Speaking in Tongues
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It's been a few months since we announced impending changes to Thorn Tree, so it's time we gave you an update.
There's been a team of developers and designers working away on a new version for a little while now. Here's the headlines:
We hope to launch a beta version in February 2014. This is not an iron-clad guarantee, but it's where we're aiming for at the moment. We'll keep you updated if this changes.
The new Thorn Tree beta will include the return of private messages. As we've said over this past year, the mods have missed them too – party time.
What will the new Thorn Tree look like?
It will contain the same features and a similar page layout, tweaked to look a bit more 2014, not 2006. It... more »
When I post about some technical problem TT is having, I have been referring to the people who are setting marmot traps in the server room as "techies," mainly because that's the best catch-all word I know.
Well, it seems that, in San Francisco at least, "techie" has become a pejorative term. Techie term draws derision from tech workers
Somehow, I don't think Lonely Planet would be amused if I started posting "Sorry about the problem. Our hackers are now looking into it."
Yersinia, Thorn Tree Moderator
We all know that women are better at it but does anybody know what the word actually means?
I was watching a TV report on the helicopter crash in Glasgow, the guy being interviewed was speaking English with a local accent. The BBC (?) thoughtfully put an English subtitle across the bottom of the screen. Years ago living in Spain, Spanish TV put subtitles in Castillano(?) whenever someone speaking Basque was on the screen. And yes, I know the Basque language is not an accent.
I was taught it was written Castile (or so I think) but, online, I see it spelled Castille too. Is Castille also correct or is it a widespread mistake?
Thanks in advance.
P.S.: The question is about the English spelling of the word.
Why is the Ł in the name of this song barred?
The L in Arabic names with Abdul is like an English or Polish L, not like a Polish Ł. And I see from the Polish Wiki page oh Gamal Abdel Nasr that hs name is written with a normal L.
Must it be barred because it follows a u?
("Abdul Bey" really isn't a possible Arabic name, but I don't think that matters.)
How do US citizens pronounce Roosevelt? 3 syllables Rose-a-velt or 2 Roos-velt?
Does anyone know whether the Dutch spoken in the 18th century pronounced the "s" in front of the consonants 'p' or 't' like "sh"? German does this today -> spazieren, Spagetti, Stern, steigen, Steuer...
I think so (because of Russian loanwords), but I would like to hear scientific corroboration of my theory.
Just the way she pronounces "design" as "dezaahn" on 5:58 got me curious.
Sorry the video itself is, um, targeted at such a very specialized audience.
Hope you're all well. Today a friend asked me why this sentence is correct (company name) IS celebrating THEIR anniversary.
Though it sounds pretty normal I can't remember my grammar lessons :-) .. So, if you can give me a decent answer I´ll appreciate.
Thank you for any help
...have a problem with PHENOMENON and CRITERION? One hears even people who are purportedly well educated say things like "I have only one criteria" and "This was a unique phenomena" and so on.
I freely admit that singular "-on" and plural "-a" nouns are rare in English, but we're only talking about two - widely used - words here. Mastery of the singular/plural doesn't require a great deal of effort. So why is there such a widespread mental block with these words?
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