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by Grop
Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1955
Views: 418874

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

You probably already know about the recency illusion :).
by Grop
Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nature and languages
Replies: 80
Views: 5746

Re: Nature and languages

It could have something to do with the French being very strict about the education of their language and in fact resisting change. Which we weren't particularly until the early modern period, when English already had lost its grammatical genders. Today French doesn't change so easily as other lang...
by Grop
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:31 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 360388

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Napoleon took Moscow, but it wasn't useful.
by Grop
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2151085

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Salut Renaud, et bienvenue ! (Welcome to others, as well).

Do you sail on lakes? Lyon doesn't strike me as a great place for sailing.

(I sort of like rain, if it doesn't happen too often. The main thing that sucks about it is that most friends of mine won't go out under the rain).
by Grop
Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140387

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Interesting remark! Today we refer to this culotte as a singular thing (and likewise we say un sans-culotte and des sans-culottes ). The same dictionary tells me that both singular and plural were used before and after the French Revolution. It would seem we only switched progressively toward callin...
by Grop
Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140387

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

I am French (I will edit my profile). Apparently French pantalon comes from the Italian proper name Pantalone (a commedia dell'arte buffoon) [French language source].

Before we used these, we probably used other singular things anyway.
by Grop
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140387

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Here they are one thing : un pantalon, un short, un caleçon, etc.
by Grop
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 360388

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

(As a plus side from the ligne Maginot, we still have some awesome abandoned forts in the Alps). From an awesome maths teacher: Je vous en ai peut-être déjà parlé, mais la répétition est à la base de la pédagogie. La répétition est à la base de la pédagogie. Maybe I already mentionned [something], b...
by Grop
Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 463389

Re: Favorite math jokes

Paulrowe, 509 is therefore DIX.
by Grop
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fir Tree Found Growing Inside Man's Lung
Replies: 25
Views: 3505

Re: Fir Tree Found Growing Inside Man's Lung

This is probably meant as a remake of L'Écume des Jours, by Boris Vian.
by Grop
Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How come zero and seven are the only 2 syllable numbers?
Replies: 52
Views: 5128

Re: How come zero and seven are the only 2 syllable numbers?

Rillian wrote:tj doesn't make sense because j is dzh.


While we're at discussing these things, it there a reason for representing /ʒ/ as zh? I mean, is it just an arbitrary convention, or is it somehow justified by phonetics?
by Grop
Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1255367

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Lead To Back Bacon

I have never broken or seriously twisted anything (of mine, that is). I guess I am lucky, and probably have strong bones.
by Grop
Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1908
Views: 483382

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

rheakith, could it be Metal Gear ? It wasn't a shoot-em-up though.
by Grop
Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The best realised universe
Replies: 64
Views: 9185

Re: The best realised universe

I really liked the world of Helliconia, in the trilogy by Brian Aldiss. It isn't the most realistic world, but really epic things happen on it. To be concise, it's about a world where one year is as long as 2500 of our years. Civilizations are never really prepared when *seasons* change and disaster...
by Grop
Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Robert Silverberg
Replies: 3
Views: 770

Re: Robert Silverberg

I read The Man in the Maze (1969) and The Face of the Waters (1991). I liked both, but that was ~10 years ago, so my tastes may have changed.

I think The Man in the Maze was really worth reading, though.
by Grop
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Bonsoir, ils veulent tous plus ou moins dire "this" mais sont grammaticalement différents. Ce/cet/cette/ces sont des adjectifs démonstratifs : ils servent à introduire un nom (ou une expression nominale). Cet arbre, ce gros con, cette ville , etc. Ceci (comme cela et ça ) est un pronom dém...
by Grop
Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons français ! [French practice]

Bonjour argentigfera13 (quel nom compliqué :o !). Bon courage pour apprendre :). Ceci est un fil. Un forum serait quelque chose de plus haut niveau : nous sommes dans le forum Language/Linguistics. ... La plupart de tes fautes sont orthographiques : tu pourrais les éviter avec un correcteur d'orthog...
by Grop
Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7936084

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

Rabbits are adorable and tasty.
by Grop
Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translate This: My Little Whore
Replies: 36
Views: 3897

Re: Translate This: My Little Whore

The French would be "ma petite pétasse". Possessive pronouns agree in gender with what is possessed, not with who possesses it.

However I think it is probably more offensive than the original phrase. But I can't think of a good way of translating whore without being offensive.
by Grop
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1255367

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Lead To Back Bacon

I for one, couldn't be bothered guessing what is viewed as manly and what isn't. At this dinner I would probably bring cheese, bread and red wine. And expect someone else to bring the beers.
by Grop
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

It's hard to tell without context, but I think "ils avaient cherché" would rather be "they had searched". i think one shows a completed action and the other is a continuous action that began in the past. correct me if im wrong but passé compossé is "i did" while imperf...
by Grop
Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Bonne idée, mais ce sont des caractères. De plus "I'm using" se dit "j'utilise" - et oui c'est pareil que "I use", comme on a expliqué à Bassoon en page n°3.
by Grop
Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2151085

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Wow, a site about onion soup :o.

Welcome aboard, Silver ! And others as well.
by Grop
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Ah, oui. Je l'utilise souvent, mais dans ce contexte ça ne m'est pas venu naturellement :o.
by Grop
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

il faut que je pense pour quelque temps par afficher. :) Dans ce cas j'imagine que tu voulais dire quelque chose comme "I need to think for a while before posting". Je ne crois pas que le français ait de mot qui corresponde *exactement* à to post . J'aurais sans doute dit quelque chose co...
by Grop
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Je suis plutôt d'accord avec toi Terebrant. En tout cas ça ne m'a pas vraiment choqué.
by Grop
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 17878

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

Then it would probably be black*, but I suppose it could be whatever color you purposedly name. I thought we were talking about what we naturally do.

* This, or maybe the colour of magic.
by Grop
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 17878

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

I don't "see" words when listening to others. If I wonder how a specific word is spelled, it is quite abstract.
by Grop
Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 17878

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

Pretty much my own voice, except it can pronounce English better than the real me can. Same for me, particularly when reading English. Sometimes I read out loud - mostly to practice all these weird foreign sounds :mrgreen: - therefore I am used to pretending I am telling the story. Bobber, I don't ...
by Grop
Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Re-salut ! SF, dans ta première phrase il y a surtout une chose qui est dérangeante: to remember something -> se souvenir de quelque chose : ... j'ai besoin de me souvenir du français que j'ai appris à l'école ... To help someone do something -> aider quelqu'un à faire quelque chose : Ça m'aide à ré...
by Grop
Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Parlons Français ! [French practice]
Replies: 616
Views: 193313

Re: Parlons Français ! [French practice]

Bonjour Segmentation Fault, Je dois partir et je n'ai pas trop le temps, là maintenant, de tout corriger ou de faire la conversation, mais c'est pas mal :). (Si tu peux essaie de penser aux accents, aux cédilles et aux majuscules ;)). Par contre je n'ai pas compris ce que tu voulais dire par "p...
by Grop
Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Getting ready for a big change
Replies: 15
Views: 1872

Re: Getting ready for a big change

It may be a naive question, but is it also true if you try to do pushups on your closed fists?

(This is what I do because my wrists aren't flexible enough for standard pushups).
by Grop
Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Asterix and Obelix
Replies: 25
Views: 6012

Re: Asterix and Obelix

Wow, Astérix le Gaulois (the cartoon) is from 1967! It is amazing people today can watch it and find it cool :).
by Grop
Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)
Replies: 99
Views: 9366

Re: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)

Once again, the world was saved by America. Hollywood wins.
by Grop
Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Example, e.g
Replies: 38
Views: 3365

Re: Example, e.g

I generally take "Cf X" to mean "Dear reader, X is relevant to the discussion. Consider it and/or google it".
by Grop
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2151085

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Chuff wrote:Is that an early Faye?


Probably from ep ~150 or ~200, I think. The early Faye in QC #4 that we quoted is yet different.

(Also this character changed much; she seemed much more self-confident, and looked thinner)

(This, and welcome new guys).
by Grop
Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Subtitling vs. dubbing
Replies: 147
Views: 19161

Re: Subtitling vs. dubbing

I've just seen Citizen Kane and it felt incredibly familiar... Made me remember an epic case of dubbing: La Classe Américaine is an awesome comedy in French language. I don't think it was seriously translated, so I would only recommend it to the minority here who understands French. It is a crazy mo...
by Grop
Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2151085

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Welcome GraphiteGirl. Are we allowed to lust after you in secret? Louve your avataur (extra "u"s intended).

:arrow:
by Grop
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 737350

Re: Go Away Dub Watchers: The Proper Anime Thread

SlyReaper wrote:(it's OVA by the way, not OAV).


At the risk of being epically ninja'd by Jack, they are OAV in this part of the world. /trivia
by Grop
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Robot Movie Marathon
Replies: 18
Views: 1593

Re: Robot Movie Marathon

Don't take it personally, but it sort of saddens me that violence as in Terminator is okay for kids, but maybe not nudity. /rant

Anyway I wouldn't recommend Ghost in the Shell to a 11-year old even if the level of violence was okay (this was the part about "Without considering age at all").

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