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most quoted re "sadness": Jonathan North Washington (95), other (46), Tristan Alexander McLeay (35), Abe Solomon (22), oberon (19)

other categories found with "sadness": linguistics (62), gradschool (58), language (51), computers (43), stupidity (37)



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

"I think back in Soviet times, the brake must've been on the steering wheel or something."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


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

[English department turns off lights and opens door because it's hot out]

[Confused undergrads misconstrue this to mean they're closed, so English department puts up sign]

Sign reads: "We're open. Come on in!"

Jonathan: "Hey, you ended a sentence with a preposition! Two even!"

Secretary 1: "… Oh no!" [tears down sign]

Jonathan: "Yeah, what'll people think of the English department‽"

Secretary 1: "Yeah, we have to fix that!"

Jonathan: "How're you gonna fix it?"

Secretary 1: "… Uhm… We could maybe leave just one preposition? ‘We're open; come in.’ But no, I guess we need to get rid of both. ‘We're open; come!’"

Jonathan: "Yeah, that might work. Good thing we caught it!"

Secretary 2: "Yeah, they're going to shame me and fire me tomorrow when they find out about this!"

[Jonathan tells Joyce the story]

Joyce: "You shouldn't mess with people like that."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 29 March 2007
[edit] added: 30 March 2007

Anara, Palao isn't Kazakh for plov, plov is Russian for palao. Don't ever forget that.

[comment] [rate] 5/5


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

Jonathan: "Kazakh isn't that hard—I don't know why all the materials that teach it are so bad."

Ardak: "I think it's because the Soviet system made things unnecessarily complicated."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 5 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

me: "That's an abstract?!"

anonymous: "It's a very abstract..."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[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: 4 October 2004
[edit] added: 4 October 2004

"I'm sorry, you can't buy that here, we don't sell those. You'll have to put it back."

cashier at Java City in reference to a bottle of water someone was carrying, as reported by Josh Rachlin
food, sadness, stupidity, incompetence, not-heard-myself
[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 29 September 2004
[edit] added: 29 September 2004

oberon: "Well, this could be typical, and they'll have sex, or she'll kick him in the balls and it'll be really funny."

Vickie: "It's Sex and the City, what do you think?"

oberon: "This could be the city part."

[comment] [rate] 5/5


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

oberon: "Where's the zoom? This is a shitty editor."

Adam: "That's the web browser!"

[comment] [rate] 5/5


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

(22:43:31) Colum: you know, I think professors are scary.

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 19 July 2009
[edit] added: 19 July 2009

Jonathan: "Yeah, I remember being in the dark about stuff a lot when my Russian and Kazakh weren't very good: ‘Where are we? Why're we here?’"

Tekla: "‘Why's there a sheep boiling in the front yard?’"

[comment] [rate] 5/5


[link] heard: 12 August 2010
[edit] added: 12 August 2010

(11:45:53) Aaron B: i don't even have a querty!

[comment] [rate] 5/5


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

(17:04:21) kesuari: (and also, not even irregularity is regular, so there's going to be some regularity somewhere)

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 13 July 2007
[edit] added: 13 July 2007

KJ: "Why can't my roommate see he's annoying me and just move out?"

Joyce: "Some people get satisfaction from annoying other people."

KJ: "Well, he's still paying rent."

Jonathan: "Some people pay to annoy other people."

KJ: "But he's poor."

Joyce: "Yeah, it's a luxury to be able to annoy other people."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

(01:33:38) Jade Solitude: You know you spend too much time on Wikipedia when you look for the "mark this edit as minor" button when editing ID3 tags . . .

[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

"There's light at the end of the tunnel for your Masters, and then you realise that it's just the light between tunnels."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 5 April 2007
[edit] added: 5 April 2007

Jonathan: "I was just trying to figure out what comes between 4 and 6, and couldn't figure it out for a second."

Joyce: "A bus ride home..."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 29 March 2007
[edit] added: 29 March 2007

I sometimes wonder how they count.

they have trouble taking 10% of a large number

they were bothered by having claculators that couldn't handle enough digits

‘what is 24000 inches in feet?

let's guess until Dr. Washington tells us we're right’

[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

Ray: "Phonetics can be a turn off."

Mark: "Depends on how you teach it, Ray."

Ray Jackendoff and Mark Liberman, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
conferences, insults, sadness, college, linguistics, professors, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 30 December 2006
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

my mother: "Did you put all your candy in a bag?"

me: "Nah, I just took some wrapping paper and put it all in there."

my mother: "But it's not a bag..."

me: "It's taped together though."

my mother: "But I taped it..."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 15 September 2006
[edit] added: 15 September 2006

"When you are forced to read books for school, other pastimes besides reading become that much more appealing."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 11 May 2006
[edit] added: 11 May 2006

"It came up and asked me if I wanted the animated tour or the non-animated tour. ‘Fuck you’ was not an option."

about the Windows installer
sadness, stupidity, annoyingness
[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 23 April 2006
[edit] added: 23 April 2006

I'll spare you my escapades of sleep-deprived monitor/keyboard plugging-in (let's just say it was like Who's On First), but:

in an e-mail to cog-servers, which was about as would be expected with that introduction
sleep, bad-ideas, technology, sadness, analogies
[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 23 March 2006
[edit] added: 23 March 2006

22:03:31 [me]: :-P

22:03:43 [me]: (I started to type :-P as 'th')

22:03:54 [me]: (which was weird. but that's how I'd pronounce it)

22:03:59 [Laura]: WHAT?

22:04:05 [Laura]: th=smiley face?

22:04:09 [me]: no.

22:04:11 [me]: pronounce :-P

22:04:21 [Laura]: "smiley face"

22:04:22 [Laura]: OH

22:04:25 [Laura]: pffft

22:04:28 [me]: no

22:04:31 [Laura]: no?

22:04:32 [me]: stick your tongue out

22:04:38 [me]: no ffs if your tongue's out

22:04:39 [Laura]: pbpbpbpbpbp

22:04:51 [me]: no ps or bs either

22:04:59 [Laura]: Absolutely it's a BP

22:05:17 [Laura]: The sounds of someone blowing a raspberry sounds like a p or b to me.

22:05:25 [me]: technically it's lingua-labial

22:05:36 [me]: yeah, but in this case your tongue is involved

22:05:40 [Laura]: a TH sounds is made by blowing air over over your tongue.

22:05:52 [Laura]: Maybe mrmrmrmrmrmrmrmr

22:05:59 [me]: no, an /h/ is made by blowing air over your tongue

22:06:08 [Laura]: But i like pbpbpbpbpbpbpbp

22:06:15 [me]: but you can do that without your tongue

22:06:20 [Laura]: Yes.

22:06:26 [Laura]: True.

22:06:38 [Laura]: But it's the same sound!

22:06:42 [me]: thbt might be better

22:06:48 [Laura]: Ok, ok.

22:06:55 [Laura]: It's understandable.

22:07:07 [me]: so that's why I started writing it as 'th'

22:07:10 [me]: instead of :-P

22:07:12 [Laura]: heh.

22:07:25 [me]: that conversation is almost worthy of my quotes page

22:07:38 [Laura]: pretty much.

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 20 March 2005
[edit] added: 20 March 2005

Vickie: "I'm a year older than Matt."

Matt: "No you're not, because if you were, we wouldn't both be 21 right now."

Vickie: "Fine, I'm 9 months older than you."

Nat: "That's enough time to make a baby."

Vickie: "Yeah, I could be your mother."

everyone else in room confused.

oberon: "Uhm, that's not ... how ... it works."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 31 January 2005
[edit] added: 31 January 2005

"I smell incense. That incensitive bastard."

Nat talks about Jon
sadness, language, puns
[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 22 December 2004
[edit] added: 28 December 2004

"It's like a little thing in the breakfast nook that's in their way and blares at them at newstime."

my Uncle Richard, on my grandparents and their TV set
sadness, scariness, time-travel, technology, analogies
[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

Matt: ".. and I still have a paper to write."

Jonathan: "You're still writing it?"

Matt: "Well, I'm done, but it's not long enough."

Jonathan: "How many pages do you have left?"

Matt: "Four."

Jon: "Matt, is it a 3-5 page paper?"

[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

Matt: "We haven't dated, but I have gone on dates with her."

oberon: "You do know how past tense works in English, right?"

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[link] heard: 26 October 2004
[edit] added: 26 October 2004

"No, you don't get it. Domino's is bad pizza for the same reason steak is bad pizza."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

Tristan: "Yeah, that's why you should ask out who you think you should ask out."

Jonathan: "That's a good policy."

Tristan: "I just need to know some girls."

Jonathan: "It probably doesn't help that you work as a computer programmer."

Tristan: "Yeah, that's half the reason I reckon I should go back to uni and get a masters."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

(19:22:29) kesuari: i'm probably the wrong person to be giving any sort of relationship advice/commentry i guess :)

(19:22:34) kesuari: or maybe :(

[comment] [rate] 4/5


[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: 15 August 2008
[edit] added: 16 August 2008

"I think they're going a little overboard—no pun intended—on this ocean theme."

[comment] [rate] 4/5


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

(22:29:20) Michael: she has some best friends from HS that she hasn't told yet 'cause they are really busy

(22:29:37) [me]: but not busy enough to not be on facebook

(22:30:23) Michael: no.

(22:30:29) Michael: who is that busy, honestly :)

(22:30:39) Michael: i was only that busy maybe 2 days this quarter

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 22 November 2007
[edit] added: 25 November 2007

"You don't know Central Asia if you think eating trumps toasts."

Colin, in reference to a toast during Thanksgiving dinner
food, sadness, SSSR, kyrgyz, patriotism
[comment] [rate] 3/5


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

"I hate the 4th of July—I'm always afraid someone will burn down my apartment. I have terrible neighbours. Not in my building, but within bottle-rocket distance."

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 28 April 2007
[edit] added: 29 April 2007

[oven beeps]

Gretchen: "Yay, food that isn't peanut butter and jelly!"

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 29 March 2007
[edit] added: 29 March 2007

Jonathan: "My favourite translation tool on the internet is to look something up on wikipedia in the source language, and then click the link to the article in the destination language."

Joyce: "Oh yeah, I only ever did that to look up how Star Trek was written in katakana."

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 21 February 2007
[edit] added: 21 February 2007

(19:22:10) [me]: I'd totally do Korean

(19:22:17) Amanda: awnyunk haseo!

(19:22:23) Amanda: naaay awnyung haseo!

(19:22:26) [me]: .. I don't *know* Korean

(19:22:30) Amanda: me either

(19:22:47) Amanda: i mimic the korean phrases i heard my korean student frie3nds using all th time

(19:22:56) Amanda: and one time i was just like making korean sounding noises

(19:23:02) Amanda: and some kid was like oh which teaching team do you have?

(19:23:05) Amanda: and i'm like uh the arabic one

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[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: 1 December 2006
[edit] added: 2 December 2006

"I don't even know how high that number is—it's one of those numbers with letters in it that I don't understand because I haven't taken math since high school."

Laura, in her colloquium talk
math, linguistics, school, gradschool
[comment] [rate] 3/5


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

"When you put people in a booth like that, they're desperate to please you. Unless they're a psychology undergrad—then they might be trying to mess with you."

[comment] [rate] 3/5


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

04:29:42 [Tristan]: stupid 10 am is a time that shouldn't be allowed to exist.

[comment] [rate] 3/5


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

"Usually I just huddle up in my room and conjugate things."

in response to why he's never around
kazakh, geekiness, sadness, swseel
[comment] [rate] 3/5


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

(00:37:21) Оберон: Judging by Anna's reaction, my interpretive "Farm in the Dell" dance won't seem nearly so artistic at !(about to fall asleep) o'clock.

(00:39:50) [me]: isn't it "farmer in the dell"?

(00:40:28) Оберон: fomgers...typing...cheese stands alone.

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 3 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

(03:28:52) [me]: mkay, yeah, I need to pack

(03:29:03) Derek: psh

(03:29:04) Derek: whatever

(03:29:10) Derek: just throw it all in a ball

(03:29:14) Derek: duct tape it up

(03:29:19) Derek: and roll it on the plane

(03:29:30) Derek: if you tell them its a bomb, they work faster you know

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[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
politics, linguistics, people, provincialism, patriotism, sadness, indifference, insults
[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 28 January 2005
[edit] added: 28 January 2005

"Yes, we're writing character sheets for silverware. Shut up."

[comment] [rate] 3/5


[link] heard: 17 November 2006
[edit] added: 17 November 2006

(01:09:04) [me]: that was a really round-about way of saying that

(01:09:17) [Aladnsane]: I learned english from Tolkien. What do you expect?

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 9 March 2006
[edit] added: 9 March 2006

15:28:38 qatharsis: Züritüütsch is not so common in the music business. Bärndütsch lends itself better to singing. It's more vowelly.

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 8 August 2005
[edit] added: 8 August 2005

[02:50] Aaron B: well, by "famous" i mean "famous within the field"

[02:50] Aaron B: aka "my research funding hasn't been cut more than 70%"

[comment] [rate] 2/5


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

"According to my watch, it's двадцать neuf одинадцатого."

...

"Now help me out here: сьем, восьем, nueve... but that doesn't sound right either."

oberon learns to count in Russian
sadness, russian, french, spanish, multilingualisms
[comment] [rate] 2/5


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

(04:02:52) [me]: well, it works in french, so I'll just italicise it and call it english

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 16 March 2004
[edit] added: 16 March 2004

(01:24:40) [me]: trees are your friends :)

(01:24:48) Jackie: trees kick my ass

(01:24:50) Jackie: over and over again

[comment] [rate] 2/5


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

(18:41:48) kesuari: because i thought that wsa pretty obvious and lack the thingy (that means you're good with words) to express it clearer

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 25 July 2005
[edit] added: 25 July 2005

[17:03] Aaron B: *dork*

[17:03] Aaron B: not that that's a bad thing, mind you

[17:03] Aaron B: given, i heard a radio ad and thought about phonological queues

[comment] [rate] 2/5


[link] heard: 30 January 2006
[edit] added: 30 January 2006

14:38:07 [me]: I could see like Laura going through and ranking every quote

14:38:09 [me]: all 700 of them

14:38:17 [Ian]: haha.

14:38:25 [me]: I could even see myself doing that.....

14:38:32 [Ian]: sigh.

14:39:28 [Ian]: Laura's, like, a bit crazy and would do something like that. You doing that would be more like lame.

Ian and Jonathan, in reference to Laura, on the topic of the potential of having a quotes-ranking system
sadness, craziness, procrastination
[comment] [rate] 1.5/5


[link] heard: 27 April 2006
[edit] added: 2 May 2006

"Is this divided into mes+es or mese+s? This is what grown people spend their time on."

[comment] [rate] 1/5


[link] heard: 17 January 2006
[edit] added: 17 January 2006

Prof. Voyles: "Let's get rid of the /ð/ in this example…"

me: "No, you can't do that—it's attested!"

prof. Voyles decides not to like Bashkir data, and I plea with him not to change the language
germanics, omnipotence, sadness, linguistics, language, phonetics, turkic
[comment] [rate] 1/5


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

(17:01:15) kesuari: nothing's regular in english, not even irregularity

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 17 December 2007
[edit] added: 16 December 2007

(01:37:57) Rianna: Drunk friends = free entertainment

in reference to quote #1123
friends, sadness
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 14 December 2007
[edit] added: 14 December 2007

(22:29:10) [me]: I don't get why people are so scared of linux

(22:29:20) Rianna: it's hard for people who wanna game

(22:29:25) [me]: yeah

(22:29:28) [me]: but like, my parents?

(22:29:35) Rianna: and i dunno, people just don't grow up seeing linux

(22:29:40) [me]: yeah

(22:29:45) [me]: like my parents :-P

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 8 December 2007
[edit] added: 7 December 2007

(13:32:30) Brenda: you check, i call him up to pick me up and drive me places and everytime he is happy to come and everytime he gets lost and i have to give up and catch a bus. like, what is the point of relationships? clearly there can be no love bc such cannot exist in the rotted and twisted hearts of men (no offense; it is a gender thing, not a sex thing, which means you're fine bc you are an individual who creates himself outside of societal presssures and definitions)

(13:32:53) Brenda: and men who have 16 hours hangovers and get lost right when you need them have otherwise no point

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 5 December 2007
[edit] added: 4 December 2007

(12:44:54) [me]: oh crap. I just remembered I had a dream where someone said something funny and I was going to add it to my quotes page, but now I don't remember what it was

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 1 December 2007
[edit] added: 1 December 2007

[a woman cuts ahead in line at store to get a dirty, brown, unappetising-looking root vegetable weighed]

guy at head of line to woman: "Это бесплатно, наверно."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 27 November 2007
[edit] added: 27 November 2007

(22:26:59) [me]: the one where the guy didn't know how to take a pciture?

(22:27:16) Amanda: yeah but the one where "the guy" was me

[comment] [rate] no rating


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

(01:08:08) Sarah: I say that I have a halo and they tell me it doesn't count if it's super-glued on.

Sarah is born to write country song lyrics
religion, music, sadness
[comment] [rate] no rating


[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

[comment] [rate] no rating


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

"You know, I've drunk more in the last two weeks than .. in the last three."

[comment] [rate] no rating


[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

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 6 October 2007
[edit] added: 23 October 2007

"You see, it's different for you: Kyrgyz and Kazakh girls are actually attractive."

Sarah, on Central Asian guys
kazakh, SSSR, relationships, sex, sadness, insults
[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 20 July 2007
[edit] added: 20 July 2007

[wine keeps causing X to crash]

(03:26:24) [me]: wine sucks

(03:37:21) kesuari: well, at least it's emulating windows well

[comment] [rate] no rating


[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

[comment] [rate] no rating


[link] heard: 7 May 2007
[edit] added: 7 May 2007

(00:11:39) kesuari: anyway, on notes unrelated, have you got anywhere a list of soundchanges from some earlier form of the language to kazakh/kyrgyz?

(00:12:09) [me]: no, but I could make one really quickly

(00:12:22) kesuari: could you?

(00:12:31) kesuari: there needs to be a turkic romlang

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

Joyce: "Now I'm really sorry for referring that woman to the Tlingit wikipedia article. It makes it sound terrifying."

Jonathan: "Why's it terrifying?"

Amy: "Because she's not a linguist, and every ejective possible doesn't sound like a good thing."

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

Jonathan: "Four languages: America never expects anything close to that."

Joyce: "Yeah, we don't even like dialects."

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

"You're not married, and you haven't got a girlfriend—and you don't watch Star Trek? …Good lord."

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

"It was cool, you know? I got intimate with her voice, or something."

phonetics projects bring you close to your informants..
inappropriateness, sadness, relationships, linguistics, sex, papers, phonetics, gradschool
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[link] heard: 13 March 2007
[edit] added: 13 March 2007

"Unfortunately, all my finals [for grading] for [anonymous class] look good so far."

anonymous expects (and hopes for?) very little from her students
sadness, college, linguistics, non-p.c.ness, grades, gradschool
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[link] heard: 3 March 2007
[edit] added: 4 March 2007

"I did have the dishes washed..."

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

(23:14:08) [Sarah]: Yeah...I can see me in Poland...I'll have to remember not to go out and get drunk.

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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: 10 January 2007
[edit] added: 16 January 2007

"I'm a fan of the syllable; I believe in the syllable, but some people don't."

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[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?"

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[link] heard: 4 January 2007
[edit] added: 13 January 2007

[Jonathan shows Aaron a book on Qaraqalpaq written in French]

Aaron: "This orthography is.. what?"

me: "Inconsistent."

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

Ray: "Most of these people [taking intro to linguistics] won't become majors—"

Mark: "And shouldn't."

Ray Jackendoff and Mark Liberman, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
insults, sadness, college, linguistics, gradschool
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[link] heard: 6 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

Mark: "From your mouth to God's ear."

linguist: "It's an Indian mouth—he won't hear."

Mark Liberman and a woman with a good idea, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
religion, sadness, conferences, non-p.c.ness
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[link] heard: 4 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

"I myself am a theoretical phonologist, but in the late '80s, my eyes were beginning to glaze over and I was saying ‘I don't care where to hang [lateral].’"

Bruce Hayes, at the 2007 LSA annual meeting
linguistics, sadness, wisdom, conferences, gradschool
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[link] heard: 1 January 2007
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

[redacted]: from now on when we disagree on american english usage, i'm just going to assume i'm right on the grounds that you spell yogurt with an H

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[link] heard: 9 December 2006
[edit] added: 9 December 2006

"It's always unfair to the women! Especially in Central Asia.."

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[link] heard: 9 December 2006
[edit] added: 9 December 2006

(02:00:05) Colum: well I did study for the final but I didn't know what I was studying so I don't consider that as "having studied"

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[link] heard: 1 December 2006
[edit] added: 2 December 2006

"Let's call this the Chomskian response; no linguistics talk is complete without a massive quote from Chomsky."

[massive Chomsky quote appears on slide]

Laura, in her colloquium talk
wisdom, sadness
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[link] heard: 17 November 2006
[edit] added: 17 November 2006

(01:11:15) [me]: you're really getting into this quoting thing tonight

(01:11:29) [Aladnsane]: No. I'm really getting into this insobriety thing tonight.

(01:11:34) [Aladnsane]: Which is close.

(01:11:43) [Aladnsane]: Because insobriety tends to lead to quotes

(01:12:03) [Aladnsane]: That, and I've been reading your quotes page and, to be honest, missing that brief period when I dominated it ;)

(01:12:20) [Aladnsane]: If only because we spent WAY too much time battling linux and drinking

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[link] heard: 17 November 2006
[edit] added: 17 November 2006

(01:01:57) [Aladnsane]: But seriously, when you show someone ID that says it's your 21st birthday, order a drink they don't know how to make. and then /tell them how to make it/... it tends to put a damper on their machismo.

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[link] heard: 11 November 2006
[edit] added: 12 November 2006

Jonathan: "Gah. Where's my camera?"

Rianna: "I donno. It needs a page button so it beeps and you can find it. ... All my shit needs one too."

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

"And now that I don't get stoned anymore, I do my dishes every day!"

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[link] heard: 9 October 2006
[edit] added: 9 October 2006

"Okay, be careful when you're going to the bathroom, cause we don't want toilet paper falling in the toilet."

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[link] heard: 2 October 2006
[edit] added: 7 October 2006

"That's like pulling an assault rifle on a horde of bunnies! A horde of bunnies in a cage!"

in reference to the Amish school shootings
animals, badness, death, violence, cuteness
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[link] heard: 22 September 2006
[edit] added: 23 September 2006

"...and some students might actually understand it, but in such a convoluted way that they just end up confusing the other students they're trying to explain it to."

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

14:13:02 [Rianna]: yeah...fanfiction is like...free literary crack

14:13:32 [Rianna]: It is really fun, generally not too good for you, but you keep coming back for more each time you quit :-p

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[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)

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[link] heard: 8 June 2006
[edit] added: 8 June 2006

Jonathan: "Yeah, it's a couple people taking advantage of one group's suffering to take advantage of another group's generosity to take advantage of another group's money."

Rianna: "It's like one big orgy of screw-overage."

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

(20:41:33) [Rianna]: uhh...what version of the windows virus are you runinng?

(20:42:01) [Laura]: The latest version of AVG.

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

01:04:04 [Jonathan]: I'm a linux person, I just use a mac

01:04:17 [Jonathan]: because it's more convenient on portable hardware for now

01:04:26 [Jonathan]: I hear most of the issues I had with linux on here have cleared up

01:04:37 [Jonathan]: so I might go back to linux, but I'm thinking of waiting until the fall

01:04:46 [Jonathan]: though I did just clear enough HD space for it I think

01:04:50 [Tristan]: you should do it now, for your health

01:05:03 [Trstian]: when i'm using the mac, i always do stupid things like type in the wrong window

01:05:18 [Tristan]: "my cursors on that bloody window, how come i can't type oh shit i've just deleted all the files on my hard drive"

01:05:32 [Tristan]: yeah, that's why i haven't got linux on my computer properly yet

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

10:45:43 [redacted]: i think se coucher is reflexive for going to bed oneself

10:45:56 [redacted]: but "to bed, as in a woman" is probably not reflexive

10:46:30 [redacted]: (let's put it this way - if you se coucher, as in a woman, by yourself, god just killed a kitten)

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

"I wish I knew more places that had less of an element of sketch."

in reference to finding a [safe] place for star-gazaing
science, physics, sadness, ghetto-talk, geekiness
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[link] heard: 23 May 2006
[edit] added: 27 May 2006

23:39:17 amosblock: english has a crap shoot, not an orthography :P

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[link] heard: 15 May 2006
[edit] added: 15 May 2006

"Bartending in America is just making a lot of blowjobs and sex on the beach for sorority girls. If you don't have standards and you don't have a fear of venereal diseases, then bartending in America can be a good way to get a lot of blowjobs and sex on the beach from sorority girls. However, I have standards and a fear of venereal diseases."

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[link] heard: 8 May 2006
[edit] added: 8 May 2006

[00:59] Ryan: It amuses me to see Jesus fish on cars. I always see sideways vagina.

as reportedly told to (and hence reported by) Aladnsane
freudian, politics, religion, sex, not-heard-myself
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[link] heard: 17 April 2006
[edit] added: 18 April 2006

14:50:30 [sn withheld]: is it bad when I'm bored enough that getting to use the word 'efficacious' - in a hyphenated appositive no less - makes me happy? (as does using a hyphenated appositive to note the use of a hyphenated appositive)

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[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
sadness, provincialism
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[link] heard: 7 March 2006
[edit] added: 7 March 2006

18:03:03 [anon]: hell, I think I got more action in high school than at brandeis

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[link] heard: 15 February 2006
[edit] added: 15 February 2006

Guy at checkout: "What is that?"

me: "That's a rutabaga."

Guy at checkout: "Uh, how do you spell that?" [fumbles through code guide]

me: "R-U-T-A-B-E-G-A"

Guy at checkout: [finds code and punches it in]

me: "What is this world coming to?"

Guy at checkout: "Well, sir, we have a lot of produce, and I don't know what it all is."

The guy at the checkout at Safeway; and for the record, Safeway does not have a lot of produce.
stupidity, food, obliviousness, incompetence
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[link] heard: 28 January 2006
[edit] added: 28 January 2006

07:25:46 [Aaron]: ok, i gotta shower and get ready for the day

07:26:00 [Aaron]: also, something freudian may be noted on the fact that i originally typo-ed "day" as "bad"

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[link] heard: 15 January 2006
[edit] added: 15 January 2006

06:58:41 [Laura]: Did you know

06:58:50 [Laura]: that there is a real movie coming out

06:58:58 [Laura]: called, "Snakes on a plane"

06:59:02 [me]: wtf

06:59:14 [Laura]: Snakes on a Plane.

06:59:24 [Laura]: As in, i can tell you the plot of the movie already.

06:59:31 [Laura]: There will be snakes on a plane.

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

Jonathan: "My blood type's going to be B+, and I'm going to be like, 'yeah…'"

Hannah: "My blood type's going to be A-, and I'm going to be like, 'dammit!'"

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[link] heard: 8 August 2005
[edit] added: 8 August 2005

[02:58] Aaron B: it was dallas raines

[02:58] Aaron B: sorry

[02:58] Aaron B: same difference

in reference to Quote #709
quotes
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[link] heard: 8 August 2005
[edit] added: 8 August 2005

[02:35] Aaron B: you finished your hw?

[02:35] Aaron B: you're all caught up?

[02:35] Aaron B: hold on, i need to look out my window

[02:35] Aaron B: nope, i don't see any pigs flying...

[02:35] Aaron B: maybe hell froze over?

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[link] heard: 15 March 2005
[edit] added: 15 March 2005

"Greer, did you fry beef in my hat?"

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[link] heard: 23 February 2005
[edit] added: 23 February 2005

"I trust a webpage more than I trust myself."

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[link] heard: 25 January 2005
[edit] added: 25 January 2005

"I really don't understand people who like opera, and I mean like Klingon opera and Wagner. And yes, I equate those two."

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[link] heard: 5 January 2005
[edit] added: 5 January 2005

"Human bonding rituals often involve a great deal of ... talking, and dancing, and crying."

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[link] heard: 15 December 2004
[edit] added: 15 December 2004

"You see, we're edumacatifying you."

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[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."

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[link] heard: 25 November 2004
[edit] added: 25 November 2004

"Hey, do you know how to use Windows?"

Keith Brafford, to Jonathan
computers, evil, linux
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[link] heard: 21 November 2004
[edit] added: 21 November 2004

"That's an expensive relationship. He could find a cheaper one. He just doesn't know how to manage his money."

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[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..?"

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

"How come in the Windows installer my mouse doesn't work, and then when I put the CD in the other drive and reboot, it does?"

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[link] heard: 18 November 2004
[edit] added: 19 November 2004

(23:46:47) Kesuari: (just now reading your quotes page. sometimes it seems it would be easier on you if you just hitched up a microphone and speech-to-text system under oberon's mouth and just have a complete transcription of everything he says)

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[link] heard: 15 November 2004
[edit] added: 15 November 2004

"Have you ever been looking around your room trying to find something and your hand starts tapping Ctrl-F or Command-F? I do that all the time, and it bothers me more that there's no Command-F than that I can't find what I'm looking for."

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[link] heard: 14 November 2004
[edit] added: 14 November 2004

(15:59:45) Aaron B: but i forgot that you're jonathan

(15:59:51) Aaron B: and conventional logic doesn't apply

(15:59:58) [me]: IT'S NOT CONVENTIONAL LOGIC

(16:00:08) [me]: it's logic that works on stereotypical american teenagers and no one else

(16:00:27) Aaron B: right

(16:00:29) Aaron B: convention

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[link] heard: 12 November 2004
[edit] added: 12 November 2004

Matt: "Given a perfectly spherical tongue of uniform density..."

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

"Where'd my 'feine go? Who stole my—?! Oh, I finished it. Aw, that was the last 'feine."

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[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."

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

(02:37:03) Adam B: What?

(02:37:27) Adam B: Are you saying I wrote OS9?

(02:38:18) Оберон: Yes.

(02:38:20) Оберон: Tell him yes.

(02:42:51) Оберон: Sure.

(02:43:08) Оберон: Perhaps Adam's true calling is less in writing code and more in writing comedy.

(02:44:17) Adam B: It's cool

(02:44:19) Adam B: Maybe he's high

(02:45:32) Оберон: Wow

(02:45:36) Оберон: no wonder everyone was asking us for weed

(02:45:45) Оберон: Adam must be telling people I'm a druggy

(02:46:19) [me]: (this is in reference to the fact that about 3 people have asked me and oberon for weed in the last 2 saturdays)

(02:46:22) Adam B: So I just re-read it

(02:47:13) Adam B: And, well, my first guess still stands

(02:47:27) Adam B: So seriously, what are you talking about, if not OS9

(02:47:32) Adam B: Which I did write, by the way

(02:47:38) Adam B: When you weren't looking

(02:47:39) [me]: no, you see, this is what we're talking about

(02:48:24) Adam B: I don't want you to think that I'm a sexually overactive president, but please define your "this" from that sentence

(02:48:48) [me]: that you wrote OS 9

(02:48:53) [me]: we're acknowledging that

(02:48:51) Adam B: Cause there was definitely no "this" (err, "that") to be referred to

(02:48:59) Adam B: Well, except for that

(02:49:02) Adam B: The OS9 thing

(02:49:06) Adam B: Okay whatever, sure

(02:49:08) Adam B: I'm flattered

(02:49:09) Adam B: Really am

(02:49:13) Adam B: Maybe you are high too

(02:49:25) Adam B: Which would explain why they asked both of you for pot, not just him

(02:51:05) Adam B: Righty-o then

(02:51:14) Adam B: So now, how did I get involved in that conversation?

(02:51:20) Adam B: And why do you think I wrote OS9?

(02:51:27) Adam B: (i.e. how did you find out about that)

(02:52:16) Adam B: Or

(02:52:28) Adam B: More fun could be watching me just type to myself in this pretty IM window

(02:52:42) Adam B: That's cool too

(02:52:47) Adam B: It's like a monologue

(02:52:51) Adam B: With an audience of 1

(02:52:55) Adam B: Well probably 2

(02:53:08) Adam B: Because Oberon is apparently monitoring this somehow too

(02:53:30) Adam B: Maybe through the ssh over unencrypted wireless through vmware and X forwarding

(02:53:32) Adam B: Or whatever that was

(02:53:34) Adam B: But he's watching

referring to a message from Adam Batkin about quote 541 and quote 543
sadness, insults, drugs, scariness, diatribes
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[link] heard: 9 October 2004
[edit] added: 9 October 2004

Jonathan: "Всё. Пошли."

Nat: "I wonder if Vickie understands kick-to-the-shins."

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[link] heard: 5 October 2004
[edit] added: 5 October 2004

"What is this? This is beginning to sound like the student union."

about the vice presidential debates
politics, sadness
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[link] heard: 5 October 2004
[edit] added: 5 October 2004

(16:28) Kesuari: i hate my uni. every time i find a journal article that might be vaguely useful, i get told that the library doesn't have that journal. stupid library

(16:28) [me]: typical, yeah

that's all unis + murhpey's law

which makes another law I guess

(16:29) Kesuari: mcleay's law? :)

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[link] heard: 4 October 2004
[edit] added: 4 October 2004

"Aw man, playing Nintendo games and naming your characters `Cunthead.' That brings me back."

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[link] heard: 30 September 2004
[edit] added: 30 September 2004

"I don't think I've had enough to drink. I can still type all my passwords."

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[link] heard: 30 September 2004
[edit] added: 30 September 2004

Vickie: "Yes, you can change positions. Refusing to change your positions just means your pig-headed and stubborn and stupid."

Jonathan: "That makes me sad."

[anon]: "Drink up, Jonathan. That's the leader of the `free world'."

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[link] heard: 28 September 2004
[edit] added: 28 September 2004

Jonathan: "Well, emacs has its advantages..."

Aaron: "Yeah, like it's an operating system. I'd rather use emacs as my OS than Windows."

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[link] heard: 3 May 2004
[edit] added: 3 May 2004

(18:20:28) Оберон: I'd never miss free, easily accessible food

(18:20:35) Оберон: Though I'm afraid dinner may consist largely of tainted cow

(18:22:01) Оберон: ...which would make a much better band name than entree

after he's reminded about the "midnight buffet"
food, animals, sketchiness, sadness, music
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[link] heard: 30 April 2004
[edit] added: 30 April 2004

(03:22:16) Виктория: i dunno if testing people on understanding oberon is productive

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

"So what you're saying is you're running gentoo by hand and calling it Red Hat."

Adam Batkin compiles his own packages because Red Hat sucks
linux, sadness
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[link] heard: 13 April 2004
[edit] added: 13 April 2004

(04:36:15) Оберон: "I hate Brandeis"

(04:36:30) Оберон: Brings back fond memories of...yesterday. And the day before, for that matter.

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[link] heard: 21 March 2004
[edit] added: 22 March 2004

"I think the PeopleSoft backend is pretty good, but the PeopleSoft frontend sucks big donkey cock."

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[link] heard: 7 March 2004
[edit] added: 7 March 2004

(22:14:23) Adam F: el mamut se murio

(22:14:25) Adam F: thats so sad lol

(22:14:40) [me]: yeah, I mean, he got aids and he did 10 lines of coke...

(22:14:50) [me]: what else was he going to do afterwards?

(22:14:52) [me]: get a Ph.D.?

(22:15:04) Adam F: well he could go to brandeis

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[link] heard: 25 February 2004
[edit] added: 25 February 2004

(06:12:40) Оберон: If a woman walked up to you tomorrow and said "I bet you have a wonderful snapple, and I'm absolutely not asexual -- how about you come back to my place and do me?" would you assume she wanted to know the way to Usdan?

(06:12:51) [me]: I might...

oberon, in reference to Jonathan's obliviousness
sexuality, obliviousness, sadness, brandeis, food
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[link] heard: 17 February 2004
[edit] added: 17 February 2004

(03:06:58) Оберон: it's not very flexible, but these are windows users

(03:07:08) Оберон: they can be easily distracted by a ball of twine and a slightly bent stick.

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[link] heard: 25 January 2004
[edit] added: 25 January 2004

"By the way, don't get the veggie wrap the way they normally make it; it's like 30% veggie and 70% mayonnaise. It's mystery-sauce-alicious."

the joys of Brandeis dining
food, sadness, scariness, sketchiness, analogies
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[link] heard: 22 January 2004
[edit] added: 25 January 2004

Amy: "My grandmother had back surgery today."

Aaron: "Yay!"

Aaron responds inappropriately to Amy Cotton's comment
incompetence, culture, family
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[link] heard: 17 January 2004
[edit] added: 17 January 2004

(06:02:06) Kesuari: (there is, i think, a certain amount of regular voicing and devoicing of stops and /tS/~/dZ/ (which might better be called /c/ and /J\/ even if that isn't their phonetic rendition) IMD. I have heard that it's not uncommon in AuE for voiced stops to be totally unvoiced and unvoiced aspirated, though i'm not sure if that's true for me.)

(06:02:44) [me]: that's like Werner's law

(06:03:03) Kesuari: or the second sound shift of german.

(06:03:19) Kesuari: which is like Werner's

(06:03:40) Kesuari: also fits into this neck of the woods better e.g. chinese and many other asian langs

(06:05:30) [me]: English:PIE::Australian English:Proto Germanic

(06:05:33) [me]: or at least in 2000 years

(06:06:02) [me]: lord help us if Middle English becomes proto-World

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[link] heard: 26 November 2003
[edit] added: 26 November 2003

"Let's blow this joint! ... Do you have a car?"

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[link] heard: 28 October 2003
[edit] added: 28 October 2003

(21:08:48) Оберон: you should link that new quote to the old one

(21:08:51) Оберон: or it's not funny

(21:09:00) [me]: and how do you propose I do that?

(21:09:40) Оберон: ...with this "hypertext markup language" thing which is all the rage nowadays?

(21:10:08) Оберон: see, you use an "anchor tag", and then you give it a "property" called the "href" which...

(21:10:27) Оберон: y'see, Jon, when a mommy webpage and a daddy webpage really love eachother...

(21:10:33) Оберон: ...not sure where that last bit came from

(21:10:38) Оберон: but it seemed appropriate

(21:11:19) Оберон: perhaps because at this point I expect you to know at least as much about HTML as you do about sex

(21:11:24) Оберон: hell, at this point, you should know a lot more

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[link] heard: 1 July 2003
[edit] added: 1 July 2003

(22:35:45) Casoar: i imagine i'd play that in realplayer, which seems to be more like realcrasher on my computer

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[link] heard: unknown
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(20:42:57) LunaCamilla: it's a sad state of affairs when you're single b/c you're not geeky enough

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"Let me revel in my funniness for a few minutes before telling me I'm delusional."

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[link] heard: 23 December 2007
[edit] added: 22 December 2007

(03:19:15) [me]: I like tech support to know more than I do

(03:19:27) [me]: instead it's just this number I call to try to convince to flip a switch for me

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

Jonathan: "In the south, there are these people who stay at Walmart all day and get bored and when you go in they try to socialise with you."

Kimberly: "Wait, aren't those called ‘greeters’?"

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[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: 6 February 2008

(23:23:16) Sarah: My brain is going in circles right now. Thesis ---> Cleaning ---> Teaching ---> Thesis ---> Repeat

(23:24:22) Sarah: Oh, and throw music popping in randomly.

(23:25:04) Sarah: I'm silly to the point of serenading cans of hair mousse.

(23:27:24) Sarah: What's sad is I'm not joking.

(23:30:47) Sarah: I serenade and dance with the cats too.

(23:33:54) Sarah: Is it bad that this is what keeps me sane?

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[link] heard: 21 September 2006
[edit] added: 23 September 2006

"Most of the students just want to learn what's going to be on the test, get their grade, and then they want to move on to finance, or business, or biology—you know, whatever isn't linguistics."

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[link] heard: 15 December 2006
[edit] added: 9 January 2007

[redacted]: tim's already posted my grade on sage

[redacted]: so i just need to crap out 5 (single-spaced... wtf) pages
and then he won't like, rescind the grade, i guess

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[link] heard: 26 March 2004
[edit] added: 29 March 2004

"I trust the Boulevard not to actively poison me, just not to not passively poison me, like this crap."

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

(01:20:44) Michael: yeah... programming interviews are fun dude. you should try 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: 13 February 2008
[edit] added: 13 February 2008

(16:32:42) Jóhann: thank you so much for your referal !

(16:32:52) Jóhann: if i was there and gay, id give you a big kiss :D

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[link] heard: 23 February 2008
[edit] added: 22 February 2008

"‘Stop hugging strange men and sit down.’ … Oh, that's actually what's happening."

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[link] heard: 23 February 2008
[edit] added: 22 February 2008

"It's Friday night and you're writing quotes‽"

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[link] heard: 23 February 2008
[edit] added: 22 February 2008

(12:17:30) Michael: although crazy professors are pretty cool

(12:17:35) Michael: i think you'd make a pretty good crazy prof

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[link] heard: 25 February 2008
[edit] added: 24 February 2008

(02:14:04) Jóhann: dude, can you stop being a language nerd like me for one second and enjoy chauvnistic jokes? :D

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[link] heard: 25 February 2008
[edit] added: 24 February 2008

(02:21:33) Rianna: i'm hungry for something, but i'm highly unsure what

(02:22:20) Rianna: but i dunno, i don't wanna cook up pea soup now

(02:22:40) [me]: well, bawırsaq might be good

(02:22:46) [me]: I had some really good boorsoq today

(02:23:01) [me]: bog'irsoq isn't too hard to make

(02:23:05) [me]: I have a recipe

(02:23:09) [me]: though I've never actually tried it

(02:23:19) Rianna: mitä vittuu toi o?

(02:23:30) [me]: a type of fried dough / bread

(02:23:31) [me]: kind of

(02:23:37) Rianna: hahaha

(02:23:38) Rianna: nice

(02:23:41) [me]: ?

(02:23:50) Rianna: you answered my question :-p

(02:23:54) [me]: ..?

(02:23:55) [me]: so?

(02:24:08) Rianna: it was in another language..?

(02:24:13) [me]: oh shit

(02:24:15) [me]: wtf

(02:24:19) [me]: okay

(02:24:26) Rianna: i just asked you what the fuck is that

(02:24:30) Rianna: and you just answered that

(02:24:30) [me]: I guess I'm just used to guessing what people are saying half the time anyway

(02:24:46) [me]: don't really pay attention to how they say it unless I'm in linguist mode

(02:24:47) Rianna: you should put that on your quotes page to show off your mad skillz

(02:25:16) Rianna: you're a....demigod among linguists, Jonathan

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

(18:28:09) Jóhann: I sent such a corny email "What will it cost if someone stole this book" :P haha

(18:28:15) Jóhann: yeah, who the fuck is going to steal a book haha

considering cheating the library out of a book..
sadness, bad-ideas, money, stupidity, sadness
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[link] heard: 27 February 2008
[edit] added: 27 February 2008

(18:28:09) Jóhann: I sent such a corny email "What will it cost if someone stole this book" :P haha

(18:28:15) Jóhann: yeah, who the fuck is going to steal a book haha

considering cheating the library out of a book..
sadness, bad-ideas, money, stupidity, sadness
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[link] heard: 1 March 2008
[edit] added: 1 March 2008

(18:24:50) Jóhann: im such a loser and super nörd :P
last night, my friend asked me "Iceland is lowering the drinking age to 19, want to go out tonight"
I said "Nah, I am doing some massive edits on the Chechen wikipedia, might get 300 articles tonight" :P

(18:25:07) Jóhann: and i did :D

(18:25:09) Jóhann: 300 articles :D

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[link] heard: 7 March 2008
[edit] added: 6 March 2008

(03:24:42) Derek: you know

(03:24:52) Derek: I have absolutely nothing against a woman being president but

(03:24:54) Derek: Hilary Clinton?

(03:24:59) Derek: does it have to be her??

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[link] heard: 10 March 2008
[edit] added: 9 March 2008

(03:02:05) Sarah: How the fuck do I ignore a woman who now calls me ABBA because she's convinced that TikTak is secretly ABBA?

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

(23:28:44) Sarah: Blech...this is vegetable soup with chicken and dumplings....does not compute :|

(23:29:39) Sarah: It's the Healthy Choice shit so maybe that's why

(23:30:41) Sarah: I'll make it unhealthy. I'm going to eat chocolate covered pretzels afterwards.

(23:34:07) [me]: send me some?

...

(23:35:15) Sarah: Hmmm....do you want me to send you some?

(23:35:27) [me]: heh, I was just kidding

(23:35:32) [me]: unless you can find a way to e-mail them to me

(23:35:55) Sarah: I only have one bag here and I am NOT sharing them.

(23:36:00) [me]: aw

(23:36:35) Sarah: I'll share some of my weird soup with you?

(23:36:40) [me]: ROFL, no thanks

(23:37:07) Sarah: Good, because you'd probably vomit and hate me for the rest of your life.

(23:37:21) [me]: is it that bad?

(23:37:55) Sarah: It would be fine if it were just vegetable soup, but it's like they tried to add chicken and dumplings.....but it's VEGETABLE soup.

(23:40:17) [me]: what's the soup call itself?

(23:40:45) Sarah: It says that it's chicken and dumplings. I got maybe 3 pieces of bite sized chicken?

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

(15:38:13) Sarah: He sleeps like the dead.

(15:38:49) Sarah: He's too busy dreaming of WoW to be disturbed by anything climbing in or out of bed with him.

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[link] heard: 30 September 2004
[edit] added: 30 September 2004

oberon: "Yeah, they're not even allowed to talk to eachother. It's not even a debate, it's a joint press conference."

Matt: "That's why the only appropriate way to respond to the political system in this country is to imbibe alcohol."

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[link] heard: 11 April 2008
[edit] added: 11 April 2008

(23:21:17) Michael: i have to actually start writing the journal paper version of my thesis soon

(23:21:33) Michael: before i forget what i did

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

"‘Surly?’ In Russian—what's the opposite of malodetz? Staridetz. ‘Surly.’"

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

"I've found that mayonaisse enhances the flavour of a lot of things."

seriously, used to gross me out, but living in Kyrgyzstan seems to've changed that
SSSR, sadness
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[link] heard: 15 April 2008
[edit] added: 15 April 2008

"Where's the rice at? No, the good rice, this is the rice with rocks in it."

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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: 18 April 2008
[edit] added: 18 April 2008

(14:04:28) Michaela: but the central asian/tajik dating trick i learned is that the guys just gradually start attaching pictures of flowers to emails and see how the girl reacts

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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: 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: 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: 8 May 2008
[edit] added: 8 May 2008

Тралик: "Түнкү канал эрте көрсөтүлүп калган экен."

мен: "Анткени азыр саат 12ден кийин эч кимде шам жок."

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[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: 13 May 2008
[edit] added: 13 May 2008

(13:31:11) Aaron B: i've taken to calling lots of things adventures now

(13:31:17) Aaron B: like, if i get lost -- that's an adventure

(13:31:30) Aaron B: forgot to buy something at the grocery and have to go back -- an adventure

(13:31:35) Aaron B: it makes me feel like my life is exciting

(13:31:57) Aaron B: i haven't yet gotten so desperate that i need to "adventure" to the living room

(13:32:00) Aaron B: but that day may come

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

(13:27:47) kesuari: i don't entirely no

(13:28:01) Jonor Thwash: you don't entirely no what? ;)

(13:28:40) kesuari: i don't entirely no why we maintain this farce of an orthographical system

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

(17:34:35) [me]: yeah, if the number on the two sides of a copula are different, lots of languages have issues with determining which form is right :-P

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

(19:23:46) [me]: stressed and unstressed clitics are used that way

(19:23:53) [me]: at least in AmE

(19:24:11) kesuari: well yeah, they're used like that here too --- but they shouldn't be

...

(19:24:29) [me]: now you're just being a perscriptivist

(19:24:50) kesuari: of course i am: i'm advocating spelling reform

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

(19:13:11) kesuari: well, i suppose they say one way to become a great artist is to copy everyone else

(19:13:26) kesuari: well, copy the great artists i mean

(19:13:37) kesuari: someone who wanted to paint well shouldn't copy any drawings i've done

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

(19:34:54) ***kesuari bags jon all the time, but jon doesn't always notice it

(19:35:12) [me]: no, I just can't tell

(19:35:15) [me]: I notice that something's up

(19:35:19) [me]: and consider that as a possibility

(19:35:25) [me]: but can't always tell if it's the right one

(19:35:37) kesuari: it's like shakespearean comedy, except with insults, not sex

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

(12:16:42) kesuari: literal definition often means "in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical"

(12:17:01) [me]: fair enough

(12:17:07) [me]: people certainly use it that way

(12:17:49) kesuari: that's the first definition on dictionary.com ;)

(12:18:25) [me]: yeah, I guessed you'd pulled it from a dictionary

(12:18:44) kesuari: well, i was pointing out it's the *first* definition

(12:18:52) kesuari: i.e. the primary one

(12:20:08) [me]: dictionaries don't always know which to put first

(12:20:37) kesuari: in the case of "literal" i think they got it right

(12:20:49) kesuari: people don't use it to mean its literal definition i.e. "of letters" very often

(12:21:03) kesuari: (oh noes! i've used "literal" with a different definition!)

(12:22:46) [me]: you're just trying to be meta and ironic to get on my quotes page

(12:23:01) [me]: *to get more on my quotes page

(12:23:06) [me]: you dominate it anyway these days

(12:23:27) kesuari: lol no, i was just trying to be ironic because irony is funny

(12:23:40) kesuari: if that gets me on your quotes page, well then, i can use that in my plot to take over the world

(12:23:49) kesuari: and if it doesn't, well, it's not a vital step anyway

...

(12:25:40) kesuari: actually, that could be more a difference of the implications of "primary" anyway. so maybe i was using "literal" with its literal meaning, but "literal" and "primary" are both thankfully ambiguous in the same way?

(12:25:43) kesuari: i am confused.

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[link] heard: 31 May 2008
[edit] added: 30 May 2008

(11:48:40) kesuari: they mean you'll live with god (or notwith god) forever

(11:49:00) kesuari: heh, without means notwith. i didn't need to make the word up

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[link] heard: 2 June 2008
[edit] added: 2 June 2008

(15:32:55) Aladnsane: Is it spelled with an H in yiddish? I always just guess with German orthography. Hell, it's written in Hebrew half the time *shrug*

(15:33:06) [me]: it's not written in hebrew

(15:33:09) [me]: just hebrew script

(15:33:13) Aladnsane: point

(15:33:33) Aladnsane: At least I didn't say it was written in Jewish :P I get asked if I speak Jewish way more often than is cool.

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[link] heard: 6 June 2008
[edit] added: 5 June 2008

(04:01:06) Aladnsane: *shrug* Go to a college bar. Throw a rock. Whoever shouts 'ouch' is 10:1 to have an IQ between... 10 and 1.

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[link] heard: 6 June 2008
[edit] added: 5 June 2008

(03:58:15) Aladnsane: John, think for a minute. Average male. Prick. Both in attitude, and in thinking organ.

(03:58:29) [me]: true

(03:58:38) [me]: though most guys I know are half decent at least

(03:59:10) Aladnsane: Most guys you know are selected, remember?

(03:59:18) [me]: ?

(03:59:25) Aladnsane: I don't know any stupid people.

(03:59:31) Aladnsane: This isn't because there aren't any.

(03:59:37) Aladnsane: It's because you /can/ choose your friends.

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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: 17 June 2008
[edit] added: 17 June 2008

(22:10:45) Sarah: Ha, I dye my hair pink and Becca calls going,"Come up to Learning Tech and apply to teach Spanish!"

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

(19:14:46) T. A. McLeay: en franczais

(19:15:14) T. A. McLeay: (my compose key and altgr key on this keyboard are switched, and it's easier to use a z and this explanation than it is to cope with switched keys)

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[link] heard: 25 July 2008
[edit] added: 24 July 2008

(01:54:44) [me]: (i.e., it's not so much rule-based (=something you can learn))

(01:54:53) [me]: ((...easily))

(01:55:06) Almar: you learnt russian

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[link] heard: 22 August 2008
[edit] added: 23 August 2008

"It's my wedding, but I didn't plan it. I'll show up at the appointed place and time and say the appointed things. I'm told there will be food."

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[link] heard: 25 August 2008
[edit] added: 14 September 2008

"I'm thinking of getting a new game console. Basically the reason being that I don't have a girlfriend. Not that I think it'll help me get one..."

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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: 23 October 2007
[edit] added: 23 October 2007

(13:06:16) Derek: I wanted to say thanks for speaking Kazakh (etc) around me all the time

(13:06:41) Derek: I think it's giving me a big edge in my Uighur class right now

(13:07:28) Derek: Turkic seems familiar to me instead of something strange, which is something the other students I would say definitely lack ;)

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

(22:50:20) Aaron B: i'm trying to right the wrongs committed to the world with my undergrad thesis

(22:50:32) Aaron B: by writing something that actually makes sense, on basically the same topic

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

(21:58:30) Hannah: dude, i get nutrition. not when i eat mac&cheese, though :P

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

(00:57:37) Hannah: i don't understand why people can't pay me to cook and listen to music.

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

(03:53:24) [me]: apt broke evince

(03:53:57) kesuari: cool =)

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[link] heard: 25 October 2008
[edit] added: 25 October 2008

(13:08:38) [me]: yeah, I know; GPG's on my list of things to get going

(13:08:56) [me]: I need to get gmail + IMAP working in balsa first though

(13:09:20) crculver: I didn't know Balsa was still around.

(13:09:47) crculver: But you can install the FireGPG extension for Firefox which would allow you to encrypt any text you enter on e.g. GMail's web interface.

(13:09:57) [me]: I don't use firefox

(13:10:09) crculver: What do you use then?

(13:10:15) [me]: galeon

(13:10:30) crculver: Wait, am I talking to you in 2003 through a wormhole?

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[link] heard: 11 March 2009
[edit] added: 11 March 2009

prof. Kara: "Benjamin, what's regressive assimilation?"

...

prof. Kara: "Well, you could say, when the Chinese borrow from the Tibetans, for example."

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[link] heard: 19 March 2009
[edit] added: 19 March 2009

(03:00:00) Аймона: i was sort of writing this cover letter. i mean, why on earth you would need a cover letter for fin. aid from the person who comes from KG

(03:00:05) Аймона: KG speaks for itself

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[link] heard: 23 March 2009
[edit] added: 23 March 2009

(16:55:43) [me]: speaking of which, the dotted line that's normally on buttons and other non-entry things to show focus (very useful if you're using tab instead of the mouse) have recently stopped dispalying at all for me

(16:56:10) [me]: mostly on buttons

(16:56:16) [me]: at least that's where it bothers me the most

(16:59:13) thecartographers: hm, that sounds bad

(16:59:31) [me]: well, it's not bad in that it breaks anything really

(16:59:36) thecartographers: i'm sure it's been discussed ad nauseum in the past, and everyone knows it's important

(16:59:38) [me]: it just makes me feel like I'm drunk when doing things

(16:59:46) thecartographers: it breaks thinsg for people who can't use mice...

(16:59:50) [me]: true

(17:00:00) [me]: or who just don't :-P

(17:02:08) thecartographers: yeah but gnome people, who are in charge of gtk for better or worse

(17:02:14) thecartographers: don't care about what you want, jsut what you can do

(17:02:34) thecartographers: if you say "i can't use the mouse" then they accomodate: if you say "i won't use the mouse" then they say "use kde"

(17:03:31) thecartographers: and then you say "now i've tried using kde, but i've gone blind from the hideous sight. can you accomodate me?" and they'll say "yes, but you can still use your hands, so you only get a text-to-speech engine system, but no outlines on the buttons"

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[link] heard: 5 April 2009
[edit] added: 5 April 2009

(16:45:11) cassowary: he was being a prick and thought putting a smiley on would make him not a prick

(16:45:19) [me]: yeah

(16:45:22) [me]: people do that a lot

(16:45:27) [me]: I know people who do that irl

(16:45:46) cassowary: what, they say "you're an idiot colon closing bracket"?

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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: 19 April 2009
[edit] added: 19 April 2009

(15:56:08) Aaron B: being a syntactician for the year is messing up my brain

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[link] heard: 26 April 2009
[edit] added: 6 May 2009

(22:00:27) [me]: in the movie The Negotiator, Samuel L. Jackson talks on a cordless phone after they turn the power off

(22:00:35) [me]: they, like, don't even try

(22:00:42) [me]: not when Samuel L. Jackson is acting

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[link] heard: 31 May 2009
[edit] added: 31 May 2009

"Isn't there a law against shooting people when they're at church?"

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[link] heard: 9 July 2009
[edit] added: 9 July 2009

(18:17:11) kesuari: i'm gonna try something different

(18:17:25) kesuari: (i.e. find a comp with spss)

(18:24:08) kesuari: i found one!

(18:24:15) kesuari: it does what all good commercial softwar does:

(18:24:17) kesuari: crashed on startup

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

(20:40:31) kesuari: and take a guess how easy it is to search for information on something called "by" with relation to something called "r"

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

(01:06:43) kesuari: (there's some people who manage to study the psycholinguistics of generative grammar, but i think that's like studying the physics of alchemy)

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[link] heard: 9 September 2009
[edit] added: 9 September 2009

"And then I was planning on not eating lunch, but they had taco salad, and so I had to."

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[link] heard: 29 September 2009
[edit] added: 29 September 2009

(23:41:30) [redacted]: i have to present 30-40 min on "the status of your qualifying paper" for our qual paper workshop

(23:41:44) [anon]: the status of my QP is "ummmmmmmmm"

(23:41:51) [anon]: it's hard to hold that out for 30-40 min

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[link] heard: 15 October 2009
[edit] added: 15 October 2009

(23:19:05) Qatharsis: I had forgotten my conlanging days and my happy days overlapped. :)

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[link] heard: 17 November 2009
[edit] added: 17 November 2009

(20:07:46) [redacted]: there is not one single redeeming quality about the interface

(20:07:49) [redacted]: except that you can see it

(20:07:53) [redacted]: like, that it's not covered in black

(20:07:57) [redacted]: that's the only redeeming quality

(20:08:00) [redacted]: that you can see it

Abe Solomon's complaints about Praat's interface
computers, insults, sadness, programming, phonetics
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[link] heard: 17 November 2009
[edit] added: 17 November 2009

"If you're lying, then the other person is probably lying too. And if you're not lying, the other person is probably still lying."

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

(15:15:10) Өвгөнхүү: it'll b jank, but desperate times call for duct tape snakes

Öwgönxüü needed a snake
ghetto-talk, bad-ideas, geekiness, imagination
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[link] heard: 0 April 2010
[edit] added: 14 April 2010

Тэмүүжин: "‘Дулаахан’ means ‘slow’, right?"

Everyone: "No."

Тэмүүжин: "‘Дулаан’ then?"

... [everyone pauses]

Тэмүүжин: "I'm getting colder, aren't I?"

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[link] heard: 17 September 2010
[edit] added: 17 September 2010

Baatar: "I wonder what happened."

Jonathan: "They're probably just being Central Asians."

Baatar: "Yeah, they'll show up really late."

Jonathan: "‘We'll be there on Monday.’"

Baatar: "Yeah, but they wouldn't say that."

Jonathan: "Yeah, they'd probably came up with some excuse."

Baatar: "They'll just show up three days later on their microbus and say, ‘We couldn't cross river.’"

...

Baatar: "‘We made good time across Russia, but then we got to the Atlantic.’"

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[link] heard: 23 September 2010
[edit] added: 23 September 2010

Багш: "Дөрөвдөх өдөр IMUд хүн бүр хүхдүүд хайртай гэдэг кино болно: Everybody Loves Babies."

Мөнх-Эрдэнэ: "Яагаад?"

Багш and Мөнх-Эрдэнэ
movies, child-like, mongolian, people, love
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[link] heard: 29 November 2010
[edit] added: 29 November 2010

"He lost my attention so fast, it actually made a noise."

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[link] heard: 2 December 2010
[edit] added: 2 December 2010

"You know, I feel sorry for his parents. Can you imagine the amount of money and energy they've wasted on sending him here?"

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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: 14 January 2011
[edit] added: 14 January 2011

"Шинэ семестр, шинэ итгэл..."

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[link] heard: 4 March 2011
[edit] added: 4 March 2011

Traci: "So yeah, you should submit to the Online Working Papers!"

Elijah: "You see, that has the word ‘work’ in it..."

Aaron A: "We should rename it ‘Relaxing Papers in Linguistics.’"

Traci, Aaron, and Elijah
linguistics, puns, sadness, time
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[link] heard: 10 March 2011
[edit] added: 10 March 2011

"I touch things and their technological valence goes back a decade. Like one time, I got into a tractor and it turned into a plough. I make Priuses disappear."

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[link] heard: 9 April 2011
[edit] added: 17 May 2011

Monolingual people are so paranoid!

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[link] heard: 9 December 2011
[edit] added: 9 December 2011

(03:08:57) firespeaker: it's like there's 3 or 4 different encodings being used here

(03:09:01) spectie: :(((((((((((

(03:09:08) spectie: this is my multi-encoding file face

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[link] heard: 16 December 2011
[edit] added: 16 December 2011

(03:10:38) spectie: i've done it before with a russian girl

(03:10:41) spectie: so i know the principles

apparently in reference to making pirožki
food, euphamisms, russian, SSSR, sadness, misreading, misunderstandings
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[link] heard: 26 December 2011
[edit] added: 26 December 2011

(17:30:52) spectie: you know, ((we) = you) could write a better bashkir grammar than the one in TTL

(17:30:55) spectie: in a week

(17:31:31) firespeaker: I'm aware, but I don't know bashqort

(17:31:47) spectie: neither do the people writing the grammar!

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[link] heard: 11 January 2012
[edit] added: 11 January 2012

(21:25:55) faggot: We and 200 guys are going to send in you in an inexistance

(21:26:01) faggot: with a special DDOS app

(21:26:10) faggot: except debian.org to be down for hours

(21:26:47) faggot: it begins in a half hour

(21:26:53) faggot: also we`ll take down freenode after that

...

(21:27:23) faggot: we have already lavished the money from the Debian`s paypal account

...

(21:27:33) faggot: it was like 4000$ there

(21:27:35) faggot: poor guys

...

(21:28:38) faggot left the room.

...

(21:29:28) firespeaker: we should DoS him ourselves

(21:29:48) gnarface: he's in romania you'd DoS the whole country

from freenode#debian
SSSR, computers, linux, hyperbole
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[link] heard: 18 January 2012
[edit] added: 18 January 2012

(00:36:40) crawfora: the "read more" page does actually explain that the use of easily-disabled javascript was deliberate; they want to make it possible for people to access the site in emergencies

(00:36:59) firespeaker: crawfora: hmm, wikipedia for emergencies?

(00:37:06) jarrettwold2: someone on a cell phone looking up medical information

(00:37:07) twb: crawfora: like "oops I stabbed a guy now how do I do first aid... ask wikipedia"

(00:37:15) ***TomyLobo searches "what is the number of 911?"

(00:37:16) jarrettwold2: twb: that's how it is now :)

(00:37:18) crawfora: twb: I'm sure it happens

(00:37:30) firespeaker: uhm

(00:37:36) vry: "what color is blood?!? quickly, open wikipedia"

(00:37:43) firespeaker: and they're going to what, figure out how to disable the javascript?

(00:37:52) firespeaker: on their blackberry

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[link] heard: 22 January 2012
[edit] added: 22 January 2012

Jonathan: "Yeah, I've found that a lot of linguists aren't good at dealing with computers [e.g., writing transducers]."

Fran: "And most computer people aren't good with linguistics."

Jonathan: "Yeah, there aren't many who can cross over to the other side well. I think most of us are sitting in this room."

Fran: "And the other's coming on Tuesday."

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[link] heard: 25 January 2012
[edit] added: 25 January 2012

"Если человек не понимает слово, это не проблема перевода - это проблема человека."

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[link] heard: 21 January 2012
[edit] added: 1 February 2012

я: "Здесь, когда хотим повернуться нет никакого светофора, а раньше, когда хотели просто побыстрее ехать, полно было. Вот закон подлости!"

Илшат: "Да, вот единственный закон который в России работает."

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[link] heard: 14 October 2011
[edit] added: 22 February 2012

(2011-10-14 16:41:03) Christopher: In Yoshkar-Ola there are ethnofuturist young people who record pop music CDs and put on stage productions in Mari, but I don't think their efforts reach the villages they came from.

(2011-10-14 16:41:30) Christopher: Essentially they are a small elite who live in a bubble while their language is dying across the republic.

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[link] heard: 3 March 2012
[edit] added: 4 March 2012

[shows slide with poster]

"I don't have to say much about this poster. You can all see who's handing who the baby."

RK presenting at the ACES conference
russian, ethnocentrism, common-sense, sadness, SSSR, friends
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[link] heard: 30 April 2012
[edit] added: 30 April 2012

(17:15:49) spectie: what's the frst rule

(17:15:52) spectie: of turkic language grammars ?

(17:17:16) spectie: the first rule is

(17:17:27) selimcan: hargle bargle

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[link] heard: 6 April 2012
[edit] added: 6 April 2012

(00:10:10) selimcan: oh, I have to make a small break and grep some coffee

"you know you've been coding too long when..."
caffeine, programming, puns, linux, sadness
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[link] heard: 13 December 2011
[edit] added: 13 December 2011

(16:44:52) spectie: :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

(16:45:00) spectie: ^-- this is my non-crazy turkologist deficit face

(16:45:08) spectie: it looks like my multiple-encoding file face

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[link] heard: 10 May 2012
[edit] added: 10 May 2012

(21:01:22) [anon 1]: and [redacted] is still the biggest dick

(21:01:24) [anon 1]: I've ever worked with

(21:01:41) [anon 2]: I've worked with worse

(21:01:48) [anon 1]: yes

(21:01:56) [anon 1]: but have you worked with worse for essentially $5 an hour?

(21:02:08) [anon 2]: I've worked with worse for free :-P

(21:02:13) [anon 1]: good lawd.

(21:02:18) [anon 2]: plus, I live in America

(21:02:22) [anon 2]: where half the country is dicks

(21:02:23) [anon 1]: OH GOD

(21:02:24) [anon 1]: GOOD POINT

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[link] heard: 2 July 2012
[edit] added: 2 July 2012

you remember what i am talking about? i thought that the song was about michael jackson, but they were just using the future tense ;)

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[link] heard: 24 July 2012
[edit] added: 24 July 2012
Ain't my job to save languages. Talk to the speakers who don't want to use them any more. It's their fault. *points*
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[link] heard: 7 August 2012
[edit] added: 7 August 2012

"But you're not getting [your abstract] done, you're having Washington-family faculty meeting."

Lizzie, about Hannah
family, academia, gradschool, procrastination
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[link] heard: 9 April 2008
[edit] added: 9 April 2008

(18:45:25) kesuari: i never know how to assess girls

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[link] heard: 3 September 2012
[edit] added: 3 September 2012

(01:41:16) Aaron B: they are like, the crappiest, lowest quality, processed horribleness

(01:41:19) Aaron B: but they are so good

(01:41:33) Aaron B: you know what i mean

(01:41:36) jonorthwash: yes

(01:41:41) jonorthwash: I'm a grad student too you know

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[link] heard: 6 December 2012
[edit] added: 6 December 2012

(13:40:56) spectre: there is a special place in hell

(13:41:04) spectre: for linguists who design orthographies with the ' character

(13:41:53) spectre: (a) letters, (b) punctuation

(13:41:58) spectre: and ne'er the twain shall meet

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[link] heard: 16 December 2012
[edit] added: 16 December 2012

(21:39:17) firespeaker: but it's worth seeing what the people who've spent time on this think

(21:39:23) spectie: aye

(21:39:25) firespeaker: "particles" is probably not the way to go

(21:39:41) spectie: "particle" stands for "defeat"

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[link] heard: 11 January 2013
[edit] added: 11 January 2013

"No, no Noğays have ever wanted to sleep with me. To my knowledge."

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[link] heard: 25 January 2013
[edit] added: 25 January 2013

"If we put it in the carrier sentence first, we might have confounding variables—like thinking."

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[link] heard: 1 February 2013
[edit] added: 1 February 2013

JH: "Well, this was accepted to a major international conference, so it can't be useless."

RS: "Wrong."

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[link] heard: 1 February 2013
[edit] added: 2 February 2013

I feel like asking linguists to also be not-racist, not-clueless, and good prose stylists shouldn't be too much to ask. But apparently...

in response to "For example, some Arabic languages such as Farsi include a phonological contrast between the voiced velar stop /g/ and a voiced uvular stop /G/ that does not contrast with /g/ in English (Maddieson, 1984)."
writing, racism, sadness, linguistics, insightfulness
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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: 2 April 2013
[edit] added: 2 April 2013

"The stupidity that goes on in the humanities is beyond words."

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[link] heard: 7 October 2013
[edit] added: 7 October 2013

(15:54:50) spectie: is that real dutch

(15:54:52) spectie: or joke dutch ?

(15:55:06) spectie: sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference ... :|

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[link] heard: 20 October 2013
[edit] added: 20 October 2013

"It has Qazan, Alacant, São Paulo, and Bloomington. This is basically my ‘is Jonathan awake?’ button. Unfortunately, it's not very reliable, because you keep such weird hours."

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[link] heard: 2 November 2013
[edit] added: 2 November 2013

(20:17:26) firespeaker: I mean, when this movie was filmed, none of the audience probably knew any better

(20:17:37) firespeaker: they'd never seen gypsies or heard russian anywhere else

(20:17:37) spectie: aye

(20:17:39) spectie: wait

(20:17:47) spectie: probably _now_ the audience doesn't know any better ;__;

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[link] heard: 4 June 2014
[edit] added: 4 June 2014

(16:19:48) Unhammer: "a basic skill to be learned alongside the three R’s"

(16:19:51) Unhammer: R's?

(16:19:56) firespeaker: .wik Three Rs

(16:19:57) begiak: "The three Rs (as in the letter R)[1] refers to the foundations of a basic skills-orientated education program within schools: reading, writing and arithmetic" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_three_Rs

(16:20:04) Unhammer: so not r-project

(16:20:07) Unhammer: damn

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[link] heard: 21 August 2014
[edit] added: 22 August 2014

(03:44:57) taylskid: living in a notorious party area definitely has its pros and cons

(03:45:04) taylskid: on one hand, it's loud a lot of the time

(03:45:22) taylskid: on the other hand, you get to watch people make that awkward walk of shame home

(03:45:49) taylskid: tonight I saw a guy throw a punch and fall over, and some girl just puked in the street screaming "get turnt"

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[link] heard: 22 August 2014
[edit] added: 22 August 2014

(03:55:29) taylskid: well they get the girl

(03:55:36) taylskid: so they don't care about the other stuff

(03:55:45) jonorthwash: yeah

(03:55:50) jonorthwash: "get"

(03:56:18) jonorthwash: not in the romance movie sense of the word

(03:56:38) jonorthwash: more like in the horror movie sense of the word

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[link] heard: 1 December 2014
[edit] added: 2 December 2014

(21:11:05) firespeaker: you guys are so much better at git than me :-P

(21:11:22) firespeaker: I'm a dinosaur, from back in the days of cvs

(21:11:33) sushain: that reminds me of a kesha song

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[link] heard: 8 June 2015
[edit] added: 9 June 2015

"I can't read my own code. If it stops working, I basically have to start over."

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[link] heard: 7 July 2015
[edit] added: 7 July 2015

"I've gotta remember to type ‘optimality theory’ before I google ‘domination latex’."

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[link] heard: 18 September 2015
[edit] added: 14 December 2015

(23:19:57) Flammie: is yandex those guys who asked me for a full-form list of all finnish word-forms

...

(23:21:28) Flammie: I generated some 2 TB until something broke on the then lousy linguistics cluster from csc.fi

(23:26:04) firespeaker: Flammie: did you send them the 2TB file?

(23:26:36) Flammie: I aksed for instructions on doing that, didn't get replies anymore

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[link] heard: 21 November 2015
[edit] added: 14 December 2015

"What about the grammars that don't allow it at all? Like ours. ... Like mine."

native intuitions on Turkish syntax
sadness, linguistics, syntax
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[link] heard: 22 April 2016
[edit] added: 23 April 2016

[Jonathan crops anon's picture for his github profile]

[anon]: "What do you think women will think when they see this?"

Jonathan: "I don't think that's what github's for. ... Like, not all of the internet is for that."

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[link] heard: 3 June 2016
[edit] added: 3 June 2016

(13:29:23) Фрэн: now i just need to get the irish converted into IPA

(13:29:29) Фрэн: so i can convert it into finnish

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[link] heard: 6 May 2017
[edit] added: 6 May 2017

(18:48:18) jonathan: a lot of Mongol stuff in China is hand-written

(18:48:30) Фрэн: or in CLSEFJSGHXDHT

(18:48:31) Фрэн: script

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