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Forum: Rantidote 17 October 2018, 09:39 PM
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Posted By erwins
GM, if you were in the US, I would suggest...

GM, if you were in the US, I would suggest talking to your state level legislators*, as they will sometimes take up issues on behalf of constituents, particularly if it's an issue that may be...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 17 October 2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 988
Posted By erwins
I had a similar thought -- though a little less...

I had a similar thought -- though a little less specific. The two I couldn't account for were Yankovic and Pryor. I'm looks like Yankovic does fit, so my guess is essentially the same as yours. ...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 11 October 2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,229
Posted By erwins
I predict it will dismissed as moot.

I predict it will dismissed as moot.
Forum: Social Studies 11 October 2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,706
Posted By erwins
When I last had a gas hot water heater, which...

When I last had a gas hot water heater, which was, admittedly a while ago, the gas caught fire because there was already a fire in the form of a pilot light. It would surprise me a little to have a...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 10 October 2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,229
Posted By erwins
I was addressing the bolded part of your post.

I was addressing the bolded part of your post.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 10 October 2018, 06:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,229
Posted By erwins
That's not true. He was associate counsel in the...

That's not true. He was associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel as part of the Ken Starr investigation of the Clintons.

He was also Staff Secretary for GW Bush -- a high level...
Forum: Social Studies 09 October 2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,706
Posted By erwins
I don't really care very much how prepared people...

I don't really care very much how prepared people choose to be, but there are more than enough disasters that could knock out power and cause supply problems in LA for at least days. And I haven't...
Forum: SLC 09 October 2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 460
Views: 29,212
Posted By erwins
I don't think they are likely packaged in...

I don't think they are likely packaged in individual size cans anymore in this country, anyway. It was pretty common for kids to cut themselves on the lids or inner rim of the cans. I can remember...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 09 October 2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,229
Posted By erwins
What thorny said. (Thanks for that -- I was...

What thorny said. (Thanks for that -- I was having trouble articulating it.) Also, for the left, the owning of guns, and decisions of whom you hire and fire.

Like thorny locust, I agree that...
Forum: Social Studies 08 October 2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,718
Posted By erwins
I think there is a distinction between: simple...

I think there is a distinction between: simple weddings are possible for some people, and: anyone can have a simple weddings if they wish.

The former is certainly true, and your examples, Seaboe,...
Forum: Social Studies 08 October 2018, 02:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By erwins
Esprise Me, I guess it doesn't really say if they...

Esprise Me, I guess it doesn't really say if they think they pronounce them differently, but it seems likely they would. This is the map I was thinking of....
Forum: Rantidote 07 October 2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
I started a new thread for this discussion here:...

I started a new thread for this discussion here: http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?p=1989013#post1989013, so that we can un-hijack this thread. It seems like we've moved on from the original...
Forum: Social Studies 07 October 2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By erwins
Reading Language questions and discussion

Continuing the discussion from the little things that annoy you thread.

It seems like we have lots of interest in pronunciation, accents, language, grammar, usage, etc. I could see this being an...
Forum: Rantidote 07 October 2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
Pinecone, I believe those particular mergers are...

Pinecone, I believe those particular mergers are a North American thing.

Cot and caught is not, but in Scotland, for example, the merger is in the other direction from most of the US. (Toward...
Forum: Rantidote 07 October 2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
It's hard to say without using a standard...

It's hard to say without using a standard phonetic notation system, but it's likely that the initial vowel sound in all is essentially the same vowel, it's just that it's affected by the r that...
Forum: Rantidote 07 October 2018, 03:59 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
There are many accents, including NY and...

There are many accents, including NY and Northeastern ones where marry is quite distinct from the other two in exactly the way he's showing. It's a different vowel -- as he says, it's the a in cat....
Forum: Rantidote 07 October 2018, 02:28 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
I say two of them the same. I say Mary...

I say two of them the same. I say Mary differently, but it's subtle. I can say them differently though, and can hear the difference. This video explains it.

https://youtu.be/3i9rMU8aL-U
...
Forum: Social Studies 06 October 2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,718
Posted By erwins
Sometimes (most of the time?) the relatives who...

Sometimes (most of the time?) the relatives who put enormous pressure on a couple to do something they don't want are being driven by cultural expectations. I mean, they either just want to make...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 06 October 2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 6,379
Posted By erwins
I've asked you a direct question several times...

I've asked you a direct question several times which you've ignored. If you don't even engage in discussion, to the point of answering simple questions, it is clear that you are not here for...
Forum: Rantidote 06 October 2018, 02:28 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
I suppose there might be some annoyance out there...

I suppose there might be some annoyance out there about the extended hijack of this thread...

On topic: I'm at a restaurant, and my server has a very deep voice. That's not annoying, but it...
Forum: Rantidote 06 October 2018, 01:30 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
Bokmål is "book language" and was the first of...

Bokmål is "book language" and was the first of the two to be put forward as the written standardized Norwegian. Norway was for a time under Danish rule, and Danish was the official written language...
Forum: Rantidote 05 October 2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
Hmm. It's not exactly two languages. It's two...

Hmm. It's not exactly two languages. It's two versions of the written language competing for which is "standard" written Norwegian. For the spoken version, it's more like two dialects, and there...
Forum: Business Bytes 04 October 2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,653
Posted By erwins
They were used at Disneyworld too. We used...

They were used at Disneyworld too. We used tickets many times when I was a kid. It apparently changed in 1982.
Forum: Rantidote 04 October 2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
I learned Norwegian as a child, while living in...

I learned Norwegian as a child, while living in Norway, and I guess we moved there while I could still learn to make and discriminate new sounds in language. In fact, I think it made me have better...
Forum: Rantidote 03 October 2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 10,729
Posted By erwins
Do you "hear" what you silently read? Or is...

Do you "hear" what you silently read? Or is reading primarily visual for you?
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