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by dsteve54
Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:14 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Different sort of potential communication medium
Replies: 3
Views: 14019

Different sort of potential communication medium

Kinetic sculpture. I just thought it would be of general interest as a different medium.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... &plindex=2
by dsteve54
Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:09 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: "eating shrimp"
Replies: 19
Views: 28788

Generally, "shut up and eat my/your xxxx" seems to mean "stop complaining." On Google there are far more hits for "shut up and eat your xxxx" In place of xxxx, beans had 764 hits, dinner had 480, grits had 133 and shrimp had 3 On the other hand, the replacement for xxxx in "shut up and eat my xxxx"...
by dsteve54
Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:10 pm
Forum: Idioms
Topic: "eating shrimp"
Replies: 19
Views: 28788

"eating shrimp"

If I feel I have talked too much about something, or if I feel suddenly that I need to mind my own business, or if I suddenly find I am blabbing about a topic that is out of my league, I will find myself saying the following. "Hmmmm, it looks like I'd better shut up and eat my shrimp". I know I am n...
by dsteve54
Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "All of the sudden"....hmmm
Replies: 23
Views: 30502

Also, as opposed to some websites where people are just about ready to kill each other over some fine grammatical point, this particular website seems to approach things linguistically. It simply seems to be more of an observational bent, rather than a prescriptive bent. And I happen to like that. ...
by dsteve54
Sun Oct 21, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "All of the sudden"....hmmm
Replies: 23
Views: 30502

If need be, I will be a proud representative of the teeming mongol hordes from the bowels of Kansas. :D
by dsteve54
Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "All of the sudden"....hmmm
Replies: 23
Views: 30502

various words missing

In reading the various entries on this thread, I was just wondering whether there is simply some kind of "syntactic drift" going on, depending on some regions of the country. I think most languages (e.g. Indo-European for sure....look at decreasing importance of inflection), tend to evolve out of co...
by dsteve54
Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:31 am
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: Audio English speech samples from around the world
Replies: 1
Views: 5225

Audio English speech samples from around the world

I could not find a reference to the website below on this forum, so I thought I would offer it as an item of general interest. Among other entries are audios of people around the world reading a designed English paragraph. I found it very interesting, and it was good to have phonetic inventory chart...
by dsteve54
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:51 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "All of the sudden"....hmmm
Replies: 23
Views: 30502

I cannont recall hearing this with the definitive the . It has always been all of a sudden for me. Never heard "the" either. skinem and others: That's fair enough; I simply did not know. One certainly can't tell very well around these parts simply by listening, as the phrase is all slurred together...
by dsteve54
Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Days of the Week....Kansas City/Missouri indigenous maybe?
Replies: 5
Views: 15231

Re: Days of the Week....Kansas City/Missouri indigenous mayb

Arr, where be all these bars then?? Sluggo, finally soaking in a stash of Sea Dog Riverdriver Porter (yum) Whoa!...my mistake. I was thinking the dialect quiz I took was on this site. I might be mistaken in thinking I linked to it from somewhere here. Anyway, the quiz I was referring to is here: ht...
by dsteve54
Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:04 pm
Forum: Good Word Suggestions
Topic: inculcate
Replies: 1
Views: 3615

inculcate

in·cul·cate /ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt, ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –verb (used with object), -cat·ed, -cat·ing. 1. to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually fol. b...
by dsteve54
Sat Oct 06, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Languages of the World
Topic: On this board, accent as diacritical above Cyrillic vowels
Replies: 5
Views: 13370

On this board, accent as diacritical above Cyrillic vowels

I can see occasionally, where someone has placed acute accent marks as a diacritical above Cyrillic vowels. Cyrillic is my interest on this matter. I THOUGHT it was done by positioning the cursor after the vowel in question and then typing the "escape sequence" "0301 Alt-x" to insert a Unicode 0301....
by dsteve54
Sat Oct 06, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "All of the sudden"....hmmm
Replies: 23
Views: 30502

"All of the sudden"....hmmm

I am a budding linguist and perhaps would like to teach English to Russians someday. However, at this rate, that will be a long time coming. Anyway, I do daydream from time to time about certain American English phrases that are used, yet I cannot seem to figure out how to explain them to foreign st...
by dsteve54
Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:42 am
Forum: Idioms
Topic: Decidedly uncosmopolitan, but may be worth it
Replies: 23
Views: 29626

Decidedly uncosmopolitan, but may be worth it

Here is an idiomatic phrase that will probably forever tag you as a hayseed, whether you are or not. However, it is so vivid it might be apropos for anyone willing to "take that risk": ".....it's as frustratin' as tryin' to push a wheelbarrow with rope handles". I've used this, but I can't recall he...
by dsteve54
Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:25 pm
Forum: Slang
Topic: Where do yikes and other small interjections come from
Replies: 16
Views: 32200

Welcome, dsteve! ..... although intuition would say that they (the sounds) would be the same. Not only is it odd that interjections are not the same, but animal sounds are not rendered the same, though you would THINK the same type phonemes would be used in various languages. This was straight from...
by dsteve54
Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Days of the Week....Kansas City/Missouri indigenous maybe?
Replies: 5
Views: 15231

Days of the Week....Kansas City/Missouri indigenous maybe?

My parents were both born in Kansas City, Missouri...father in 1927, mother in 1931. They moved to a suburb of Kansas City on the Kansas side circa 1953. They have lived in some suburb of Kansas City on the Ks side since then. This is the way my parents recite the days of the week (note: NOT IPA :D ...

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