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by PhilHunt
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phonesthesia [phonaesthesia ]
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

Re: phonesthesia [ phonesthesia / phonaesthesia ]

Excuse my spelling guys, I made a mistake in the title, putting a 't' where I meant top put an 's'. I heard it mentioned in an interview and when I did some internet searching I found the spellings I mentioned before; one in an article on Mapping and the other on a website in connection with Daniel ...
by PhilHunt
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: phonesthesia [phonaesthesia ]
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

phonesthesia [phonaesthesia ]

I've been reading about this subject recently, which also sometimes goes under the term of 'sound symbols' (and occasionally phonestesia). I've found it interesting, especially when I consider old posts on the subjects of cognitive science, and the debate on objectivism versus subjectivism in word m...
by PhilHunt
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: computer program can reconstruct dead languages
Replies: 3
Views: 3103

Re: computer program can reconstruct dead languages

I'll have to try out that software when I have a moment. The whole project sounds interesting, but, given that a programme hasn't yet been developed that can successfully make sense of the English language, I have some reservation. :) I just read Dan Klein's CV. I particularly like his Personal sect...
by PhilHunt
Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: was (adjective)
Replies: 3
Views: 1178

Re: was (adjective)

I've seen 'was' used before as a noun. For example, the gloomy British singer Morrissey wrote a song called "Now I am a was".

I'm quite sure I've heard 'was' used as an adjective. For example, on hearing some old news that you may think is new, the listener could retort, "that's such was news."
by PhilHunt
Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: computer program can reconstruct dead languages
Replies: 3
Views: 3103

computer program can reconstruct dead languages

I don't know if any of you guys saw this news, but it might be of intrest to some: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21427896

Alternatively, you can go directly to the article at the National Academy of Sciences: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/02/05/1204678110
by PhilHunt
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The punctuation of Thus
Replies: 9
Views: 8375

Re: The punctuation of Thus

In your examples, 1) It was a bleak day. Thus, they declined the offer to go boating 2) It was a bleak day; thus, they declined the offer to go boating 1) is incorrectly punctuated, and 2) is correctly but rather stuffily punctuated. I would have preferred: It was a bleak day, thus they declined th...
by PhilHunt
Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The punctuation of Thus
Replies: 9
Views: 8375

The punctuation of Thus

I'm having some doubts over how to punctuate 'thus' when used as an adverb. I am familiar with 'thus' as a Transition marker, similar to 'as a result', punctuating it thus: 'It was a bleak day. Thus, they declined the offer to go boating.' It was a bleak day; thus, they declined the offer to go boat...
by PhilHunt
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: When is a grape not a grape?
Replies: 10
Views: 1696

Re: When is a grape not a grape?

Thank you both. I would have never made the Black Grape connection.
by PhilHunt
Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: When is a grape not a grape?
Replies: 10
Views: 1696

When is a grape not a grape?

I have a question from one of my Italian students.
He is friends with a guy from New York and has been told by this friend that 'grape' can be used as a term of offense; something akin to 'stupid'. Can anyone confirm this?
by PhilHunt
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: He's friends with her.
Replies: 10
Views: 1417

Re: He's friends with her.

I've found a few interesting variations which I think support the argument that they are all extensions or 'mimicry' of 'they are friends' that Edwin put forward. We would never say: 1) "He is brothers with him." ..but we might say: 2) "He was blood-brothers with him." In fact, I have found a few ex...
by PhilHunt
Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: He's friends with her.
Replies: 10
Views: 1417

He's friends with her.

A student of mine pointed out the strangeness of the following sentence, "he's friends with her". She asked why the plural noun was used with a singular verb. To my mind it is because of the implied complementary relationship (They are both friends), but it led me to think; why can't this be done wi...
by PhilHunt
Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Frigid
Replies: 9
Views: 689

Re: Frigid

Frigging in the Forum,
There was *uck all else to do.
by PhilHunt
Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: illogical unpredictability
Replies: 5
Views: 3438

Re: illogical unpredictability

Some people lament the loss of understanding in the differing usage of prefixes. For example uninterested and disinterested. I imagine much of the confusion is due to the mixing up of Latin and Greek prefix usage, as well as modern usage. I've also heard some interesting American variations such as ...
by PhilHunt
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Frigid
Replies: 9
Views: 689

Re: Frigid

Teachers are most frigid on Frigga's day.

I always wondered if Frigid and Frig were in some way related to Frigga, the Germanic goddess of love, but I can't find a cognate-cousin in the etymological family tree, which seems strange to me.
by PhilHunt
Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: agony aunt
Replies: 2
Views: 1382

Re: agony aunt

Ken, Agony Aunt is a very common noun combination in Britain. The Agony Aunt column was always a favourite of housewives. I don't know if they still run such things, but, to get an idea of what they are, think of Uma Thurman's character in the Accidental Husband. She played a talk radio host who wou...