Speaking in Tongues
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In a courtroom, what is the correct term for the kind of "fence" that sometimes seperates the audience from the accusant's and defendant's section ?
Can anyone give me a list of some common Turkish internet terms - verbs, nouns, phrases etc. - that İ can use to get on wıth thıngs here ın the NE of Turkey? İ know 'sil' and 'ıpdat' now but there are lots of others my dıctıonary can't cope wıth.
Hi ... I speak pretty good French from school/uni but haven't really tested in France too much.
Question - in shops, restaurants anywhere really is it OK to address people first up with the tu form? I wouldn't do it for someone important/elderly but for someone middle aged or young is it OK?
The world's most awesome mess
Interesting discussion of how much of a global language English is (or isn't).
I especially liked the comment:
As for the modern “myth” of Middle English as a creole, space permits only the comment that if one uses evidence drawn from internet chat rooms (or from Wikipedia), one will indeed get some strange results.
Edited by: Myanmarbound to correct an awesomely messy spelling.
How did that family name come about?
It looks as if it would mean pigmounter, but somene so into that that he got it as a nickname would perhaps be unlikely to leave a lot of progeny.
On the same translatlantic flight I mentioned on another thread, I almost finished the crossword in the FT Weekend. The one entry I couldn't get was clued as "Shooting stick? (4,3)". What I've got is "_O_L U". I imagine the second word is "gun", but nothing comes to mind for the first. I won't be on a plane next wekend and therefore am unlikely to see the solution.
In Beaumont and Fletcher's burlesque Knight of the Burning Pestle, Mr Merrythought sings:
With hey trixy terlery-whiskin
The world it runs on wheels;
When the young man's ________
Up goes the maiden's heels.
Presumably the missing word rhymes with whiskin. I thought of friskin', and so did whoever wrote in the margin of one edition reproduced in google books, but that's not obscene enough to be replaced with dashes.
Did this English musician and composer write any of his choral works in other than the English language?
I wonder if some kind soul could help me?
I'm currently carrying out research for an article about a Slovakian survivor of the Holocaust, subsequently deceased.
She was interned at the labour camp in a place called Novaky.
I've found a photo of the gate to this camp online & it has the words
"Pracovny Tabor Zidov"
on a sign over the top.
Does anyone know what this means?
What do they mean by 'smarts' in this sentence from Forbes mag?
"We can always point to dynamic CEOs as case studies, even though the sociologists would say those are the equivalent of celebrating the smarts of lottery winners."
It comes from this article:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2012/04/30/heres-why-google-and-facebook-might-completely-disappear-in-the-next-5-years/ (4th paragraph)
From the BBC. Personally I don't feel comfortable with this. A brilliant Italian student who doesn't like, or has problems learning, English won't be able to study in Italian. While Italian is currently a strong language with millions of native speakers, other languages are weaker and could become 'something granny still speaks and I know a few poems' as English comes to dominate. It won't happen overnight and a post on SiT isn't going to change anything - but I wonder how other people feel about it.
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