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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:02 am 
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Wow.

Been a while since I logged onto this site. I forgot I even had an account here.

I see nothing much has really changed. :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:05 pm 
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So lately i've been researching some words and etymology, as I... generally have nothing to do with my days.

It made me realise how many words are quite ironic or just a bit cruel, given their meaning.

Rhotacism - The inability to pronounce 'R' correctly. A word you wouldn't be able to pronounce due to having it...
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - The fear of long words. Also how to give people with this fear a heart attack.
Lisp - The inability to pronounce 'S' and 'Z' correctly. Again, if you have this, you can't pronounce the word correctly.
Aibohphobia - The fear of palindromes. Guess what? aibohphobia is a palindrome.
Halitosis - The medical term for bad breath. They also chose a word that causes more exhalations than comfortable for someone with halitosis.
Phonetic - This word is not actually spelt phonetically.
Stutter / Stammer - Very generally speaking, people who suffer from a stutter or stammer struggle to say words that start with S a bit more frequently than other letters, even more so if its 'St'. Rather cruel.
Lallation - The term used for a child (baby or toddlers) repetative meaningless babbles prior to learning their first words of what will become their native language. So far, not very cruel or ironic, however it can also be used to identify people who cannot enunciate their 'L's, usually sounding like an 'R'. Enjoy pronouncing that one then, even moreso if you also suffer from Rhotacism.

I wonder if these sorts of examples also carry over into other languages, or if the English are just a little irritating with their choice of words.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:23 pm 
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So lately i've been researching some words and etymology, as I... generally have nothing to do with my days.

It made me realise how many words are quite ironic or just a bit cruel, given their meaning.

Rhotacism - The inability to pronounce 'R' correctly. A word you wouldn't be able to pronounce due to having it...
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - The fear of long words. Also how to give people with this fear a heart attack.
Lisp - The inability to pronounce 'S' and 'Z' correctly. Again, if you have this, you can't pronounce the word correctly.
Aibohphobia - The fear of palindromes. Guess what? aibohphobia is a palindrome.
Halitosis - The medical term for bad breath. They also chose a word that causes more exhalations than comfortable for someone with halitosis.
Phonetic - This word is not actually spelt phonetically.
Stutter / Stammer - Very generally speaking, people who suffer from a stutter or stammer struggle to say words that start with S a bit more frequently than other letters, even more so if its 'St'. Rather cruel.
Lallation - The term used for a child (baby or toddlers) repetative meaningless babbles prior to learning their first words of what will become their native language. So far, not very cruel or ironic, however it can also be used to identify people who cannot enunciate their 'L's, usually sounding like an 'R'. Enjoy pronouncing that one then, even moreso if you also suffer from Rhotacism.

I wonder if these sorts of examples also carry over into other languages, or if the English are just a little irritating with their choice of words.


Well, in Slovak:

Rhotacism = ráčkovanie, not nearly as bad as some other words with 'R's (especially long 'R's like in tŕnie) but probably still annoying to pronounce.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - never heard of this tbh, sounds Latin though so it's probably the same.
Lisp = šušlanie (š is pronounced like sh), this is similar to lallation in how it mimics the speech of a lisping person. Some people with really bad lisp can't even pull a š, so there's that side to it as well.
Aibohphobia - another one I've never heard about. With how Latin/Greek words are appropriated in Slovak, the equivalent term would be "aibofóbia", which is close to a palindrome but no cigar. Slovak doesn't allow consecutive long syllables (i.e. syllables with the apostrophe-looking diacritics on the vowels, like the ó's), so you can't have "aibófóbia".
Halitosis = halitóza, another appropriated Latin word. ó is long, so even worse for the sufferers of this condition.
Phonetic = fonetický, every Slovak word is phonetic, including those stolen from Greeks. Checkmate!
Stutter = koktanie, pretty much the same deal except made even worse by there being a similar swear word that a stuttering person can easily land on.
Lallation = lalanie, again a similar word, same deal.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:08 pm 
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Interesting to hear those in Slovak. Also, seems nice that Slovakian is always phonetic. That'll make spelling a lot easier than some of our words!

Anyone got any other insight into other languages? I'd love to see them!

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I was always under the impression that the word for fear of long words is merely a myth, and that aibohphobia is tongue in cheek. The actual word for fear of long words, sesquipedalophobia, is still a pretty long word. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:59 pm 
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I was always under the impression that the word for fear of long words is merely a myth, and that aibohphobia is tongue in cheek. The actual word for fear of long words, sesquipedalophobia, is still a pretty long word. :mrgreen:


hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is also recognised in works as a word for it, but realistically its never used for that purpose. sesquipedaliophobia (which appears at the end of the longer version) is used instead.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:31 am 
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Another reason is you have more sway with support when you've not paid yet. They're a lot more eager to please when they haven't got their money yet.


That's not been my experience. Here they will badger you to death if you've not paid your bill yet. Every menu prompt reminds you that you're not paid up and customer service will remind you several times before helping you. :/

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Cleaning out my cupboard, I found one of the very first floppy disks I had for my first computer. This disk must be 24 years old now, and is probably totally unreadable even if you had a suitable disk drive!


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I always had serious doubts about those 5 1/4 floppies. Never had a problem with my cassette tapes.

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I don't know, those cassette tapes never sat well with me. Always liked my punch cards.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:18 am 
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Yeah like you're not jealous that I can load a 48K program in under 25 minutes.

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Nah, ink and paper can be read centuries after they're written/drawn. XD

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Nah, ink and paper can be read centuries after they're written/drawn. XD

Unless it's written by a doctor.

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Unless it's written by a doctor.

Other doctors can read them (they're shorthand right ?)

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My handwriting is similar to that of a doctor, tbh sometimes I can't read after myself. Can't make that up.

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Today my fiancé accepted a job offer from the same workplace my mother works at. As in, they will become colleagues.

Not sure how I feel about this. It's a great position, and a financially solid offer, but.. you know... gossip at the lunch table. :P

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