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Category: provincialism


most quoted re "provincialism": Jonathan North Washington (42), Tristan Alexander McLeay (32), other (13), Derek Gulas (6), Rianna (5)

other categories found with "provincialism": language (30), sadness (29), patriotism (24), linguistics (23), SSSR (21)

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[link] heard: 18 April 2014
[edit] added: 18 April 2014

"They're probably from Bumfuck, Idaho, where there's no gay community at all."

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[link] heard: 17 April 2014
[edit] added: 18 April 2014

Fran: [həvjəgɔʔˈbɪː]

Cashier: "What's [bɪː]?"

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[link] heard: 30 June 2013
[edit] added: 30 June 2013

"But they're Russian tourists—they'll drink anything. It was probably petrol."

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[link] heard: 15 March 2013
[edit] added: 15 March 2013

Sam: "I'm going to sing a Mongolian song."

[Sam clears throat]

Niko: "That's actually the name of the song."

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[link] heard: 12 March 2013
[edit] added: 12 March 2013

I was a homebody by Austin standards

which has made me social chair by ACES standards

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[link] heard: 9 November 2012
[edit] added: 9 November 2012

(11:51:13) Francis Tyers: do you have christmas lists in america ?

(11:51:42) jonathan: uhm

(11:51:44) jonathan: maybe?

(11:52:00) jonathan: I feel like there's some extra piece of pragmatics attached to what you have in mind

(11:52:49) jonathan: like, a wishlist that you might show your relatives before Christmas?

(11:52:54) Francis Tyers: yeah

(11:52:56) jonathan: yeah, sure

(11:52:59) Francis Tyers: that you hang on a tree

(11:52:59) jonathan: we have that :-P

(11:53:02) jonathan: whoa

(11:53:02) Francis Tyers: for the christmas robin

(11:53:03) jonathan: wait

(11:53:05) Francis Tyers: to collect

(11:53:08) Francis Tyers: the christmas robin

(11:53:12) jonathan: wtf man

(11:53:14) Francis Tyers: takes the list to father christmas

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[link] heard: 7 March 2012
[edit] added: 7 March 2012

(19:14:27) firespeaker: "10 or 20 most important languages" :(

(19:14:30) spectie: yeah D:

(19:14:33) spectie: borrrrrrrrrrrring

(19:14:36) spectie: give me a U

(19:14:39) spectie: give me a D

(19:14:43) firespeaker: U D

(19:14:49) spectie: give me an M U R T

(19:14:52) firespeaker: M U R T

(19:14:59) spectie: U D M U R T !!!!!

(19:15:03) firespeaker: U D M U R T ! \o/

(19:15:11) spectie: \o/ \o/ \o/

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[link] heard: 24 July 2011
[edit] added: 24 July 2011

(18:05:32) zfe: also tomorrow i'm getting on a boat

(18:05:38) zfe: and a turk will be driving

(18:05:43) zfe: which feels extremely wrong

(18:05:56) zfe: like i get invited by spectie and he cooks me spaghetti

(18:06:13) zfe: or i don't know, vietnam invading usa

(18:06:19) zfe: it really looks upside down

(18:06:27) zfe: a turk and an italian on a boat

(18:06:30) zfe: and the turk is driving

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[link] heard: 7 June 2011
[edit] added: 7 June 2011

(13:05:46) [me]: not the interesting places, mind you—just to some other city, probably to go to some night club or to see some girl

(13:06:02) Өвгөнхүү: well, to each his own method of sightseeing

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[link] heard: 10 February 2011
[edit] added: 10 February 2011

"In Azərbaycan when someone is stupid we call them a Mongol."

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[link] heard: 13 January 2011
[edit] added: 16 January 2011

CB: "There's one rule about language comparison—"

Niko: "Don't trust a Russian?"

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[link] heard: 5 November 2010
[edit] added: 5 November 2010

"That's why British people hate us:"

[effects RP]

"‘None of your rich people are posh.’"

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[link] heard: 31 August 2010
[edit] added: 2 September 2010

"For Indiana, Irkutsk is gay-friendly."

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[link] heard: 25 October 2009
[edit] added: 24 October 2009

"Okay, here's one of my stories about moonshine. So I have this uncle named Sam, and he's married to a French woman..."

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[link] heard: 16 October 2009
[edit] added: 16 October 2009

"So if you encountered a strange dialect of English on some island where they don't do flapping, ..."

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[link] heard: 6 August 2009
[edit] added: 6 August 2009

(21:12:04) kesuari: mark twain was awesome

(21:12:08) kesuari: possibly the world's best american

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[link] heard: 21 July 2009
[edit] added: 20 July 2009

(00:49:38) kesuari: you have a really lax system

[Jonathan explains rules in more depth]

(00:54:44) kesuari: okay, now it seems more normal

(00:54:56) kesuari: complex rules & money = immigration law

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[link] heard: 12 July 2009
[edit] added: 12 July 2009

(19:07:00) kesuari: apparently we don't have extradition treaties with canada or new zealand! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extradition_law_in_Australia

(19:08:59) kesuari: how can we not with new zealand? they're like our buddies!

(19:09:11) kesuari: maybe we have some other architecture for dealing with extradition between them and us

(19:09:46) kesuari: like we're so happy to extradite that no-one bothers with a treaty, we just say "yo" and they say "have fun"

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[link] heard: 8 April 2009
[edit] added: 7 April 2009

(01:47:55) [me]: dude, I grew up in Louisiana

(01:48:01) Michael T: i grew up in NM

(01:48:16) Michael T: the lousiana on the other side of texas

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[link] heard: 4 April 2009
[edit] added: 4 April 2009

(16:51:14) cassowary: ause always uses the ame/bre option that is more logical

(16:51:22) cassowary: an if neither is logical, we use another one, that's logicaller

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[link] heard: 29 September 2008
[edit] added: 29 September 2008

Jonathan: "I mean, in Kazakhstan a cellphone is like a toothbrush, but in America, it's more like a bicycle."

Michael: "I donno, I knew some people in Kazakhstan who didn't brush their teeth, but you can bet they had a phone."

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[link] heard: 14 September 2008
[edit] added: 14 September 2008

(23:16:35) [my father]: it is normal convention, however. So laTex doesn't know what it is doing

(23:17:04) [my father]: what the hell do you want with something that uses louisiana and texas as its call name

That is not what LaTeX bases its name on!
computers, stupidity, provincialism, linux, technology, southernisms
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[link] heard: 3 September 2008
[edit] added: 14 September 2008

"But Vanya from the provinces is just as clueless about that sort of stuff as Timurbek."

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[link] heard: 9 August 2008
[edit] added: 15 August 2008

"What's that bean curd stuff?"

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[link] heard: 24 July 2008
[edit] added: 24 July 2008

(19:13:28) [me]: yeah, they have a lot of quays in canada

(19:13:39) [Tristan]: probably to keep the americans out

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 23 July 2008
[edit] added: 24 July 2008

(16:10:49) kesuari: can black kids come from white parents?

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[link] heard: 16 June 2008
[edit] added: 16 June 2008

(12:27:16) kesuari: so i'm perfectly content to live for, say, a million years and call it a day

(12:27:38) kesuari: hopefully i can contribute enough genetic code to the human race over that time that future generations are still backwards compatible

(12:27:50) kesuari: i've thought about this too much too

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[link] heard: 9 June 2008
[edit] added: 9 June 2008

(15:45:30) [me]: you make gourmet food from foodbank handouts?

(15:45:39) Aladnsane: This is the PNW.

(15:46:07) Aladnsane: Foodbank handouts are raw ingredients, some canned goods, bakery rosemary diamantes, fresh fruit and veg... *shrug*

(15:46:15) Aladnsane: If you know how to take your pick, yes, I do


(15:49:05) Aladnsane: Seriously though; the Food Bank here is amazing

(15:50:49) Aladnsane: I've gotten fresh bell peppers, fresh cilantro, there's ALWAYS good bread (largely because most people going there have families, so they need whitebread for the kids, because they don't seem to realize that kids are /trained/ to be picky, rather than being naturally picky - it's serving them 'kids food', that makes kids picky), I mean, there's always things that are hard to find,

(15:50:51) [me]: in Seattle, I can imagine

(15:51:06) Aladnsane: Bellingham

(15:51:13) Aladnsane: In Seattle, I could get all of that Dumpster Diving

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[link] heard: 19 May 2008
[edit] added: 19 May 2008

(19:13:07) kesuari: French Guiana ... is an overseas department ... of France

(19:13:18) kesuari: It is an integral part of France, and its currency is the Euro.

(19:13:34) kesuari: france did colonisation really weird

(19:13:46) kesuari: france does everything really weird

(19:13:50) kesuari: france is really weird

(19:13:51) kesuari: damn frogs

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[link] heard: 18 May 2008
[edit] added: 18 May 2008

(16:29:31) kesuari: i learnt the names "asterix" and "obelix" long before i learnt what asterisks and obelisks were, and the common nouns are just weirdarse variants of the characters

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[link] heard: 17 May 2008
[edit] added: 17 May 2008

(17:23:23) [me]: "More data would have to be gathered to determine what the underlying cause of these dichotomies is"

(17:23:37) [me]: (is there anything you'd change with that?)

(17:24:31) kesuari: (yes, of course i would; i find academic written language and the spoken language that is essentially its read version incredibly hard to understand)

(17:24:49) kesuari: (but unfortunately making it just normal english wouldn't be thesis-like enough)

(17:24:50) syljwesandhr: (so what would you change?)

(17:25:11) kesuari: "if we want to work out what actually causing these differences, we'll have to get more data"

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 12 May 2008
[edit] added: 12 May 2008

(17:40:43) kesuari: my dialect has everything to do with syntax ungrammatical?

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[link] heard: 1 May 2008
[edit] added: 1 May 2008

(14:15:48) [me]: every time I think back to how I thought about things in high school, central asia makes a lot more sense

(14:15:56) [me]: very provincial and uninformed about things

(14:16:12) Michaela: heh

(14:16:55) Michaela: you know, it's true--even thinking about things like the way people used to write in middle/high school--the quality of their writing makes a lot more sense

(14:17:45) Michaela: i remember telling my mom, "It's like, there's no one here that knows how to think outside the box." she said, "Honey, they don't even know that there is a box."

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[link] heard: 27 April 2008
[edit] added: 27 April 2008

(16:48:45) kesuari: a place where not only it snows, but it gets to 30 °

(16:48:48) kesuari: that sounds awesome

(16:48:54) kesuari: do they keep any of them in civilised countries?

(16:49:00) [me]: heh

(16:49:05) [me]: much of the U.S. is like that

(16:49:22) kesuari: as i said, in civilised countries?

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[link] heard: 22 April 2008
[edit] added: 22 April 2008

(19:22:47) kesuari: so i mean, a large part of why i want to move overseas is so i can move out of my parent's place

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[link] heard: 21 April 2008
[edit] added: 21 April 2008

(22:46:56) Анара: хотя снова я скажу это что

(22:47:05) Анара: Kazakh girlz rulez!!!

(22:47:24) Анара: больше чем кыргызки и другие номадки

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[link] heard: 15 April 2008
[edit] added: 15 April 2008

Lara: "Hm, it smells like animals in here."

anonymous: "It's all the Kyrgyz."

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[link] heard: 13 April 2008
[edit] added: 13 April 2008

"So I was reading this ethnography written by this Russian guy who went to what's now Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in 1913. Apparently, in the jayloo, the women do everything, even up to herding the animals; the men sit around on a rock or sit around and sun themselves; when they get bored, they pull out their shotgun and shoot a marmot, and skin it while the women cook dinner. All they've done is brought that system down into the city."

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[link] heard: 26 March 2008
[edit] added: 26 March 2008

(23:13:38) Colum: that friend of mine kept saying that "they are trying. English isn't their first language!" But you don't try it on your merchandise!

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[link] heard: 4 March 2008
[edit] added: 4 March 2008

(17:46:00) [me]: when's the beginning of spring for you guys?

(17:46:06) kesuari: 1 spring

(17:46:10) [me]: ...

(17:46:11) kesuari: 1 september

(17:46:17) kesuari: sorry, they start with the same letter

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[link] heard: 26 February 2008
[edit] added: 26 February 2008

(22:39:11) [me]: well, we all know the French are chauvinists. They even invented the word.

[comment] [rate] 2/5

[link] heard: 13 February 2008
[edit] added: 13 February 2008

(14:54:07) Michaela: in english school can refer to either a university or an elementary school--as long as it's an educational institution

(14:55:12) [me]: no, in American English

(14:55:29) Michaela: true

(14:55:39) Michaela: but really, i mean, we know who's running the show these days

(14:55:44) Michaela: i'm not ethnocentric, but come on

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 13 February 2008
[edit] added: 14 February 2008

(17:54:49) Brenda: a card is better than a red satin thong. i like you. you have class


(17:55:26) [me]: anyway, try giving a Central Asian girl a thong and see what happens

(17:55:40) [me]: actually, I'm not sure what would happen

(17:55:57) Brenda: she would floss with it

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[link] heard: 10 February 2008
[edit] added: 10 February 2008

(18:11:23) Amanda: you meet the most random people in the most random countries

(18:11:49) Amanda: like, i've never met a norwegian person EVER, and you meet one in like, east bum, planet jupiter

(18:11:58) Amanda: ... i say this bc i forget which country you're in now

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[link] heard: 19 December 2007
[edit] added: 19 December 2007

(19:25:03) Adam B: There's only maybe 4 or 5 outside the US that are certified by the US, letting their graduates practice in the US

(19:25:14) Adam B: Glasgow is one of them, which is why we are here

(19:30:25) Adam B: And they speak English here

(19:30:27) Adam B: Sort-of

(19:30:33) Adam B: Close enough

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[link] heard: 17 December 2007
[edit] added: 17 December 2007

(16:05:58) [me]: sometimes people format them like an e-mail, and it's really strange

(16:06:18) [me]: "Hey X,

What's up? I had fun last weekend. See you around.

Your friend,

(16:06:21) [me]: and it's like wtf?

(16:06:30) [me]: it should be "Yo, had fun last weekend. Catch you later."

(16:07:02) kesuari: people write emails like that?

(16:07:20) kesuari: i thought i was the only person who used capital letters any more

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[link] heard: 8 December 2007
[edit] added: 8 December 2007

(15:17:35) [me]: you just have to think like me is all, and then you'll understand things like this :-P

(15:17:46) kesuari: yeah

(15:18:06) kesuari: i, on the other hand, got my thinkingways from a more reputable dealer than you, i think

(15:18:14) kesuari: you probably got yours from a kyrgyz bizarre

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[link] heard: 25 November 2007
[edit] added: 25 November 2007

(15:59:40) Rianna: I sat alone in the dark one night ... I found a preacher who spoke of the light -- he'd show me the way according to him, in return for my personal check. I flipped my channel back to CNN and lit another cigarette.

(16:00:15) Rianna: i dunno, that's most sane thing ever said on a country music station

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[link] heard: 23 November 2007
[edit] added: 25 November 2007

Thatcher: "And her father was the largest contractor in Kenya—"

Colin: "He was huge!"

Thatcher: "Yeah, he was like 400lbs."

Colin: [buffs up, effects burly voice] "Want me to build you a shed!?"

Colin messes with Thatcher's story
weirdness, machoism, misparsings, randomness, provincialism
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[link] heard: 22 November 2007
[edit] added: 25 November 2007

"There's something about mountain people and alcohol—you know, they're not strangers."

James, during a Thanksgiving toast
alcohol, people, SSSR, anthropology, humanity, kyrgyz, provincialism
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[link] heard: 7 November 2007
[edit] added: 7 November 2007

Tristan: "It's weird hearing you say /o/s correctly when you speak other languages [Russian, Kyrgyz]."

Jonathan: "Why's that?"

Tristan: "Because you don't normally pronounce them right in English."

[comment] [rate] 5/5

[link] heard: 7 November 2007
[edit] added: 6 November 2007

Tristan: "[pæ̃ː]."

Jonathan: "[pæ̃ ]. It's short."

Tristan: "French is stupid."

Jonathan: "Why?"

Tristan: "Because it's not like my dialect of English."

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[link] heard: 6 November 2007
[edit] added: 6 November 2007

(23:25) [my father]: they abreviate Perth, Western Australia as Perth, WA -- it one of the very few place abbreviation confusions in teh English speaking countries

(23:34) [me]: CA

(23:35) [my father]: Canada and California can be distinguished because California has more people

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[link] heard: 6 November 2007
[edit] added: 6 November 2007

"If they wanted it to be pronounced [latkəz], they should've spelled it ‘lutkers’."

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[link] heard: 3 November 2007
[edit] added: 3 November 2007

Tristan: "You should get that [dripping sink] fixed. And when the plumber comes, you should get him to fix the hot tap [in the bathroom] too."

Jonathan: "Yeah, maybe I'll call my landlord."

Tristan: "But he'll probably come and try to fix it himself."

Jonathan: "What gives you that impression?"

Tristan: "Just the over-hereness of this sort of place."

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 2 November 2007
[edit] added: 2 November 2007

"Well, Europeans travel because they're in Europe, and Australians travel because we're not."

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[link] heard: 31 October 2007
[edit] added: 31 October 2007

"I don't think they issue ethics approval based on whether it's more ethical than things that're more fun."

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[link] heard: 28 October 2007
[edit] added: 28 October 2007

"There probably shouldn't be a wikipedia page on everything, though, since there's probably a wikipedia page on Idaho."

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[link] heard: 12 July 2007
[edit] added: 12 July 2007

Derek: "I think we should write in runes, and the British should write in Roman."

Jonathan: "What about the Australians?"

Derek: "… They can write in kanji."

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[link] heard: 30 June 2007
[edit] added: 30 June 2007

(20:03:17) [Sarah]: Albert keeps telling me to not drink that much in Poland. I was like,"Poland = VODKA!"

(20:03:31) [me]: yeah

(20:03:36) [me]: but be careful when you do drink

(20:04:11) [me]: people try to take advantage of drunk people

(20:04:30) [Sarah]: Oh they don't want to fuck with me. The Mexicans have tried that.

(20:32:24) [Sarah]: I've started to speak to the Mexicans in Polish and Japanese so they'll leave me alone.

(20:35:27) [Sarah]: Well I have a sign on my forehead that says "EASY PIECE OF ASS! VEN AQUI!"

(20:40:30) [Sarah]: The last time I was in Walmart with a friend, I had a Mexican following me around and he was speaking in English and wouldn't leave me alone so I just started going,"Nie rozumiem. Nihongo ga rozumiesz?"

(20:43:49) [Sarah]: I was like,"What do you want?" "I just want to talk." "Mexicans NEVER want to just talk to me."

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[link] heard: 24 June 2007
[edit] added: 24 June 2007

(04:44:13) [me]: nz has more sheep/km² than china has people

(04:44:20) kesuari: indeed

(04:44:48) kesuari: this is the basis for why the chinese, in general, breed with other chinese; but new zealanders often breed with sheep.

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[link] heard: 24 June 2007
[edit] added: 24 June 2007

(04:02:04) [me]: let's do sheep based on land area now

(04:02:43) [me]: Kazakhstan: 15'217'700 / 2,724,900 km²

(04:03:06) [me]: Kyrgyzstan: 5'264'000 / 199,900 km²

(04:03:11) [me]: oops

(04:03:16) [me]: I think I'm doing humans :-P

(04:03:52) kesuari: unless you're kiwi, that's what I'd expect you to "do"

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[link] heard: 14 June 2007
[edit] added: 17 June 2007

"And you'll be in beautiful downtown Nepal, …"

Michael Goodman, tax advisor to Fulbright scholars
provincialism, conferences, stupidity
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[link] heard: 28 May 2007
[edit] added: 28 May 2007

me: "Yeah, it's Low Germanic, but not Northern."

Derek: "Huh? Is it a language named after some city or something?"

me: "Nope, it's named after a continent."

Derek: "A continent?!"

me: "Yep. Go back to your room, continue grading, and in 30 seconds you'll figure it out and be like ‘Dammit!’"

(16:51:22) Derek: LOL

(16:51:24) Derek: you bastard

(16:52:04) [me]: told you :-P

(16:52:22) Derek: *shaking fist*

[comment] [rate] 5/5

[link] heard: 26 May 2007
[edit] added: 26 May 2007

(00:47:17) Rianna: i had a dream last night that i was on a train to georgia with a bunch of people from high school

(00:49:05) [me]: which Georgia?

(00:49:24) Rianna: the boring one :-p

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[link] heard: 11 April 2007
[edit] added: 11 April 2007

Derek: [ftktp]!

Jonathan: "What's that?"

Derek: "Probably Berber."

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[link] heard: 6 April 2007
[edit] added: 9 April 2007

on phone:

"What do you want me to get you in Montana? A cowboy? I need to get me one of those too."

Michelle, on the way to Montana
provincialism, sex
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[link] heard: 4 April 2007
[edit] added: 4 April 2007

"Hah. You break matzah like a goy."

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[link] heard: 31 March 2007
[edit] added: 1 April 2007

HS: But how did [G] become [g]? I thought usually the trend is the other way round.

Tristan: There’s no accounting for tastes :)

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 18 March 2007
[edit] added: 18 March 2007

"But in America, there are lots of—how do you call them?—homosexuals."

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[link] heard: 15 March 2007
[edit] added: 15 March 2007

"No, you see, it doesn't work that way—it's dark half the year, so you commit suicide, and the other half of the year, it's light, and you're dead."

Derek tells Rianna about Scandinavia
provincialism, death, life, weather, scandinavia
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[link] heard: 10 February 2007
[edit] added: 11 February 2007

"Welcome to America. Now let's move on."

[comment] [rate] 1/5

[link] heard: 10 February 2007
[edit] added: 11 February 2007

Brenda: "That's the Chinese word for pig: ‘Jū’."

Stefan: "Yeah, where do you think the word ‘Jew’ comes from?"

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[link] heard: 23 January 2007
[edit] added: 23 January 2007

(00:45:36) [me]: I think I'd summarise Hawai'ian as (C)V

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[link] heard: 21 January 2007
[edit] added: 23 January 2007

"Breton music is like Irish dance music with Iranian instruments."

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 16 January 2007
[edit] added: 16 January 2007

me: "Huh, if you go to the Jackson School's page, they have this graphic at the top that's a picture of some stream that doesn't look like it's on the UW campus."

Graham [looks at picture]: "Oh yeah, I've seen that place, it's on the other side of Lake Union."

me [reloads page, blinks]: "Hey look, now they have a picture of the Taj Mahal."

Graham: "Yeah, you haven't seen that? It's behind the forestry building."

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 12 January 2007
[edit] added: 13 January 2007

Meghan: "People used to throw batteries at me because they thought I was gay."

Julia: "And they thought you needed the batteries why?"

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 7 November 2006
[edit] added: 7 November 2006

(02:55:01) [me]: and I'm maxing out the network capabilities of my server

(02:55:26) [me]: between me and it is an 802.11g connection, a router, and a 100Mbps connection

(02:56:05) [Tristan]: not bad.

(02:56:14) [Tristan]: between me and it is half the world

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 16 October 2006
[edit] added: 17 October 2006

Richard: "They did a spelling reform and got rid of all those extra circonflexes."

Jonathan: "Really? Did it apply to Canadian French?"

Richard: "Nothing applies to Canadian French."

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 1 September 2006
[edit] added: 1 September 2006

18:14:37 kesuari: ummm. they have a holiday on the first day of classes?

18:14:56 kesuari: how can you have a day of classes on a holiday?

18:15:11 kesuari: isn’t that like going to work to celebrate a day off?

18:15:46 kesuari: soviets are weird.

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 14 June 2006
[edit] added: 13 June 2006

02:22:23 [Aaron]: (i need to hear a drunk irishman speak in order to live out my accent fantasy)

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 2 June 2006
[edit] added: 2 June 2006

Jonathan: "You know how the saying goes, three Jews in a room, four opinions."

Rianna: "Three Americans in a room, two opinions. I mean, I'd rather be stereotyped as having lots of opinions instead of…not thinking."

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 30 May 2006
[edit] added: 31 May 2006

Jurgen: "Promiscuity means ‘proximity’ in French."

Jonathan: "It would."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 23 May 2006
[edit] added: 27 May 2006

"The Danes haven't pronounced all the letters in their language for centuries."

[comment] [rate] 2/5

[link] heard: 7 May 2006
[edit] added: 7 May 2006

02:34:54 [sn withheld]: Because Mexico is spoken by like 20% of the population of the US as a first language

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 5 May 2006
[edit] added: 5 May 2006

Aladnsane: "Don't tip this. There's a beverage involved."

Jonathan: "But I like tipping things with beverages involved… like cows."

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 4 May 2006
[edit] added: 4 May 2006

Jonathan: "Why did the French decide to settle Louisiana? What were they thinking, with the bayous and the prehistorical aligator-looking thingies that eat you?"

Gabe: "Well, the French are frogs, right?"

Jonathan: "Well, they eat frogs."

Derek: "Maybe they were looking for Yoda."

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 25 April 2006
[edit] added: 27 April 2006

"There's some sort of weird issue between the Papuan part and the New Guinea part—you know, local geopolitical stuff."

in a presentation in Areal Linguistics
provincialism, badness, linguistics, non-p.c.ness
[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 18 April 2006
[edit] added: 27 April 2006

"Who could judge whether this is right or wrong in… not well known languages?—let's put it that way."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 14 April 2006
[edit] added: 14 April 2006

01:28:50 [sn withheld]: Seattle has one MAJOR downside.. how the hell do you ask a girl out for coffee if you ONLY EVER SEE HER IN A COFFEE SHOP!?!

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 14 April 2006
[edit] added: 14 April 2006

00:22:11 [sn withheld]: Ya know, one advantage of living in Colorado or Wyoming? by their standards? I can dance

watching Brokeback Mountain
movies, sadness, provincialism
[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 27 March 2006
[edit] added: 27 March 2006

Leyzer: "I should drop International Relations and take Georgian."

me: "The Georgian language is like international relations."

Shoshana: "Georgian wine maybe…"

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 18 March 2006
[edit] added: 18 March 2006

03:36:29 [me]: cardinal vowels are so wrong

03:36:44 [Tristan]: oh, yeah, they're quite arbitrary

03:37:58 [me]: very franco-centric, though, if you ask me

03:39:24 [me]: btw, Kazakh has aspirated voiceless stops

03:39:27 [me]: go figure

03:39:40 [me]: but those voiceless stops voice and fricativise on occasion :)

03:40:11 [Tristan]: the primaracy of voice distinction in stops is also very fraco-centric :)

03:40:28 [Tristan]: maybe the americans should make their own freedom phonetic alphabet :)

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 22 August 2005
[edit] added: 22 August 2005

"If we could put the bathroom out in the carport, we wouldʼve done it a long time ago."

[comment] [rate] 5/5

[link] heard: 16 July 2005
[edit] added: 17 July 2005

Jonathan: "Yeah, there's something about you that says Ohio."

Patrick: "Probably me, since I'm always talking about the place."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 6 July 2005
[edit] added: 6 July 2005

Aaron B [20:47]: in *america* we don't have an "h"

go to any store

[comment] [rate] 2/5

[link] heard: 23 March 2005
[edit] added: 24 March 2005

"I mean, Xena has more sound effects than most asians."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 10 February 2005
[edit] added: 10 February 2005

"I have to file taxes in like 5 states."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 31 December 2004
[edit] added: 31 December 2004

(20:26:16) Kesuari: i sometimes forget how far back america is

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 11 December 2004
[edit] added: 11 December 2004

"Are you guys getting me a chancellorship for Hannukah? I want to be chancellor of Germany for Hannukah."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 6 December 2004
[edit] added: 6 December 2004

"Well, let's just say I'll land my Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria at her Plymouth Rock."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 19 November 2004
[edit] added: 19 November 2004

Vickie: "What country's flag is this?"

Jonathan: "Guess."

Vickie: "Mexico?"

Jonathan: "Uh, no..."

Vickie: "Spain?"

Jonathan: "Noo.."

Vickie: "Africa?"

Jonathan: "Uh, Vickie..?"

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 9 November 2004
[edit] added: 9 November 2004

"Only a Pole would put 'z's where he didn't know what letters go."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 8 November 2004
[edit] added: 8 November 2004

(03:19:22) Оберон: I believe in baltimore

(03:19:25) Оберон: I'm bad with locations

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 2 October 2004
[edit] added: 2 October 2004

"PHO-NOLOGY. Starts with Vietnamese soup and ends with `nology'."

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 18 September 2004
[edit] added: 18 September 2004

(07:06:09) Kesuari: (haha, you have an american accent)

(07:07:12) Kesuari: (it's really weird, because you seem so educated :)

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 18 September 2004
[edit] added: 18 September 2004

(06:27:36) Kesuari: i think i'm planning on going on exchange second semester next year. except that i'll go to the northern hemisphere, so i'll have three first semesters in a row and it will be spooky

(06:30:06) [me]: whereto exactly?

(06:30:31) Kesuari: europe, for preference. and somewhere they speak english, so that rules out the mainland and england.

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 20 March 2004
[edit] added: 20 March 2004

(18:35:14) [me]: well, I am going to go play DDR in an hour and a half...

(18:36:11) Qatharsis: Putting on bland brown pullovers and pronouncing /a o u/ as /Q 9 u-/? ;-)

(18:36:56) Qatharsis: Can't help but parse that as East Germany.

[comment] [rate] 2/5

[link] heard: 13 March 2004
[edit] added: 13 March 2004

(02:19:17) Aaron B: 4am central time is what time in US?

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 6 July 2003
[edit] added: 6 July 2003

(17:13:06) Qatharsis: Then again, you live in a country where knowing some French make you a Sex God.

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: 24 May 2003
[edit] added: 2 June 2003

"We're trying, but it isn't that easy—that part of Nova Scotia isn't anywhere."

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 2 May 2003
[edit] added: 3 May 2003

Rameez: "I just got shot to shit."

Jonathan: "Where's that?"

Rameez: "It's somewhere between Brooklyn and Queens, and they just call it 'Shit'."

while Rameez was playing GTA3
weirdness, provincialism
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[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

"Come on, nobody cares about the Ukraine—they just have nuclear melt-downs and become the butt of jokes"

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

"Where I live? Not in England! ... It's cause they give you a choice, where you live, and they showed a map of England."

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

[22:36:06] LunaCamilla: ugh i feel sick for some reason. those noodles shouldn't have made me sick! they're asian.

[comment] [rate] no rating

[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: 19 August 2003

"They are not interested in many things which are interesting. And that's the American way."

Vitaly V. Shevoroshkin, referring to American linguists
wisdom, politics, linguistics, people, provincialism, patriotism, sadness, indifference, insults
[comment] [rate] 3/5