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by Flaminius
Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:58 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: I don't want to look stupid, but irregardless I want to know
Replies: 135
Views: 121434

I think the "-less" part of "irregardless" has lost its signification as a negative suffix for those who use this in sense of "regardless." (A side note: I sense in the standard English irregardless is not "regarding" or "in accordance with" but a no...
by Flaminius
Thu Aug 10, 2006 12:16 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Cursive vs Print
Replies: 59
Views: 105686

One oddity from Japanese cursive tradition is 々. This is not a character because it has no independent sound value or meaning. This is more like a symbol, which indicates the kanji immediately before it is repeated. It's also used in Chinese, if I'm not wrong. BTW, hwo do you form it on your...
by Flaminius
Wed Aug 09, 2006 4:37 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Cursive vs Print
Replies: 59
Views: 105686

Japanese uses three types of writing, according to Wikipedia : The Japanese language is written with a combination of three different types of glyphs: Chinese characters (called kanji ), and two syllabic scripts, hiragana and katakana . The Latin alphabet (called rōmaji ) is also often used in...
by Flaminius
Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Purifying Persian
Replies: 56
Views: 76444

anders wrote:
frank wrote:[...]and the informal way of thanking includes 'mersi'.[...]

"No, we absolutely don't say 'mersi', we say 'tashakkor'".
"Oh, I'm sorry. Have a cigarette?"
"Mersi."


And tashakkor reeks so Arabic.
by Flaminius
Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Chaos
Replies: 43
Views: 32561

I regret to say this but I cannot understand many a post these days (I feel like a very premature dotage is taking root...). BD, you are right. Maybe you can bring in some linguistic fun here?
by Flaminius
Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: STEVEDORE
Replies: 15
Views: 10861

Re: STEVEDORE

. . . . (Today's Good Word comes from someone in a town with quite a few stevedores, Peter Melville or Rotterdam. Dutch borrowed stuwadoor and the verb stuwen "to push, stow" from French just as English borrowed today's Good Word.) For the record, Today's Good Word comes from Riutaro Aida...
by Flaminius
Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: pathetic fallacy
Replies: 7
Views: 3711

It sounds more like a miserable failture.
by Flaminius
Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:27 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: hyponoia
Replies: 6
Views: 4744

Is a couple connected by dianoia, if not desire?
by Flaminius
Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:28 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Punctuation
Replies: 15
Views: 33896

Because they are made to treat any number of space input as a single instance. Between this and the last sentence, I typed about 50 spaces but, as you see, they are represented as if there was only one space input. Maybe you can make use of Japanese double-byte space " ". It should ...
by Flaminius
Wed May 31, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Blackguard
Replies: 7
Views: 4208

All of the definitions for this item seem to apply to Red Guard also.
by Flaminius
Wed May 31, 2006 2:45 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Learning languages - verbal vs. written
Replies: 12
Views: 15389

Anyway, I'd be interested to hear someone's ideas on this. Perhaps it's a little like learning Chinese, in which I understand that the written language bears no relation to the spoken sound. As many characters have a component that represents sound, the written and spoken Chinese are not completely...
by Flaminius
Tue May 30, 2006 1:23 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: ¿Concordancia en plural?
Replies: 45
Views: 54167

How about EditPad Lite then? This is free for non-commercial use. Get it from here. Converting upper to lower case is possible with the following scheme on menu bar:
Convert > Invert Case.

I am always amazed at how many good softwares are provided for free or virtually free.
by Flaminius
Tue May 30, 2006 12:01 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: ¿Concordancia en plural?
Replies: 45
Views: 54167

Karen, you don't need to pay in order to use TextPad. TextPad has a trial period of 30 days, during which users are free to use the software without any limitations. After the trial period elapses, TextPad urges the unregistered users to pay I-no-longer-remember-how-much amount of money by occasiona...
by Flaminius
Mon May 29, 2006 5:36 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Ending Sentences with Prepositions
Replies: 34
Views: 45735

Re: FINAL PREOPSITIONS

SPEAKING CORRECTLY ONLY SEEMS AWKWARD WHEN WE HAVE TO UNLEARN IMPROPER USAGE. ONCE WE LEARN AND IT IS MORE AUTOMATIC IS MAKES ENGLISH MORE BEAUTIFUL... If this view of yours holds true for the written language, could you consider posting with more minuscules? I understand you would like to write yo...
by Flaminius
Sat May 27, 2006 5:01 am
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: Aceldama
Replies: 1
Views: 1704

See herefor the etymology.

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