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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2265 on: February 13, 2014, 12:47:04 AM »
In Danish BC and AD are called "Before the birth of Christ" and "After the birth of Christ", but they're usually abbreviated BC and AC (or the Danish equivalent anyway).
 
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« Reply #2266 on: February 13, 2014, 09:32:03 AM »
I always remember what AD means because of the old Swiss Family Robinson show.  The father, in the narration, would always say, 'In the year of our Lord'.

See, TV isn't just a mindless time suck.   ;D
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« Reply #2267 on: February 14, 2014, 03:00:08 AM »
Here's a tip. Don't think that you can use dish washing detergent in a dishwasher. In his defense the employee in question had never owned a dishwasher, but the foamy mess was quite impressive.

I worked with a woman who did this - she had no idea how to mop a floor either.  It did make a sparkling clean floor though.

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« Reply #2268 on: February 14, 2014, 08:32:09 AM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

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« Reply #2269 on: February 14, 2014, 08:37:20 AM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

aren't they called baristas, regardless of gender?

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« Reply #2270 on: February 14, 2014, 08:41:18 AM »
Yes, they are. One of my fellow students is a barista and he told me that little gem.

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« Reply #2271 on: February 14, 2014, 09:33:18 AM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

I suppose he could be, if you said it with the right accent.
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« Reply #2272 on: February 14, 2014, 10:22:55 AM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

aren't they called baristas, regardless of gender?

And ladyknight1 writes: "Yes, they are. One of my fellow students is a barista and he told me that little gem."

I've never formally learnt Spanish; but from bits and pieces which I've encountered, it's apparently a language which can seem a little odd as regards nouns with a "feminine-looking" -a ending.  One which I find entertaining, is that the word for a railway locomotive driver (American "engineer"), is "maquinista" -- and that profession has traditionally been an overwhelmingly male one.

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« Reply #2273 on: February 14, 2014, 11:50:41 AM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

aren't they called baristas, regardless of gender?

LOL..barrister?  :D

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« Reply #2274 on: February 14, 2014, 12:05:26 PM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

aren't they called baristas, regardless of gender?

LOL..barrister?  :D

They are court advocates in England. Oh and they still wear wigs.
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« Reply #2275 on: February 14, 2014, 10:50:10 PM »
Just today, another mom at our homeschool co-op was showing the kids where the countries around the Mediterranean Sea were, and she pointed out Israel.  She said that she had been tutoring a student who had recently immigrated from Korea, and he said in a sad voice at one point, "Jesus loves Americans more because he came from America."   
This was also a child, but  I had told him the story of the Prophet Kennekuk, and his reply was, 'Wow, I didn't know there were smart Indians.'
I bet you can guess why that comment was so ironic and tragic.

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« Reply #2276 on: February 14, 2014, 11:03:21 PM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

A friend of mine, some years back.  We were going past a cafe with a sign 'Barista on duty'.  He commented 'Wow, that's handy, having a barrister available!'

I had to explain the difference.

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« Reply #2277 on: February 14, 2014, 11:57:54 PM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

aren't they called baristas, regardless of gender?

LOL..barrister?  :D

They are court advocates in England. Oh and they still wear wigs.
And Australia. And South Africa and quite a few other countries.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrister

Think of it like a lawyer where the profession is split between barrister and solicitor. Barristers go to court, solicitors don't.

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« Reply #2278 on: February 15, 2014, 02:29:47 AM »
A male barista is not a barrister.

aren't they called baristas, regardless of gender?

LOL..barrister?  :D

They are court advocates in England. Oh and they still wear wigs.
And Australia. And South Africa and quite a few other countries.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrister

Think of it like a lawyer where the profession is split between barrister and solicitor. Barristers go to court, solicitors don't.

Ahem, incorrect.  I am an Australian solicitor and I appear in Court fequently. 

Barristers tend to do more advocacy work, and are generally not instructed directly by a client, but rather through a solicitor.  Barristers often provide specialist advice, and draft or settle complex documents, and mostly solicitors do the more basic legwork when they are working together.  It's a difficult disctinction to define, but technically there's little a barrister can do that I can't - they're just more likely to have particular skills, and therefore do it better.  BUt its not like I'm not allowed to.

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« Reply #2279 on: February 15, 2014, 07:51:51 AM »
Back on topic: I had another argument with an adult who was insisting AD means After Death, not Anno Domini, except she was insisting that "Anno Domini" is latin for "After Death".

I've heard that one a lot. I think it's a pretty common misconception, which at least kind of makes sense... same initials, translation fuzziness, etc.. BC = Before Christ, AD must be some kind of "After Christ," right?

What gets me is when people argue/insist that they're right, instead of saying, "Really? I always thought X. Is that not so? Can we look it up?"

I remmeber being taught thi is a semi-kind of way.

We were taught that AD means Anno Domini etc etc, and that lots of people use the words "After Death" as a way to remember the time reference.  We were expressly taught that the AD date marker didn't match up with the supposed date of death because the 33 years of Jesus life causes a hiccup, but that it was nearish enough to use as a rough guide.
Still doesn't make sense to my brain. I was told BC marked the time before the supposed birth of Jesus and AD marked the time after the supposed birth of Jesus. To me that is more accurate and easy to understand.


OK it  usually led to me arguing what about people in cultures not dominated by Christian faith why should their calendar be dominated by not their religion. Then in 10th the teacher pointed out that many of the months and days take their names from early Greek/Roman religion and no-one is complaining about that.


Which brings up an interesting question. In countries with cultures (China, Japan and Israel are the three that pop to mind) that have other ways of numbering the years/different New Years do they use their traditional way and convert like with time zones when dealing with the west, or do they use the Gregorian Calendar?
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