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Old 04-09-2019, 06:02 AM
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The Criterion Channel dropped today, you guys!

The search and the user interface leave some things to be desired, but the actual function and the selection are pretty much fantastic. It works, and there's all kinds of great stuff to watch. I love it a lot.

I know you've all been on tenterhooks, so I generously took a moment out to update you.
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:31 AM
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Sorry. This is currently unavailable in your region.

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Old 04-09-2019, 06:33 AM
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It's easier to do that than it is to comply with EU regulations. :smugnod:
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:16 PM
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Gloria Gaynor released, I Will Survive in 1978. Not 80s... FAKE
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:41 PM
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Gloria Gaynor released, I Will Survive in 1978. Not 80s... FAKE
The ... HORROR!

Also, Wish You Were Here was 1975.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:35 PM
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Should have expected such from a yellow hair fake animal. :darn:
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:09 AM
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Damn it all to helvetica!
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:53 PM
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I have never parsed the word biogas correctly the first time.

They used to put a hyphen in newly coined words to get people used to them before they fully merged. Why don't we do that anymore?

Erimir? You're in charge of things like this, aren't you?
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:45 PM
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I have never parsed the word biogas correctly the first time.
Isn't he the guy from Star Wars?
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No, it's a kaiju.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:04 PM
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Holy mackerel, I missed that.

IT'S AN EPIDEMIC!
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:51 PM
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I have never parsed the word biogas correctly the first time.

They used to put a hyphen in newly coined words to get people used to them before they fully merged. Why don't we do that anymore?

Erimir? You're in charge of things like this, aren't you?
If I were in charge, this wouldn't be an issue because our spelling system wouldn't be so stupid in the first place.

'biogas' ['baɪ.oʊ.gæs] BYE-oh-gas would be spelled differently from 'biogas' [bi.'oʊ.gəz] bee-OH-guhz or 'biogas' [bi.'ɒ.gəz] bee-OGG-uhz

That'd be like... 'bayougäs' vs. 'biougaz' vs. 'biogaz' so there'd be no ambiguity and a hyphen wouldn't be necessary to distinguish them.

But if I were in charge, hyphens would probably be less common in compound words, rather than more!

"Ice cream" is one word, so it'd be 'aıskrim', "high school" is really one word, so it'd be 'haıskul', etc.

But I probably wouldn't go quite so far as the Germans and write, for example, "Mississippi Steamboat Shipping Company" as 'Mısısıpistimboʊtshıpıngkʉmpəni' (cf. German Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft "Danube steamboat shipping company"). But maybe 'dumzdeıdəvaıs' "doomsday device" would be ok.

But there might be need for some rules about hyphens or spaces in compounds since marking stress in English would make a writing system a lot more complicated... You'd need to add accented versions of most vowels and it complicates using other diacritics to cover the large number of different vowels in English, etc. Or you'd need to mark it with an apostrophe, which is basically the way it's marked in IPA or something like that. But then that limits how you can use apostrophes for other things...
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Old 04-12-2019, 08:55 PM
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Consistent spelling! Meidän kaikkien pitäisi puhua suomea!
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With some compound words like to-morrow and e-mail, they go through a brief ramping up period, just to get people used to the word before it just springs, fully formed, from some spelling god's forehead. That's all I mean, not making a whole new set of universally applicable rules. Just eyeball the word and, if it seems confusing, start out by hyphenating it for a while. Once it's sunk in, then, you take out the hyphen.
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Ok, lisa-rea
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Lisa-rea makes Free-thought Forum a ve-ry edu-ca-tional place.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:20 AM
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When did to-morrow stop being a new word?
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"Tomorrow" has been used as a noun since the late 1300s. It was written as "to morrow" until 1500s, and then as "to-morrow" until early 1900s. "Today" and "tonight" have similar histories, all were written separately or with hyphens for centuries after they were established as nouns.
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Shakespeare should have written it like this then:

To morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.
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That should be lis-area. :unnod:
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Following whatever principle it is that says you notice things once they've been mentioned, I saw yesterday that
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Ok, lisa-rea
That should be lis-area. :unnod:
That's how it's pronounced, right? "Lice area"?

Or does it rhyme with diarrhea?
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Actually, it's both somehow!

Like diarrhea with lice in it.
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