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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.


Apr
26
comment What's the meaning of 'TRWTF '?
@Matt For example (from a conversation a day or two ago): "So, I took my EF (engineering fundamentals) exam, and I was just like OMG. WTF do they expect me to do with a freaking furlongs problem?! Do you know how to convert FURLONGS into ACRES? I did not. Cries. So...I ended up just drawing Darth Vader riding Yoshi while eating a burrito. And the TA gave me 2 points for making him laugh. I was like OMGWTFBBQ smileys. Yeah, it was pretty awesome..." The OMGWTFBBQ is a little tongue-in-cheek, but that was reflecting the ridiculousness of the story, not how she was saying it.
Apr
26
comment What words can I use to indicate how hungry I am?
"I'm all rumbly in my tumbly" would work with those that watched/remember Pooh Bear, but even they might look at you strangely...Funny. I think this is the second time I've mentioned Pooh Bear on this site this week...
Apr
26
comment How do you pronounce “melee”?
Only reason I don't pronounce it "melly" anymore, as a word I read before hearing, is because of Super Smash Brothers Melee. Before that, I thought that the "meh-lay" attack in Halo and "melly" were two different, but probably related, words...
Apr
26
answered What's a positive phrase for “stating the obvious”?
Apr
20
comment Is the adjective “abject” ever found with any word other than “poverty”? Does it mean something other than “very” or “utterly”?
@Daniel D'Oh! That's what I get for waking up early like a "healthy" person. -_- Thanks for catching that!
Apr
20
comment Is the adjective “abject” ever found with any word other than “poverty”? Does it mean something other than “very” or “utterly”?
Also: abject misery, abject apology, abject lesson... Just pointing out that there are a lot of these things.
Apr
19
comment Help me parse this sentence so I can understand what joke my ancestors played on the King
Out of curiosity, where did you hear of that? Any place specifically...? I like knowing things like this...:)
Apr
19
comment A term or phrase meaning “to explain in simple words”?
You forgot my personal favorite, "dumb it down for me." :P
Apr
19
comment Is the word “bespoke” associated with Southern American English, kind of how “bonafied” is in my mind?
I'm a Southerner, and I've never heard "bespoke" except as the past-tense of "bespeak," and even that's uncommon. Yay for learning a new word!
Apr
19
comment Help me parse this sentence so I can understand what joke my ancestors played on the King
When people are hanged they lose control of bodily functions...including the bladder and co., so it would make sense that they would be wrapped in winding sheets before being hanged, although I admit, my knowledge of hangings comes from historical fiction. The clothes could be sold, or stolen by the local judiciary, or given back to the bereaved family (for whatever reason...)Still, I don't think they were dressing TO die. Dressing as a corpse to submit to the king could have all SORTS of delicious undertones...Besides can't you imagine a group of uppity Britons doing something like that? :)
Apr
19
comment Help me parse this sentence so I can understand what joke my ancestors played on the King
I don't suppose they were the sort of linen cloths you'd have wrapped a corpse in were they? My first though was that they were dressed as hanged men, which might mean they were mocking how the king wanted them dead, or that they would submit only in death...Which would of course be a rather open mockery of the king, while technically doing exactly as they were told...Just a guess.
Apr
19
comment Is “is” an auxiliary verb?
Yep. It's also called a linking verb in some circles, including my old latin class, funnily enough. :)
Apr
19
comment “Droll” is to “amusing” as “sardonic” is to what?
@Fumble I was actual commenting on the question itself. When I saw "sardonic," I thought of Captain Blood. I just now realised where it falls in the comments...Whoooops. :P
Apr
19
comment “Droll” is to “amusing” as “sardonic” is to what?
My first thought was Captain Blood. Take from that what you will...
Apr
18
comment Punctuation for “then fine”
...I always thought "then fine" was short for "then that's fine." Too close to bedtime to do any checking, though.
Apr
17
comment Where is “pejorative” pronounced “ ˈpejəˌrātiv”?
@Cerberus Tennesseans and Virginians don't pronounce it like that either. From what I've heard, "pejorative" pronounced with a (strong) Southern accent comes out something like "p(uh)-JOOR-(uh)-t(ee)ive," where the stuff in parentheses are optional. One of these days, I need to learn to type in IPA...
Apr
17
comment Describing the sound of liquid hitting the floor
...When that happens to me, I just put in another ellipsis!...I am rather fond of them...
Apr
16
comment Describing the sound of liquid hitting the floor
...A little silly, perhaps, but I wouldn't say confusing, and silly only because of the a's. I wouldn't think anything unusual of "You hear a squalash in the room."
Apr
16
comment Describing the sound of liquid hitting the floor
Errm...Not to intrude on this lovely discussion, but, FWIW, I'd say onomatopoeia have pretty nebulous definitions. If I say someone's milkshake/vomit plopped onto the floor, well then plop it did! At the end of the day, this is going to come down to personal preference and perception... What I say makes a raspy sound may well sound a whispery one to the person next to me, and these liquid words are little different, IMHO.
Apr
16
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