April 4th, 2008


Latin Pronunciation Request

Hope you guys can help me here.

I'm going to be playing one of the nuns in a performance of The Sound of Music in a few months, and we're in the process of learning the music at the moment. The main problem we've come across is that since we're all Jewish (and in Israel), and none of us learned Latin in school, we don't quite know how to pronounce the lyrics we're supposed to be singing.

I was hoping some kind person (or possible a combination of several kind people) could help me out by telling me the correct pronunciation for the following Latin lyrics:

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Thanks so much!!

[Edit: Thanks so much for all your answers! Hopefully we'll be able to do it justice... :-)]
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rose en soleil

Ghat can you tell me about consonant shifts?

Piqued by wosny's post about the origins of loup-garou in French, I'm curious as to what anyone can tell me about the shift from 'w' in Germanic languages to 'g' in Romance languages and vice-versa. When I was first taking French I noticed that Wilhelm turned into Guillaume, that wicket (or vicquet) turned into guichet, that 'guerre' was 'war' in English, etc. this seems to apply to other Romance languages as well; Guillermo, Guglielmo, etc...

I was always under the impression that the Latin 'v' was a pronounced like a 'w' and that, generally, the arrival of the Germanic tribes among the Latin speaking peoples softened rather than hardened their vowels, but this doesn't seem to follow that trend.


I subscribed to an online OED word-a-day compendium, but today's word confused me:

Seven Sisters. [See also SISTER n.

    {dag}1. The Pleiades. Obs.

Obsolete?  I've always called the Pleiades the Seven Sisters (largely because I keep forgetting how to spell 'Pleiades').  Wikipedia lists the epithet, so it can't be completely out of use. 

The Pleiades are a small cluster of stars by Taurus.  Starting from Orion, follow the line made by the three stars of the belt on the upwards diagonal.  You should come to a reddish star (Aldebaran), which marks the upper-left corner of a V-shaped constellation (Taurus).  Just to the right of the V are the Pleiades.

What does everyone else call them? < edit > And where were you raised? < /edit >

In Japanese, they're known as Subaru, and the car emblem depicts the star cluster.

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is there a word for...

I was trying to get to the website for 88.5 WXPN, a radio station in the Philadelphia area.  The website is www.wxpn.org, but I accidentally typed in www.wxpn.com, as I'm sure many other people do as well.  The "dot com" brings up one of those filler pages (complete with worthless links to various topical categories), seemingly designed specifically for people who make the same mistake as I did.

I've come across these types of pages too, in error, while typing too quickly and transversing letters (or putting too many ooo's in Google http://www.goooogle.com/).  Most of these webpages have banners across the top that read "Your Home on the Net", "What You Need, When You Need It" or "Your Information Portal" & feature some generic looking guy or gal engaging in daily life.

Here's my question: is there a WORD for these types of pages?  I've been calling them filler pages, for convenience's sake.  But does a real, descriptive word exist? 

"why doesn't Xing"

I was ranting in my journal a bit ago, and I wrote the sentence, "Why doesn't clicking the scroll wheel copy and paste?" This struck me as sort of a weird sentence (and when I googled "why doesn't *ing", I only got two hits) but anything I say to try to get rid of the weirdness only makes it worse. "why does clicking the scroll wheel not copy and paste?" "why is it that when I click the scroll wheel, my computer does not copy and paste?" I guess the last one isn't weird as much as wordy.

So - is this grammatical for you? Is there some way of saying this nicely that I just can't think of? Is it just my lack of sleep throwing off my intuition of grammaticality?

Pretty sure it's just lack of sleep combined with lazy googling. Thanks
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Miles Prower

Chinese Help

There is a sizeable chinese community at my university, so much so, that in my flat in halls, i am the only non-chinese resident. So, imagine coming to my flats postbox and one of them has opened a birthday present from one of my friends (coming from amazon in gift wrap)!

I was wondering if somebody could write me a little note in Mandarin that i can put on the postbox to show my disgust. I know its pointless and childish, but it would make me feel much better. Perhaps something along the lines of: "One of you opened a present for me - that was very bad of you. You should show more respect for your neighbours"

Or anything else you think would be suitable. Any help is GREATLY appreciated. :)

PS: Just characters is fine thanks :)

EDIT: It doesn't matter anymore. Thanks anyway.
Mr. Bill &quot;Sexy Eyed Vampire&quot; Compton by

去哪里留学的问题 // where to study abroad!

Cross-posted to a few places, sorry if you see this multiple times!

大家好! I'm a 2nd year university student planning to do 3rd year Chinese over the summer. I applied to one program, and while I was waiting to hear back, I decided to be safe and apply to a backup program. I got into both, but now don't know which one to go to!

Please, if you have any useful advice, I'd really like to hear it! (Particularly from other students of Chinese or those who are familiar with the locations.)

Program 1: Duke Study in China (in Beijing)

Program 2: ICLP (in Taipei)

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Boy that was a lot! I'm kind of aiming for Taiwan right now, but my teacher is kind of upset about that (though that doesn't really matter) because he really thinks I should do Beijing.

Thoughts? 你说吧!

How many is a couple to you?

I've noticed that at work, customers often ask me for a couple of this or a couple of that, with "couple" invariably meaning "two". Now I know that a "couple" consists of two people, and that a "thermocouple" is made up of two metals, and any number of increasingly ridiculous examples, but to me, a "couple" of [object] means some arbitrary small number, so I always have to ask them "Two?" and then they will patiently roll their eyes a little and say "Yes, two." What I find most weird about this is that I have no recollection of anyone using "couple" in this manner before, but now I hear it all the time. So would you agree with me that "couple" is an unspecified number, or have we discovered some inexplicable gap in my knowledge of the English language?

I guess it would also help if you posted where you're from. I live in Australia.

ETA: My own definitions:
Pair - Exactly two
Couple - Between 2 and maybe 5
Few - Synonymous with "couple"