complete the square.

a^2 - 23ab = -b^2

Start from here and complete the square on the left side, then solve for a.
by Derek
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Different words for “as part of” with the same meaning in this sentence?
Replies: 5
Views: 998

Re: Different words for “as part of” with the same meaning in this sentence?

Deva wrote:"To celebrate our new store opening, we are giving away a limited discount."

By far the best option here, at least for the example sentence. While it doesn't have the exact same literal meaning of "as part of", it is more natural and better captures what is actually meant.
by Derek
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4408
Views: 712810

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

I still think that Summer Wars is the much better version of the movie, though, partially because there was no contractual obligation (as per all kid's films in the 90s) to include Smashmouth in the soundtrack. But the soundtrack was half the reason that movie was so fucking great. That was like ev...
by Derek
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 397734

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

My experience with "huggles" is that it's mostly been between pairs/groups of girls or between couples.
by Derek
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 77
Views: 16185

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Not idiosyncratic, is it?
by Derek
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 68677

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Soupspoon wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:It's better than Glaxo, Burroughs, Wellcome, Smith, Kline, Beecham, & Co.

Indeed it is. For that Oxford Comma alone!

*shudder*

When the Commanist revolution arrives, you'll be the first against the wall.
by Derek
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 77
Views: 16185

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Or a decontextualized reference to the plot of a story, like the word "Shanghaied." Which story are you referring to? No particular story, but supposedly sailors used to be tricked into joining crews sailing for China by getting them drunk until they were unconscious, then dragging them o...
by Derek
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 68677

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

In a random Reddit thread someone made the claim that English is the only language with a word equivalent to the auxiliary meanings of "do", such as: * I did come home. (Intensifier) * I didn't come home. (Required by negative construction) * Did you come home? (Creates a question) This im...
by Derek
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Four separate strokes for a 'w', wowza. The capital D has the loop drawn in the wrong orientation. What do you consider the "right" orientation? Bottom to top? I agree with Chridd, I've always written capital D with a vertical line down, then back up (pen may be either down or up), and th...
by Derek
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I always thought the "write (do not print)" thing was silly. I remember my parents or teachers telling me that if something gave an instruction to "write" then it means to write in cursive script. The other kind of script is called print, and only small children do that. However...
by Derek
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

From the US, I've never understood the hate on cursive in the US. And my experience from Reddit threads on the subject is that we're the only country that has this issue. Everyone else seems to have no trouble writing in cursive. I almost always write in cursive myself. It's much faster and I get an...
by Derek
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 68677

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I've heard "sold for a song" plenty of times in the US. Relatedly, for people on the USican side of the pond, do you have an equivalent of the phrase "in for a penny, in for a pound"? It's meaning's relatively self-explanatory but just to be clear it's the idea that once you're c...
by Derek
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

As flicky showed, in American cursive only the top left to bottom right line of x connects. You come back and cross the x later, like you would with a t.
by Derek
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Even if you're multiplying literals? E.g. 3 x 4? That's pretty much the only time I use it. For scalar variables I'll almost always just concatenate and occasionally use an interpunct and, well, for non-scalar variables it's important to be more specific. From High School onward I basically never s...
by Derek
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I was definitely taught to use an interpunct as a decimal point although started using a full stop pretty shortly afterwards (I think before secondary school). I think I've only ever been taught an interpunct for multiplcation not a full stop though, With x, I don't think I've ever specifically wri...
by Derek
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 4427

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

gmalivuk wrote:Is that one of the solutions whose faults have already been outlined and discussed in this thread?

No, that's a version of the good solution that I and Xanthir discussed above.
by Derek
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 4427

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

Xanthir: I don't want to take credit for the second solution I posted. I found it in the comments on one of the related videos, and posted it because I liked it and think it's the ideal solution. My only contribution was adding the card sleeves (which I still like better than cutting index cards or ...
by Derek
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Where are you from?
by Derek
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 4427

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

I came up with a solution that requires a little bit of cooperation, but is probably workable practically: Assign everyone a number from 1 to N randomly and secretly (players know their own number but no one else's). There are many ways to do this, such as with a deck of cards, but it do...
by Derek
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building my first rig
Replies: 1
Views: 954

Re: Building my first rig

This video suggests that the PSU orientation doesn't make much of a difference, but it's slightly better pointing down unless you have a GPU with external exhaust.
by Derek
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Sounds like that might be part of the Northern Cities Shift?
by Derek
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I've heard of Americans having the opposite change in "Craig", so that "Craig" and "egg" rhyme (but don't rhyme with "plague"). So this actually started with a discussion of "Craig". I think in the US the standard pronunciation of Craig is /krɛg/, b...
by Derek
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

A discussion on Reddit brought up how Americans pronounce /ɛɡ/, as in "egg". A number of Americans pronounce this as /eɪɡ/, such that "egg" and "plague" rhyme. I've heard this pronunciations not infrequently, but I can't find anything about it on Wikipedia. Does anyone ...
by Derek
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What is a Euclidean Number
Replies: 13
Views: 2624

Re: What is a Euclidean Number

This reminds me of a mathematical website/game I've been playing recently, www.euclidea.xyz, which has you solve geometric problems using Euclidean constructions. The problems get pretty difficult and I haven't finished it yet.
by Derek
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: to flip the bird
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Re: to flip the bird

Yes that would be an idiom. As for it's origin, I have no idea.
by Derek
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 217840

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I've heard both one and two syllable pronunciations. I definitely prefer the one syllable.
by Derek
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 68677

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Hmm, true it's definitely rhotic. I think what was registering as British to me was that it sounds like he has the trap-bath split, or maybe all of his /æ/'s are shifted back.
by Derek
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 549
Views: 68677

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Can anyone identify the accent of the guy in this video who made the mercury bell?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mJEsj3N50o

It's sounds to me like an upperclass British accent but also very much not RP.
by Derek
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Automatic updates
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Re: Automatic updates

Automatic updates are good, the problem with Windows 10 is that it tries to force restarts at bad times. This is a separate problem. Lots of programs have automatic updates but only apply the updates when you restart the program normally.
by Derek
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 20367

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Kosovo was de facto independent for years before its declaration of Independence. The situation was very different from Catalonia.
by Derek
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 20367

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

The real issue with the rule is what constitutes a people. Very few people deny that the Scots or Catalans are a distinct people from the English or Castilians who make up the majority in their countries but where do you draw the line without getting into the paradox of the heap? Are Californians a...

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