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by steewi
Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 482
Views: 183854

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Por eso puse una traduccion.

Normalmente no usaria estas cortadas, pero pensé que pusiera atraer personas quienes posiblemente postean cosas. No como Troll, pero mas de hacer conversacion con un poco de controversio. Me parece que no es algo apropriado para aqui. Lo retracto.

Hay otra conversacion?
by steewi
Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 482
Views: 183854

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Bueno, hablamos usando la lengua castellana. De qué hablamos? S normal aki cortr ls palabras, como n AIM o MSN, cortando palabras como pa, na y ldm? O debo dejarl mas facil leer pa ls k aun aprenden escribr? Es normal aqui cortar las palabras? Como en AIM o MSN puede cortar palabras como para a pa, ...
by steewi
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neato sounds.
Replies: 16
Views: 3342

Re: Neato sounds.

tʙ̪ is great, especially tʙ̪untʙ̪u in Ladefoged's Oro Win example, meaning "It's a helicopter".

I'm addicted to tones. My favourite's a low convex (rising-falling) tone (131).
by steewi
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pronouncing Questionable Content: The ultimate challenge
Replies: 34
Views: 6889

Re: Pronouncing XKCD: The ultimate challenge

Using the ghoti principle:

The x from faux
The k from knight
The c from muscle
The (first) d from Wednesday

Thus the phonemic representation in English for XKCD could be / /
by steewi
Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite poem(s)?
Replies: 115
Views: 18857

Re: Favourite poem(s)?

All my favourites have already been mentioned (it seems I have obvious taste). The Second Coming The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Stop All the Clocks The Hollow Men The Raven Dulce Et Decorum Est Do not go gentle into that good night I also have a fondness for an Australian poet Bruce Dawe, after...
by steewi
Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 415402

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Commitment *snickers*

I think moist is quite nice. But then, I'm a bit of a sicko. :)
by steewi
Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 128327

Re: Beautiful words...

Also, chlamydia is genuinely a gorgeous word if you take it by itself. I was thinking it would have been a great name for a girl if diarrhea hadn't gotten dibs on it first. Also rubella f and psoriasis m for names. Sure, Psoriasis Jones is a little unconventional, but as a pseudonym for a 19th cent...
by steewi
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: When and how much do you read?
Replies: 19
Views: 2641

Re: When and how much do you read?

Whenever I can - on the bus, walking down the street, watching TV, on my lunch break, waiting for people, eating...

There are a few exceptions, but they're nsfw...
by steewi
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 91083

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

For years I've had a version of this in my head for meat, with the axes based on tastiness of the meat and cuteness of the animal it comes from. In the +cute +tasty quadrant, there's lamb, -cute +tasty has chicken, pork, -cute -tasty has cod, +cute -tasty has cat and dog (I assume, I've not knowingl...
by steewi
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: What did you grow up on?
Replies: 62
Views: 7608

Re: What did you grow up on?

The Goodies
Red Dwarf
Keeping Up Appearances
The Brittas Empire
Towards/Beyond 2000
Fawlty Towers

To this day, I have never seen an episode of Transformers.

Edit: How could I have forgotten MacGuyver. I loved that show!
by steewi
Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 174842

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

Whenever i yawn and stretch (extending arms to my sides and bending them toward my back) my breastbone makes 3 loud poping/cracking noises. like cracking of knuckles but obnoxiously loud. and to those that like the feeling of cracking your knuckles, it is just as gratifying. I completely understand...
by steewi
Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movie Mashups
Replies: 22
Views: 5592

Re: Movie Mashups

Pan's The Labyrinth: A young Spanish girl must rescue her unborn baby brother from David Bowie in order to re-establish her identity as a goblin princess. Starship Supertroopers: Bumbling cops battle giant space-bugs with great bodies in this hilarious B action comedy. Donniefly Effect: A young misf...
by steewi
Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Greatest Movie Ever?
Replies: 223
Views: 24204

Re: Greatest Movie Ever?

Silver2Falcon wrote:5th Element I just couldn't take seriously, at all.


Which is why I liked it. They made a movie you don't take seriously, but is still artistically amazing and well plot-driven. Probably the best comedy movie ever, although I'm aware that is really controversial on a couple of levels.
by steewi
Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)
Replies: 140
Views: 64777

Re: Artificial Languages (Esperanto/Lojban/etc.)

Well, there's always Solresol and Ithkuil . Which are majorly cool if completely dotty. The former is based on musical notes (do re mi fa sol la ti) and the latter on excessively modifying a small set of base words to get a "hyper-compressed" language. Or Toki Pona . Not an endorsement, h...
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Deceptively
Replies: 22
Views: 4100

Re: Deceptively

Definitely "deceptively shallow" by my thinking, but I hear both.

Same for condoning stuff.
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Subtitling vs. dubbing
Replies: 147
Views: 18993

Re: Subtitling vs. dubbing

I'm with the majority. Subbed only, unless it's well done dubbing on animation. Studio Ghibli has had good dubbing, but I've seen some shockers. Evangelion was better in Japanese.
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Greatest Movie Ever?
Replies: 223
Views: 24204

Re: Greatest Movie Ever?

Pan's Labyrinth
Amelie
The 5th Element

Special mentions to Little Miss Sunshine, Children of Men, The Great Dictator, Modern Times.
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 285405

Re: What is your favourite book?

Any of the Realm of the Elderlings books by Robin Hobb (i.e. Farseers, LiveShips, Tawny Man) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo The Rediscovery of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith ...among a bunch of others. Special mentions to William Tenn, Theodore Sturgeon, Octavia Butler and the Stainless Steel Rat.
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Your Personal Library
Replies: 24
Views: 4334

Re: Your Personal Library

I have about 25 metres of shelving filled with books. 7 of them are language related.
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 45210

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

Apparently he also wrote one called Hogg, which is pretty much about a masochistic boy and his "daddy" on a pornographic road trip. I'm not going anywhere near it.
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
Replies: 2
Views: 4035

Re: Bloodchild by Octavia Butler

I liked Bloodchild, but I preferred the other stories in the Bloodchild collection, especially Speech Sounds. I really liked Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, but don't read them when you're depressed, because it could push you over the edge.
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 128327

Re: Words you love.

In Spanish

murcielago (and its amusing mispronunciation murciegalo)

In English

mellifluously (obvious, but still, I like it)

In German

kartoffelstompfer
fingerhat

In Shanghainese

时代 zz.dee (time period)
物事 maq.zz (thing)
by steewi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8419

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

is it true that the character for war is two women under a roof? Not the one that I know. 战争 is the usual word for war, and it has no women in it. 宼 is a woman and (sort of) money under a roof and it means tyrrany or highway robbery, but 安 is a woman under a roof by herself, and means peace. For th...
by steewi
Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8419

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

I'm with on the citation needed for what I said. I really disagree with the idea that Chinese is genderless. I (thought I) was using it to show the silliness of arguing for gender equality in language. Chinese society has had huge problems with sexual equality (and despite changes, still does), and ...
by steewi
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)
Replies: 121
Views: 20618

Re: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)

Grave of the Fireflies

B5: Sleeping in Light
B5: Endgame/Rising Star

BtVS: The Body
BtVS: The Gift

Pan's Labyrinth

Children of Men

I'm such a sucker.
by steewi
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2135332

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

TheTankengine wrote:Piled High and Deep?
Professional Hole Digger?


Piled High and Deep mostly (and a webcomic almost on a par with xkcd...)

Mmm... procrastination is fun.
by steewi
Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign declensions of borrowed English words.
Replies: 26
Views: 3962

Re: Foreign declensions of borrowed English words.

This shows the idea in part III. Arabic plurals are all weird. Same for Welsh.
by steewi
Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 8419

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

When feminists first started going after English words that were genderspecific (actress, chairman, etc.), some English and American feminists complained about the genderist nature of European languages. The feminists who spoke French, German, Spanish, etc., mostly pooh-poohed the idea, because it w...
by steewi
Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: New Zealand Pronunciation
Replies: 51
Views: 8592

Re: New Zealand Pronunciation

Try to get a Kiwi to tell you what the difference is between ear and air.

Spoiler:
For Kiwis, there often isn't a difference. They're pronounced the same.
by steewi
Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Ni Parolas Esperante (Esperanto practice)
Replies: 140
Views: 64777

Re: Artificial Languages (Esperanto/Lojban/etc.)

I'm not a fan of IALs (international auxiliary language), mostly because they all have high ideals of easy learning and simplicity and they generally fail dismally or at least end up Eurocentric. On the other hand, I like conlangs in general, because playing around with the ideas of languages is jus...
by steewi
Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2135332

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Aussie (Canberra),
mid 20s
male (that's what the beard implies)
phd student (linguistics)
by steewi
Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign declensions of borrowed English words.
Replies: 26
Views: 3962

Re: Foreign declensions of borrowed English words.

Arabic has some rather unusual borrowed plurals. The most famous is film, which becomes aflam when it's plural.

I'm off to introduce myself now.

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