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André [userpic]

What would, according to Greek grammar, the plural of "Theta" (Θθ) be? Thetata? Thetes? Theta? I'm interested in both the Classical and the Modern forms, if there are differences.


(by the way, the German plural of "das Theta" is not "die Theten", how one might reason... ;))

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Current Music: Aida - Grand March

has anyone else heard/used the term "bread and butter"? i'm talking about a specific context, when two people are walking along next to each other and they walk around something on either side. my parents used to say it if we were walking along (usually if we were holding hands) and we walked on either side of a pole and had to break our handhold for a second. they might also say it if we walked on either side of a bush and did let go, but did stretch our arms across the divide for a second.

i hadn't heard this saying in YEARS, and then my friend said it tonight when we walked on either side of a railing on a staircase.

my question is, where does this saying come from??? i have images of the two people symbolizing the and the thing you're walking around symbolizing the butter inbetween, but that sounds like a stretch.


Joe [userpic]

Do Japanese people learning English tend to switch l's and r's? (or is this stereotypical? I've never actually seen it, just heard about it) And, if so, why?

Thanks to everyone who responded to the post I made about translating a phrase into various laguages!!!

This is more of a random oberervational thing, but in reguards to speaking to a group of people- I'm constantly tripping over a plural form of the word "you"!

You guys- informal, and isolates the listeners from the speaker
You all- more formal, but isolates listerners from speaker
Ya'll- leads to laboling the speaker as a Southerner, but respectful to listerners being addressed
You- not plural; implies no group decision or consenus
All of you- only works in some contexts of speach; What do all of you want to eat? v.s. All of you want to go to the mall?

What are some others? What's the gramatically correct way to address a group of people? I'm half inclined to think a new word needs to be invented for this purpose.

dewa8 [userpic]

Hey all,

I'm new here, and just wanted to say hello. I've always been interested in learning about words and where they came from. I know a bit of Spanish (took two years in high school and one in college) and I'm currently trying to teach myself German. I live in Missouri at the moment, but I've lived in just about every region of the U.S., from New England to the Midwest to California, so I've known people on both sides of all those classic debates (you know: soda vs. pop, sub vs. grinder) and might be able to contribute to some discussions of that nature. Generally though, I suspect I'll do a lot more learning from all of you than making contributions myself.

This seems to be a very active community, and I'm excited to have found it!

Philip Newton [userpic]

The result of the most recent language quiz is in this issue of Language Log.

The Sun God [userpic]

My friend told me the other day that there is no word for Japanese love. I disagreed and said that "ai" meant love, and had a few japanese textbooks to support me in this. He said that "ai" is just a term used within the past 20 years because of American society's influence on Japanese culture, and that there was originally no word for love because of rigid social structure and deference in japanese society.

I still believe that the Japanese have had Ai as their word for love, and that they have been able to express the idea of love, for quite some time, and that it isn't just an influence of American culture.

I'd like your opinions on the matter.

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Hi everybody :) I'd just like to start of by saying that I love this communtity and how active it is.

I have 2 questions: I've been thinking of learning Dutch and I just wanted to know if it's difficult to learn for somebody who knows Romance languages (French & Italian, specifically). Also, would it be easy for somebody who knows Dutch to learn Afrikaans?

Leigh [userpic]

An interesting website I found about Japanese onomatopoeia

x [userpic]

Out of curiosity: When you set out to learn a new language, do you take notes in your "main" language (whatever it is you know best and use most often, whether it's your native language or not), or in one of the additional languages you've learned?

For example, my first language is English, though when I started taking Spanish during my 4th year of French, I took notes in French. But since German's throwing me off a bit, I find it easier to just take notes in whatever language helps me remember most: if the German word or concept is similar to an English one, I'll note it in English, but if it reminds me of something in the French language, I'll do it that way.

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