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2:00 PM
Looks like UMG have renamed themselves WMG.
Apr 13 at 9:43, by RegDwight
I mean, UMG I can handle. But WMG?
Top 5 All-Time Rock Voices: Go.
5. Jack White
4. Robert Plant
3. Jim Morrison
2. Greg Lake
1. Freddie Mercury
Looks promising.
I would have put Paul McCartney on the list, but his recent crimes against music have pretty much eliminated him from contention.
Besides, it's just a professional voice-over.
Can you get this one?
2:03 PM
BTW, that's Ry Cooder on bottleneck.
Well, search Soviet-era YouTube for "Memo from Turner"
Soviet YouTube uses vaccuum tubes instead of semiconductors.
Apr 22 at 13:18, by Robusto
Yeah ... with vacuum-tube technology. Russia is so retro.
BTW, "Go" meant you all have to supply your Top 5 lists. Go.
Um, 1. Helge Schneider.
Yeah, that's pretty much it.
I see you're not clear on the concept of the Top 5 list.
2:07 PM
Here is Russian shoe:
Looks strangely like LEGO block.
That is Italian.
They don't have concrete in Russia.
Only some sand and water.
Italians use terracotta.
BTW, they don't have real sand and water in Russia. Here is real sand and water:
Jim Morrison, Freddie Mercury, the singer from Sex Pistols, the guy from Led Zeppelin
Q: Does brain mass have any correlation to intelligence?

Thomas OAccording to many (I cannot find a source at the moment), Albert Einstein's brain weighed less than average. It is a common belief that there is no correlation between brain mass and intelligence. Is this true?

2:10 PM
most unoriginal, and I'm not good with names :)
singer from Sex Pistols = Johnny Rotten, "guy from Led Zeppelin" = Robert Plant
And you're not clear on the Top 5 concept either, F'x.
@Robusto Looks a lot like Novaya Zemlya.
@RegDwight — Does that mean men are smarter than women? You can think about how much sex means to you before giving your answer.
@Robusto add Bono; better?
yesterday, by RegDwight
@MrHen Careful, U2 translates to instant kick in this room.
2:12 PM
/kick back
Q: When do you use "Did + 1st form" instead of "2nd form"

karlicossI often notice such sentences as: "EEG did show tumors"(from this week House M.D.) Why not "EEG showed tumors"? Is that form used to emphasize something?

Q: "did shoot" vs "shot"

markdraytonThis morning I read this sentence (see story): On July 24th and again on July 29th, Egyptian police did shoot dead unarmed African migrants attempting to cross that border. Why "did shoot" and not "shot"?

@Fx — I vote to kick. There should be a U2 radio button in the "vote to kick" list.
@RegDwight — Um, if they were dead and unarmed why did they need to be shot?
For fun.
That's how Egypt rolls.
Ask @psmears.
In Soviet Union dead and unarmed people shoot you!
This is disturbingly true.
2:16 PM
Yeah, every time I go out unarmed I get shot. But only when I'm dead...
German joke: "Kommt ein Einarmiger in einen Second-Hand-Laden."
@RegDwight — Lölz
We have an expression in English: "Like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest."
@kiamlaluno See above.
48 mins ago, by RegDwight
Besides, it's obviously copied from some dictionary, but doesn't mention from which one.
The answer has been edited; should not it be undeleted?
2:19 PM
33 mins ago, by RegDwight
Now it's a verbatim copy from Yahoo Answers.
Mar 7 at 18:16, by RegDwight
Big Russki is watching you.
Should I wear my pretty eyeglasses? If I am seen from Russia, I don't want to make bad figura.
Wow that pageman guy is stubborn.
Too late, Vincenzo.
Too late.
Is he not reading his comments or something?
Oh no! Another write-only user!
Please, don't tell me it's so!
2:22 PM
@RegDwight — Watching? Looks like he's getting ready to bitch-slap someone.
1 hour ago, by RegDwight
Other people pointed out that he's not unsimilar to vgv8.
You're not the first one to note similarities, kiamlaluno.
@Robusto That gesture means something else, I guess.
Oh wait, it's not an Italian statue. Wheeew!
I dunno, looks like he just bitch-slapped the Motherland. Poor Rodina!
For a moment, I thought it was Mussolini's statue.
And his left hand is pointing to his chest, as if to say "I'm the boss in this country, byatch!"
2:24 PM
In that case, the gesture could mean ma vaffa….
But not vaffa in culo?
@Robusto I have a better one.
hahaha ... check out them centimeters. Not shown actual size, I presume.
@Robusto Vaffa is more generic; it could be vaffanculo, vaffanbrodo, or vai a quel paese.
Vaffanbrodo is actually a way to not say vaffanculo.
You mean a euphemism?
2:27 PM
Vai a quel paese has always been unclear: to which country should I go?
Where does vaffa come from?
@RegDwight — Yeah, voted to close. A little late to the parade, I guess.
@Robusto Yep; at least if brodo (broth) doesn't mean something particular.
@Cerberus It's a contraction of vai a fare. The expression shortened from vai a fare in culo, from vai a farti inculare.
Both the last expressions are used, but vaffanculo is the most used.
Ahh ok.
I know vaffanculo.
@Cerberus Vaffa is just an euphemism.
2:31 PM
I can imagine.
You don't say where you suggest to go, but that is implicit (for who knows vaffanculo).
Yeah I understand.
culo = "back door"
I should investigate if brodo in vaffanbrodo has a particular meaning. If I remember, andare in brodo is referring to something that goes bad.
culo = "See you later, owls."
I am thinking to gli affari vanno in brodo (business is bad).
Uhmmm, no. There is just tutto fa brodo (all is useful), and stare nel proprio brodo (to stay alone).
I think I mixed up with gli affari fanno acqua (business is going bad).
Wow, I didn't know brodo comes from the Germanic.
Does it?
In Dutch we have in de soep lopen, "to walk into the soup": to go all wrong.
2:43 PM
So my dictionary says.
I think the Italian expression comes from fare acqua da tutte le parti, which in origin was referring to boats.
Mijn plan loopt in de soep: my plan walks in(to) the soup.
Ah ok, yes, in Dutch we have water maken, to get water in your boat.
Maken = fare
@Cerberus That would be i miei piani fanno acqua (da tutte le parti).
Ah ok. We can use that only with boats.
The dictionary says "from Germanic bròd."
Perhaps related to brew?
Oh I have to go...
2:49 PM
@Cerberus CUL.
I cannot say CULO, referring to him.
Cul is the same thing, only French.
Cul de sac?
@RegDwight Yes, but I wrote "CUL." :-)
I thought that kilo was written Kilo.
"In italiano si usa anche, ma è meno bene, la scrittura kilometro."
Argh! Who wrote that?
Ma è meno bene?
La scrittura?
Who wrote that knows Italian as I know Ancient Aramaic.
Now it is better.
What was I doing?
Oh yes.
5 hours later…
7:44 PM
Q: Is There Any Connection Between The Words 'House' and 'Mouse' (or anything else ending in 'ouse')?

panamackHouse and Mouse are only different by one letter, there must be a connection.

Was ist das?
7:56 PM
Does anybody know how to make somebody understand that orthography is NOT a Greek word?
Not if he is a Greek.
I would think it should be easier, in that case.
He should notice the difference between orthography, and ορθογραφία.
Saying that orthography is Greek would be like saying that cacao is an Italian word.
Tell that to him, not to me.
By the way, there is a connection between mouse and house: the mouse is in the house.
Actually, I was not speaking with somebody in particular.
8:17 PM
BTW, @RegDwight and night both have the same endings. Plus fright. And wight. These facts cannot be coincidental; there must be some kind of relationship.
Did I forget blight?
You forgot that RegDwight begins with the same letters as Red October.
No, I could never forget that.
At least I'm not an anagram of Hinterteil.
That's a lot.
I'm proud of that achievement.
Hitler tine?
Is that like Ovomaltine?
8:21 PM
In the liter?
What is a liter?
It's a poor man's quart.
It's something that is lightly bitter.
Looks like zizi is at it again.
8:23 PM
Hey, what's gray and comes in quarts?
A dollar?
An elephant.
No. An elephant.
Admit it. You Googled that.
8:25 PM
Was ist schwarz und klopft an die Scheibe?
Weiß ich nicht. Die Nacht?
Baby im Backofen.
Actual German joke.
Pronounced "oi" of course.
Now the English version: Eeeeuuuwwww!
Bellu a vidìri, bellu a 'ccattari, lu lìnchiu di carni e lu lasciu stari.
8:27 PM
Oh, and I don't need to google anything that involves elephants.
"envolves"? NNS alert ...
It's written with an in- in every language I am familiar with.
Except Mars language, of course.
I kind of figured you for a native Klingon speaker.
8:30 PM
Apr 28 at 20:06, by RegDwight
@MrHen I only know taH pagh taHbe', or however it's written.
Q: one word for a person who doesn't masturbate

offengehirnIs there a word for a person who doesn't like to masturbate? If so, what would he/she/it be known as?

I went with "non-existent". Although I guess armless works too. And quadriplegic.
You don't need arms for that.
Notice how he changed the question in the text? Suddenly it's "doesn't like to" ...
8:32 PM
I could teach you but I have to charge.
"Milkshake" is a song by American recording artist Kelis and the lead single from her third studio album, Tasty. The song was released in the United States on August 25, 2003, by Star Trak and Arista Records, and internationally on November 24. It was written and produced by The Neptunes, a duo that had made the majority of Kelis' songs in the past. In the song, a milkshake is used as a metaphor for something that makes women special. The song is noted for its euphemistic chorus and low beat R&B sound. The song received generally positive reviews, with critics praising it for being "brill...
That's ok. Some things are better left unknown.
@Robusto As in, "doesn't like to, but has to" or what?
I dunno ... "beats" me!
That question kinda rubs me the wrong way.
The OP must be a real jerk.
What the hell is he trying to pull?
You would be a star on Reddit.
I'm too modest for that. Far too modest. Perhaps the most modest person who has ever lived.
8:37 PM
Maybe he is trying to pull legs.
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (also spelled Musorgsky, Moussorgsky ) (21 March [O.S. 9 March] 1839, Karevo – 28 March [O.S. 16 March] 1881, Saint Petersburg), one of the Russian composers known as 'The Five', was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music. Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mounta...
Yeah, I'm way more modest than that guy.
Modest Modestovich Robustov.
I mean, "Pictures of an Exhibitionist" — what's that about, anyway. It ain't modesty.
Exhibitionists, I would guess. From the title.
Martha will thwack you later.
8:39 PM
Nah, she's given up on me.
Then nobody will thwack you. Deal with it.
I'll just have to thwack myself. Which is curiously in tune with the tenor of this conversation.
8:54 PM
You're going to whack yourself?
I may be drunk, but I don't think that is typically ELU...
Oh noes, the dog is drunk again.
I was fed good wine.
And will be going out for another drink or two in a minute.
Though I suppose ELU chat is the best place to go out at on a Saturday nite!
Hm... a drink is not that bad of an idea...
Drinking is the best way to get over a hangover.
Drinking the right stuff is the best way not to get a hangover in the first place.
9:00 PM
Really? And how does one do that?
I drank wine and beer yesterday.
Wrong, and wrong.
You have a lot to learn, my dog.
Anyhow, I'm still in the lemme-get-a-drink-mode.
Plus, lots of LEGO to sort.
Before my wife comes home and kills me.
Her half of the bed is buried under a metric ton of LEGO.
I have yet to come upon evidence of the common myth that certain wines cause headaches, and that drinking alcoholic beverages in the wrong order causes headaches. So far the only correlation I see is with the amount of alcohol imbibed on a night.
Do you guys lego during, you know?
Stop proving that you're drunk already.
I want to drink, too, now just let me.
What's preventing you?
You can drink here.
I need more of the Make My LEGO Bigger cream.
9:06 PM
And you were accusing me...
Okay, I've managed to get one of my answers multicollidered. Now where are my 80+ upvotes??? WHERE??? Stupid Saturdays.
@RegDwight hey, I have one too, I think
You also have no 80+ upvotes?
actually, has any answer on EL&U ever gotten a 80+ score?
At least two have.
9:11 PM
That link is pretty fun.
Hi F'x!
One by JSBangs, one mine.
I don't see how to display a comprehensive list of answers, let alone sort it
@Cerberus I'm not talking to you, man, you speak Classical Greek!
(or is it Ancient Greek?)
Ancient is broader.
Classical is a part of ancient.
9:13 PM
Math has the stupidest question titles.
Q: If $\sum a_n b_n <\infty$ for all $(b_n)\in \ell^2$ then $(a_n) \in \ell^2$

Bruno StonekI'm trying to prove the following: If $(a_n)$ is a sequence of positive numbers such that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n b_n<\infty$ for all sequences of positive numbers $(b_n)$ such that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty b_n^2<\infty$, then $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n^2 <\infty$. The context here is functio...

@Cerberus well anyway, you khore-cted me, and I don't like it one bit
That feels good.
actually, when I need some Greek done, I ask one of my minions to do it for me (true story!)
Which minions? And are they good enough?
I have to go, drinks with friends. Later!
I will be backkkk!
one of my minions (which the Office of Political Correctness requires now that I call “PhD students”) has a good Ancient Latin and Greek education
@Cerberus see you
9:18 PM
Oh that is good. If you should ever need him/her second-opinioned, do not hesitate!
Actually, that question is a possible dupe.
Q: Why is "chore" pronounced differently from the "chore" in "choreography"?

RikkeHow come the word "chore" is pronounced like it is, when the word "choreography", which has the same initial letter combination, is pronounced differently? Is there a phonetical rule to explain this?

No u.
Q: How do I know when a word with "ch" is prounounced hard or softly?

CoreyI'm hard-of-hearing, so when I read, I pronounce things phonetically because I don't hear a lot of soft sounds (like /sh/). To my surprise over the years, I've been continuously corrected on words that have a "ch" sound in them. For example, "parachute" is pronounced "para shoot" \ˈper-ə-ˌshüt, ...

in that case, we can create a generic "Why are words pronounced this way?" question, with an asnwer saying "Because of etymology and usage", and close everything as dupes, can't we? :)
the case of Greek roots is only evoked in the comments of the "ch" question
Sounds like a plan.
We could just make a list of useful English-language tools (in fact, we have one), and close all questions as a dupe of that.
Geez, @Cerberus really is drunk. He voted to re-open the house-mouse question.
9:22 PM
all etymology questions can be answered by "noöne knows for sure, we weren't here when it was first used"
how about protecting this:
Q: one word for a person who doesn't masturbate

offengehirnIs there a word for a person who doesn't like to masturbate? If so, what would he/she/it be known as?

we already have a stream of "oh no liar!" comments (and even one as an answer)
not that the question is great, but if we can avoid it getting worse
thank you, O Great One! (on both counts)
That's an oversight on my part.
I previously agreed with Kosmonaut to protect such questions right away.
ok, I'll ask again: everyone (Martha, Kosmonaut, you) spends lots of time editing my posts for errors in doubling consonants. Wouldn't you gain time by just teaching me that topic once and for all?
Huh wha?
I don't remember the last time I edited a post of yours.
Not that it never happened.
I'm famous for correcting dashes, too, across all sites.
maybe not you, then; but the prolific editors around here do, and most of the times it's about that specific issue
for example, I see a question with the verb flog, how could I tell whether it's flogging or floging? the first looks better, but it's a coin toss for me really
Oh dear. I have no idea. It's a no-brainer for me, so I don't know no rules...
Q: How did the "double consonant to shorten vowel" thing come about? (furry vs fury)

Stefan MonovIn English, a doubled consonant most commonly means "shorten the previous vowel", where "shorten" means map phonemes like this: [aɪ] -> [i] [oʊ] -> [ɔ] etc For example, fury is pronounced [fjʊri] but add another 'r' and you get [fəri]. Now, obviously this doesn't make much orthographic sense...

Q: Is there any rhyme or reason to when one should double the last consonant when adding -ed or -ing?

StrixVaria Possible Duplicate: focussed or focused? The double consonant Most of the time, final consonants double when adding -ed or -ing to the end of a verb who's penultimate letter is a vowel. stop -> stopping grab -> grabbing mar -> marring run -> running But sometimes, the consonant is ...

Q: focussed or focused? The double consonant

mafutrctInitially my question was if is it "focussed" or "focused", but since this applies to a lot of words there is supposed to be a rule when to double the consonant?

Q: When is "L" doubled?

Mehper C. PalavuzlarSome verbs can have double "l"s in the gerund form. For example: Modeling; modelling Traveling; travelling Which form should we use, or which form is used more in the literature?

Q: Why do you write "occurred", and "listened"?

kiamlalunoThe past tense of to occur is occurred (not occured), but the past tense of to listen is listened (not listenned). Why? Which is the general rule that is applied to make the past tense of a verb?

Q: Why are the present and the past participle of "submit" spelled with double t?

JuanaI was wondering, why are the present and the past participle of submit spelled with two t?

9:32 PM
at the very least, I'm not the only one
Q: "Inner" but not "outter"?

DuckMaestroin -> inner out -> outer / (outter?) What is the history or set of rules behind why 'inner' doubles the 'n' but 'outer' doesn't double the 't'?

Q: "Cancelled" or "Canceled"?

Mithun P Cancelled or Canceled ? Which one is right? You have successfully canceled the registration or You have successfully cancelled the registration

Q: Is it spelled "propeling" or "propelling" in American English?

Christoffer LetteSince travel becomes traveler and traveling in AmE (no double l), I thought that the same rule applied to propel. However, reading and writing propeling feels awkward. (And propeler feels even more awkward...) What is the correct spelling in American English? (Google seems to definitely favors...

I'll stop here.
Because I've just noticed that I have answered that last question.
> The general rule, according to Wikipedia, is:

The final consonant of an English word is sometimes doubled in both American and British spelling when adding a suffix beginning with a vowel [...]. Generally, this occurs only when the word's final syllable is stressed and when it also ends with a single vowel followed by a single consonant. In British English, however, a final -l is often doubled even when the final syllable is unstressed. This exception is no longer usual in American English, apparently because of Noah Webster.
Great many thanks, then!
You have made my evening
or evenning, who knows
You've made mine.
Now I have to figure out if any of those can be considered dupes.
I didn't realize there were that many.
9:35 PM
I'll leave on a philosophical note:
In Soviet Russia, consonants double you!
In Soviet Russia, LEGO sorts me.
Speaking of which...
I gotta go.
Nah. That's hideous.
or you'll have hell to pay :)
see you!
10:13 PM
@RegDwight: Congrats (slightly premature) on membership in the 25K club.
[Tries to remember what it was like to be at 25k ... so long ago ...]
Cute, huh?
Meh, it was little more than a month ago. I exaggerate.
No really.
I am in the mood for posting some weird answers.
10:17 PM
Oops, gotta go watch the Derby. TTYL.
Oh, have fun!
10:30 PM
Well I still don't get why y'all are so furiously opposing the -ouse question.
In other words, boo!
Did I miss anything?
They closed the -ouse question, weh, weh...
Q: Is There Any Connection Between The Words 'House' and 'Mouse' (or anything else ending in 'ouse')?

panamackHouse and Mouse are only different by one letter, there must be a connection.

Be strong: there will be a -ouse question more, I am sure.
In the while, I am eating my minestrina.
10:46 PM
Wait isn't that the same as minestrone?
No, it isn't.
Minestrone is minestrone; minestrina is minestra
Actually, it's just vegetal broth with egg pasta, and guanciale di maiale.
We also call it minestrina al salto, where al salto means quick.
@Robusto "Long ago" as in "two weeks"?
But hey, thankz 4 teh congratz!
Ohh ... and what are guanciale di maiale?
Well, there are people who say andai for yesterday.
And what is egg pasta? Like mayonnaise?
10:51 PM
@Cerberus Wait, I have to translate those terms.
Google translate says "pork cheek."
It doesn't translate the other term, but in Italian is pasta all'uovo.
> Fresh pasta may include eggs (pasta all'uovo 'egg pasta').
That is the term used by Wikipedia.
Of course. I was thinking of some sort of paste. I know egg pasta very well. Stuped.
The pork cheek doesn't sound very good to be honest...
> Guanciale (Italian pronunciation: [ɡwanˈtʃaːle]) is an unsmoked Italian bacon prepared with pig's jowl or cheeks. Its name is derived from guancia, Italian for cheek. Guanciale is similar to the jowl bacon of the United States.
I would say that guanciale is more fat than pancetta.
Hmm... I think I'd prefer minestrone soup!
Man, I wish I were in Italy, eating all the great food...
Guanciale is what you should use for spaghetti alla carbonara.

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