Today I Learned

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by oph, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

    Tell me about something you learned today

    Share your knowledge and solidify the information in your brainmeat
  2. bornofthesea670

    bornofthesea670 Well-Known Member

    I learned how to plant carrots

    (am currently in a 'hardcore' fantasy medieval minecraft role-play server and my farmer character hung out with her trainer today. I have a notecard full of carrot notes.)
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  3. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

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  4. Emma

    Emma Your resident resident

    I am going to have to study that further when I am on a computer. It looks fascinating.
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  5. a tiny mushroom

    a tiny mushroom the tiniest

    Today I learnt that kids parties are exhausting but seeing the kids you babysit turning each other into toilet paper mummies is immensely entertaining.
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  6. Elaienar

    Elaienar "sorta spooky"

    Today EulersBidentity taught me the meaning of "Who's 'she', the cat's mother?" - a phrase I'd seen before, I think, but didn't understand.

    I like learning about how different cultures use words. I've never heard anyone here say that referring to someone using just pronouns is rude, but I have seen people object to being referred to with pronouns while they were present, so I think there's a similar sentiment, maybe.
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  7. Imoyram

    Imoyram Well-Known Member

    Today I learned that Saturn got called Saturn because the greeks called it Kronos and the Romans were like, "hmm, we can name it after our equivalent of Kronos, Saturnes!" and then I guess Saturn is just the one english decided to use. {:l
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  8. swirlingflight

    swirlingflight inane analysis and story spinning is my passion

    Today I learned Snitchanon's real identity
    is top-secret

    also there's apparently a limit to how many nested spoiler tags we can have. :(
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  9. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

    I saw that and found it very interesting! And also wanted to ask @EulersBidentity how the saying handles other pronouns but the thread was being all serious at the time.

    So, how does it? Is he the cat's father? Do you use "she" regardless of the offending pronoun in question? Does this happen more often with people using female pronouns than male ones for some reason?
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  10. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    @oph IME it does happen more frequently with female pronouns than other ones! Probably because people are more touchy about rudeness towards women than towards men (because protecting the fragile feeemales). There's no equivalent phrase for other pronouns that I know of. Although my gut says that it's still rude for other pronouns, so I wonder how I picked that up...convention, probably.

    But like I said, this phrase (and this grammar rule) is dated. I heard it occasionally as a child, but only enough that it's not alien to me: it wasn't a staple of my childhood. If you google the phrase with "USA" you get a couple of blogs talking about how ENORMOUSLY SHOCKING British expats find it when Americans use pronouns - nah, it's not really that big a deal. Elderly people might be shocked. Younger people, depending on their upbringing, might find it a bit weird or rude.

    I was thinking about it because I thought I might be reading additional hostility into the posts in tumblr.txt that wasn't intended. Every time someone started a post with "she said" or "they did" I was like, well that's a bit fuckin' rude. I've noticed a cultural difference in the CDCF before, too! Although that situation is slightly different, since the thread is about Ray. There, starting posts with "he/him" without naming the person seems less rude, but it still gives me the impression of slightly messy English.
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  11. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

  12. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    Thank you for asking! Talking about language and cultural experience is fun.
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  13. budgie

    budgie not actually a bird

    a vulture's digestive system can break down botulism, rabies, and even anthrax.
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  14. Imoyram

    Imoyram Well-Known Member

    You can dissolve somewhere between 90-100g of salt into 400ml of water!
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  15. strictly quadrilateral

    strictly quadrilateral alive, alive, alive!

    In the Wieliczka salt mines in Poland, there are pools of water that can't absorb any more salt and they're really cool to see.
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  16. Kaylotta

    Kaylotta Writer Trash

    singing is waaaaay easier than i've been doing it for five years.'s worth noting that i've re-learned this every week now for about seven weeks.
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  17. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    New teacher?
  18. Kaylotta

    Kaylotta Writer Trash

    uh huh. just started my Master's. she's incredible.
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  19. Acey

    Acey hand extended, waiting for a shake

    Today I learned that several of the swordfighting scenes in Steven Universe, particularly in the episodes Steven The Sword Fighter and Sworn To The Sword, are directly based on scenes from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Which basically means I have no excuse not to watch Utena.
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  20. Lib

    Lib Well-Known Member

    From what I recall, it also seemed to happen a lot more to women/girls in general, since at least in my area it was often used as 'stop talking about someone like they aren't right in front of you' (the whole 'using pronouns only while someone is right there' usage), and that generally happened to women more commonly for obvious reasons. >_>
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