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by mojacardave
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176070

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I get the conceit behind this but that meme is practically mummified by now. The little fake discussion between the "group of Americans" making the map was amusing, though. Isn't world geography a mandatory part of the curriculum these days in the U.S.? I remember in high school we had to...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 30992

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

Futanari, guro, yaoi. Now your mind's been thoroughly DP-ed. I'm not sure that guro (drawings of violent bloody dismemberment, torture and death) belongs on the same list as yaoi (gay softcore anime, supposedly made by women for women and seldom featuring any explicit content). Somebody has the gay...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 30992

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

Or maybe something for your car. "Does your car suffer from sudden pop-up at inconvenient moments? Then try new pop-up blocker from Acme Co. Guaranteed to reduce incidence of popping up." Reading that back I just realised that car could be replaced with penis . I wonder if there would be ...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35860

Re: 0927: "Standards"

Surprised nobody has yet mentioned the HTC Hero connection, which is a proprietary USB type. It's now so rare that I can only find one website which claims to stock replacements, and BOTH times I have ordered the part, they've sent a standard Mini-B charger instead. It got so ridiculous that I gave ...
by mojacardave
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 28223

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

I wanted to scream until I saw the title text. Seriously. That's almost worse than bending the spines of books backwards. No. Laptops are disposable devices created out of the luxury of convenience. Break off a laptop screen? So what, pull the drive and copy any data that might be considered useful...
by mojacardave
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Confusing Slang
Replies: 212
Views: 39220

Re: Re:

I've found that even British southerners can't understand some of my Northern slang: in particular 'guinnel' and 'snicket' - two words which essentially refer to the same thing. Any clues? erm... i have no idea. makes me think of some kind of trench perhaps? Not far off actually - they're both slan...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352458

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Felix is clearly a cat's name.... Which is the obvious downside, but I can't see the Felix brandname and adverts lasting until the kid is old enough to be bullied for them. Internationalisation will see to that. A pesky vowel like 'X' won't survive indefinitely in a brand name. it's bad enough they...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352458

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Felix is clearly a cat's name.... Which is the obvious downside, but I can't see the Felix brandname and adverts lasting until the kid is old enough to be bullied for them. Internationalisation will see to that. A pesky consonant like 'X' won't survive indefinitely in a brand name. EDIT: Corrected ...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Confusing Slang
Replies: 212
Views: 39220

Re:

How are you? Not bad How far is it? Not far How long? Not long (or, as I am only starting to become aware of: pretty long) Where is it? Around the corner (this could actually mean around the corner in a literal sense or it could just refer to a reasonably short distance in the context of the curren...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352458

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Are these names really stupid? Boys: Chase Trent Christian Girls: Madison Darcey Rose Lindy Marianne I will just comment that almost every gay porn star in the last 5 years has used one of the following stage names: Chase, Trent, Brent, Tyler, Casey or Cody Something with a Z in it Something with a...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352458

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

As I grew older, I became frustrated that my mother did not use her opportunity to name any of her kids with the initials DNA or RNA -- she and my dad are both chemistry teachers, but both of my brothers and I are no where near : JTA, KRA, PCA. Oh well. I, unfortunately, will most likely not have t...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "let alone"
Replies: 12
Views: 2014

Re: "let alone"

That assumes you are able to glide along, holding your item at a perfectly constant height, and some how manage to get it to carryable height without lifting it. That's not how "carrying" tends to work for humans. This is XKCD. We do not concern ourselves with the physics of the real worl...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111786

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

"Exception that proves the rule" is a number of different things. Ah yes - that link shows exactly what I mean. I like the Jocular Nonsense form, but the Serious Nonsense form would induce rage... I'd argue that the Loose Rhetorical meaning of the word was pretty much always the same thin...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I'm not sure that "fag" really is a neutral term for homosexuality since it kind-of implies they should be burned to death. I'm likewise not sure it was ever neutral for homosexuality, but I'm also unconvinced that the homosexual meaning is connected to the burning a bundle of sticks mean...
by mojacardave
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111786

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

This isn't 100% what this thread is for I don't think, but I'ma throw it here: It kind of drives me crazy when people say 'Exception that proves the rule' as if that's some sort of bulletproof argument, but I recently read The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson and he suggests the phrase originated when ...
by mojacardave
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Well "burnt" is still pretty standard in the U.S., but I virtually never see "spelt." And usually "burnt" is used as the perfect participle of "burn," not the simple past (which is "burned."). Very oddly, I think I would in general say: In the past ...
by mojacardave
Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words

Of course we would need to check dictionaries from 50 years ago to find that all of them lack the self-respect definition. I very much doubt this was the case. Certainly gay pride was unknown only some decades ago. But pride was already used in a lot of senses that did not involve one's own achieve...
by mojacardave
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111786

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

When I hear 'I could care less', my brain hears it as a question. I think it's an automatic defence to prevent myself from biting a hole through my tongue. I take it as a slang abbreviation of:

'And you think I could care less?'
by mojacardave
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I think the big problem I face, when trying to argue against 'Pride' as a word, is that people instantly assume that I'm homophobic, and I'm saying that gay people should be ashamed. Then, they discover I'm gay myself, and assume I'm some kind of closet self-hating gay. I'm perfectly happy and open,...
by mojacardave
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

But that was my point: in gay/race/trans/female/whatever situations, pride is used to mean something which isn't actually pride. How are you judging what is "actually pride"? I meant a dictionary definition. Which is a valid way to determine what a word actually means. Except I didn't use...
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

And there's also the collective term for a group of lions, but that's pretty moot right now. Also, even with your definition of accomplishment/achievement; that's still relevant. Fifty years ago, in most western nations homosexuality was illegal, 100 years ago still punishable by death. Now I dares...
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

White pride would be interpreted to mean racism, straight pride would be taken to mean homophobia. This is because these are counter movements. The fact that they use the word pride in them is because they are countering the pride movements of the persecuted in some bigoted fashion to salvage their...
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Pride, in the gay sense. It's not the right word. You shouldn't be PROUD that you're gay. Pride is when you have a sense of achievement about something you have done. You haven't 'achieved' homosexuality, it's not something to be smug about. It's as though somebody at some point said, 'what's the o...
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111786

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

Something I've seen fairly recently, and very unfortunately for the guy in question:

A miscommunication of the phrase 'Fucking 'A', dude...'

Admittedly, that's a really annoying sentence to read, but I kind of forgive it, for comedy value, if the poster ignores all punctuation and capitalisation.
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141523

Re: Words you love.

I'm a big fan of:

Vespertine

though I can't remember off the top of my head exactly what it means. I think it means something like 'of the night'.
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493671

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I'm pretty unsnobbish about most words. I can even cope with lolspeak when used by young people, or (more rarely) if used knowingly and with tongue firmly in cheek. My biggest problem with 'new words' and new word meanings, comes when educated adults try to emulate them, to sound younger and more in...

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