Ask urodacus!


#1141

Is there a living language that has a four-way manner distinction in initial obstruents? ( p p’ b b’)


#1142

No. Well, maybe Yuchi.

I could be wrong, but then I’m no cunning linguist.


#1143

Could what archylgp was just asking about be classed under the “bourgeois” sciences?


#1144

I once met a woman who told me she was a flautist. Is that phony and pretentious – should she have just said flute player – or is that just standard, proper English?


#1145

It’s standard, proper English.


#1146

It’s standard, proper English.[/quote]

First, looks like you’ve put on a little weight doc. :wink:

Second, any connection between flautist, flautas and flatulence?


#1147

Yes, they all start with the same three letters.

I am sorry about the weight problem, but please take up any Forumosa issues with the site administrator. Thank you.

I have no idea of the social status of the archgylp, nor what his name stands for. However, you make a good point as to the ‘social’ status of linguistics among the sciences, but one that I fear to be drawn into for fear of offending economists, psychologists, and material dialecticists. Now, were we to embark on a discussion of social Darwinism, I could add a few choice words without favour. Darwin’s dead, after all. I mean, have you ever been there? Not a decent nightclub to be found.

and for the much earlier question about global warming (anthropogenic or not, I never got to the bottom of Sarah’s explanation of that) and earthquakes, the answer is yes, global warming does increase earthquake frequency by making severe storms and typhoons/hurricanes more frequent, thus increasing microtectonic stresses and tipping incipient fault slips into actual earth movements.


#1148

Something that’s been vexing me, and I’m too lazy to google it, Dr urodacus:

Why do blokes get painful, unpleasant erections when they’re sleeping and need to pee? Why doesn’t it happen when we’re awake? Is it our bodies telling us to wake up before we wet the bed?


#1149

that’s as good an answer as any other you’re likely to find, though i bet it arose (fnaar fnaar) before people made beds as such.


#1150

Speaking of painful erections, did you notice in the news about a month ago some porn star suffered a broken penis!!! Seriously. It was an occupational injury, of course, and while it’s not a broken bone (just a broken boner) they said – not surprisingly – it’s extremely painful and takes a while to heal. Not relevant to the conversation here, but I thought I should add that important bit of trivia.


#1151

Dear Sir Spider;

What is the color of money?


#1152

The Color of Money is a 1984 novel by American writer Walter Tevis, and a 1986 film semi-adaptation by the same title.

(apologies to Wikipedia)


#1153

Is it true that you once blamed poor lab results on interference by dark energy?


#1154

[quote=“urodacus”]Yes, they all start with the same three letters.

I am sorry about the weight problem, but please take up any Forumosa issues with the site administrator. Thank you.

I have no idea of the social status of the archgylp, nor what his name stands for. However, you make a good point as to the ‘social’ status of linguistics among the sciences, but one that I fear to be drawn into for fear of offending economists, psychologists, and material dialecticists. Now, were we to embark on a discussion of social Darwinism, I could add a few choice words without favour. Darwin’s dead, after all. I mean, have you ever been there? Not a decent nightclub to be found.

and for the much earlier question about global warming (anthropogenic or not, I never got to the bottom of Sarah’s explanation of that) and earthquakes, the answer is yes, global warming does increase earthquake frequency by making severe storms and typhoons/hurricanes more frequent, thus increasing microtectonic stresses and tipping incipient fault slips into actual earth movements.[/quote]

Pardon me doctor…

There are certain linguistic studies that are highly scientific, particularly those that involve physics-based analysis of speech sounds / anatomy-based analysis of speech production. Field linguistics is conducted in areas of high variability wherein reproducible statements are hard to come by. The key, I think, is understanding how to work with variability in a scientific way.

I read somewhere that the small earthquakes that may occur during typhoons lessen the potential energy at subduction zones – a good thing.


#1155

What happened to this thread? People running out of questions or Uro-Da-Kiss running out of answers?

Let’s get this thread off the ground again, alright?

Here’s a question I was asking myself yesterday. Supposed I want to print out a document on my computer and my printer is not working, but a working copy machine is standing not far away. Can I place my flatscreen monitor on the copy machine and copy the document displayed on the screen?


#1156

We’re all still waiting for him to answer MY question.


#1157

Nope. The glare of the PC monitor will be reflected and you’ll just get a mess as a copy. It would make a nice photo op, though.


#1158

The free trial period is over. :wink:


#1159

Shit, the last trial I was in ended up costing me a damn fortune. Legal fees, settlement, blah blah blah… whaddya mean ‘free trial’?


#1160

Sorry, i do my best work at 2 am with a steadily shrinking bottle of mark.

makers mark, that is.

can we wait an hour at least till I reply to zender’s nonsensical comment about dark energy?

Right (one hour having elapsed). Zender: STFU, there is no such thing as dark energy. Allegedly.

Or is this heading off into some racial tangent about black power, upon which i shall not centrifugate further.