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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Osias » 2018-11-22, 22:39

IpseDixit wrote:You know you're a language nerd when you cringe or roll your eyes every time someone says language X is the hardest in the world (especially if it's an indo-european language).

They say that a lot about Portuguese!
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-11-23, 1:33

SomehowGeekyPolyglot wrote:
IpseDixit wrote:
SomehowGeekyPolyglot wrote:
IpseDixit wrote:You know you're a language nerd when you cringe or roll your eyes every time someone says language X is the hardest in the world (especially if it's an indo-european language).


Being occupied 24/7 with eye-rolling only?!?? :hmm:

:?:


What I meant is... people are saying that "all the time".
Just like "everybody speaks English". They also say it "all the time".
So if we would do some eye-rolling whenever someone says that... then we couldn't spend too much time on anything else. :D , but I do mean it.

I think IpseDixit means every time you see someone saying language X is the hardest.

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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby langmon » 2018-12-05, 6:58

... you call this thread dangerous (because you could get lost in it when reading it too much, but you force yourself not to :)), while already having realized a long time ago that you are a language nerd anyway.

So this is kind of an additional confirmation.

... when you learned how to _always_ apply brevity instead of unnecessary verbosity, but then still write a long sentence like the one above, while also knowing why it doesn't contain unnecessary verbosity in this very case, nor anything that is too complicated for this very thread's very purpose.

... when you return to this thread after already having posted some bizarre-esque poetry before.

... when you make up "too many" English Words Combos because you Simply Love Writing That Way because you consider it an Efficient Way To Make Many Mental Hash Tags because you Already Experienced Too Many Times That They Really Do Work For You.

... when you conca(t/tt)inate several parts of the sentence by using "because because because".

... when mentioning one Language Nerd Reason (or I myself would prefer Language Geek Reason) reminds you of another one.

... when you know how SGP feels like right now because of forcing himself to stop adding any more lines to this post, while also realizing why this doesn't make him sad or anything. However, of course none of these reasons is a requirement for being a Language Nerd *intentionally pointing out the obvious because it is On-Topic in This Very Thread* #BigBigOnTopic #HashTagWithoutCashBack #StrangeRhymesWithoutLimes
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Sumsum » 2019-10-03, 0:37

Your speech patterns violate linguistic universals.
but appear to be quefely knormal.

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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Osias » 2019-10-03, 10:39

.. you subscribe to a language forum and get welcome messages by existing members in an indirect way.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-10-06, 3:55

In an indirect way? :hmm:

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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Osias » 2019-10-06, 4:40

I'm not sure if that makes sense in English. Maybe it should be "indirectly".
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-10-09, 6:28

It does make sense in English. I just have no idea what you're talking about. How do you get indirect messages?

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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Osias » 2019-10-09, 10:50

vijayjohn wrote:It does make sense in English. I just have no idea what you're talking about. How do you get indirect messages?

I mean my own message saying something about being a language nerd but actually criticizing the person before me. The word probably is not 'indirect'. On Twitter is called 'subtweet'.

I remember in the book 'Sphere' when the characters are on surface theorizing about the origins of the said sphere but actually are sending passive-agressive messages for each other.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-10-14, 1:20

Osias wrote:I mean my own message saying something about being a language nerd but actually criticizing the person before me. The word probably is not 'indirect'. On Twitter is called 'subtweet'.

I'd write "On Twitter, it's called a 'subtweet'." (The comma definitely isn't necessary, though, unless I suppose you're trying to be prescriptively correct like I occasionally try to be).

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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby Osias » 2019-10-14, 1:39

... you use proxies to watch Netflix series that are available legally on your country, only for hearing them dubbed in a foreign language.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-10-14, 4:24

I'd say "to hear."

...instead of just staying on topic, you try to correct people's grammar errors, but you also know that not all native speakers will necessarily agree with your corrections.

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Re: You know you're a language nerd when...

Postby xBlackHeartx » 2019-12-02, 3:54

...the most facsinating part of meeting a new person to you is their accent, or any other strange quirks you can find in their speech. This might only apply to phonologists like me though.

Or how about this: when you can't understand how someone can't distinguish two phones that to you are obvious. And yes, I have seriously had this happen to me on more than one occasion. In particular when it comes to people or pets with Spanish names.


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