Junk Words

Jun. 5th, 2010 06:08 pm
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Some phrases I think the Web might be better off without. Like junk food, they're easy and popular, but they don't have any real content.

1. "Wow. Just... wow."
2. "There are no words".

If you haven't got anything to say, it may be better not to say anything!

3. "Fail".

This is now used so often, and so broadly, that it's become meaningless. It might be better to say explicitly what's wrong with the statement or action in question.

4. "Your ass is showing."

This is sometimes used as a gentle or humorous alternative to railing at someone, demanding they apologise, etc, with the hope of avoiding a defensive response. That's an excellent motive, but I think the expression has its drawbacks. Even when it's well-meant, the implication is not "I (and others) strongly object to what you said", but "You're obviously an idiot and everyone is laughing at you". Not only is that likely to prompt a defensive response rather than a constructive one, but it also leaves no room for alternative viewpoints.

5. "You just don't get it."

Sometimes said in understandable frustration. But at other times, used as a Get Out Of Jail Free card when the discussion becomes too challenging. Beware the latter use.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] howlingquietly, here's a tiny sound clip from Delta and the Bannermen 2, including Burton and Ray's exchange in Welsh. I'm now pretty sure she says, "O, mae'n wir, mae'n wir" - "Oh, it's true, it's true!" - but I still have no idea what he says!

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FKJXG7O5

ETA: omg! Burton says: "Dangoswch imi!" - "Show me!" (Probably a better rendering of Ray's line, then, is "It's the truth!")
dreamer_easy: (WORDS WORDS WORDS)
Does anyone have any idea what Ray and Burton are saying in their Welsh exchange in episode two? (Ray may possibly say "O mae'n gwir, mae'n gwir!", but I wouldn't want to swear to it.) I might be able to locate an mp3 of the lines if it'll help.
dreamer_easy: (X_X DED)
Currently missing the last Sumerian class due to utter exhaustion. (I'm so buggered I'm even having trouble making this posting.) Now I'll never find out what happened when Irra-malik divorced Estar-ummi! But I have enough to go back to the texts about Inanna with lots of fresh insight.

ETA: Holy cow, I just found out. ouch

al-nu-dug4

Jan. 12th, 2010 11:09 pm
dreamer_easy: (ZOMG)
I should probably cut the rest of the week's Sumerian classes. It's stinking hot, my vision is blurred, I'm knackered, I have PMS, and I'm sick of the sight of cuneiform. But this morning, while struggling with the latest building inscription, my eye hit a transliterated phrase, and I just read it. Didn't have to go through it syllable by syllable, grammatical component by component, I just read: "When the goddess Nanshe gave him kingship of the city of Lagash". ZOMFG!!11!!!

Saw the doc this afternoon. She reckons the Questran, or rather the lack of it, is not likely to be the culprit. Anywho, more meds, more blood tests, and if I'm still doing badly in a couple of weeks we'll bring my endocrinologist appointment forward. *tests* 15.7 ffs
dreamer_easy: (WORDS WORDS WORDS)
"Nilpferdhinterteil"

"arse end of a hippo"
dreamer_easy: (WORDS WORDS WORDS)
First day of two weeks' Sumerian yesterday. [livejournal.com profile] illudiumphosdex dropped in! Still easy to recognise. :) Then on to the realm of [livejournal.com profile] ashamel and [livejournal.com profile] kylaw via the wheels of [livejournal.com profile] motiveforce for games and stuff. Plus bumped into my awesome former boss Robin. It's like a whole year's socialising packed into one day!

woo

Dec. 29th, 2009 08:17 am
dreamer_easy: (we are as gods)
Discovered the term "woo" at a particularly smug militant atheist blog this morning. Can't quite work out if it refers to falsifiable superstition and/or divisive OTWism, or to all forms of spirituality. These things are always confusing when you're a naturalist freethinker up to your elbows in gods. Require advice.

(Also need advice on an alternative term for "militant atheists" so as not to piss off majority of atheists who are not ignorant evangelising twerps. In the meantime here's something we can both enjoy: Fred Nile nosedives after distributing Islamophobic "survey". OWAG.)

ETA: By a circuitous route, however, that annoying blog did lead me to Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers About the Heathen.
dreamer_easy: (WORDS WORDS WORDS)
Oh, there are so many ways to get off on the wrong foot! These are just a few:

Pompous: I note that... / I notice that... / I find it disappointing that you... / I find it fascinating...

Sarcastic: I like how... / I love how... / Right, because...

Patently untrue: I'm sorry, but...

ETA:

Unhelpfully inarticulate: Wow. ...
dreamer_easy: (WORDS WORDS WORDS)
Discussing "illiteracy" on the Intersplat (in this case, merely a defiantly casual attitude to typos) I looked up the stats on actual illiteracy in Australia, and was surprised to learn that about half of all adult Australians can't understand newspapers, forms, instructions, maps, timetables, etc etc, well enough "to meet the complex demands of everyday life and work in the emerging knowledge-based economy". Those are important things which people will put some effort into reading and thinking about. Flipping heck, what chance has a posting on the Internet got?!
dreamer_easy: (WORDS WORDS WORDS)
You know all of these words. Can you recognise them? (They're all things you might find in your house.)

al-khol
jarrah
laymun
leemah
naranj
qutun
riz
suffah
sukkar
talq
dreamer_easy: (WRITING ack)
Guys! Help me out a little more with some Canadian-picking. Does "in mufti" or "mufti day" mean anything to you? ETA: I mean if you happen to be Canadian! :D
dreamer_easy: (WRITING ack)
I need the Canadian equivalent of Britpicking! :D

Would a Canadian say "skint" when they mean "broke, penniless, lacking in funds?"
dreamer_easy: (feminist)
Last year I posted mourning the demotion of the word misogyny from its original, powerful meaning, "hatred of women", to a mere replacement for the word "sexism". Language naturally changes like this. But I was reminded that we're going to need a new word to describe woman-hating the other day, when I observed a self-described lesbian feminist describe a weakly sexist remark by RTD as "resounding misogyny".

Can't talk about this in detail without SPOILERS for Torchwood: Children of Earth.

COE: raising so many interesting fannish issues since a couple of weeks ago )

ETA: Only really posted all of that because I hit the word "misogynous" in Erica Jong's Fear of Flying, on which I decided to make an assault this evening. I'm starting to worry I'm only contributing to the problem by banging on about it here, as though the overwhelming majority of fans were not perfectly sane on the subject, so I think it's time to take a break.

ETA ETA: Although I suppose we're going to need a new word for "homophobic", too.
dreamer_easy: (WORDS WORDS WORDS)
One of the many things I adore about books written in dialect (if that's the right word) are the bits where you suddenly encounter a "standard" English accent, also written out phonetically - because, after all, it's just another dialect too. After a lifetime of seeing and hearing English comedians taking the piss out of Scottish etc accents, it gives me the lols to encounter something like this exchange in Anne Donovan's Buddha Da:

(She says:) "Ah don't even talk like masel when ah'm at work."

(He jokes:) "Good morning, Miss Bools in the mooth speaking, how may I help you?"


There's a cracker of one of these in one of Niall Griffiths' books - I'll have to try to find it again. While I'm on the subject, v. interesting to learn from one of the docos on the Full Circle DVD that Bernard Padden, who plays Tylos, came close to being cast as Adric but lost out in the end because of his Northern accent. People from space don't have Northern accents. (Cut immediately to the bit from Rose you're thinking of.)
dreamer_easy: (SQUEE)
Did I already show you guys this? Belarus' begging cat?

Chinadaily BBS

English Russia

It's the comments that give me teh squee. "if i were the passerby i will surelly buy this cat" "his harmless and pure eye sight gives me a passion for crying". I don't know why, but I often find ESL charming or soothing, and these comments are sweet in themselves.

... otoh, this one's just hilarious: "This cat is well known pimp. he is prostituting this old lady. I can tell you the old lady is worth it, she has not teeth. This cat has strong pimp-paw." (Plus I can't help being amused by the Engrish edition of adolescent flaming: "Admin drink poison", etc)
dreamer_easy: (facepalm)
Oh, for heaven's sake. I was so not going to do the Macquarie Ancient Languages thing this year. Save the cash, save the time. Do I really need to be able to read Akkadian? Or Egyptian hieroglyphs? It's all very tempting, but I know I can resist the WTF BEGINNER'S SUMERIAN WTF WTF WTF!!!!

Bastards!!!

Grab bag

May. 3rd, 2009 08:19 pm
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From Something Awful, useful phrases translated into Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, such as "There are crocodiles in my pants". (I can still read bits of this. Hee hee hee hee hee.)

From TV Tropes, Never Live It Down explains so much about fandom (Owen, Gwen, Spike, etc etc etc).

Christian beliefs still strong, says survey: "More than four in 10 Australians who do not consider themselves "born again"' still believe Jesus rose from the dead, while one in 10 does not believe he existed."

Sadly, the God Spot appears not to exist after all - rather, religious thoughts are distributed through the brain. Sez a researcher: "That suggests that religion is not a special case of a belief system, but evolved along with other belief and social cognitive abilities." I'm very interested by the mention of Theory of Mind. It makes sense that, if survival depends on working out what other people are thinking, you'd end up trying to work out what everything is thinking - much as you can't help seeing human faces everywhere.

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