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by linguoboy
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Voynich manuscript
Replies: 40
Views: 5282

Re: Voynich manuscript

This made me wonder if there'd been any further "progress". Here's what I found: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16959454/voynich-manuscript-mystery-ai-decoded-debunked . Turns out the original "decipherment" was even more kludgy than I originally thought (and I thought it was plenty kludgy enough).
by linguoboy
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652833

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

jal wrote:Ja również chcę uczyć się Polsce, ale nie mam czasu...
I also want to learn Polish, but I don't have the time...
Tá's agam, nach fíor san?
I know, right?
by linguoboy
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50431

Re: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlea

The normative pronunciation of daimon is /ˈdaɪˌmoʊn/?
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652833

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Imralu wrote:I'm pretty sure what Linguoboy was implying is that he thought he'd always talked like someone from the 19th century.
Die Schuld dafür gebe ich allermeist den Mann'schen Lesematerialien.
It is the works of the Mann family which I chiefly fault.
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652833

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Angefangen?
Started?
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

My sleep was so restless last night it was like not sleeping at all. All I want to do is go home and crash but I have one meeting today I really can't miss...and it's at 4 p.m.
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652833

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Ich hab ihm gesagt, dass es schade ist, dass es diese nicht gibt. Duart leis gur mór an trua ná fuilid siad ann. I told him it's too bad these don't exist. Er hat meinen Versuch, Polnisch zu reden, verlacht. Er fragte mich, warum ich aufgehört hab, es zu lernen, und ich sagte "straciłem zainteresow...
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 176175

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

And while web search is far from a perfect technology, Google really does usually surface accurate, reliable information on the topics you search for. (Vox)

More interesting to me than the transitive use of surface is the choice of "web search" as the name of a particular type of technology.
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Contradictory Feelings Thread
Replies: 933
Views: 84952

Re: The Contradictory Feelings Thread

Blown an opportunity or dodged a bullet? It's so hard to tell sometimes.
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652833

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Kann sein, dass ich einen neuen Mitglieder für die Bärengruppe gefunden hab. Er kann auch Französich und Polnisch und wasweissichnoch. I may have found a new recruit for the bear group. He also knows French and Polish and who knows what else. Sein Mann kann nur Englisch. Das muss für ihn ein Ärgern...
by linguoboy
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Happy Things Thread
Replies: 969
Views: 250733

Re: Happy Things Thread

So far as we know, one of my parents doesn't have any horrible cancer (see note from last month in the venting thread). This is good. That is excellent news. I'm very relieved on your behalf. I was very down on humanity (specifically the young gay male subset of it) yesterday after being stood up y...
by linguoboy
Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 96232

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Big Money As Private Immigrant Jails Boom (NPR)
by linguoboy
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Chicago's annual celebration of Green Vomit Day falls on a Saturday this year. My friends want me to go out drinking with them but I'd rather be stabbed.
by linguoboy
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Contradictory Feelings Thread
Replies: 933
Views: 84952

Re: The Contradictory Feelings Thread

Lockdown drills are for any emergency where evacuation would be inappropriate; an active shooter would definitely count as such as a situation. It is not specifically tailored to/meant for shootings though. We close the lights and windows, put black paper in front of door windows and all hide in th...
by linguoboy
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Contradictory Feelings Thread
Replies: 933
Views: 84952

Re: The Contradictory Feelings Thread

I think that the protests will be enough to keep the protocols from normalising it. In the meanwhile, protocols for shootings can help save lives. The protests are a relatively new thing. Meanwhile, I was remarking to one of my colleagues about the incredible sangfroid with which most of the studen...
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

alynnidalar wrote:fusion is just a cheap tactic to make weak cuisines stronger

EDIT: no seriously though I love fusion restaurants
I love them best when they don't call themselves that.
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

If I ever realise my dream of opening a restaurant dedicated to traditional Midwestern food I will promote it as "EuroAmerican fusion".
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Contradictory Feelings Thread
Replies: 933
Views: 84952

Re: The Contradictory Feelings Thread

Still feeling a bit shaken by yesterday's active shooter hoax. On the one hand, the training and preparation on the part of public services really helped reassure patrons and insure an efficient coordinated response. We should debrief with them and learn what we can do better to support them. (We we...
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Salmoneus wrote:(Interestingly, the London ones I can find all seem pretty up-market. I'm guessing that's not the case in India?)
Yeah, that struck me about the American restaurants, too. I guess here they can spin it as "fusion cuisine" and demand a premium.
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Vijay wrote:
linguoboy wrote:Where I live the most common moniker for these types of restaurants seems to be "Indo-Chinese".
I kind of hope it isn't the Indian version of Chinese food
That's exactly what it is! They even feature "Hakka noodles".
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Active shooter hoax on campus today. Less than a week before exams.

On the good side, police didn't injure anyone in responding (sadly, not a given in these situations), our response was very well-coordinated, and we got the all-clear in a little over an hour.
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 176175

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

"Supporters say the protests represent a realization of power and influence by young people raised on social media who have come of age in an era of never-ending wars, highly publicized mass shootings and virulent national politics." I'm not sure what about the use of "virulent" strikes me so odd he...
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 96232

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Hmm, you mean an AdvP or something? Nearly isn't a preposition. Mmm, I'm bad in syntax :). I assumed a headless PP (if that's a thing), since "nearly every second" feels like a PP of time ("at nearly every second"), but I probably analyse it wrong. "At nearly every second" is unidiomatic IMD. This ...
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

OK. Though your analogy is a little flawed, as vastly more Africans and Indians moved to the UK than ever moved to the USSR. Number of English colonial states in Africa: 22 Number of Russian colonial states in Africa: 0 Under those conditions, it's surprising any Africans chose to study and live be...
by linguoboy
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29040

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Linguistic tidbit on 'bành mi': it appears to come from the French 'pain de mie' (white bread). So even the name comes from the colonial period. Popular etymology. Bánh [note tone; bành is a different word entirely, e.g. bành trướng "expand, spread") is attested before the colonial period as a Nôm ...