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by Axiem
Sun May 06, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Is it better to say "for you and me" than "for me and you"?
Replies: 7
Views: 1109

Re: Is it better to say "for you and me" than "for me and yo

In a semi-formal/journalistic register for published American English, "for you and me" is considered the preferred arrangement.
by Axiem
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call this?
Replies: 302
Views: 32095

Re: What do you call this?

Both I and my brother-in-law agree that it is either a tin or a cookie tin, depending on how precise one wanted to be. Though when talking about doing things with it, it would also be one of those cases of synecdoche where we'd use the contents of a container to indicate the container along with its...
by Axiem
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 97295

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

I keep reading the "Hither" as "Hitler", which certainly doesn't help my confusion...
by Axiem
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Schelling Point Game
Replies: 28
Views: 3760

Re: Schelling Point Game

Name a penguin species that does not live in Antarctica (sub-Antarctic islands are okay) Emperor How many people participated in a protest in your local area so far in 2018? One million How do you like your tea? Hot Name a widely accepted natlang family that you don't believe in Indo-Aryan Which in...
by Axiem
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lazarus, or on the determination of habitability
Replies: 16
Views: 1981

Re: Lazarus, or on the determination of habitability

The only image I can see is the one with the plates. Incidentally, on the plates, my understanding is that while there are fully oceanic plates, there are no fully continental plates; instead, just parts of various plates (sometimes large portions) are continental. I'm thinking of like, the North Am...
by Axiem
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Will singular "they" be as acceptable as "you" in formal Eng
Replies: 44
Views: 4121

Re: Will singular "they" be as acceptable as "you" in formal

Is the "Roommate we" related to the Medical we, i.e. "How are we feeling today?"? (A usage one of my linguistic professors characterised as "marked ++obnoxious".) Perhaps. The first time I heard the joke formulated, it was specified as the "spousal we", so it's probably more of A Thing. I imagine i...
by Axiem
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Will singular "they" be as acceptable as "you" in formal Eng
Replies: 44
Views: 4121

Re: Will singular "they" be as acceptable as "you" in formal

In some dialects, us appears in the first person singular but only in dative roles (e.g. Give us a kiss! ), which I find really interesting because I don't know of any other morphological separation of direct and indirect objects in English. It's not only after "give" either. I think that's an arti...
by Axiem
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Good syntax books
Replies: 32
Views: 3967

Re: Good syntax books

You probably already have thought of this, zompist, but a thing that could be useful in the beginning of the book is basically "This is what syntax is" and "This is what syntax is not". Just as a quick primer on explaining what the book will be covering. Or maybe I'm just the one who doesn't really ...
by Axiem
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: More English vowels
Replies: 13
Views: 1418

Re: More English vowels

linguoboy wrote:
Axiem wrote:I laughed at it, but he and I are both from St. Louis.
...and hence easily amused.
I'm not sure if I should agree with that or be offended by it...
by Axiem
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: More English vowels
Replies: 13
Views: 1418

Re: More English vowels

I laughed at it, but he and I are both from St. Louis.
by Axiem
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you reading, watching and listening to?
Replies: 469
Views: 57090

Re: What are you reading, watching and listening to?

I've been watching Lindsay Ellis' video essays a lot recently, mostly because I've been waylaid by a persistent cold and didn't feel like doing much other than sit and watch critique that hopefully helps me be a better writer. She has a new one out that's a critique of the Netflix movie Bright, a lo...
by Axiem
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call this?
Replies: 302
Views: 32095

Re: What do you call this?

If I couldn't call that a "torch" (which is my first instinct as an American), I'd call it a "firebrand". A "firebrand" for me is almost always a person. So called by the metaphor that fire-is-emotional, and taking the term from the term for something burning . In other astonishingly obvious etymol...
by Axiem
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call this?
Replies: 302
Views: 32095

Re: What do you call this?

linguoboy wrote:
Axiem wrote:If I couldn't call that a "torch" (which is my first instinct as an American), I'd call it a "firebrand".
A "firebrand" for me is almost always a person.
So called by the metaphor that fire-is-emotional, and taking the term from the term for something burning.
by Axiem
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call this?
Replies: 302
Views: 32095

Re: What do you call this?

If I couldn't call that a "torch" (which is my first instinct as an American), I'd call it a "firebrand".
by Axiem
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The word "gal".
Replies: 21
Views: 1554

Re: The word "gal".

behavior that is exclusive to one sex. ... "How many guys do you know who menstruate?" *cough*trans men*cough* Yes, I thought of that at the time I wrote that. Though that doesn't particularly change its ability to suss out non-gender-neutral language: even if the answer is "one", you've identified...
by Axiem
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The word "gal".
Replies: 21
Views: 1554

Re: The word "gal".

"Guy" is not gender-neutral. When you say something like "we need a Linux guy", everyone will picture a man. My example was bad because of the use of the plural; I much more often hear it in the singular. Another example is that our weekly reminder to fill out our timesheets frequently includes some...
by Axiem
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The word "gal".
Replies: 21
Views: 1554

Re: The word "gal".

...huh? I hear 'gal' all the time, generally as the feminine counterpart to 'guy'. Then again, I work in an industry that's male-dominated, and with terms that have historically used "guy"—so, at my company when using those terms, we'll throw in 'gal' also. For example, "We're looking for a couple o...
by Axiem
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: English help needed
Replies: 44
Views: 4388

Re: English help needed

"Bint" is a word that I can't define at all, but associate with British English. I don't know that I've ever heard an American say it.
by Axiem
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 97295

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Vijay wrote:It can't be a dangling participle if there's no participle, can it? AFAICT it's just syntactic ambiguity of what it's modifying.
This is me having the consistent problem of calling this a "dangling participle" even if it's a non-participle modifier that's dangling.
by Axiem
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 97295

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Dangling participle. Does the "in a Seven-Minute Podcast Monologue" refer to when he did the sexual harassment, or the acknowledgement?
by Axiem
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call this?
Replies: 302
Views: 32095

Re: What do you call this?

You are standing in line/in a queue at a service counter. Somebody who was not standing in line/in the queue when you arrived shows up and takes a place in line/in the queue ahead of you. They have just ____? "butt in line" or "cut in line". The former is more colloquial than the latter (I remember...
by Axiem
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Something interesting about West Coast American English
Replies: 44
Views: 3412

Re: Something interesting about West Coast American English

I'm pretty sure that in talk/walk/stalk, I pronounce the <l> as /ʎ/.
by Axiem
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call this?
Replies: 302
Views: 32095

Re: What do you call this?

I would understand "rubbernecking" to be this behavior, and I've heard people around here use the word, but I can't offhand think of when I used it to describe what was going on. More often than not, when my spouse wonders what took so long to get home, I just say "there was an accident".
by Axiem
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call this?
Replies: 302
Views: 32095

Re: What do you call this?

Yeah, now that you mention it, using the possessive sounds better, though I would pluralize it: "She bailed on our plan". Both "plan" and "plans" sound fine to me, though, and I can't figure out if I have any different connotation in them. "She bailed on me" to me implies that she and I started doin...
by Axiem
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Japanese sample in Advanced Language Construction
Replies: 20
Views: 1689

Re: Japanese sample in Advanced Language Construction

But what if you infer incorrectly because the information you need is simply not present? There are many situations where such sweeping ambiguity is simply unacceptable and indeed catastrophic. Imagine working with dangerous chemicals with such ambiguous instructions explaining how to handle them, ...