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Today I Learned #2: Gone for a Wiki Walk

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by aimeeandbeatles, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. Takhisis

    Takhisis Free Hong Kong

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    In English, of course, because between the Welsh and the Finnish they can defeat you soundly.
     
  2. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Once you get more than about 20 characters, they aren't really words anymore. Words are useful things that we utilize in regular communications.Once you get past about 20 characters, the collection of letters is mostly useless except to very narrowly focused specialists.
     
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  3. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Several foreign languages see you challenge and accept it.
     
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    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    They are the exceptions that prove the rule. The fact that you can find a few 20+ character long words in common use doesn't change the fact that such words are just freaks of language, :p
     
  5. Takhisis

    Takhisis Free Hong Kong

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    up yours!
    Have you tried Gaelic or Welsh, Mr. jaguar?
     
  6. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    No need, they are bit players among languages. Relics. I wonder if word length has anything to do with that? Hmmm...
     
  7. Berzerker

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    A Seneca Indian, General Eli Parker and member of US Grant's staff, wrote out the terms for Lee's surrender at Appomattox

    Lee saw him and commented 'at least there is one real American in this room'. Parker said, 'we're all Americans here, sir'.

    The night Lincoln was assassinated, JW Booth allegedly looked into a carriage carrying Grant and his wife. She was convinced the man was Booth.
     
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  8. Samson

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    TIL about Carcinisation, where crabs have separately evolved 5 times. From xkcd:
     
  9. Berzerker

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    crab people crab people crab people
     
  10. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    Today I learned about the Saskatoon freezing deaths.

    WTF
     
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  11. aimeeandbeatles

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    Today I learned that someone wrote a program (a simple AI?) to learn to play classic NES games:



    The best part is it playing Tetris. When it was about to lose the game, it paused the game indefinitely.
     
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  13. yung.carl.jung

    yung.carl.jung Hey Bird! I'm Morose & Lugubrious

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    Finnish seems to be doing well enough, and the fact that anyone can easily pronounce Eyjafjallajökull with just a bit of practice I think disproves your theory, even if the word isn't exactly 20 characters long. it rolls of the tongue if you have ever heard a fin say it.

    example:

    Agglutinating languages may then have predicates that are really long words and convey lots of information, but are not hard to understand to the native speaker. Their languages are simply structured differently then ours, and our understanding of language is not universal. an example of an agglutinating language word would be this mongolian word for electrician (the job), which is about 20 letters long:

    Цахилгаанжуулалтыхан

    This Turkish phrase means "to become successful", again one word:

    Muvaffakiyetsizleş(-mek)


     
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  14. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    TIL:

     
  15. r16

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    that muvaffak word , which ı would have trouble to spell , is old and ı would use to describe a situation where some guy had used to have a lot of successes in his day but he can't win anymore . ı think . Never seen it used actually .
     
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    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    I'm not saying that the languages don't work well or are dysfunctional in some way. My point is that Welsh and Gaelic (plus others) are just sideline players in the world and pointing out that perhaps that is because their long words make them harder to learn, so fewer people do so. That keeps them as merely bit players. For example, Spanish is a pretty easy language to learn and not noted for its use of long words. Short simple expressions make attempts to use it easy for folks without a "language gene". Lo siento. :)
     
  17. aimeeandbeatles

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    Today I learned (well, re-learned—still going through my bookmarks) about the World Digital Library, which has lots of old manuscripts and maps and rare books and other cool things available freely online.
     
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    TIL that you can be convicted of a crime and sent to prison for bringing a civil case in the wrong court.
    A group of Lebanese IT distributors have been handed prison sentences for contempt of court after running afoul of Dell and breaching an anti-lawsuit order.
    The four broke anti-lawsuit injunctions that Dell had previously secured against them. SETS was an authorised, non-exclusive Dell distributor between 2004 and 2017 until the contract was terminated. Dell claimed SETS broke the contract; SETS said Dell wrongfully terminated the contract and sued in Lebanese courts.
    Citing an "exclusive jurisdiction" clause in the contract, Dell filed an anti-lawsuit case in London's High Court.
    Maher and Marwan Junior Chahlawi were ordered to be committed to prison for 18 months with Sarah Bibi and Pierre Chalhoub both receiving nine-month sentences.​
     
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    curse the tablet . lf this was a computer ı would have saved the page and discover the names or numbers for colours and would write colourful posts !
     

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