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Re: English multitopic

Postby Nikki Nyx » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:10 pm

JO 753 wrote:There were way rad punks like me back then also, being ignored no matter how much their inventionz woud improve life. I'm not bragging, I'm just stating the facts.
Sadly, corporations today seem uninterested, for the most part, in inventions that would improve life...unless they also see dollar signs.
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Re: English multitopic

Postby OlegTheBatty » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:35 pm

Poodle wrote:I quite like this one ...
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/rea ... -the-wheel


The wheel was known in many cultures for millennia. What occurred 5500 years ago is the invention of support mechanisms which make the wheel useful. By itself it is basically a toy.

The potter's wheel was likely first, followed by simple carts .
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Re: English multitopic

Postby JO 753 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:03 am

Nikki Nyx wrote:Sadly, corporations today seem uninterested, for the most part, in inventions that would improve life...unless they also see dollar signs.


True, but az the old timerz here no, I wuz tokking about NQaLF and everybody, including them. The real sadness iz that Sement Hed iz an integral part uv human nature, maybe even a part uv our DNA. :(
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Re: English multitopic

Postby Monster » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:55 pm

So far, I've used this thread to mostly complain about things in English. And I'm going to do so again, right now.

"Overrate".

That word means that something is considered to be better than it actually is. It doesn't mean it's bad.

Example:
Me: Godfather 1 and 2 are overrated movies.
Some other person: I don't think they suck at all. I like them.
Me: *Sigh* I didn't say they sucked. I said they're overrated. I like them too.
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Re: English multitopic

Postby Monster » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:05 pm

"Vanilla."

It doesn't mean plain or ordinary or unflavored! Vanilla is a flavor! If something is vanilla, it's the exact opposite of unflavored or plain, since it has a flavor.

Perhaps this is a word that should be in the list of words that are their own antonyms.
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Re: English multitopic

Postby Austin Harper » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:00 am

I love vanilla, especially if it's real vanilla bean and not vanillin. Much better than chocolate.
Dum ratio nos ducet, valebimus et multa bene geremus.


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