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by Grop
Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90079
Views: 8302927

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

schumi_girl wrote:Getting old terrifies me.


If I thought this, lurking the xkcd forums would be a terrifying experience.
by Grop
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 471373

Re: Favorite math jokes

Ended wrote:goes into (i.e. divides)


Confession: I needed that too.

(Of course, you couldn't spell it out in your previous post).
by Grop
Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 253315

Re: Recommend a book

Thanks for the advice, I will give it a try. However my English may be too poor, what with the naval jargon and all that.

(I read French translations of Forester's books, and I am not a seaman).
by Grop
Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90079
Views: 8302927

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

blue_eyedspacemonkey wrote:Fair point, but wouldn't that make them ill, depending on the egg (eating them raw, I mean) Maybe they boiled them first? Still doesn't make sense to me...


With the same logic, we wouldn't eat meat either... The ancients had guts. They almost never washed, and yet they had sex.
by Grop
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Yet another progress thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2126

Re: Yet another progress thread

Oh, I didn't read the whole thread again, only the part where you said 92.5. I guess it was a mistake.

I didn't want to call you a liar, or to worry you, because I can't garantee it is impossible.

Edit: Well, sorry for the confusion.
by Grop
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Yet another progress thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2126

Re: Yet another progress thread

Wow, did you lose 13 kg in one month ? This is impressive. I hope you will keep your efforts, because it would be sad to get it back.
by Grop
Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movie/TV Heroes who cause more harm than good
Replies: 27
Views: 2422

Re: Movie/TV Heroes who cause more harm than good

The main character in Screamers . Ellen Ripley in the Alien series. Although they achieve exactly what they intended to: The B-52 commander in Dr. Strangelove , and the High Plains Drifter . Edit: regarding Ripley, I was thinking how she carries aliens with her, but you are right she does many good ...
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me win a drinking contest - Updated for conclusion.
Replies: 80
Views: 8402

Re: Help me win a drinking contest - Updated for conclusion.

I know a way which requires having a girlfriend, a blanket and condoms. You may need her to really want sex (and maybe an excuse for not doing it at someone's place), otherwise she may make weird claims about the air being cold.
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1290016

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Lead To Back Bacon

Dans le cochon tout est bon. What isn't sold as bacon (or anything else with an explicit name) ends up in pâté, sausages, food for pets, etc.

I think bacon is either the back or the belly.
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1290016

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Lead To Back Bacon

Belial, of course I eat pig often, and even some boar. It is just not customary or preferred here to prepare it as bacon. Likewise I don't expect you to eat saucisson (a French-style dry sausage) often, although it is made from pig as well. (To be fair bacon is a more generic word than I thought; I ...
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "It's"
Replies: 66
Views: 5125

Re: "It's"

Rendezvous appears in dictionaries, you may google it into English sentences, and a great number of random English speakers may know and agree (!) how to spell it. "Je ne sais quoi" hardly fits any of this (most google hits are about defining this phrase). Note no deficiency is *required* ...
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Devil's Phonetic Alphabet
Replies: 24
Views: 6124

Re: The Devil's Phonetic Alphabet

B as in tomb, W as in sword, C as in oscillation, E as in awesome.

I have no idea how you guys say Louvre. Does it rhyme with Dover ?
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 55
Views: 7254

Re: Euphemisms

The full thing would probably be "predictible but unwanted civilian deaths". But this is not warspeak.
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1290016

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Lead To Back Bacon

I almost never eat bacon. I can totally resist the siren of foreign things, when I can find better quality for less monies.
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me win a drinking contest - Updated for conclusion.
Replies: 80
Views: 8402

Re: Help me win a drinking contest - Updated for conclusion.

This, or when your head collides things due to poor decisions (or poor execution).
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 445374

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I see. This is also how cops and insurance professionals talk, and I am used to it. Most probably, this word belongs to serious business (and fancy talk, obviously).
by Grop
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 445374

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Vehicle is a useful word when you want to include bikes, trucks and whatever. I use it (or, well, véhicule) all the time.
by Grop
Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 445374

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

This thread isn't about what is being a dick pedantic. It is about words, and person A probably meant what they said.
by Grop
Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 445374

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

How is it not the right use for pedantic? Would you mind explaining this to me?
by Grop
Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How come zero and seven are the only 2 syllable numbers?
Replies: 52
Views: 5290

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

gmalivuk wrote:This is why we spell(ed) /ji/ as ye and not yy


We, the knight who say iiiiiii the French aren't ashamed of spelling /ji/ as ii in publiions 8). I can see this doesn't seem to happen in English.

Edit: That would be /ij/. Also, I was probably drnuk.
by Grop
Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: bike commuting
Replies: 49
Views: 5439

Re: bike commuting

I second the idea of rolling around a shoulder. Using your hands when falling is how you break a wrist. I agree falling properly is something that can be learned and practiced. I expect most martial arts people could show you the basics. ... On topic, I commute using my car. I sweat a lot when doing...
by Grop
Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 445374

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: 6005

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: 373336

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: 10916
Views: 2216425

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: 149848

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: 149848

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: 149848

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: 373336

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: 471373

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: 3638

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: 5290

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: 1290016

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: 1917
Views: 508296

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: 9629

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: 800

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: 203100

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: 203100

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: 90079
Views: 8302927

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: 4012

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.

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