Guardian article on words with longer histories than you'd expect, gives this AskMe
I remember reading a post here about an adventure game where the primary mechanic was using a tool that allowed you to change objects by altering a single letter in the word. For a (bad) example, if you have a nun figurine in your inventory, you would change the N to a G and get a gun figurine, which you could then use to hold up a bank. That's not an exact example, but sort of what the gameplay was like. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
I'd like to ask that people stop posting "ironic"/"what if we were talking about X TOPIC" type comments to make their point like this comment
in the Alinea baby post. [more inside]
Someone suggested in the foreign language thread on the Blue
that we have a Duolingo username exchange thread, so I thought I'd bell the cat. [more inside]
like when someone posts:
"To be honest, the income difference doesn't phase us....."
I wouldn't respond with "faze", right? Even if *I* like to be corrected?
There was a fair amount of cynicism in this thread
about (then) 16 year-old Timothy Doner who "speaks 23 languages". The Economist's Johnson columnist has just published a story
about Doner which seems to confirm (at least in part) his prodigious ability. [more inside]
Has there been any discussion of setting up a localization effort for MetaFilter, at least for UI and other site elements? If not, what do you think of the idea?
(My search-fu didn't turn up anything previous in the FAQ or MetaTalk.)
I'd like to have a discussion about use of the word mansplain
on this website. Man or woman, doesn’t matter, if you use a word that many people find offensive, they're going to tune out what you have to say. In conversations about gender relations, is the objective to create an atmosphere of mutual understanding, or is it to demonstrate the destructive power of gendered insults by consistently ignoring repeated requests to stop using a word that people feel unfairly defined by? Because those two objectives are not compatible. [more inside]
So, as a newbie (on here; rather older in real life) and as (currently) an Englishman, is "Metafiltered" an acceptable verb? e.g. "Spotted this great little news story so I Metafiltered it", or, like, are people going to start getting all OED on me if I do that?
got me thinking about regional slang and different dialects of English on MetaFilter. [more inside]
Does MeFi have a policy on non-English language posts? I thought it was odd to see a post
that only French-speaking members could really understand or participate in since no English translation of the poem was given.
Kim Witten, AKA MeFi's own iamkimiam
had asked us last month to help her collect some meta MeTa Data data
. She just won the HRC Poster Competition with her poster How do you pronounce "MeFi"?
Languages! We speak 'em! How can we help each other? [more inside]
It's disheartening to read a bunch of users, particularly women, repeatedly refer to another woman as a "bitch"
. [more inside]
Genuine question time: What's up with this question
? [more inside]
Aren't you tired of "awesome"? [more inside]
It's "Its". Mefites are unusually smart and literate people. It seems weird to me how often mistakes like this are made. Grocer's apostrophe, too. It's like everybody loses their minds when an "s" comes at the end of a word. What is with this? [more inside]
Here, because I didn't sleep well last night, is a look at the use of the rhetorical device "[verb/adjective/descriptor] much?" on Metafilter. Specifically, on the blue
, the grey
, and the green
. [more inside]
America's copyeditors would like to encourage Metafilter
to change the message at the top of the site. [more inside]
Douchebag retro-sexism: not cool [more inside]
Yesterday, this post
about the Discovery hostage-taking was edited (with the poster's permission) by Matt. The main result of editing was to remove the term "batshit insane" and the batshitinsane tag. I have mixed feelings about this. Is the term so offensive (presumably, to sanity-challenged folks) as to be unusable? If so, should it even be allowed as a tag? [more inside]
I dunno if I'm out of touch with what the kids are saying, but I thought it was not cool to throw the word 'spastic'
around. [more inside]
Is it me, or has MeFi been infected with "honey" recently? It seems as though in the past week or so, every thread I go into has someone referring to another poster as "honey" or "hon" -- a term that I find startlingly condescending (with overtones of ageism and sexism, to boot). [more inside]
How do you pronounce your username? [more inside]
I'm working on a post in which I'd like to use a certain article that provides useful and interesting background information, information I can't find anywhere else. Unfortunately this article is a PDF file... and in Spanish. [more inside]
I've seen a few comments recently claiming or intimating that "HURF DURF" originated here, and I would like to set the record straight on this extremely trivial matter. [more inside]
Would you people stop trying to hack
stuff? [more inside]
Very short question. Why does it say 'X new links' when most posts here don't have links? Shouldn't it say 'X new posts or X new flameouts/hugesexismthreads/podcasts'?
Recently jessamyn rushed to edit the title of an Ask Metafilter
question, changing it from "Nice bag that isn't gay" to simply "Nice bag." Today, on Metafilter
, there is "It's harder than you think to differentiate between what's gay and what's High School Musical."
Why is one offensive, and one is not, if they both reference ideas that are generally accepted as being attractive to gay men?
On this question
, brownpau claims that there is information missing from the original question. However, it's just that the words "[more inside]" are not displayed in the question's page. I've noticed this a few other times; a turn of the phrase that is meant to end in the [more inside] looks out of whack and, until I realize that it's happened again, appears to be have something missing.
Should [more inside] perhaps be placed inside the thread, as well, to lessen confusion, even though, technically, we're already inside?
One of the links in this FPP
references a "digg-effected link."
This is probably overly nitpicky and more a matter of curiosity than anything else, but would it be "digg-effected" or "digg-affected?" It's a link that fell prey to the "digg effect," but on the other hand it was "affected by digg." Thoughts?
Hey guys, can we take this one
out behind the barn and shoot it, already?
Posting to Metafilter is so cool.
Click previous sentence for more information.
MeFi: may-fee [mefi] or mee-fie [mifaɪ]? Mefite: mee-fight or may-fight? I was a little disconcerted at a meet-up to realise that some people pronounce these terms differently than I do. Is there a dominant pronounciation? Any other variants? (idle curiosity of a linguistics student)
During my sophomore year in college, my classmates apparently all simultaneously discovered the word "ambiguous." We couldn't go through five minutes of a class discussion without the word being used. It was like, "I'm smart! Look at my new word! Watch me use it in any mildly appropriate way!"
I can't get ten comments through a thread here without someone cleverly pointing out a "straw man" argument. Not every argument that is contrary to your own is a "straw man" argument. An unsupported argument is not a "staw man" argument. If you disagree with someone's point, then take the time to attack the logic or the premise of that argument. Don't just call that person a "straw man." It's too ambiguous.
What happened to 김치
? Because if for nothing else, he actuated this
and i liked it.
plus the caps lock thread kicks this year's anniversay thread in the ash.
I have many delicious vegetarian recipes, but I better not tell this guy. I would hate to be responsible for him punching his mother in the mouth.
Or worse, my
Are there any members who are serving or have served in Iraq? Any members who live, or have constant contact with someone who lives, in Iraq? If you're willing, I have language-related questions, both about American military usage and colloquial modern Iraqi Arabic. Email me at the address on the web site linked in my profile.
Posting links to websites in languages other than English: previously discussed
, but without clear guidelines. There's a great link I could post -- but even if the images are a key part of what makes that site's interesting, it's not in English. More inside.
"Troll" may have a respectable lineage on the Web but, frankly, for some of us who joined later in the day, it seems like a quaint, medieval way of classifying anyone who's the least bit provocative, thought-provoking or even unorthodox. Recently, any forceful, strongly-worded attempt to spark discussion with a non-mainstream viewpoint, generally from the Left, has been lamely denounced as a "troll". Could it be time to give the ye olde troll accusation a well-deserved rest? I hope so. The English language is one of the richest in the world and troll sounds parochial, pimply, nerdish, cliquey, incestuous and, ultimately, meaningless.
You've stumbled upon a non-existent post, or one that was deleted for various reasons.
Interesting use of language in feed description
. Well yes I laughed and went straight to the article for an explaination. It is a great link. I have no problem with the use of colourful language under normal circumstances and I don't want to sound like a prude, but I was just worried about site image. Also aren't there going to be issues in some workplaces with filters and that sort of thing?
I'd like to remind everyone that we have some new users, and we really ought to encourage them as much as possible. While I agree entirely with the Q-man's sentiment
, name-calling is counterproductive to the site, especially when it's a user's first FPP.
This isn't so much a call-out on quonsar, but a reminder that discouraging the new users is detrimental to the health of the site.
Can we stop with the vagina
Okay, just a quick history lesson, paraphrasing Tom Tomorrow:
Feminazis are women who would prefer to treated equally, and in some cases slightly superior, to men, and attempt to spread these views through public protest and legislation.
The actual Nazis were a military group that systematically slaughtered twelve million men, women, and children by means of public execution and torture before burying them in mass graves or incinerating them in ovens.
Sorry if I'm being a Language Nazi
, but this has to stop. Please.