5:00 AM
Oh, it's called a vinculum? You learn something new every day.
I did not know that too.
vinculum... makes note of it
So, both of you, your time in this chat room wasn't all wasted.
I think I heard about that word in 6th grade.
@David We live to learn.
Aha! I can confirm that I heard this word in 6th grade, only..
That word was used to describe the line you put it on top of a number to signal that it was repeating forever.
Then it was used incorrectly.
I don't know what one of those is, either.
5:03 AM
Oh. Ah well.
I really need to know this stuff.
I miss Mrs.Arcaro.
she is timeless.
She retired after teaching our grade, but boy did she teach for a long time.
the teachers I have on 8th grade now?
Mrs. Arcaro taught many of them.
thats how old she is at school.
I believe... She taught at my school for 60 years.
If my yearbook is correct.
Amazingly, that covers the span of Michael Jackson's life.
He died on same year she retired.
Mind Blowing.
And she taught ONLY taught 6th grade students.
:P
Well then.
No reaction?
Tough Crowd...
grunts
finishes studying
rejoices quietly for fear of waking someone up
loves italics
5:11 AM
Ok, another stumbling block.
-12 + e/6+0 = 0.
Should I ignore +0?
Is the e over +0?
I got the answer that e = 60. But that can't be right.
Yeah, ignore it.
Probably. What exactly is on each side of the fraction?
e over 6+0.
entire 6+0.
5:13 AM
So add 12 to both sides to get rid of the -12 at the beginning.
That I did.
Then x both sides by 6.
Then multiply both sides by 6.
It equaled e/6 = 12.
Jinx!
5:14 AM
But if I multiply both sides by 6, it will equal 60!
That can't be right, can it?
@SonicTheHedgehog In what universe‽
Since when has 12 x 6 been 60?
Oh...
I must have been confused. AGAIN.
I hate myself.
It's okay.
Sorry guys.
5:15 AM
OK, general principles. With this kind of problem, you simplify the side that has the unknown on, by performing operations that will remove bits.
20 secs ago, by Mahnax
It's okay.
God, I am never going to be programmer this way.
@SonicTheHedgehog Sure you will.
Practise, practise.
*Practice.
And I know it sounds cliché, but it's true.
5:16 AM
So in the first example that you gave, the " / 3 " was hanging on to the side with the a more loosely than anything else. So you get rid of it by doing the opposite (x 3 ).
@SonicTheHedgehog NOPE.
@Mah ...how?
Then, there was a + 3 hanging on, so you get rid of it by doing - 3 on both sides.
@SonicTheHedgehog I'm Canadian, so I use British spellings.
In UK spelling, practise is a verb and practice is a noun. Either would have fitted Mahnax's comment.
5:18 AM
@DavidWallace I intended for it to be a verb.
....?
Aw, come on...
I wanted this feeling of correcting someone else..
:D
Why does British and American English have to be different anyway?
Americans can't afford to preach spelling to non-Americans.
@SonicTheHedgehog Woah, hey. You should say, "Why is it that English and American English are different?"
5:20 AM
"American English" sounds to me like an oxymoron.
Technically, English originated in England, so British English should be called English, and American English can be called American English.
I removed my star after Sonic edited the comment.
Or, you can call them BrE and AmE.
It ceased to be star-worthy.
╚(•⌂•)╝
5:23 AM
I have a unicode character for km²: ㎢
@David come on! Mah made me change it! I need a star! Please?
@SonicTheHedgehog I never made you do anything.
@Mah well you suggested to me.
@SonicTheHedgehog I rest my case.
Then say something that inspires me to star you.
5:27 AM
Agh...
finished my homework.
finally.
I'm gonna call it a night.
On the bright side, Jacques Kallis is out for 4. Maybe New Zealand have a chance after all.
@DavidWallace A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat.

3 hours later…
7:58 AM
is there someone here, i am daring you
8:13 AM
hi david

3 hours later…
11:18 AM
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Your mum actioned a suck on my dick

11:50 AM
Hi.
Do.
Wow you speak Moselfränkisch?
Too bad you don't speak Dutch, or I would have spammed you with funny videos right now.
If I could find the right ones.
I don't think you understand what spam means.
11:52 AM
I don't think you do!
Spamming is all about not asking for permission or caring about people speaking Dutch.
Muwahaha.
Besides, I speak just enough Dutch to find any video in Dutch funny.
Somehow I don't think you would need to speak any Dutch for that.
Which is what I'm saying.
You are extra fast today, aren't you.
11:56 AM
0

Is there a rule to decide which is the better preposition? One is accusative and one dative but that doesn't really help me

> One is accusative and one dative but that doesn't really help me
How come people like him even know these words?
Home assignment: which one is which?
The things people call "passive" also amaze me.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Haha, yes.
12:35 PM
@Cerberus Pro tip: Just about anyone who refers to the "passive voice" is using that phrase wrong.
@MrShinyandNew安宇 Yeah, the probability will be near 99 % because people are stupid...or is there something about those exact words?
If you want to be on the safe side, refer to the "active voice" instead.
@RegDwightѬſ道 ?
I think I'm missing something.
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Aug 23 '11 at 22:38, by RegDwight Ѭſ道
@JasperLoy I am not saying that I am not linking to the Wikipedia article on joke again again.
Jul 29 '11 at 13:29, by RegDwight
@JSBangs I am not quoting myself about not linking to that Wikipedia article on joke again again.
Drift, catch, you, yada.
I could tell it was some kind of joke; I just don't get it.
12:40 PM
You could see an ophtalmologist about it.
Probably because there is something about "voice"?
@RegDwightѬſ道 Hah. Hah.
@Cerberus It's because people were taught passive voice in school, probably in the context of a science class where they were encouraged to use it for lab reports. And then later on, they forgot what little they learned about it and remembered only the label "passive" which they no longer understand.
Even Strunk and White's book on avoiding the use of the passive doesn't accurately provide examples of the passive voice in action.
Yeah I know.
Very strange.
But how is the word "voice" significant?
Well, it's not the word voice that's the problem. They just think "there are different 'voices', one passive, one active" and the "passive" one must be the opposite of aggressive. or something.
1:02 PM
I am about to cut the Gordian Knot and migrate the absorbtion question to Linguistics. Any objections?
The passive voice in action. That's funny.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Personally, I don't think the question is inappropriate for this site.
I think John's answer is somewhat lacking because it jumps to the part about latin
@MrShinyandNew安宇 Well, both voice exist; but you mean they interpret "voice" as a semantic concept instead of a syntactic one?
1:05 PM
My problem with the question is of a different kind. Once more, I would like to point out that I closed it as gen-ref, not off-topic.
What it needs is the true answer which you posted as a comment instead of as an answer, which is what led to the whole brouhaha
@RegDwightѬſ道 You have my shrugging.
@MrShinyandNew安宇 yeah, but I didn't post it as an answer precisely because it's gen-ref.
Off-topicness only comes in once you have looked it up. Chicken-and-egg.
Oh, are you guys talking about Yoichi's question?
Because someone needs to give that a proper answer.
Nah, the other one.
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The question pretty much says it all. Why is "absorbtion" an incorrect spelling?

1:07 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 perhaps. But it bugs me that etymology questions are gen-ref.
@RegDwightѬſ道 I meant about the Passive voice thing.
@MrShinyandNew安宇 it bugs me, too. But such is the status quo.
so if someone looks up the etymology of absorb then they will find nothing that answers their question
Only if they think to look up the etymology of absorption
Back in the day I used to post quotes from Etymonline as answers, too.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Any questions that starts with "The question pretty much says it all." bugs me.
1:08 PM
It's not always clear that all the different word formations have notable etymologies that differ from the root word's etymology
But back in the day there was no such thing as gen-ref, either.
@KitFox Exactly! Thank you.
I think you should migrate it to Latin.SE.
It just cries "this question shows zero research effort".
@KitFox nah, that would be mean. And John's answer doesn't deserve that.
It does deserve to be on Linguistics, though.
> That is a distinctly unhelpful answer. The real reason has to do with pronunciation, not etymology. Where did the /p/ come from?
That's annoying.
Well, this question is clearly from someone who doesn't understand how spelling changes over time, etc.
1:10 PM
It's okay. We are here to teach just that. But saying that it's not really about English is part of the teaching.
Migration is part of our service here.
If an answers explains the etymology a bit more elaborately, I'd say it adds information.
@KitFox yeah, see? This is the part that makes me wish Reg had posted an answer. The answer is: "It was imported to English that way, see the etymology. In latin it had already changed to a p because of [john's answer], a process that also happens to other words in English." That, I think, makes for a useful answer that is relevant to modern english.
Etymonline is often barely intelligible for the inexperienced.
@MrShinyandNew安宇 I agree.
@MrShinyandNew安宇 Agreed.
Message to room: hoi polloi means "the many".
1:12 PM
@MrShinyandNew安宇 well knock yourself out. You have my vote.
Or send it to Linguistics and stop worrying about it.
So no article please, and no singular.
I'm not really in the business of posting answers anymore.
Instead, John gets snarky, then posts an essay that explains part of the problem but glosses over an important detail, which is that nobody used the word in English until long after it was already changed.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Why not? I liked your answers.
Feb 22 '11 at 11:34, by FX_
Hoi is the Greek word for the, and the phrase hoi polloi means ‘the many’
1:13 PM
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Today’s Washington Post article titled, “Romney wins big in Arizona, AP says” begins with the following sentence: Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was headed for a decisive victory in Arizona Tuesday night, where he had the support of the state’s governor, Jan Brewer, and a sizable c...

Can someone give this a good answer?
@MrShinyandNew安宇 hey most of my answers are now gen-ref as well. In fact, right when the gen-ref close reason got introduced I closed a bunch of questions on which my answer was the accepted one.
And then the whole Jeff-explodes-in-our-faces thing happened, and nobody would post anything anyway.
> gods forbid we might stray from The Topic here. whatever it is. – John Lawler ↵ 15 hours ago
And right now I just have work to do.
@Cerberus Haha yes. Well that is somewhat annoying.
@RegDwightѬſ道 But is this desirable? Why close such questions at all? What is the underlying reason behind the rule?
@Cerberus I never quite understood it either.
1:17 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 I posted a comment supporting him. The Topic has annoyed me ever since I joined and continued to do so.
I used to argue against it. Time and again.
It's on record. On Meta.
Then why execute it?
Because that's what I do.
I appreciate your sense of duty.
But...
I know I am too lazy to have a right to speak.
Jan 11 at 10:51, by RegDwight Ѭſ道
Dear everyone, if you don't like the rules, we can work on changing them. But simply breaking them at will won't cut it. As long as a rule is in place it has to be followed. Otherwise there's no point in having rules at all.
This is my stance.
1:20 PM
In Holland, we know better.
We just don't execute rules that nobody likes.
Oh, the Germans and their Rules!
And the Americans! And the French!
@Cerberus why not dump them? Why have them in the first place?
So that some attorneys can get money by insisting on them?
@RegDwightѬſ道 Because dumping them is too hard to pull off.
So what does it take to improve the criteria for gen-ref?
@RegDwightѬſ道 They don't. Not executing certain rules is official policy.
@Cerberus Smoke less, work more.
1:21 PM
because it really bugs me that explaining an etymology is off-topic
@MrShinyandNew安宇 Hold on a sec, I'll look for a couple quotes on meta.
Well.
@RegDwightѬſ道 See, that would defeat the purpose, since officially allowing the sale of drugs even though it is against the law is what this is about.
I don't want us to explain the etymology of every word ever.
@RegDwightѬſ道 No need, we believe you.
1:23 PM
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The idea behind any StackExchange site is to build the ultimate resource on a given topic. Just like StackOverflow, with which it all began, we eventually want to cover all questions that are on-topic, even those already answered elsewhere. Just because an answer to a question is right there shou...

This was the original thinking. Not mine, mind you. This is what we started off with.
@KitFox It is very easy to give an etymological answer that goes well beyond what Etymonline has to offer, if only because often a bit more explanation helps a great deal.
Then one fine day it just changed. Just like that. It just did.
Let me see if I can find something...
Why am I talking? I don't actually care. I think a bunch of things get closed as gen ref in an abrupt and snarky fashion when they aren't really gen ref if you don't know where to look, and I don't like that.
8

see http://meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/197/should-trivially-easy-to-find-be-a-benchmark-for-moderating-the-site specifically some new close reason proposals: not sufficiently interesting: this question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link...

See my comment on that answer.
I also don't like it when I feel like our site is being handled by children.
1:25 PM
Basically I called Jeff out on it, but never really got a satisfying reply.
Very typical.
So why bother carrying out the spirit of his policies?
He's a goner anyway.
I resisted the gen-ref close reason after it got introduced. Sometimes by not closing at all, sometimes by picking a different (but still valid) reason.
But then it started getting traction in the community.
OK.
@RegDwightѬſ道 What, you said prayers to JA and received nothing in reply? You must be a sinner.
And then one fine day I just went through the list of my answers and closed a bunch of them as gen-ref.
1:28 PM
Personally I don't see the apparently widespread interest in closing questions at all. Why isn't down-voting enough?
And the world got a little darker.
...I am about to do something very dangerous.
BRB
You're going to vote for S. in your state's primary?
Oh and when Jeff assploded and Rchern and Dori were here, I tried to stand up for our supposedly too basic questions, but they completely missed my point (and in fact so did Rob, though for a different reason).
I know you did.
@Cerberus I'm disarming a bomb. I requires my full concentration.
1:31 PM
We wouldn't know what to do without you: nobody else invests nearly as much time in cleaning things up.
@KitFox Oh, are we distracting you?
What do you boom
@RegDwightѬſ道 How did I miss your point?
I don't even remember the question now, but it was something along the lines of grey vs gray, to which I tried to provide an answer that went beyond being gen-ref. The point I was trying to make was that sometimes it really depends on the answers whether or not a question can be considered gen-ref.
@Robusto You thought it was just blatant rep-whoring.)))
@KitFox Maybe you should shake the bomb to test it. I mean, what if you were needlessly worrying over an innocent device?
@RegDwightѬſ道 Exactly. *
And in fact it ended up not far away from just that. Because Dori and Rchern just went there and upvoted my answer and I got a pat on the back, but they missed my point.
1:33 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 You ceased being a rep whore in my eyes the moment my own rep-whorishness exceeded even your own.
@Robusto Haha. But that was like months before the incident in question.
That was a long time ago!
Jinx!
@Cerberus But actually it is "This password would not work."
@RegDwightѬſ道 I don't recall the debate. Was it in meta?
1:34 PM
My problem with all of this is that while I don't like how that 'absorb' question was written, and I'm annoyed at the snark in the comments, I like the "question" and I learned something from it. I think that is a good kind of question to have because it teaches about how words get borrowed and how pronunciation changes.
@RegDwightѬſ道 How pineapply.
@Robusto Nah, here in chat.
I'm trying to think of a good key word to search for.
@RegDwightѬſ道 And you don't have it open in one of your tabs? For shame.
@Robusto I have, but I lost the number.
And if this question is not a good fit for this site, why do we even bother? We should just write a grammar textbook or style guide, post it on the blog, then shut down.
1:36 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 Oh no, choices! mind shuts down
@RegDwightѬſ道 You don't have the tab numbers in a database? For shame.
@KitFox That is your bomb? rolls eyes
@Robusto I do. But that database is in a different tab still. Of which the number escapes me as well.
1 min ago, by Mr. Shiny and New 安宇
My problem with all of this is that while I don't like how that 'absorb' question was written, and I'm annoyed at the snark in the comments, I like the "question" and I learned something from it. I think that is a good kind of question to have because it teaches about how words get borrowed and how pronunciation changes.
This.
Except that I didn't learn anything.
Haha.
1:37 PM
But you know what I mean.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Feet of clay, my friend. Feet of cuh-lay ...
Well, that is kind of what the Reversal badge is for.
@MrShinyandNew安宇 Stop it! I can't keep on starring your every message.
@Cerberus I have to do it manually. It is time consuming and requires doing updates on the production database, which is incredibly dangerous.
Downvote a crappy question into oblivion, provide an awesome answer that gets upvoted like hell, get a gold badge.
Except that on our site, such questions get 11 upvotes and zero downvotes.
And this is not an isolated incident.
Nobody has the Reversal badge.
1:38 PM
140 Kweschun: Y u no suk my dik?
-10 Answer: [discussion of lolcat as linguistic phenomenon]
@KitFox Ohh that kind of bomb. Perhaps get get good food and baby pictures?
2 hours ago, by RegDwight Ѭſ道
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Your mum actioned a suck on my dick

@Kit.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Precisely.
I wasn't sure.
You enter the room at the weirdestest time's.
@KitFox You mean "Actually, the etymology of "dick" is quite interesting in light of its meaning in the 18th century, and blah blah..."
1:40 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 I love, support, and affirm you as our leader.
Put me on the Ritz.
It is good to see you united on such a subject.
I.e. the "action" described.
Why English misspell Putin always?
@Cerberus R u impling i suk dik?
1:42 PM
I'm more curious why someone would take the name "Adolf Garlic" ...
@KitFox If you like.
@Robusto You mean you wanted to take it?
@Robusto Yeah Adolf was hardly a garlic eater...
Is that even an expression in English?
I took it, but I put it back when I was done with it.
Aug 15 '11 at 19:22, by RegDwight Ѭſ道
Etymonline sez: O.E. garleac (Mercian), garlec (W. Saxon) "garlic," from gar "spear" (in reference to the clove), see gar + leac "leek" (see leek).
Gen-ref.
1:43 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 Well, you have to admit it strikes one dumb with awe.
Obviously "spear" is a reference to "fasci", whence fascist, which Adolf kind of was.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Thank you, but I studied Old English and know the derivation of the term. It is the combination that is of interest.
@Robusto to you, my friend. To you.
Nöone älse cares.
@RegDwightѬſ道 To me and all right-thinking people. YMMV.
You have way too many right-thinking people in your country.
Not that we want to have them over here.
1:45 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 Curiously, the right-thinking people are also the wrong-thinking people. So how do you like them apples?
2
Pine. I like my apples pine.
[Waits for Reg to make a remark about apples.]
Also, seven.
Haha, see? I knew you were going to say that.
@Robusto My remarks are faster than your waiting.
1:45 PM
I had it ready to fire right after I saw yours.
I am the speed of light, baby.
@RegDwightѬſ道 You're just a tweaker. It's an illusion brought on by too much reliance on amphetamines.
There can be too much reliance on amphetamines?
How about you start making sense for a change.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Watch all four seasons of Breaking Bad and then we'll talk.
Wow, another achievement in the field of excellence: Watching TV all day!
1:48 PM
@RegDwightѬſ道 You don't have to watch it all day. You can spread it out over, like, a week if you want.
Sorry, Watching TV all week.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Also, this from a man who regularly leaves chat to watch American Dad.
I never left chat for that.
I used that as an alibi.
@RegDwightѬſ道 Lies!
You say that now.
Sometimes I just read stuff here without posting. That's called listening to others, you know.
1:49 PM
What were you doing with the goat? Was that an alibi too?
Well, did it work?
The jury is still out. And I mean "the jury" literally.
@Robusto no it was an albino
An alibi that doesn't work isn't.
Stop trying to wear me out.
1:50 PM
alibino: An alibi that involves an albino
@Robusto You misspelled "succeeding in".
The "you misspelled" meme is played out. Let's go back to LOLCATZ or something.
You misspelled "misspellz" ...
You misspell everyting.
1:56 PM
TIL that Fred Astaire was a Jedi.