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12:12 AM
> I’m no again your looking at the outside of a letter neither.
From The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott.
I wonder whether that’s what we’re to expect more of once the Scots secede from the Union. :)
I wonder whether that means handing over to the provost or bailiff, or something else again.
Oh, the reason I found all that is that I was looking for examples of again as a preposition, one without the southern “parasitic -t", as the OED calls it.
 
It is a brave soul, or a foolish one, who uses an offensive flag on a moderator, especially once that moderator has left. After all, they can forever see who thought them offensive.
 
A letter can be parasitic?
 
@MattЭллен Does that actually work on both sexes? I always thought it only worked on women.
@skullpatrol Apparently.
> Etymology of against: Formed on aȝen, ayen, again, by genitive ending -es, after the kindred tó-ʒeánes, to-yenes in which a genitive, governed by tó, is found in the oldest English: see to-gains.
Late in the 14th c., after the -es had ceased to be syllabic, the final -ens, -ains developed in the south a parasitic -t as in amongs-t, betwix-t, amids-t, probably confused with superlatives in -st, and c 1525 this became universal in literary English; aganis, agains, sinking into a dialectal northern form. The earlier forms of againes present all the dialectal variations found in again. The po
 
12:26 AM
> Late in the 14th c., after the -es had ceased to be syllabic, the final -ens, -ains developed in the south a parasitic -t as in amongs-t, betwix-t, amids-t, probably confused with superlatives in -st . . .
@GnomeSlice I really don’t click on YouTube links very often. It interrupts my serenity.
 
your loss
 
To the contrary: my gain, for I do not lose my serenity.
I value silence.
And resent aural intrusion.
 
Interesting use of the word "parasitic." Thanks for the context @tchrist
 
@skullpatrol Given that the SMGL tag the OED uses for historical variants is <VL> and the one they use for etymology is <ET>, this query reveals other head words that also mention something parasitic in either of those two sections:
macbook# oedgrep '(?:<(VL|ET)>)(?:(?\!<\/\1).)*parasitic'
against
cootie
hectocotyl
isle
malis
onchocerciasis
I presume they are going to tell us that the -s- in isle is parasitic.
Sorry about the severe LTS there.
I was, of course, wrong.
> The form ilde contains a parasitic d, as in vilde (vile), tyld (tile), mould (mole), which was probably developed quite independently of idle, though formation from that by transposition was also possible: cf. neld, neelde, needle.
That’s from isle.
I think cooties are head lice and thus inarguably parasitic. :)
cootie /ˈkuːtɪ/, sb.2 slang.

Also kootie.

Etymology: ? f. Malay kutu parasitic biting insect.

 A body louse.

1917 Empey From Fire Step 24 ― ‘Does the straw bother you, mate? It’s worked through my uniform and I can’t sleep.’ In a sleepy voice he answered, ‘That ain’t straw, them’s cooties.’
1918 in F. A. Pottle Stretchers (1930) 199, ― I could soon fall asleep thinking how absurd to worry over lice and cooties when a man was at war.
1918 E. M. Roberts Flying Fighter 106, ― I made the acquaintance of a new sport while with the battery. A saucer serves for an arena. Into this one puts a k
And hectocotyl (or hectocotyle or hectocotylus) is:
> Etymology: ad. mod.L. Hectocotylus, name given by Cuvier to what he took for a genus of parasitic worms (see def. below), f. hecto- + Gr. κοτύλη small cup, hollow thing (cf. cotyle ² ᵇ).
So only against and idle, isle have parasitic letters.
> Etymology: mod.L. mālis, a. Gr. μᾰλις a disease in horses and asses (the late L. malleus ‘glanders’, may perh. be identical). In medical Latin, malis has been used as a generic term (with various specific designations) for parasitic skin diseases.
Oh, and for the record, glanders is “a contagious disease in horses, the chief symptoms of which are swellings beneath the jaw and discharge of mucous matter from the nostrils”.
> Glanders and farcy are perfectly identical affections, both equally contagious, and differing only in their local manifestations.
And here I always thought Farsi meant something else.
Whoa!
 
12:47 AM
I wonder if that makes the other letters "symbiotic" :-)
 
Hectocotyl, that thing they thought was a parasitic worm, is actually an octopodal detachable penis!
> A modified arm in male dibranchiate Cephalopods, which serves as a generative organ, and in some species is detached and remains in the pallial cavity of the female; in this position formerly mistaken for a parasite, to which the name Hectocotylus octopodis was given by Cuvier.
> The male Cephalopods are distinguished··by the asymmetry of their arms, one or more of which, on one side, are peculiarly modified, or hectocotylised.
 
 
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7:46 AM
I just turn the page on my raiders wall calendar and got a good laugh :D
September 1
Labor Day
Labour Day (Canada)
 
 
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9:20 AM
@skullpatrol and Knowledge Day (Soviet Europe)
Knowledge Day (Russian: День Знаний), often simply called 1 of September, is the day when the school year traditionally starts in Russia and many other former Soviet republics. == Description == Knowledge Day originated in the USSR, where it had been established by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 15, 1984, and celebrated annually on 1 September. This day also marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It has special significance for the incoming class of first graders who come to school for the first time and often participate in a celebrato...
 
@RegDwigнt cool, I never knew that :-)
 
See, that is exactly why today is Knowledge Day.
Tune in next year for another mildly interesting fact.
 
thanks for the knowledge
 
Interesting. I thought the Knowledge Day was much older. But turns out it was pretty much specifically created for me.
 
1984?
 
9:28 AM
That's what it says, yes.
 
That was a good book too.
 
Still is.
 
nah, I've read better since :-)
 
Oh. I see. You think good books are like highlanders.
 
in a way, yes
nothing is perfect
 
9:45 AM
Our school made world record!
 
largest star?
 
Yes largest human star.
I am some where in the middle, lol
 
congrats
:-)
 
Guinness book of world record website haven't updated yet!!! :(
 
icic
 
9:49 AM
4
A: Term for people in artistic formation

RegDwigнtThis kind of photography was pioneered by Arthur Mole (a gallery of 24 of his pictures can be found here). The Wikipedia article refers to the pictures as performed group photography or "living photographs" (with quotes). Indeed, a Google Image Search for "performed group photography" returns ...

@Freddy were you more than 25000 people?
Cuz otherwise the record is sorta pointless.
 
not for that particular shape
 
@RegDwigнt I think you have put 1 zero extra. We were more than 3100
 
That's what I'm saying.
@skullpatrol it's stupid to have a separate record for every shape.
 
says you
this is art
 
you should complain to Guinness book of world record
 
9:58 AM
That's like having a separate record for eating apple pies and for eating plum pies.
@Freddy which is what I'm doing right now. They've become a joke.
It used to be that getting into the book was really very special. These days you just take an existing record, replace one word in the description, and voilá! you can claim a record for yourself.
 
that's what they call show business
 
Yeah.
Same as with movie remakes.
 
yep
 
Someone made something way more awesome a century ago, but who cares, this thing is now!
Jun 11 at 1:52, by RegDwigнt
There's no business like no business.
 
ok ok
 
10:06 AM
records are just show off nothing else
 
6 mins ago, by skullpatrol
that's what they call show business
 
that record wasted nearly 2 hours
oh ya u alredy did
 
Here's another thing your school is missing: 600 machine guns!
Also, that's from 2009, that's a star, and that's 5000 people.
Guinness should read Spiegel.
 
10:58 AM
Hi all
"Windows Media Player" or just "Windows media player" -- (with first letter caps?)
 
If it's Microsoft's media player then it has capitals. If it's any old media player for Windows (like VLC, for example) then it doesn't.
 
@AndrewLeach I mean if a particular product name has two or more words in it. should I use caps to each starting letter of the word for that product or any other thing?
 
If you mean Microsoft's product called "Windows Media Player" then you should use capitals. If you're just referring to any old player, then it's a common noun and you should lower case.
It's not a question of how many words are in the name.
It's whether you're referring to specific software, or a general class of software.
 
11:25 AM
Good morning!
 
Hello.
But it's lunchtime. Back soon :)
 
Hello!
1:30pm for me, so afternoon :)
 
Oh, well, I was close!
It's 1.30 here as well.
 
11:41 AM
"One line notes miss the context about a conversation that happened between desginers and reviewers."
^ Is this sentence formation correct?
 
I'd probably say one-line notes lack the context...
 
"about a conversation" or "about the conversation" ?
 
Funnily, that depends on context.
Is this about a specific conversation that the reader already knows about?
 
no
 
Then a.
 
11:50 AM
ok thanks :)
 
@Cerberus, you're in the Netherlands, that makes sense!
goeie middag :p
 
We're in the same time zone, and yet so far away!
Yay goedemiddag!
Kun jij Nederlands lezen?
Ik kan wel wat Afrikaans lezen.
 
Prachtig.
 
ek praat afrikaans
 
Dat nijlpaard kan ook een beetje Nederlands.
Dat weet ek.
 
11:56 AM
Ek kan 'n bietjie Nederlands verstaan
 
Het is eigenlijk dezelfde taal!
 
ja!
 
Maar ek kan geen Afrikaanse spelling.
 
Wat beteken "lezen"
 
Ahh.
To read.
 
11:58 AM
Oh, it's "lees" in afrikaans
 
Ahh.
 
so that would be Kan jy Nederlands lees
can you read dutch
 
Nederlands: ik lees, jij leest, hij leest; wij lezen, jullie lezen, zij lezen.
In het Afrikaans zijn al die vormen lees?
 
@StaceyAnne Dat is gemakkelijk te begrijpen voor mij.
 
12:00 PM
maar ek weet nie "hij" en "zij"
 
Hij = he; zij = she or they.
 
In this case, it is they.
She reads = zij leest; they read = zij lezen.
Maar ik moet gaan!
Tot de volgende keer.
Het was leuk Afrikaans te zien hier!
 
Afrikaans is different, we have sy = she and hulle = they
 
Ah, yes.
 
12:01 PM
totsiens!
 
There is hullie in Dutch, but it is dialectical / old fashioned. And also zullie, both meaning "they".
Tot ziens!
 
Hi all
Cerbs is that Dutch you are speaking, right?
 
yep
 
@Cerberus Ik kan niet spreken nederlands. Ik schrijf dit met behulp van Google Translator :-)
 
12:04 PM
room topic changed to English Language & Usage: Tulpen uit Zuid-Afrika. Goedkoope bloemen nu bezorgen! (no tags)
 
Tulips from South Africa. Inexpensive flower delivery now
 
5.0 from 60 users. Oh my.
 
There's nothing like crowdsourcing reviews.
 
@skullpatrol Why are you using Daniel's photo? Did you ask for his permission?
 
12:21 PM
@Arrowfar That’s racist. :)
 
@AndrewLeach minor edit: "crowdsourcing reviews is awesome".
 
Yes. It would be nice if they'd actually done that.
 
1:00 PM
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