Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic Assertiveness Test
Posted 21 Jan 2018 22:07

I got 60% I'm all for keeping the peace.

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Topic What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
Posted 18 Jan 2018 10:30

So many! Spongebob Squarepants was my total favourite. Scooby Doo, Bodger and Badger and Pingu were good too

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Topic Wrath
Posted 18 Jan 2018 10:01

British English:

The nearest vowel sound in standard English that sounds like the A in this audio is probably the A in giraffe.

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Topic Wrath
Posted 18 Jan 2018 09:56

I agree. But in all those words the A sounds like the E in get. Cat and ket sound the same to me, and the difference between bath and beth is more in the length of the vowel than in its actual sound.

Not in standard English. Cat in conservative received pronunciation, which is very rarely spoken except by the Queen does sound a little like ket.

In standard English bath rhymes with Darth in Darth Vader. Math and hath rhyme with gaff.

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Topic H&M: "Coolest monkey in the jungle"
Posted 18 Jan 2018 08:23

Anyone who is offended by the word niggardly needs to work on their etymological skills

Read it

Topic Wrath
Posted 17 Jan 2018 10:22

The Americans I heard use it pronounced it like wreth, as in Beth

Found a site where it's pronounced both the British and the American way:

To my ears, the American pronunciation sounds like the A in the standard English pronunciation of Cat.

Topic Wrath
Posted 17 Jan 2018 10:09

I've been searching my memory, and I think you're right. It's the same A as in bath, but shorter and sharper, and it almost sounds like the O in worth. It's still an ah sound though, to my ears at least.

Edit: the words that sound closest to it that I can come up with are "what" and "Watt"

I'm trying to imagine how an American would say wrath. I agree, this is neither the A in cat nor the O in moth. I don't think there is an equivalent vowel sound in English.

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Topic Wrath
Posted 17 Jan 2018 08:17

When you google for words that rhyme (I just did), you'll also find words like bath and path. That might be a reasonably good indication of how it's supposed to be pronounced.

I have never heard anyone pronounce wrath with the A in standard English bath.

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Topic Awesome Award 1/16/18: Green_Man
Posted 16 Jan 2018 23:10

Congratulations, Larry! A well deserved award

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Topic Wrath
Posted 16 Jan 2018 13:56

I mean like in Bath in Somerset, bath(tub) and path, and Darth (Vader). I guess that is a third way. That's how I've heard it pronounced by Brittons. Wroth is an archaic form of the word and I did hear Americans pronounce it like the A in bad.

Okay, that is a new one.

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Topic Trump speaks at a 4th grade level
Posted 16 Jan 2018 12:59

You should... plug in that Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song... I’m sure it will turn up the highest grade level. I’m on my phone and days away from a computer or I would myself.

It reminds me of the episode of Blackadder and Dr Johnson where Blackadder makes up long words!

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Topic H&M: "Coolest monkey in the jungle"
Posted 16 Jan 2018 12:25

Could a remark be sexist if not specifically intended to be so? I think so.
For instance...
Being helpful: "Don't you worry, let met just handle this computer stuff for you"
Being social: "So, with the soccer finals on tonight, have you ladies planned a little girls night?"

As for racist remarks that may not have been intended that way...
Showing appreciation: "They're so cute when they're young"
Giving compliments: "You folks have such great sense of rhythm"
Managing expectations: "I'm sorry, but I'm afraid that one is too expensive "

I don't think these illustrate your point well, IMHO.

Regarding sexism:

I would see the first remark as patronising, not sexist.

The second remark sounds silly. I wouldn't personally infer it as sexism.

A sexist remark would be something like, "Switch of that computer and get back in the kitchen where you belong."

Re: you're proposed examples of inadvertent racism.

Showing appreciation: I can't believe anyone would say this and not believe it would cause offence.

Giving compliments: This is more a repetition of a stereotype than racism.

Managing expectations: That example is demeaning and disrespectful no matter who it is aimed at.

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Topic H&M: "Coolest monkey in the jungle"
Posted 16 Jan 2018 10:42

1. Racism does not require intent. I'm sure pople say the most racist stuff with best intentions.

3 and 4 would be really bad judgment as well in my mind.

Surely if it's not intended it's not racism. Although, I'm struggling to think how someone could say something inadvertently racist.

In this instance it was an image and a slogan. For it to be racist, it would require H & M to be consciously associating black people with monkeys. Surely they weren't doing this!

So, for me the image of itself isn't racist, as it requires an inference from the viewer, based on a wider world view and the historical perspective of racism. At that point the viewer has to make a decision given the context of the image, whether this was a sloppy, ill thought-out advert or overt racism.

However, as someone who isn't racist, I know there is no more a connection between black people and monkeys as there is between me and monkeys, who is blonde and lily white.

Topic Wrath
Posted 16 Jan 2018 10:18

I pronounce it t like the A in bath

Do you mean the northern English bath? If you mean standard English then that would be a third way.

Topic Wrath
Posted 16 Jan 2018 10:04

I hear both versions. Just wondered which one is more popular.

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Topic H&M: "Coolest monkey in the jungle"
Posted 16 Jan 2018 09:15

This has to be a publicity stunt, doesn't it?

Consider the options.

1. It's racist

Well, racism requires intent. It's hard to imagine that a high profile international fashion retailer would be deliberately racist.

2. It was bad judgement.

This is possible, but it would require such a mind-boggling degree of ignorance of cultural sensibilities, by the marketing team, I find this implausible. Also, as DamonX said, it would have required some kind of senior managerial sign off.

3. It was ironic.

I suppose it's just possible that some clever and progressive marketing person might think this was cocking a snook at racism by posting an ironic image of a black child that would obviously cause widespread offence. However, I would have thought H&M would have come out and said so by now, if that had been their intention.

4. It's a publicity stunt.

They knew it was offensive and thought any collateral damage would be worth all the media attention for their brand.

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Topic Trump speaks at a 4th grade level
Posted 15 Jan 2018 22:02

It’s based on syllables in the words you use as far as I understand. So more syllables equals “harder to read”. Something I think isn’t something to brag about as a writer. When it comes to storytelling that is.

I can't disagree with your analysis based on my two samples. I get a mean count of 1.85 and 1.43 syllables respectively. It would be fun to test the upper limit of the scale by using words like scrumdidiliumptious and contrafibulations.

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Topic Trump speaks at a 4th grade level
Posted 15 Jan 2018 10:25

Personally, I think there's nothing wrong with having a large vocabulary.

The important thing is to chose the context and your audience.

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Topic Girls, what color panties are you wearing today?
Posted 14 Jan 2018 11:39

Plain white with pink trim

Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 14 Jan 2018 08:14

I didn't mention morphology. All I'm saying is that there are gradual changes between generations. None of these changes are big enough to have have one species give birth to another species in just one generation. In that sense it is very similar to ring species.

Okay, I think I misunderstood.

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Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 14 Jan 2018 05:12

You could theoretically even do that with species and not know where to draw the line. Put all your ancestors in line and you'll end up with some microbe at the beginning. Along the way you will have passed thousands of species, but you will not be able to draw a line between any individuals, not for races, not for species and not even for classes or kingdoms. Does that make these groupings non-existent?

Sometimes within a living species it's not even clear whether it's actually one or more species, as some populations can interbreed, but others can not, like with a ring species .

This not a good analogy. Species can be defined in other ways and morphology is often irrelevant when identifying species. Mate selection, pre-gametic isolation and DNA are more important in defining species. Ring species are an exceptional case. I'll give you that one.


Topic Your profile views
Posted 14 Jan 2018 04:52

Yes, is there such a list? It might do my damaged ego a bit of good to know where I was on it.

I was asking you, but now it looks like you're asking me. Where is the link to this list?

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Topic Flirting in the gym
Posted 14 Jan 2018 02:50

I'm blonde with DD boobs and a big bum. Flirting is more of an hazard than a choice.

Topic Your workout playlist
Posted 14 Jan 2018 02:47

I love listening to Evanescence when I'm running.

Topic Trump speaks at a 4th grade level
Posted 14 Jan 2018 01:53

Can you post the actual passage you copied and pasted to get that 15.6? You know, so anyone can do it themselves and be like, well look at that.

This is interesting. Taking two random passages from my latest story, I got two different scores.

I got a FK of 16.6 for this:

Meanwhile, in the world of politics, a journey of a different kind was taking an unexpected turn as the reservations of the Democratic Unionists over border control agreements between London and Brussels was threatening the Conservative’s flimsy majority. Following the recent by-election defeat in Essex, the arithmetic in parliament was becoming decidedly dodgy. Reassurances from the Prime Minister earlier in the year, that there would be no hard border weren’t being upheld by the recent negotiations. Risking the ire of the province with implications that could threaten the fragile power sharing agreement, elicited a statement from Arlene Foster, at a late afternoon press conference.

Though I got only 10.6 for this:

Emily made a series of short gasping breaths as the sensitivity of Abby’s touch made her shiver. Abby began to nibble Emily’s neck, her tongue circling under her ear and then leaving tiny pink marks, which faded slowly.

The fading light took any heat with it and there was a chill in the air, carried on the breeze that moved the leaves around the campus. The girls hugged for warmth, but their bodies touched with a wanton shamelessness, grinding against each other in their skimpy outfits. Emily became woozy, not from the alcohol but intoxicated by Abby’s kisses and the lustful way that she was caressing her body. Now they wanted to be somewhere warm and totally private and it was Emily who led Abby by the hand to her halls of residence.

I don't what this means, but at least I don't need to go back to school, on this small unscientific sample


Topic Interest in a diary series
Posted 14 Jan 2018 01:34

Write a diary series but use your imagination, draw on your intuition and knowledge of the world. That's what writers do.

Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 24 Dec 2017 05:26

I agree with everything you say, except for your point that breed is not the same as race. All organisms within a species share the same genotype. Differences between races are phenotypical. That is why organisms from different races can have fertile offspring when they interbreed, while organisms from different species can't. Races are basically just phenotypes that didn't have the opportunity to interbreed with other phenotypes. Whether that is because of geographical boundaries, behavioural differences or human intervention is, in my opinion, irrelevant.

Apart from that, most dictionaries define breed as a synonym of race.
This is fro. Merriam-Webster, apologies for the formatting:

Definition of race

1 : a breeding stock of animals
2 a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock
b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics
3 a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species; also : a taxonomic category (such as a subspecies) representing such a group
b : breed
c : a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits
4 obsolete : inherited temperament or disposition
5 : distinctive flavor, taste, or strength

Okay, you've triggered a mandatory spanking.

Read it

Report to my office on 27th December.

Merry Christmas/Vrolijk Kerstfeest

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Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 23 Dec 2017 23:44

I agree, but the same would be true if you put all the dogs of the world in a line, yet no-one disputes the existence of dog races (or breeds).

Race is a social construct, but it's based on the very real fact that large groups of people share some very distinct and visible characteristics, that enable us to distinguish them from other groups. Though genetically closely related and, no knowledgable person would classify a San as a Watusi or vice versa, or confuse a European with a North African. That's why society sees those as races.

What went wrong was, that those races were arbitrarily assigned traits based on their physical appearance. It was, and sadly still is, used as an excuse for violence, abuse, segregation and exploitation, to justify, among other things, discrimination, slavery and genocide.

I largely agree with your second and third paragraphs.

However, re: dogs. Breeds and races are entirely different. The definition of race is 'a subdivision of a species that has consistent and diagnosable morphological traits that separate it from other such subdivisions.' In addition there is normally a small degree of genetic separation behind the morphology (3-4%). Races don't normally interbreed although they can do.

A breed is a group of animals that have been selectively bred to enhance certain traits. The differences are entirely at the phenotypical level.

Certain mammals and birds and presumably all other animal classes do have races, brought about by geographical or behavioural factors.

Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 23 Dec 2017 10:17

If you place a Masai, an Aboriginal, a Yanomami and a Cherokee in a row, most people with some general knowledge will have no problem determining their origins.

This may be true in a superficial way. But place every human in a line and draw three lines to determine where the division of 'the races' lie and you'll soon realise that you can't.

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Topic OMG, did we invent "fake news"?
Posted 22 Dec 2017 14:02

Shouldn't that be fake nieuws?

Vrolijk Kerstfeest

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