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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24525 on: November 23, 2013, 11:25:35 PM »
Re: the guns and decommissioned tanks at the Australian War Memorial. You're not allowed to climb on them, there's signs around saying that. Not that it stops people of all ages. And I think Australians are becoming more respectful towards our war history. Every year the number of people going to ANZAC Day ceremonies grows.

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« Reply #24526 on: November 24, 2013, 06:40:08 AM »

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I'd been teaching his son in reading about silent e, and how it makes vowels say their name rather than their short sound (e.g. hop vs hope, sit vs site, etc.) which is useful, since there are literally hundreds of such words in English, including a lot of very common ones.

The dirty word? "nude"   ...


I loved your story, but I'm sitting here wondering what a 'nud' would be?   ;D

I take it that some words were just random words without a "no silent e" counterpart?

Of course there's the fact that for many of us, "nude" doesn't fit the silent-e-makes-vowels-say-their name "rule." I pronounce it "nood" not "newd"; (to keep it on topic) how about "rude"? Pretty much all of those "rules" are worthless in English. It would be fine if there were just a couple of exceptions but there are almost as many exceptions as examples that conform.  I may be weird, but I think i-before-e is another worthless one; who needs a "rule" that has two exceptions built in and lots of counter-examples, even to the exceptions? But perhaps I should rein in my irritation and stop being so scientific about it.

As someone who teaches this sort of thing, and who has observed literally hundreds of children learn and practice such rules before picking up a book and being able to read it for the first time, let me assure you that there are several extremely useful rules in English, where it's much easier to learn a single rule and a dozen exceptions than to just memorise the spelling and pronunciation of several hundred otherwise easy-to-learn words. I before e is not such a rule--it's often used as an example of English spelling rules and it's a terrible one, because the exceptions greatly outnumber the adherents. It's out of date and isn't even taught here or in Australia any more, nor has it been for decades, because it's so useless. Actual rules like whether or not a c is soft (basically always unless it's followed by an e, i, or y) are tremendously useful, and their exceptions are terribly few and often not words a child would even know. Silent k and g is another rule we teach: if a word starts with kn/gn, then the k/g is silent. The exceptions are incredibly few, and aren't words that even the majority of adults would know.

Here, "nude" is pronounced "nyood", if that helps. And I didn't go into detail because I felt it wasn't relevant to my original post, but the magic e and u actually has two options: u can either say "yoo" or just "oo" depending on the word. There is a reason for this which is technical and irrelevant here. But of the two options, only ever one is an actual word, and the other is gibberish, so you always know what to go with. I have lists of all English words (found in the dictionary, anyway) for each rule (typically hundreds or thousands depending on the rule) and all their exceptions (often a few dozen at most). So let me please assure you that there are not "almost as many exceptions as examples that conform" at all.

Sharing the earworm I got from this discussion:

http://youtu.be/91BQqdNOUxs

I doubt it would help with the very strange father in the original post, though.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24527 on: November 24, 2013, 09:26:14 AM »
If the wall is part of the memorial I would liken it to allowing a child to climb on head stones in a grave yard.

Exactly. It's disrespectful. Go climb on a wall in a park if you want to. A memorial is not the place to play on.

I disagree especially in this case as this memorial is for a ship (which was scuttled near there and named after the city it is in), not for people and no-one died in war related to this ship. Also Australians do seem to be less serious towards our defence forces and war history than some other countries.

It could have been a memorial to a llama farm, but there would not be a guarantee that the wall had been approved as child-safe.
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« Reply #24528 on: November 25, 2013, 06:56:57 PM »
Here's one my mother ran into on a Facebook group...Special Snowflake I Want A Dog.

There's a woman who br*eeds and sells standard poodles in this group, and SSIWAD decided, well, she wanted one. Now, this would be perfectly alright, if not for the ridiculous requests this SS then made.

She wanted to get the dog for either free, or nearly free, AND she wanted the br*eeder to deliver it to her, several states away, because she doesn't have a car.

Of course, the br*eeder said no, she wasn't comfortable with selling one of her dogs to this woman, and got chewed out up one side and down the other in absolutely filthy language.

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« Reply #24529 on: November 25, 2013, 08:13:45 PM »
Ugh. It's ninnies that that who drive the good b-reeders out of the business.
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« Reply #24530 on: November 25, 2013, 08:32:02 PM »
Ugh. It's ninnies that that who drive the good b-reeders out of the business.
I do not mean to be argumentative, but I do not understand how you got from a completely unreasonable Special Snowflake wanting a br33der to bring them a free dog to "ninnies that drive the good [ones] out of business."  A good one would simply decline the honor; It wouldn't put them out of business.

I don't know who chewed this lady out in absolutely filthy language.  The language alone would convince me that I could not care less what these people have to say.  They certainly aren't my target demographic for poodle sales.  The lady with the poodles won't lose any customers over this FB snow flurry.  In fact, now she will have more free time since she doesn't need to invest any more time in this vicious, unreasonable group.
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« Reply #24531 on: November 25, 2013, 09:05:01 PM »
Ugh. It's ninnies that that who drive the good b-reeders out of the business.
I do not mean to be argumentative, but I do not understand how you got from a completely unreasonable Special Snowflake wanting a br33der to bring them a free dog to "ninnies that drive the good [ones] out of business."  A good one would simply decline the honor; It wouldn't put them out of business.

I don't know who chewed this lady out in absolutely filthy language.  The language alone would convince me that I could not care less what these people have to say.  They certainly aren't my target demographic for poodle sales.  The lady with the poodles won't lose any customers over this FB snow flurry.  In fact, now she will have more free time since she doesn't need to invest any more time in this vicious, unreasonable group.

I think she meant that it's unreasonable people that cause the nice bre*ders to not want to deal with the crazy any more.

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« Reply #24532 on: November 25, 2013, 10:02:51 PM »
Ugh. It's ninnies that that who drive the good b-reeders out of the business.

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« Reply #24533 on: November 26, 2013, 07:32:22 AM »

That always reminds me of this wonderful bit on Qi.

All bits on QI are wonderful, but I will agree that some are more wonderful than others.

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« Reply #24534 on: November 26, 2013, 10:51:41 AM »
Wasn't there a thread about this woman?  Or her twin?  LOL

http://notalwaysworking.com/someones-having-a-beef-part-2/32585

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« Reply #24535 on: November 26, 2013, 10:53:36 AM »
Wasn't there a thread about this woman?  Or her twin?  LOL

http://notalwaysworking.com/someones-having-a-beef-part-2/32585

When I read that one my jaw dropped.

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« Reply #24536 on: November 26, 2013, 11:14:00 AM »
Wasn't there a thread about this woman?  Or her twin?  LOL

http://notalwaysworking.com/someones-having-a-beef-part-2/32585

When I read that one my jaw dropped.

I used to work with someone like that, believe it or not. She couldn't understand that her lifestyle choices meant that she had to alter her own lifestyle to accommodate them, not that it gave her the right to alter the lives of others instead. Some people just don't get it. She also didn't stay working very long. I don't know if she was fired or if she quit because we were all stifling her veganness. I never asked and was just thankful she was gone.

I feel sorry for the majority of vegans, whom I suspect are perfectly nice people, because for a lot of people, the only vegans we ever notice are the ones like this. Sort of like the toupee fallacy: you only notice the bad toupees, so you assume all toupees look bad, even though there are many more good ones that you didn't notice because they're good.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24537 on: November 26, 2013, 11:24:32 AM »

I don't know who chewed this lady out in absolutely filthy language.  The language alone would convince me that I could not care less what these people have to say.  They certainly aren't my target demographic for poodle sales.  The lady with the poodles won't lose any customers over this FB snow flurry.  In fact, now she will have more free time since she doesn't need to invest any more time in this vicious, unreasonable group.


From the context, I believe the one wanting the free purebread poodle delivered to a different state spewed the filthy vitriol.

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« Reply #24538 on: November 26, 2013, 12:05:24 PM »

I don't know who chewed this lady out in absolutely filthy language.  The language alone would convince me that I could not care less what these people have to say.  They certainly aren't my target demographic for poodle sales.  The lady with the poodles won't lose any customers over this FB snow flurry.  In fact, now she will have more free time since she doesn't need to invest any more time in this vicious, unreasonable group.


From the context, I believe the one wanting the free purebread poodle delivered to a different state spewed the filthy vitriol.

^^^  That was my interpretation also.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24539 on: November 26, 2013, 12:29:27 PM »
I used to be a chihuahua br##der and you would be amazed at the number of people that want to know if you will "donate" a puppy to some charity or another...

Calls all the time about someone that can't afford a puppy - then get one at the local SPCA for no or low cost, including shots and neutering/spaying.  My first thought is that if they can't afford the price how will they be able to afford the ownership costs? 

I understand that YOU want a pure breed but YOU can't afford that, choose something else.  I want champagne, I can afford bottled water. 







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