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#1 User is offline   MrAce 

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Posted 2016-December-16, 17:48

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It clears your throat too!
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Posted 2016-December-16, 18:42

Hmm. Someone out there does not understand the difference between a transitive and intransitive verb.
Psych (pron. saik): A gross and deliberate misstatement of honour strength and/or suit length. Expressly permitted under Law 73E but forbidden contrary to that law by Acol club tourneys.

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Posted 2016-December-16, 18:43

When I saw the thread title, I thought this was going to be one of GradeAUnderA's rants on the English language.
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Posted 2016-December-17, 03:41

View Postmanudude03, on 2016-December-16, 18:43, said:

When I saw the thread title, I thought this was going to be one of GradeAUnderA's rants on the English language.


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I thought we need something to laugh in WC after recent serious topics that lasted forever.
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Posted 2016-December-17, 08:24

View PostMrAce, on 2016-December-17, 03:41, said:

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I thought we need something to laugh in WC after recent serious topics that lasted forever.


Definitely. And as much as I agree with 1eye about transitive and intransitive, I think that we can let it lie. Or let it lay. Or whatever.
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Posted 2016-December-18, 21:36

It reminded me of my favorite botched robbery, when the robber yelled out in a bank: Hey Mother Stickers, This Is a ****-up! His face turned beet red and he left embarrassed and empty-handed amidst great laughter.
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Posted 2016-December-18, 23:46

heh. There was a guy here some years ago who decided to stick up a local bar. Walked in, pulled his gun, fired a round into the ceiling while looking up, looked around... and froze. He was staring into the muzzles of at least a dozen guns. Moral of the story: if you decide to stick up a bar, don't pick one where off duty cops hang out.
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Posted 2016-December-19, 09:39

In the past couple months there have been a string of bank robberies around here, and the cops dubbed him the "Spelling Bee Bandit" because he hands the teller a note that says "robery". But this didn't amuse the teller enough to not give him the dough.

He was caught about a week ago.

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Posted 2016-December-19, 10:02

The English language is totally ****ed, especially the American strain. [start rant]

You've got Awlbany and Al abama
Shouldn't someone from Illinois be an Illinoiser?
And what's up with the 100% beef "Ham"burger
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Posted 2016-December-19, 13:34

View Postggwhiz, on 2016-December-19, 10:02, said:

And what's up with the 100% beef "Ham"burger

We didn't name the German city Hamburg, after which the meat is named.

Do you also think it's a problem that turkeys didn't come from Turkey?

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Posted 2016-December-19, 20:15

Be fair, the English language has evolved to torment some and delight others. "Ghoti" = "Fish is possibly the best known example but things like read, red reed and read are just unfair for people trying to learn it. The exact same word can have two entirely unrelated meanings (lie and lie, having just come from a discussion about the election) and that doesn't include any of the slang. From extremely limited understanding of the slang in other countries, it seems with only a few exceptions, English language profanity is generally pretty banal and unimaginative in comparison. So it makes up for it with everyday words. One goose -two geese: one moose - two moose: one mouse- two mice; one house -two houses. Maybe English speakers have no mental energy left over for imaginative profanity.

As far as pronunciation goes, though, dialects will be vastly different for every language if enough distance/time and sometimes it doesn't take that much. But I have known people from France who spoke no Spanish but claimed it was easier to understand Mexican Spanish than French Canadian French.
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Posted 2016-December-20, 09:52

View Postggwhiz, on 2016-December-19, 10:02, said:

The English language is totally ****ed, especially the American strain. [start rant]

You've got Awlbany and Al abama
Shouldn't someone from Illinois be an Illinoiser?
And what's up with the 100% beef "Ham"burger


And as Meg Ryan pointed out in Sleepless in Seattle, if a man's wife dies he is a widower. but we say he has been widowed. Shouldn't we say he has been widowered?


...... However.
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Posted 2016-December-21, 09:16

View Postonoway, on 2016-December-19, 20:15, said:

As far as pronunciation goes, though, dialects will be vastly different


I was at an outdoor patio in South Africa when a man said: Excuse me, my hobby is regional dialects. Are you from Toronto?

Man! I was impressed. He missed us by 400 kilometres.
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Posted 2016-December-21, 19:29

View Postonoway, on 2016-December-19, 20:15, said:

One goose -two geese: one moose - two moose: one mouse- two mice; one house -two houses.

About 50 years ago, Shelly Berman did a whole routine on that. One hippopotamus, two hippopotami. One yo-yo, two yo-yi. Two jack-i. B-)
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