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"What takes a long time to get finished will be finally good" - Ulrike
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nihil obstat |ˈnīhil ˈäbstat| noun(in the Roman Catholic Church) a certification by an official censor that a book is not objectionable on doctrinal or moral grounds.ORIGIN Latin, literally nothing hinders.
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If someone comes close to saying something which is probably already very clear to their audience without stating it outright, are they "skating the obvious"?
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Due to a typo, I used the word "confirmatino" instead of, well, you know. Anyway, it looks better and SOUNDS better than the original. Elegant, like maybe it's Italian. Moving forward please use this improved word in all official communications. Just like wikipedia, if enough people claim it's valid, it must be -- right?
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I've finally had an occasion to look up and embrace the differences between unfunctional and nonfunctional.
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Just now in the office, I accidentally committed this offense: "Kona島コーヒーの味は優しいすぎるです、ね。でもコナコーヒーは大体こんなモンです。"

Christ, it's too early on a Monday for this level of pun-ishment, even if I'm the one doing it.


Nov. 30th, 2009 08:38 am
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Here are the 10 first place winners in the International Pun Contest. Warning – theses are very punny!
  1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, “I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.”
  2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says “Dam!”
  3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
  4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says “I’ve lost my electron.” The other says “Are you sure?” The first replies “Yes, I’m positive.”
  5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
  6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “But why?”, they asked, as they moved off. “Because,” he said,” I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.”
  7. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named “Ahmal.” The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him “Juan.” Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, “They’re twins! If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Ahmal.”
  8. A group of friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to “persuade” them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he’d be back if they didn’t close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars.
  9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him – a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
  10. And finally, there was the person who sent ten different puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
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There is a wiki entry for the "metal umlaut" -- and it has useful information in it.
Metal umlaut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The English word diaeresis, coming from a Greek word meaning "to divide or distinguish", refers to a diacritic graphically similar to the umlaut. This diacritic is used in languages such as Greek, French, Spanish (where it indicates a non-diphthong and thus, a real diaereisis), Dutch, and Brazilian Portuguese with varying purposes; in English and some other languages the diaeresis may be employed to indicate that two vowels are to be pronounced separately, as in the names "Chloë", "Zoë", or the word "naïve". Although spellings such as reënact and coöperate have largely fallen into disuse, this use of the diaeresis mark, or trema, is still used in some English-language publications.
This could also be used for Japanese people's names where they have paired vowels. Pretty neat.


Oct. 23rd, 2009 04:51 pm
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Perapera-kun: Japanese Popup Translator :: Add-ons for Thunderbird: Wow. If any of you have a need for on-demand Japanese readings, and are using Thunderbird for your mail client -- this is very helpful.
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Silly things boggle me. I just spent a minute being stunned that "damned" and "darned" are only one letter apart.
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So the judge in the cyber-bullying case has overturned the jury's "guilty" judgment, acquitting the defendant of the criminal charges. I didn't even know judges could /do/ that. What's the point of the jury trial, then?

The lawyer had this to say:

Steward wouldn’t say how much the case had cost his client, only noting that her parents had taken care of his fee, which was “significantly lower” than what he normally charged.

He said that Drew and her family have since moved out of Missouri, due to the harassment they received, noting that she’s been “an internet punching bag for almost three years” having been “tried, convicted and lynched by bloggers” and others who didn’t know all the facts of the case.

Not the most considerate choice of words, (a) because unlike the target of her abuse Drew is actually still alive, and (b) lynching refers to hanging, which is how her victim killed herself.

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Sometimes I think about doing translation work, and then randomly find and think about translating sentences like "Traceability and automatic data capture in the value chain for farmed salmon." -- At which point I'd just throw up or start crying.


Sep. 9th, 2008 03:04 pm
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The doctor's office has comics available to read while waiting for one's appointment. They have Inoue's VAGABOND - the story of Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary badass samurai. I picked up the first comic on my own maybe three or four years ago, and could only read about 30% of it. I was happy to find that anymore I can read about 90% of it, and the main areas that trip me up are the bits where people are using keigo, courtly, archaic, or very regional dialects.
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chintzy - Definitions from
[Origin: 1850–55; chintz + -y1; cf. chinchy, which has reinforced figurative senses]
Google says this is the only word in teh internets which sports this three word combination in this configuration. What the HELL does it mean?
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This is one of those cases where it is important to remember that possessive pronouns never take apostrophes, even though possessive nouns do (see it’s/its). “Who’s” always and forever means only “who is,” as in “Who’s that guy with the droopy mustache?” or “who has,” as in “Who’s been eating my porridge?” “Whose” is the possessive form of “who” and is used as follows: “Whose dirty socks are these on the breakfast table?”


May. 9th, 2008 03:28 pm
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"Nearabouts" isn't a real word?

So why are "whereabouts" and "thereabouts" acceptable?
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For meanings of "investigate," is it "look in to" or "look into"?


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