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first day of classes
and so begins a new academic year. I had my first class since the spring today. I did right by bringing a lab notebook to this class about experimental phonetics and phonology; halfway through class, the professor announces that he expects everybody to be using stitched quad-rule lab notebooks for the class, because "that's what a grant would insist on, and sometimes they audit. get used to it." I just had that idea last week.

and there were some interesting people in the class that I didn't already know, including an undergrad (another one, xaosenkosmos!) who's a math/linguistics double major. She seems pretty sharp.

This class is focused on improving our ability and comfort with the traditional experimental method (often lacking in much of linguistics), and started with the thought experiment:

how many times do you push the button at a crosswalk?
update: why?
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xaosenkosmos From: xaosenkosmos Date: September 29th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
She seems pretty sharp.

If i was local, i would put a serious bounty on her phone number (not really, but it's fun to say =)

And i must bitch once more: being an undergrad is teh suck.
trochee From: trochee Date: September 29th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
heh. she's a cute punk too!

but dating undergrads seems like a recipe for graduate student heartache.

I hope your undergradness comes to an honorable discharge soon.
ex_caracola454 From: ex_caracola454 Date: September 30th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
p.s. I have a Frenchy Bjorky actress friend, not an undergrad, you might find as cute/smart as I do: boobirdsfly

(Now that I'm playing matchmaker.) :-)
boobirdsfly From: boobirdsfly Date: September 30th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey you !
I appreciate that !
Yo used my adjectives.. hee hee...
;)
boobirdsfly From: boobirdsfly Date: September 30th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee hee.
And on *this* very day... two years later, I AM GOING TO GET MARRIED !!!!!!!!

THANK YOU THANK THANK YOU !!!!!!
ex_caracola454 From: ex_caracola454 Date: September 30th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
waita...
'splain some more?
boobirdsfly From: boobirdsfly Date: September 30th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
J just asked me to marry him last night !!!! He was going to do it today apparently.. but he did it last night and... i am so happy !!!! i cried so much when he asked me ! ( i didnt'even see he had a ring, ha !) and then i saw the ring and i didn't even know i wanted one , but man it's beautiful !
the ring is too big so we're going to get it resized today...

hee hee . then we looked in our journals, and saw that he asked me on the same day you suggested me ...
:)
I know you knew from your lunch with J , but i love you and thank you !!!
miss you guys....
ex_caracola454 From: ex_caracola454 Date: September 30th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!!!!!!
I'm soo happy for you both!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANd more exclamation points:!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just wanted to be absoslutely sure that he had asked you before reacting... WHat a funny coincidence that it was exactly 2 years later! Don't worry, I won't anything about it yet.

Champagne all around!
boobirdsfly From: boobirdsfly Date: September 30th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh also... i want to tell william over the phone before i post so no word on your journal until i post, okay ?

xoxo
ex_caracola454 From: ex_caracola454 Date: September 30th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Can someone please tell me what "teh" means? I assumed for so long it was just a typoed "the", but i'm starting to think maybe i'm missing something? mmmmm?

xaosenkosmos From: xaosenkosmos Date: September 30th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It started out as typos by non-native English speakers. Apparently saying SUBJ BE DET ADJ is a superlative in their language, or something thereabouts.

Now we're all using "teh" to indicate superlatives. 'Cause we're evil and mean-spirited like that.
ex_caracola454 From: ex_caracola454 Date: September 30th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
so... would i be "correct" in saying 'Thaiphoon's bathing rama is teh shit'?

xaosenkosmos From: xaosenkosmos Date: September 30th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
You had to go right for the tricky case, didn't you? That one's somewhat ambiguous. I interpret it as being "the highest degree of 'the shit'," while others may interpret it as "the highest degree of shit." To me, "shit" isn't an A, while "the shit" is. So "teh shit" is "the shit" with a superlative marker.

Being unfamiliar with the object in question, i have no idea whether it's correct or not. But it is grammatical =)
ex_caracola454 From: ex_caracola454 Date: September 30th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Har.
:-)
trochee From: trochee Date: September 30th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
do you have any evidence for this or are you doing the thing I always do -- make something up and say it authoritatively?

What language is involved in this authoritative statement?

From: _dkg_ Date: October 6th, 2004 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

is that really teh answer?

while i have absolutely nothing to back this up, i would offer a different origin (though i reckon i'm pretty out of touch with kids these days...):

i first started seeing teh used in the context where the author was mimicking a n00b in a rather excitable state. they are usually so excited that they don't sufficiently complete the end of sentences (leaving out things like "iest thing"). They also frequently overindulge in exclamation points, though they can't seem to hold down the shift key all the time. so you get statements like:
OMG WTF LOL GAT BAK IN TEH GM3!1!!!

given how easy it is to transpose consecutive letters typed by different hands (as h and e are on the standard qwerty configuration), i would argue that it's used most often to indicate extreme urgency, haste, or intensity of emotion, and the pursuant excitement.

but i might be spending too much time thinking about this too.
lapsedmodernist From: lapsedmodernist Date: September 29th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
how many times do you push the button at a crosswalk?
I don't know, but DON'T REST ON THE RAILS.
isolt From: isolt Date: October 1st, 2004 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Classes. *sigh* I wish I had classes.

But I'm working on it.....
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