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by Berale
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: NYT article on language
Replies: 29
Views: 15568

Re: NYT article on language

The translatability of some words from one language to another is certainly a meme that gets around (at least on the Web). For example, it is usually alleged that speakers of English cannot truly understand what is meant by the Portuguese word saudade . What I usually take this to mean is that ther...
by Berale
Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: NYT article on language
Replies: 29
Views: 15568

Re: NYT article on language

So it appears to me that there are some structural differences between languages that make little or no difference to the way speakers of different languages perceive things. There are other structural differences, however, that have a massive impact. My instinct is to agree with this, though some ...
by Berale
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: NYT article on language
Replies: 29
Views: 15568

Re: NYT article on language

I'm with Phil on this. I'm bilingual myself, having grown up speaking Hebrew with dad and siblings and wherever I went, and English with my mum as she is an English-speaker. Living in the UK now, I spend most of my time interacting with people in English, and I find it very hard to shift from one la...
by Berale
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: a loose man (not a woman)
Replies: 7
Views: 8519

Re: a loose man (not a woman)

I missed the jumble... but as for the original question - my understanding is that different terminology is used to describe promiscuity depending on gender. people do discuss men's promiscuity but using different words, and, due to the prejudice Erik mentioned, often with a different tone of voice ...
by Berale
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: delexical verbs; true direct objects; have a wash (not a bath)
Replies: 27
Views: 3590

Re: have a wash (not a bath)

Having a scrub-up after meals is the part that Berale meant was not common in the UK and North America. yes, that's the bit I meant. I've definitely heard people talking about "having a wash" when they get up in the morning. And in my own culture it's normal to wash your hands (literally, not euphe...
by Berale
Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: delexical verbs; true direct objects; have a wash (not a bath)
Replies: 27
Views: 3590

Re: have a wash (not a bath)

So,what alternative wordings there are for "to have a wash",referring to the routine of washing hands and face after meals? I think that "to wash up" is possible but when it doesn't take the object,can mean both "clean face and hands" and "wash the dishes"? As Erik said, if you say "to wash up" her...
by Berale
Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do or don't?
Replies: 36
Views: 6479

Re: Do or don't?

dante wrote:I'm perfectly aware that English usage (or any other for that fact)is many times far from logical and doesn't always fit the expected pattern.
well, if you've worked that bit out, you'll do just fine :)
by Berale
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:16 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do or don't?
Replies: 36
Views: 6479

Re: Do or don't?

yes, it's the "as often as" combined with the negative ellipsis - or in trolley's example the "as much as". when you're comparing quantities it gets confusing.
by Berale
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: punning away
Replies: 2
Views: 2190

Re: punning away

*groan*
by Berale
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:59 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do or don't?
Replies: 36
Views: 6479

Re: Do or don't?

I'm most impressed with your generosity!
by Berale
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do or don't?
Replies: 36
Views: 6479

Re: Do or don't?

Phil White wrote:Yes, Meirav. Thanks. That would do it.
cool - now where's my prize?
by Berale
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: attention to details
Replies: 20
Views: 5464

Re: attention to details

if it needs to be a bit negative then perhaps "fiddly" is the right word - I think a fiddly job is a job that requires fiddling around with things, it's not straightforward and it requires concentration as if you don't concentrate when you're fiddling around with things, all sorts of interesting thi...
by Berale
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do or don't?
Replies: 36
Views: 6479

Re: Do or don't?

I think the difficulty comes from the fact that I want to stress "don't win" as a positive (i.e. something that leads to a prize). how about this then: I think there should be a special prize for people who manage to not win the lottery as often as I do. I know, I know, "to not win" is not normal E...
by Berale
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:10 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: attention to details
Replies: 20
Views: 5464

Re: attention to details

I think the word "fiddly" does answer the requirement to describe "a job that takes a rigorous attention for details,and is time-consuming,although not necessarily complicated", but it's a word I have only heard used in a negative tone of voice, and I'm not sure you're looking for a negative connota...
by Berale
Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Do or don't?
Replies: 36
Views: 6479

Re: Do or don't?

and having said all that, of course I can't let go of this bone that easily... looking again at that second sentence: "I think there should be a special prize for people who don't win the lottery as often as I don't." it seems like it might be a rather odd way of saying what I would rephrase as: I t...