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bio website go.helms-net.de
location Kassel, Germany
age 61
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seen Aug 30 at 10:03

My english was poor by education in school, so poor that at my first journey to Kenya I was barely unable to easily order a taxi and tell the destination. After that I learned by listening and speaking, neglecting support by dictionaries and grammatical tutorials, to arrive at a somehow fluent speaking and writing (but with some surviving typical errors).
Much much later I discovered the discussion in forums in the internet and reactivated my rough and uneducated english... But basically: I love to be precise in words and thinking, so I like some lyric and some fine-tuned prosa in german language and even in english much.


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comment What's the difference between the universe and the cosmos?
"...which was the first state of the universe" - well, we don't know this - it is just an extrapolation, done by a cosmic ("ordered") mind ;-)
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comment Garbage/stuff words
While you are ... uhhm ... correct - using fillers conciously can sometimes introduce irony/sarcasm/scepticism and other semantical ...ehm... coloring. (just joking ;-) )
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comment How serious an insult is “wanker” in British English? [NSFW]
whew... Good I didn't understood much of the conversation; just listened to the strange sound of the cockney which is nearly uncomprehensible for me - and only heard this word clearly spoken just after reading the question here...
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comment How serious an insult is “wanker” in British English? [NSFW]
I followed the question english.stackexchange.com/questions/20563 concerning cockney-english and watched the linked video. Accidently, the very last comment on a nice taxidriver was a nice example of the use of just... "wanker!" ;-)
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comment use of the interjection “but lo' …”
@mgb:+1 for making me lough :-)
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comment use of the interjection “but lo' …”
@Jimi: "German", sorry. (Would "germane" mean something meaningful here, btw?)
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comment How to use the expression “lo and behold”
Concerning the german "be-halten": well, I'd say one should relate it to the german "inne-halten", and here "halt' inne/halt' ein". "be-halten" is either possessive (I'm owning it/I'm keeping it) or means to remember some thing (keep it in memory/mind).
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accepted use of the interjection “but lo' …”
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comment use of the interjection “but lo' …”
@JSBangs: Hi, thanks for the corrections (my written english has become even worse than my oral english...)
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