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Old 12-04-2008, 10:07 AM   #31
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What a strange language!

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:17 AM   #32
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Oops! I tried to edit and add to my original post...didn't work out. Sorry about the duplicate.

I won't shop at jewelry stores if their commercials say 'jew-ler-y'. I figure that if they can't pronounce that word correctly, what else are they screwing up.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:03 AM   #33
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English is a very hard language to learn because of the spelling and the grammar.

We have so many silent characters in our spelling that other languages don't. "Though" would normally be spelled "tho". "Tough" SHOULD BE spelled "tuf". "Caught" is another.

Also, in English we put all our adjectives first, whereas in French and other languages, the noun is followed by the adjectives. We say it's a white house, whereas in French it's a "maison blanc". And, that makes sense since the more defining characteristic about the subject matter is that it's a HOUSE, and not the fact that it's white.

Also, our verbs often don't follow simple conjugation rules like in French.

I am
you are
he/she is
we are
you are
they are

There's no pattern whatsoever in that.

Still, it's the language that's likely to dominate the planet. Almost anywhere you go in Europe, South America, Asia or Africa, you can find people that speak some English. My dad traveled across Europe with my sister when he was in his 80's, and said he could always find someone who could translate his broken English into the local language. You can't find people that speak some French or Mandarin or Spanish in every hotel in the world like you can English. And, international communications, like TV, radio and the internet are only going to make English more common as more and more people around the world are exposed to English speaking radio and TV broadcasts, Hollywood movies and internet web sites.

That's probably a good thing because language has always been a barrier to trust and understanding. No other personal characteristic differentiates between "us" and "them" as much as the language we speak.

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Old 12-07-2008, 10:55 PM   #34
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You seem to be very knowledgable about the English language Nestor Kelebay, are there other languages that add so many new 'words' to their dictionary as frequently as ours does? My mom said she had to take four years of Latin in high school. Every now and then, when one of us kids said a certain word, she would say, "that comes from the Latin word ____ meaning...." Someday, when my grandchildren are growing up, and I hear them say something like, "Hey, Ho!" I can proudly say, "that comes from the MTV language meaning "Hello you wh@@e". The times they are a changin'!

Personally, I can understand a few words here and there being added, but yo! (YO - used to call attention, indicate attentiveness or express affirmation.) just because a relatively few Americans butcher the language and others follow like a bunch of sheep, does that mean we have to accept the new 'letter formations' as words? Apparently so.

Here, as an old person (45), is my limited understanding of our added words:
Yo, B! - this means, "Hey, B!+@h!" But sometimes men say that to men, so I don't get it.
Aaiitt! - this means, "alright" but it's so close to sounding like the real thing. It just needs an 'L' and 'r' sound added. It's so close! Keep trying!

Now that I think about it, it's no worse than trying to understand someone who has been drinking too much happy juice at the bar all night. So, just ignore everything I said . Everything is going to be aaiitt!

BTW, has anyone else figured out where MdangermouseM got that quote?
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:56 PM   #35
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[QUOTE=gma2rjc;195359BTW, has anyone else figured out where MdangermouseM got that quote?[/QUOTE]
anyone ELSE??? do you mean YOU found the source? dangit, now i have to tell everyone it's from that 197....WAIT a minnit! you're trying to trick me, aren't you...... hmmmmmm

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Old 12-08-2008, 03:30 PM   #36
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I don't have any trouble with the H word. My pet peeve is people constantly using the word "basically". Means nuttin, it's just a filler word like ya know or uhhh.
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don't like 'uhh' brad? oh, then you'll love our next prez! his speech the other day was "uhh" every other word! gathering his thoughts i guess....

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anyone ELSE??? do you mean YOU found the source? dangit, now i have to tell everyone it's from that 197....WAIT a minnit! you're trying to trick me, aren't you...... hmmmmmm
No, I basically haven't figured it... Oh, wait! Yeah, I know what it's from . I'll basically figure it out one of these days. Basically, I'm still trying.

Oddly enough, the words in the following sentences are basically similar to those in your quote:

As Maizy Heeber-Wenzel once said, "I aquired such a Frobbing headache today while teaching my Peeber to Squat. All I will Dew is spend the Morning being Lazy and not go out hob-Knobbing with friends."

Sorry, bradnailer, I couldn't resist using that word. The words and phrases that were over-used and irritated me the most during this election season were - 'fundamentally', 'on Main Street as well as Wall Street', 'make no mistake about it', 'reach across the aisle' and a few others. Just about every political speech I heard had one or more of these in it .
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The only thing I don't like about posting on DIY forums during an American election is resisting the temptation to end each post with "I'm Nestor Kelebay and I approved this message."

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just because a relatively few Americans butcher the language and others follow like a bunch of sheep, does that mean we have to accept the new 'letter formations' as words? Apparently so.
It really is the butchering of the language.

"Where is you at?"
"Don't nobody know nothin?"
"Her name Latisha"
"Gives me yo money or I cut you good."

I agree 100% with Bill Cosby. A MAJOR part of the civil rights struggle of the 60's and 70's was to get EQUAL education for blacks in American schools. That meant being taught in the same classrooms by the same teachers, not "seperate but equal" which, to many black Americans really amounted to "unequal education".

So, now we have true integration of the school system, but now we have a "backlash" against using proper grammar. That's apparantly because speaking the King's English amounts to sucking up to the white man. You a Oreo unless you speak Ghetto.

I think Martin Luther King would turn over in his grave. This disrespects all those brave people who got their heads busted, were water cannoned, attacked by police dogs, arrested and jailed, and even lynched in the 60's and 70's trying to obtain their civil liberties, which included an equal education.

Why fight the good fight for an equal education if you're going to ignore that education, butcher the language and give people the impression that you're uneducated or at least don't care if you are or aren't.

I think it's because the new "hero" for youth in America is no longer Martin Luthar King or Jesse Jackson or even Barack Obama. It's Snoop Dog and 50 Cent and da gangstas.

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How 'bout, "I'll be honest with you". Does that mean that unless you say that before a phrase, you are lying?
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and unless you magically have readable word balloons floating from your mouth, i do NOT "see what you're saying".....

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How about, "Can I be frank with you?"
Buddy, you can pretend to be anyone you want.

Remember in the movie 'Airplane' when they said...
"Surely you can't be serious".
"...and stop calling me Shirley!"
Now THAT was quality comedy!
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How about, "Can I be frank with you?"
Buddy, you can pretend to be anyone you want.

Remember in the movie 'Airplane' when they said...
"Surely you can't be serious".
"...and stop calling me Shirley!"
Now THAT was quality comedy!
Roger, Roger

Clearance, Clarence

"is this a bust?" "I must say it's pretty nice" oops, wrong movie.
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"John went to the hospital"

"Oh my goodness! What is it!?"

"It's a big white building sick people go to, but that doesn't matter right now"
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"I wish I was rich. Don't you?"

"I mean, don't you wish I was rich?"
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