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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
by Monika
In Mexico Estados Unidos refers to the United Mexican States and $ stands for Mexican Pesos and that got me very confused.

In German we use Amerika both for the continent (North and South count as 1 not 2) and the USA.

There are 4-7 continents, Wikipedia has a rough list which countries count them how https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent
Anyway there are clearly 5, that's why there are 5 Olympic rings :-P

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:17 am UTC
by Copper Bezel
They're all arbitrary, but any system that separates Eurasia but not the Americas is just being obtuse for obtuseness' sake.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:48 pm UTC
by Derek
Copper Bezel wrote:They're all arbitrary, but any system that separates Eurasia but not the Americas is just being obtuse for obtuseness' sake.

Right? The only real distinction between Europe and Asia is cultural, the geographic borders that are drawn between them are extremely vague and usually just follow some obscure mountain ranges. North and South America aren't even connected by land anymore.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:44 am UTC
by Monika
Copper Bezel wrote:any system that separates Eurasia but not the Americas is just being obtuse for obtuseness' sake.

That's pretty insulting and doesn't make sense, either.

I could also say: Any system that counts South $continent and North $continent as two separate continents even though that's clearly one continent is obtuse for obtuseness' sake.

Additional reason why it doesn't make sense: A system that separates Eurasia into Europe and Asia has already proven that "separated by water" is not the defining criterion for continents, so why should any water, in particular artificial water, be that demarcation line between North and South America and make them into two separate continents? Also, does this mean the British Isles, or any islands (e.g. large parts of Denmark, or Crete) are not part of Europe?

To say it differently: continents are clearly a social construct. Something something historical reasons something something.

Derek wrote:Right? The only real distinction between Europe and Asia is cultural, the geographic borders that are drawn between them are extremely vague and usually just follow some obscure mountain ranges. North and South America aren't even connected by land anymore.

Same question to you: Does this mean the British Isles, or any islands (e.g. large parts of Denmark, or Crete) are not part of Europe? Is Japan not part of Asia? Are Australia and New Zealand separate continents? Is Madagascar not part of Africa?

Panama is in Central America. Tell me: Is Central America part of the North American continent or part of the South American continent or split or neither? I looked at the Americas articles, Panama and Panama Canal articles on the English-speaking Wikipedia and could not immediately find a clear answer where the border between North and South America is, specifically it does not say the Panama Canal is that border.


But something more interesting than continental bickering: when you go by boat/ship through the Panama Canal from West to East, are you in the Pacific or the Atlantic? You're in the Pacific. Really, look at it on a map.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:30 am UTC
by Eebster the Great
You don't have to get so defensive. The argument is obviously that North and South America are divided by an isthmus while Europe and Asia are not. That's really all. There was no subtle attempt to insult you going on there.

Continents are always divided up arbitrarily. Africa was connected by land to Eurasia until the construction of the Suez Canal. Australia is regarded as a continent but Greenland is not. Antarctica would actually be an archipelago if it were not covered in miles of ice. There isn't even agreement on how many major continental plates there are, due to disagreement on the definition of "major" and trouble delineating plates (e.g. the question of whether the Indian and Australian plates should be counted as one or two).

For what it's worth, in English, Central America is regarded as part of North America, since it is north of the Isthmus of Panama.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
by gmalivuk
Monika wrote:
Copper Bezel wrote:any system that separates Eurasia but not the Americas is just being obtuse for obtuseness' sake.

That's pretty insulting and doesn't make sense, either.

How does that not make sense? The Americas are at least as separate as Eurasia, and clearly moreso geographically. It seems like nothing more than Eurocentrism to consider most of Russia and Turkey in a completely separate continent while treating the entire "New World" as a single continent.

It's fine if you want to count the Americas as one thing, just stop pretending Eurasia is still two.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:55 am UTC
by chridd
gmalivuk wrote:How does that not make sense? The Americas are at least as separate as Eurasia, and clearly moreso geographically. It seems like nothing more than Eurocentrism to consider most of Russia and Turkey in a completely separate continent while treating the entire "New World" as a single continent.

It's fine if you want to count the Americas as one thing, just stop pretending Eurasia is still two.
...or if you want to count Europe as separate, then why are you counting Asia as one continent? Geographically, India is probably more deserving of being its own continent than Europe, and culturally, I'm not sure that, say, Iran and Japan have much in common.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:26 am UTC
by Monika
Eebster the Great wrote:You don't have to get so defensive. … There was no subtle attempt to insult you going on there.

Calling the system used in my part of the world obtuse was not exactly subtle.

Continents are always divided up arbitrarily.

Exactly.

gmalivuk wrote:How does that not make sense?

Read the rest of my post, where this question is answered.

It's fine if you want to count the Americas as one thing, just stop pretending Eurasia is still two.

How about no.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:05 pm UTC
by gmalivuk
Criticizing a single element of your country's educational system wasn't an attempt to insult you at all, subtle or otherwise.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
by Copper Bezel
"It's all arbitrary anyway" doesn't mean that all possible solutions are equally useful. A system could consider Australia part of Asia and consider the UK a separate continent, and that would be only equally "arbitrary" in a strict sense but definitely less useful. The system you're describing does not make practical sense. I don't really care whether it's your country's system, your personal one, my country's system, or whatever. My country doesn't use metric, and that also seems to me fiercely obtuse.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:45 am UTC
by Aiwendil
Something that's been bothering me lately: a lot of people seem to be using "equivocate" as a transitive verb, as if it means something like "equate" (and similarly "equivocation" as if it means "equivalence"). I've read news articles, for instance, that say something like "Trump equivocated left-wing protesters with neo-Nazis".

And as long as I'm yelling at people to get off my lawn, there are other intransitive verbs that I keep hearing people use transitively. The one that comes to mind now is "snuggle"; I keep hearing people say "snuggle X" where they mean "snuggle with X". At first I assumed it was some kind of put-on "cute" (i.e. nauseating) child-speak, but after starting to pay attention, I really think these people construe "snuggle" as a transitive verb.

Edit: Thinking about this more, I suppose there are cases where transitive "snuggle" sounds acceptable to me. For example, "Taking the ball in his arms, he snuggled it close to his chest." But my ear definitely demands "I snuggled with my dog all night" rather than "I snuggled my dog all night", and I hear the latter usage frequently.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:02 am UTC
by gmalivuk
It's been used transitively like "snuggled her head into the pillow" for over a hundred years, but it's true that uses like "snuggled her dog" seem to be new.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:29 am UTC
by Ginger
I hate the words: "Huggles," and "Preggers." I hate the word, "Ginormous," which is not even a real word in my opinions. I hate the misspelling irregardless--It's just "Regardless," OKay?

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:03 am UTC
by Eebster the Great
I'm not familiar with " huggles," but "preggers" may just be the worst" "cute" version of a word of all time.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:36 am UTC
by Ginger
Huggles is a word use a lot re: RPGs communities I hang out in where, like... they clingy hug women and girls in their actions texts... and call it "Huggles for a girl/woman" or w/evs. It's supposed to be cutey yet it just makes me nauseous as F bomb.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:06 am UTC
by Derek
My experience with "huggles" is that it's mostly been between pairs/groups of girls or between couples.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:08 am UTC
by Ginger
And I kinda dislike the British word "shagging" even though I use it sometimes. Girls seem into using "Shagging" when they wanna exotic up British ppls or sound... like they from Britain or w/evs?

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:18 am UTC
by Eebster the Great
Ginger wrote:It's supposed to be cutey yet it just makes me nauseous as F bomb.

It's not as bad as "preggers," but "F bomb" is another one.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:26 am UTC
by Ginger
I hate that "DIABEETUS" Garbage and yet: I laugh any time a man says it in that man's voice from the commercial.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:59 am UTC
by Eebster the Great
Wilford Brimley is truly a visionary.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
by Sableagle
I find that "alot" and "whomst'd've" are both annoying too, and neither of those is a word.

"Leverage" sometimes annoys me. I'm fine with its use as a noun: "Find a place to stand where you can get some leverage." When some clown tells me to "leverage our assets," though, I'm inclined to swing a crowbar into his crotch.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
by gmalivuk
"alot" is fun because you can imagine Hyperbole and a Half's Alot.

"whomst'd've" is fun because it's always fun to mock people who think "whom" makes them sound more sophisticated even when they don't know how to use it.

"Leverage" is a perfectly cromulent verb for when you decide to binge watch TNT's Leverage, as in "I Leveraged again last weekend and now I'm completely exhausted." I agree that it's annoying when people use it as in your example, though.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
by Eebster the Great
The financial sense of the word makes total sense to me. Leveraging an asset is just using it to gain leverage.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
by poxic
E.g. using as collateral for a loan, which is six more syllables than leveraging.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
by Sableagle
gmalivuk wrote:"whomst'd've" is fun because it's always fun to mock people who think "whom" makes them sound more sophisticated even when they don't know how to use it.
The second person singular "~st" ending is also wrong there.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
by gmalivuk
Yeah no shit that's part of the point

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:38 am UTC
by chridd
Yeah, it should be whomth.
Or would it be whometh? I don't know the rule for when to insert an epenthetic vowel in the -th ending.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:03 am UTC
by Sableagle
The first rule would be "if it's not a verb, don't stick a verb ending on it," wouldn't it?

Another annoying word, annoying purely by circumstance: stay.

The circumstance? Some radio station playing a recording of a guy going: "If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ... If you let me ... STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY."

I'd actually have preferred to listen to that Carpenters guy say "anno" 17 times in a row again.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
by gmalivuk
Sableagle wrote:
The first rule would be "if it's not a verb, don't stick a verb ending on it," wouldn't it?

This is English. We stick verb endings on whatever the fuck we want.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
by chridd
gmalivuking wrote:
Sableagle wrote:
The first rule would be "if it's not a verb, don't stick a verb ending on it," wouldn't it?

Thising ised Englishes. We-ed sticked verbing endingsings onning whatevered thes fucking wes wanting.
FTFYed

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:00 am UTC
by Sableagle
That just sounds like an impression of a drunk Glaswegian.

On behalf of my favourite Glaswegian, "och aye tha noo." As an annoying thing, I mean. It actually means: "Oh yes, right now." There are circumstances under which a Scot would say such a thing, like when asked "Will we be leavin' soon?" Under any other circumstances, it doesn't make you sound Scottish. It just makes you sound like a prat.

Well, that's what she said, anyway.

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:28 pm UTC
by Mega85
"Ghoti" doesn't make sense. "Gh" is never pronounced like "f" at the beginning of a word nor is "ti" ever pronounced "sh" at the end of a word. "Phoche" would make more sense as a spelling for "fish" .