Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic What did you have for lunch today?
Posted 04 Feb 2018 01:47

Turkey, stuffing, sprouts, roast parsnips, roast potatoes and mushy peas.

Christmas pud and brandy sauce for afters eat

Topic The person above you is a high school teacher. What do they teach?
Posted 31 Jan 2018 09:25



Topic Did Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Cross The Line (Dr. Nassar/US Olympic trial)
Posted 29 Jan 2018 13:56

You made it sound as if you can't have harder sentences and judges that communicate in a professional manner at the same time. I think you can, as they are unrelated.

No I didn't! I don't know how you inferred that.

This is what I said, "Yes, she was playing to the cameras and her language was intemperate. However, better this than the puny sentences handed out to sex offenders, rapist and paedophiles in the UK. THAT'S MUCH MORE DISGUSTING!"

There is nothing in that which suggests that exemplary judges and hard sentences are mutually exclusive. I clearly meant that I would rather have a pompous and somewhat indelicate judge, who issues punitive sentences than one who is guided by a system that considers the criminal over the victim, as in the UK.


Topic Brexit probably won't happen
Posted 29 Jan 2018 13:37

Maybe - for brexit to have had any chance of success we would have needed an enthusiastic leaver government and parliament .

I hate the EU as an organization but voted remain - it's one of those marriages that is really too painful to leave once in.

But I dont share your optimism for a remain vote - the latest opinion polls show remain slightly ahead - exactly as they did before the 2016 vote.

Not at all. Governments don't work that way. For Brexit to have had a chance, May needed a decent majority in the last general election. If she had got a good working majority of say, 70+ seats, she would have had a much stronger hand and been in a much stronger bargaining position with Barnier et al.

As it is, she is weak and the EU know this. As has happened today, he is taking a tough line, saying we will have to be governed by EU laws during the transition period while having no say in anything. He is banking on this being so unpalatable that it will lead to turmoil and a second referendum.

I would say Theresa May's days are seriously numbered now. I think the Conservatives think it's worth gambling on a new leader, than limping along with a Lame Duck. What that means for Brexit - I don't know. Ultimately, the EU don't want us to leave, so we'll probably end up with some kind of re-negotiated terms pretty well along the lines of what we had before, but with some concessions on free movement. dontknow

Topic Do you
Posted 29 Jan 2018 11:01

Yes. Some people may not be physically able to. Some people have no sex drive.


Topic Did Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Cross The Line (Dr. Nassar/US Olympic trial)
Posted 29 Jan 2018 10:52

But it's not one or the other, is it?

What's your point? Yes, a sentence is either commensurate with the offence or not. I would say, given the extent of his offences and his particular proclivity, a whole life tariff is not unreasonable. He is a recidivistic paedophile.

In the UK, we need to seriously address our judicial system and mete out sentences that fir the crime.


Topic Did Judge Rosemarie Aquilina Cross The Line (Dr. Nassar/US Olympic trial)
Posted 28 Jan 2018 21:49

Yes, she was playing to the cameras and her language was intemperate. However, better this than the puny sentences handed out to sex offenders, rapist and paedophiles in the UK. THAT'S MUCH MORE DISGUSTING!

D x

Topic Brexit probably won't happen
Posted 28 Jan 2018 14:12

I was discussing this with my Dad, today.

The way things are going, the Brexit negotiations are going to grind to a halt.

There is now real dissatisfaction in the Euro sceptic wing of the Tory Party led by Jacob Rees-Mogg that we will get Brexit in name only, i.e. a watered down version, where we're out of Europe but become a kind of satellite member with a good degree of Regulatory Alignment See here . Even after March 2019, there is talk of a three year transition period, and then we might be still effectively bound by current European legislation, something which the Euro sceptics find unacceptable.

There is every possibility that the inertia in the negotiations, in terms of the vision that the leave vote had in 2017, will trigger a leadership election. This in turn might lead to a general election if the incoming Prime Minister can't muster the Democratic Unionists and this would put Brexit on hold. After that, the government, whoever that is, could go back to the country and ask for a second referendum. If, as is likely, we would get a 'No' the UK would cancel Article 50 and we would remain in the EU.

This is a very likely scenario

Topic How effective is story spamming to friends?
Posted 28 Jan 2018 12:18

It's not.

If friends and followers want to read, they will. If not, they won't.

I've discontinued that practice because it yield's infinitesimal results.


See me


Topic What did you have for breakfast?
Posted 28 Jan 2018 07:26

Fruit salad (mango, peaches, pineapple) with Greek yogurt; toast and peanut butter and strong coffee

D x

Topic Commonly Confused Words
Posted 23 Jan 2018 10:36

As a UK based citizen, we do over here have different spellings for certain words, i.e. Color(US) and Colour(UK).

I don't think this is an example of two commonly confused words. It's an example of alternative spellings of the same word

D x

Topic Assertiveness Test
Posted 21 Jan 2018 22:07

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

D x

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

D x

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.

D x

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.

D x

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.

D x

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.

D x

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

Congratulations, Larry! A well deserved award

Danny x

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.

D x

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!

D x

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.

D x

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.

D x

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.

D x

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.

D x

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.

D x

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

Plain white with pink trim