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Now majoring in math, linguistics, and Asian studies, with a concentration in Japanese, at University of Tennessee, with minors in English, German, history, and computer science.

I read a lot, and all over the place, content-wise. I also have a bad tendency to use German grammar in my English writing...which actually works pretty well for me.

It's not my fault I was only formally exposed to grammar when I started learning German.

Calculus is totally sexy, and I would probably marry Gottfried Leibnitz if he were still alive. And just to cement my awesome dorkiness to the world: I decided I wanted to study linguistics after I read The Lord of the Rings and found out Tolkien was a philologist. That was the only reason I ever went on a language kick. Before that I was an art/history nerd, with emphasis on the art. Who knows why?

Fate is inexorable.


May
28
comment What do you call words that look like a negation but are not?
Don't forget "inflammable," which means the same thing as "flammable"...
May
28
comment Is it true that Chinese speakers have troubles with 'r's and 'l's in English words?
...I was googling for something, and clicked on this link because the little description underneath looked promising...And to my surprise found myself here. I feel incredibly proud for some reason. :)
May
28
comment Word for “decorated too much”
I like "bedizen." I'm not sure when I would ever use it, but I like it. I can very easily imagine using "baroquify," but I do like making up words. :)
May
28
revised Word for “decorated too much”
eradicated an errant space
May
28
answered Word for “decorated too much”
May
25
comment What is a word for a man who has a lot of sexual relationships?
Honestly, I think I'd go with lecher before satyromaniac...If only to avoid the "big word" look.-_-
May
25
answered A word to describe “people I care about”
May
25
comment How many of the “Top 10 favorite British words” are understood by Americans?
....I recognised "Boffin" as a particular family of hobbits, who came to Bilbo's birthday...
May
22
answered What's the correct word for saying a certain position can be stood on?
May
22
comment Is it right to 'Hmmm'?
...If I'm talking to someone, aren't they supposed to be thinking about what I say?
May
22
comment Is it right to 'Hmmm'?
I ask if they're still there. I'm obnoxious like that. I also state the obvious betimes. ;)
May
19
comment What does “P.U.” (in reference to stinkiness) stand for?
I always assumed it came from Pepe Le Pew somehow...Which is to say I also pronounce it "P.U."
May
18
answered How to call the additional paper used during exam and homework
May
18
answered Synonym for “half-ass”
May
14
comment Guidelines for the use of the slang term “cise”
I come from Virginia, and I never heard it either...
May
13
comment Is it appropriate to call a British person a “Brit”?
"Yank" is totally a term of respect. I know because I am one. ;) Yankee on the other hand...:P
May
12
comment “They had whatted the car?”
Funny...In my dialect, we would just say "They (had) what the car?"...In fact if someone used "whatted," I would probably misunderstand it. Still, it's not something I've paid special attention to, so I won't swear to it.
May
12
revised What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
qualified info
May
12
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
@moioci It seems you're right. I just double-checked the pronunciation of (ir)revocable, and it turns out (ir)reVOCable is allowed, but apparently less common. Not sure how I missed that. I never miss an excuse to be right! Thanks! :)
May
11
comment More common expression for “move your bowels”
...I've had friends (and family) say such things, but as one of the kids you mention, I'll point out that we're not all saying it, and some of us even consider it vulgar...And actually now that I think of it, "poop" is used more often as another word for crap, that is, not literally. It could be different on other campi, but I thought I'd mention it.