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Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:55 am
by Dinosawer
No. I just don't know whether Idunno is a guy or girl or what.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they
:P

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:28 am
by JanB1
Dinosawer wrote:No. I just don't know whether Idunno is a guy or girl or what.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they
:P


Oh. Well, TIL: they is used as a gender-neutral pronoun.

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:37 pm
by Grumblesaur
JanB1 wrote:
Dinosawer wrote:No. I just don't know whether Idunno is a guy or girl or what.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they
:P


Oh. Well, TIL: they is used as a gender-neutral pronoun.


Such usage dates back to Middle English in the 1300s.

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:40 pm
by Employee 2-4601
Handy hint: When reading board game rules (or some such similar scenario) to a mixed-gender group, it's really easy to substitute they/them/their for he/him/his and she/her/hers on the fly while you're reading.

Grumblesaur wrote:Such usage dates back to Middle English in the 1300s.
I bet JanB1 cut class that day.

Sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. Probably used the black death as an excuse. But now? Nothing but pronoun confusion and regret. Stay in school, kids; or one day, hundreds of years later, you'll be sorry...

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:17 am
by JanB1
Employee 2-4601 wrote:
Grumblesaur wrote:Such usage dates back to Middle English in the 1300s.
I bet JanB1 cut class that day.

Sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. Probably used the black death as an excuse. But now? Nothing but pronoun confusion and regret. Stay in school, kids; or one day, hundreds of years later, you'll be sorry...


Well, let's put it this way: Non-native English speaker learns English nearly all by self-study because English taught in school isn't really helpful. So yeah, cut me some slack and bare with me here, I can only get better. I'm on a nearly B2 English level already, and they taught something like A1 in school (can't really get any worse than that).

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:31 am
by BFett
JanB1 wrote:
Employee 2-4601 wrote:
Grumblesaur wrote:Such usage dates back to Middle English in the 1300s.
I bet JanB1 cut class that day.

Sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. Probably used the black death as an excuse. But now? Nothing but pronoun confusion and regret. Stay in school, kids; or one day, hundreds of years later, you'll be sorry...


Well, let's put it this way: Non-native English speaker learns English nearly all by self-study because English taught in school isn't really helpful. So yeah, cut me some slack and bare with me here, I can only get better. I'm on a nearly B2 English level already, and they taught something like A1 in school (can't really get any worse than that).


Careful, your English typing skills might surpass my own; and I speak English fluently!

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:53 am
by Employee 2-4601
JanB1 wrote:So yeah, cut me some slack and bare with me here, I can only get better.
Just to be perfectly clear, my intentionally ludicrous comment was not intended to be critical in any way; just (hopefully) vaguely entertaining. (Personally I'm unable to converse in anything other than my native language, and have nothing but admiration for those who are skilled in more than one of the things.)

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:59 am
by charnode
I found Employees comment refreshingly hilarious and yet at the same time JanB1's english is perfectly fine even if it was not selftaught. :lol: :thumbup:

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:25 am
by Cornflakes_91
JanB1 wrote:bare


*bear

Like "load bearing" :ghost:

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:37 am
by Baile nam Fonn
We're quite shameless with our off-topic, eh? :lol:

Much respect from me for polyglots: my own pitiful heap of french, spanish, and low german vocabulary scraps is next to useless. :(

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:42 pm
by Graf
I at one point was minimally competent with latin? Not so much anymore. I tried to figure out how to say "you all are the best" and came up with "estis optima" but I'm pretty sure that is horrifyingly wrong and features redundant grammar, so who knows.

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:37 am
by scousematt
What's surprising to me as a 'can order a beer in a few languages' kind of guy, is that you can tell someone is not a native english speaker on forums because of the correct spelling and grammar.

My own brand of English, when spoken would highly confuse non regional speakers from my own country.

Get on this laah
Goodness, look at that

Eez du'in me ed in
I'm finding that individual somewhat bothersome

Eez gorra gob likhe da mirsey tunnel
That fellow is quite loud



Not sure if any of the series is still available but there was a set of books entitled 'Lern yerself scouse' that gave further example of local banter.

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:03 pm
by Silverware
A Scotsman?! HERE!

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:28 pm
by Flatfingers
Graf wrote:I at one point was minimally competent with latin? Not so much anymore. I tried to figure out how to say "you all are the best" and came up with "estis optima" but I'm pretty sure that is horrifyingly wrong and features redundant grammar, so who knows.

I'm told that sort of thing is frowned on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIAdHEwiAy8

Silverware wrote:A Scotsman?! HERE!

Lang may yer lum reek!

Re: Thursday, April 13, 2017

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:18 am
by Vartul
Psst. I hear this guy named Josh Parnell is making a procedural space game. Apparently he posts Dev logs somewhere around here every week or so. Can anyone point me to the discussion of the most recent log? Thanks. :D :ghost: :ghost: :ghost: :monkey: