While my wife and I were at dinner tonight, we saw someone who could be termed a "dork" sitting at a nearby table. This led to a discussion of the differences between the words "dork," "geek," and "nerd." While we could somewhat describe what the words meant, we couldn't come up with succinct definitions, or how to accurately define those words to a non-native speaker of English.
So, my challenge to you, fellow linguaphiles, is to come up with good definitions for each word--ones that will accurately describe what they mean to a non-native speaker of English. Anyone up to the task? :)
How do you say "shemale" in Japanese?
Are the following sentences grammatically correct?
I thought feminism meant I'm allowed to choose to be barefoot in the kitchen.
I was just thinking about it the other day, and for some reason I wanted to say:
I thought feminism meant I'm allowed to go barefoot in the kitchen.
The choice bit becomes implicit doesn't it?
(Yes, it is an lj icon. No not mine. Don't know whose. No, I don't want to discuss the quote.)
I want to paint it on a t-shirt, but I'd feel stupid if I found out it was spelled wrong!
How common in the Spanish-speaking world is it to tack on an S at the end of the tu form of the preterite? That is, "comistes" instead of "comiste," "vivistes" instead of "viviste," and so on.
"RvSkin is a skin management software supporting 20 languages and a set of 14 themes which you personally can select." (Meaning you can select both languages and themes.) Does the phrase need a comma after "themes"?
Well, I'm currently trying to learn Mandarin from Pimsleur and I must admit learning with them is almost sinfully easy BUT...
It's narrated by a man and a woman with what seem like different accents.
Does anyone familiar with Pimsleur Mandarin know whose pronounciation I should be emulating, assuming I want to sound as standard Beijing as possible, and maybe from where in China the speakers appear to be?