"I could care less"....??? - Page 8 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind > Free Your Mind Archive
Click Here to Login
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-01-2005, 04:18 AM   #106
Vocal parasite
 
Axver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: 1853
Posts: 151,032
Local Time: 08:04 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by beli
You are probably too young to recall the days when Australians used to refer to Kiwis as South Sea Poms.

NB It wasn't a compliment. lol.
I have heard the term, but not regularly. Honestly, with my British ancestry, I don't think I'd mind the term. The only Kiwi insults that bug me are the sheep jokes. Yes, I've heard them already, they're tired and worn - come on, Australia, come up with something original!
__________________

__________________
"Mediocrity is never so dangerous as when it is dressed up as sincerity." - Søren Kierkegaard

Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
"And as for Bono, he needs a colostomy bag for his mouth."

U2gigs: The most comprehensive U2 setlist database!
Gig pictures | Blog
Axver is online now  
Old 05-01-2005, 04:22 AM   #107
Blue Crack Addict
 
beli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: In a frock in Western Australia
Posts: 15,464
Local Time: 05:04 AM
Quote:
Axis of Just As Evil
Bitter after being snubbed for membership in the "Axis of Evil," Libya, China, and Syria today announced that they had formed the "Axis of Just as Evil," which they said would be more evil than that stupid Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President Bush warned of in his State of the Union address.

Axis of Evil members, however, immediately dismissed the new Axis as having, for starters, a really dumb name. "Right. They are just as evil...in their dreams!" declared North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. "Everybody know we're the best evils...best at being evil...we're the best."

Diplomats from Syria denied they were jealous over being excluded, although they conceded that they did ask if they could join the Axis of Evil. "They told us it was full," said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "An axis can't have more than three countries," explained Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "This is not my rule, it's tradition. In World War II you had Germany, Italy, and Japan in the evil Axis. So, you can only have three, and a secret handshake. Ours is wickedly cool."

International reaction to Bush's Axis of Evil declaration was swift, as within minutes, France surrendered.

Elsewhere, peer-conscious nations rushed to gain triumvirate status in what has become a game of geopolitical chairs.

Cuba, Sudan, and Serbia announced that they had formed the "Axis of Somewhat Evil," forcing Somalia to join with Uganda and Myanmar in the "Axis of Occasionally Evil," while Bulgaria, Indonesia, and Russia established the "Axis of Not So Much Evil Really as Just Generally Disagreeeable."

With the criteria suddenly expanded and all the desirable clubs filling up, Sierra Leone, El Salvador, and Rwanda applied to be called the "Axis of Countries That Aren't the Worst But Certainly Won't Be Asked to Host the Olympics."

Canada, Mexico, and Australia formed the "Axis of Nations That Are Actually Quite Nice But Secretly Have Some Nasty Thoughts About America," while Scotland, New Zealand, and Spain established the "Axis of Countries That Want Sheep to Wear Lipstick." "That's not a threat, really, just something we like to do," said Scottish Executive First Minister Jack McConnell.

While wondering if the other nations of the world were perhaps making fun of him, a cautious Bush granted approval for most axis, although he rejected the establishment of the "Axis of Countries Whose Names End in 'Guay." accusing one of its members of filing a false application. Officials from Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chadguay denied the charges.

Israel, meanwhile, insisted it didn't want to join any Axis, but privately world leaders said that's only because no one asked them.
__________________

__________________
beli is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 04:25 AM   #108
Rock n' Roll Doggie
 
BonosSaint's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,566
Local Time: 05:04 PM
Celsius and metric? Too much work. On a whole, we don't grasp the concept. And we're Americans, Goddamnit, you switch!
__________________
BonosSaint is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 04:26 AM   #109
Vocal parasite
 
Axver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: 1853
Posts: 151,032
Local Time: 08:04 AM
Quote:
Canada, Mexico, and Australia formed the "Axis of Nations That Are Actually Quite Nice But Secretly Have Some Nasty Thoughts About America," while Scotland, New Zealand, and Spain established the "Axis of Countries That Want Sheep to Wear Lipstick." "That's not a threat, really, just something we like to do," said Scottish Executive First Minister Jack McConnell.
__________________
"Mediocrity is never so dangerous as when it is dressed up as sincerity." - Søren Kierkegaard

Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
"And as for Bono, he needs a colostomy bag for his mouth."

U2gigs: The most comprehensive U2 setlist database!
Gig pictures | Blog
Axver is online now  
Old 05-01-2005, 04:28 AM   #110
Vocal parasite
 
Axver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: 1853
Posts: 151,032
Local Time: 08:04 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by BonosSaint
Celsius and metric? Too much work. On a whole, we don't grasp the concept. And we're Americans, Goddamnit, you switch!
Celsius and metric are a hell of a lot easier than that odd Imperial system.

Though I must confess to using Imperial. I like model trains, but as the best model railway magazines come from the US, I've learnt Imperial and simply can't do model railways in metric. Also, my mother grew up during the period when NZ switched, so she alternates between the two and thus I grew up measuring my height in feet. I've still no clue how tall I am in centimetres.
__________________
"Mediocrity is never so dangerous as when it is dressed up as sincerity." - Søren Kierkegaard

Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
"And as for Bono, he needs a colostomy bag for his mouth."

U2gigs: The most comprehensive U2 setlist database!
Gig pictures | Blog
Axver is online now  
Old 05-01-2005, 05:15 AM   #111
Rock n' Roll Doggie
VIP PASS
 
bammo2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: In a car with House and Wilson :yikes: Let me out!! Let me oooooooouuut!!!
Posts: 5,660
Local Time: 10:04 PM
the UK supposedly switched to metric ages ago, but I still mainly work in imperial. I have no idea of my weight in kilos. If I had a baby I'd want to know its weight in pounds, if I go to the supermarket I have to ask for deli products in ounces cos I don't understand grams. And I certainly don't know who many centimetres tall I am
__________________
bammo2 is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 05:18 AM   #112
Blue Crack Addict
 
beli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: In a frock in Western Australia
Posts: 15,464
Local Time: 05:04 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by Anthony
Still, you can forgive the Australians, who tend to have accents so bleeding nasal they're actually sexy.

Ant.
Is that a joke or do you find Australian accents attractive? I always thought Australian accents were up there as one of the most internationally irritating accents.
__________________
beli is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 05:20 AM   #113
Jesus Online
 
Angela Harlem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: a glass castle
Posts: 30,163
Local Time: 08:04 AM
How do we get slapped with the nasal label when Americans invented nasally?
__________________
<a href=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/angelaharlem/thPaul_Roos28.jpg target=_blank>http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...aul_Roos28.jpg</a>
Angela Harlem is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 06:00 AM   #114
Refugee
 
MadelynIris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Craggy Island
Posts: 1,504
Local Time: 04:04 PM
As far as the sixpence thing.. you can thank C.S. Lewis for that transformation:

The book is called Mere Christianity. A little boy asks his father for a sixpence, which is a very small amount of English currency, to go and get a gift for his father. The father gladly accepts the gift, but he also realizes that he's not any richer for the transaction because he gave his son the money in the first place.”
__________________
MadelynIris is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 06:03 AM   #115
Blue Crack Addict
 
verte76's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: hoping for changes
Posts: 23,331
Local Time: 09:04 PM
Quote:
Originally posted by melon
"Mangled grammar" is part of the slow evolution of language. That's probably why, over the centuries, "Old English" and current English are completely different from each other.

I have to wonder if English 1000 years from now will be vastly different or not.

Melon
Of course. Languages are changing faster now because of all the communication media. Remember, the Old English speakers didn't even have the printing press.
__________________
verte76 is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 06:11 AM   #116
Blue Crack Addict
 
meegannie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Norwich, England
Posts: 15,798
Local Time: 09:04 PM
According to Wikipedia:

"The official IUPAC spelling of the element is aluminium; however, Americans and Canadians generally spell and pronounce it aluminum.

In 1808, Humphry Davy originally proposed the name alumium whilst trying to electrolytically isolate the new metal from the mineral alumina. A couple of years later he changed the name to aluminum to match its Latin root, but was finally persuaded to restore the -ium ending in 1812 giving aluminium. This had the advantage of conforming to the -ium suffix precedent set by other newly discovered elements of the period potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and strontium (all of which Davy had isolated himself). However, for the next thirty years, both the -um and -ium endings were used in the scientific literature.

Curiously America adopted the -ium for most of the 19th century with aluminium appearing in Webster's Dictionary of 1828. However Charles Martin Hall selected the -um spelling in an advertising handbill for his new efficient electrolytic method for the production of aluminium, four years after he had patented the process in 1888. Although this spelling may have been an accident, Hall's domination of aluminium production ensured that the -um ending became the standard in North America, even though the Webster Unabridged Dictionary of 1913 continued to use the -ium version. In 1926 the American Chemical Society decided officially to use aluminum in its publications.

Meanwhile most of Europe had standardized on the -ium spelling. In 1990 the IUPAC adopted aluminium as the standard international name for the element. Aluminium is also the name used in French, Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Japanese; Italian uses alluminio, Portuguese alumínio and Spanish aluminio. (The use of these words in these other languages is one of the reasons IUPAC chose aluminium over aluminum.) In 1993, IUPAC recognized aluminum as an acceptable variant, but still prefers the use of aluminium."

"Aluminium" sounds like a metal from the future.
__________________
meegannie is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 06:41 AM   #117
Refugee
 
Anthony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: London, UK
Posts: 1,538
Local Time: 09:04 PM
Quote:
Is that a joke or do you find Australian accents attractive? I always thought Australian accents were up there as one of the most internationally irritating accents
I'm a complete freak, but yes, I do find it the most attractive of accents. It makes men sound more masculine than they really are, and it gives the women a mysterious edge that makes them sound more efficient (efficient women = sexy in my thinking) than they really are.

Like I said, I'm a freak.

Ant.
__________________
Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give;
Gas smells awful; You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker, 'Resumé'
Anthony is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 08:58 AM   #118
Acrobat
 
Badyouken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Canada
Posts: 488
Local Time: 09:04 PM
Quote:
Quebec actually has a similar problem. Their French is actually 17th century French or something of the sort. They also speak at a faster pace than Parisian French, so even French people get pissed off at Quebec French.
I'd like to set the record straight on that one, since I'm from Québec.

In Québec, we speak the same French as in France, except for the accent. Our accent is indeed very similar to what French sounded like in the 17-18th century but it has evolved quite a bit with exposure to French media. But the French understand us easily. Americans have a different accent from the British or the Scots, but it's still the same language.

In France itself, there is a wide variety of accents. We usually use Parisian French as the reference, but this is erroneous, I believe. If you go to the South of France, they have a really different accent; we say their accent is "chantant" (singing). That's also what Parisians say about the Québec accent. If you go to Belgium, you'll find similar accents to ours. Same goes with some regions in western France.

And in Québec itself there is a wide variety of accents. But the French understand us very well, like the British understand Americans perfectly. There are SO MANY Frenchmen (from France :P) in Québec... And I don't think we speak faster than them...

However, the difference is in slang. Québec slang ("joual") is not the same as French slang. (same goes with English: British slang is not the same as American slang). The funny thing is that Québec is more resistant to English than France in its vocabulary: while in France they say words like "shopping", "email" and "parking", we say "magasiner", "courriel" and "stationnement". Being surrounded by 330 million English-speakers, keeping French in Québec is a major concern over here.

But it's all the same language. Going to University in Québec is quite interesting: in the same class, you can get, say, a teacher with a Parisian accent, teaching to students with various Québec, Acadian, Moroccan, Algerian, African and European accents. But it's all the same language and everybody understands everybody. This is what we call La Francophonie.

All in all, languages are so interesting... I'm currently reading a book on the history of indo-european languages and dialects; it is rather fascinating!
__________________
Badyouken is online now  
Old 05-01-2005, 02:35 PM   #119
ONE
love, blood, life
 
A_Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: The Wild West
Posts: 12,518
Local Time: 07:04 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by Axver


Now, now, Mr Wanderer, I had a little rant earlier about people who incorrectly spell 'pronunciation' with three instances of 'o' rather than two.

The internet is a place where everybody can get together and spell poorly.
__________________
A_Wanderer is offline  
Old 05-01-2005, 03:35 PM   #120
Blue Crack Addict
 
beli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: In a frock in Western Australia
Posts: 15,464
Local Time: 05:04 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by Anthony


I'm a complete freak, but yes, I do find it the most attractive of accents. It makes men sound more masculine than they really are, and it gives the women a mysterious edge that makes them sound more efficient (efficient women = sexy in my thinking) than they really are.

Like I said, I'm a freak.

Ant.
So its only you that feels that way? If I went to Europe men wouldn't melt into a puddle of their own drool at the sound of my voice?

Somewhere on this planet freckled people with Australian accents are considered goddesses................
__________________

__________________
beli is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com