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by brogine
Mon May 02, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: just like that . . .
Replies: 2
Views: 14980

just like that . . .

I was talking with some people and someone used this phrase - and it struck me - fortuitously, in the manner of the phrase - how delicate and elegant it is: 'all of a sudden'. I think we miss appreciating many things right in front us, knowing them by rote. Each word, except 'a', is used in an uncon...
by brogine
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Untranslatables?
Replies: 13
Views: 11689

Re: Untranslatables?

I believe Twain also said that Wagner is "better than it sounds". or I did until just now. Apparently, it's apocryphal. But I'm quite sure that many years ago, I coined a German word for a firm that insures against the theft of pencil sharpeners: Bleistiftspitzmaschinediebstahlversicherung...
by brogine
Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Untranslatables?
Replies: 13
Views: 11689

Re: Untranslatables?

Homer: Okay, then, Lisa. What's the opposite of schadenfreude?
Lisa: Sour grapes.
Homer: Man, those Germans have a word for everything!
by brogine
Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: This Theory . . .
Replies: 1
Views: 3531

This Theory . . .

What, if anything, can we make of the fact that, among words beginning with 'th', pronouns and prepositions get the soft sound, and other words the hard? There might be exceptions, but not available to me now.
by brogine
Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Phonemes
Replies: 5
Views: 5670

Re: Phonemes

Excellent work, bnjtokyo. Thank you so much.
by brogine
Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Phonemes
Replies: 5
Views: 5670

Re: Phonemes

Surely there must be someone unafraid to discuss this. Populations have many physiological differences, like adaptations to high altitudes, which are 'in their DNA'. Literally. Or perhaps one should say ' literally literally'. And even if I'm 'inferior' to the Andeans inasmuch as I can't jog around ...
by brogine
Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Phonemes
Replies: 5
Views: 5670

Phonemes

Has anyone ever considered that the different kinds of sounds used in different languages might be a result of small anatomical differences in larynx, tongue, teeth, etc. among ethnic groups? Interested in your opinion as I prepare a catalogue raisonné (bWV) of my crackpot theories.
by brogine
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Is he a Realtor anymore?
Replies: 5
Views: 4607

Re: Is he a Realtor anymore?

Regarding your first examples, I think the two versions have different meanings; adjective, modified noun. I think a similar bad marriage is "Please stay for awhile", also - lamentably - much seen recently. As to 'worldview, I've always used a single word, but I see the OED has it hyphenat...
by brogine
Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Lingua Franca at CHE
Replies: 3
Views: 4694

Re: Lingua Franca at CHE

I've noticed an interesting situation of overcompensation re 'less' vs. 'fewer'. People will write something like 'He is expected to receive a sentence of fewer than five years', as if anything that can be enumerated must be considered in discrete units.
by brogine
Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Is he a Realtor anymore?
Replies: 5
Views: 4607

Is he a Realtor anymore?

I have seen 'realtor' capitalized in at least four novels. Also 'any more' written a single word many times. Any comments?
by brogine
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Reverse Dictionary
Replies: 3
Views: 2384

Reverse Dictionary

I'm looking for a word - a traditional word, not a cute neologism - for what I think of as 'Error by Pretension'. The classic example is "Whom shall I say is calling?" Or, "It was a difficult time for my husband and I." Far more common are misuses of individual words: reticent fo...
by brogine
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Interesting Trivia
Replies: 4
Views: 2679

Re: Interesting Trivia

Great stuff! I was thinking of Sir Robert Peel. Along with 'bobby' there's the Irish/British slang term 'peeler'. As far as the alphabet goes: abcoulomb ecderon defy afghani (the coin - not capitalized) sighing hijack calmness gymnopaedic overstuff statuvolism hydroxyzine Thank you all.
by brogine
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Precognition
Replies: 7
Views: 6400

Re: Precognition

I seem to be outnumbered by intelligent people. (How unusual!) Well, I would still have preferred, "...will have reason...." The 'holding true', after all, will take place in the future.
Anyway, thanks a lot.
by brogine
Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Precognition
Replies: 7
Views: 6400

Re: Precognition

It seems to me that the first clause refers to a possible future situation, while the dependent clause is in the present tense. "if we win the game, I feel great."
Will no one second the motion?
by brogine
Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Interesting Trivia
Replies: 4
Views: 2679

Interesting Trivia

How many three-letter alphabet sequences appear in English words? Probably more than you'd think. How many of four? Can you name a double eponym, that is, someone with two words originating from his name? I know one, and I'd be excited to learn another. Answers will be posted in a few days, although...

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