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by anders
Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:30 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: how come?
Replies: 9
Views: 18619

I'm thinking it comes from "How comes it?"
Close to Swedish as well: Hur kommer det sig att ..., word by word, is 'How comes it itself that ...'.
by anders
Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:34 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: audio word-a-day
Replies: 7
Views: 12052

I don't believe in the guard theory. In Latin as well as in Swedish, there are more complete phrases, like (in old Swedish) "(I am) your most humble servant".
by anders
Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: The second sentence of a colon
Replies: 10
Views: 19179

the rule is simple: If the material following the colon is a complete sentence, it begins with a capital letter. The Swedish rules are a bit more wordy, but in essence the same: If what follows is a direct quote or quotation, or an exhortation, exclamation or a question, or when more than one sente...
by anders
Sun Mar 05, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Benign, malignant
Replies: 3
Views: 8040

For Swedish, I use godartad vs. malign.
by anders
Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:34 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: May I or Can I
Replies: 13
Views: 21070

BD, thanks for the explanation that I hoped that I would trigger.
by anders
Fri Mar 03, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: May I or Can I
Replies: 13
Views: 21070

As always, I cant add very much to BD's comments on Germanic languages. What about the Romance set? For Slavic, Russian has for being able to, знать and уметь, and for being allowed to, мочь. Chinese has in the former case, hui or neng, and for the latter, keyi. I suppose the degree of fuzziness bet...
by anders
Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 76
Views: 169347

Philip, don't feel too bad, my fingers are dyslexic. welcome to you, and (Psssssssst) there is an edit button on your own posts so you can quickly fix your spelling before others notice. Guess how I know this? Kt I agree, and in spades. Join the clubs! Any mispeligns of mine are to be blamed on my ...
by anders
Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:33 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: as best as???
Replies: 2
Views: 12729

Re: as best as???

When did the expression "as best as (I can)" or "as best (I can)" begin to take hold? It still strikes me as incorrect since "as well as (I can)" connotes a comparison while " the best I(I can)" indicates a superlative. Is anyone else noticing this change? Throwing in my two (euro)cents, despite us...
by anders
Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: audio word-a-day
Replies: 7
Views: 12052

Re: audio word-a-day

Today's word is "ciao", brought to English by Ernest Hemmingway from Italian where it originally meant "slave." I never thought of it, but it's no surprise if it's true. A very common greeting in Germany-Austria-Hungary is Servus/Szervusz, and it's of course 'slave' (or maybe 'servant'). A Swedish ...
by anders
Mon Feb 20, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: n = l in Fujian?
Replies: 1
Views: 4783

Re: n = l in Fujian?

Many Mandarin dialects (and dialects of other groups as well) confuse n and l in various ways; in some they are in free variation, as in Lánzhou; others have only l (Nánjing) or only n (Chóngqìng)
by anders
Mon Feb 20, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Listening materials I made
Replies: 2
Views: 5537

Admirable. A big welcome to you. Before I consider contacting you, I have a question, because I must confess that I get slightly suspicious from the combination Mandarin-Shanghai. Do you use the same vowel in for example fán and fáng, or is it clearly more closed (towards IPA [æ]) in fán compared to...
by anders
Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: M. Henri Day's whereabouts
Replies: 2
Views: 5330

Not exactly vacation - he is together with a Czech professor busy on a project concerning Chinese dictionaries, funded from Taiwan.
by anders
Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:31 am
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Pun Times at the Alpha Agora
Replies: 13
Views: 20739

For those of you who aren't chemists, it should be pointed out that arsole is a ring molecule. Have a look at it and other molecules!
by anders
Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: Pun Times at the Alpha Agora
Replies: 13
Views: 20739

If I were to mention a favourite cartoon, Mother Goose and Grim would top the list (unless Larson counts).
by anders
Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:12 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: maybe this will be more popular
Replies: 9
Views: 11314

My first thought was that I would have no idea of TV celebrities, much less an American person. But I got curious after two days. 1-2-3-4-6 was enough to realize who was intended (the person is old enough to have been featured in Sweden in those days that I owned a TV set). Knowing the name, I just ...

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