"I don't use the nasty language that you guys seem to like."
Who says I like it? I'd much rather not have to use it. It's not part of my normal life. It took ,me a couple of years after I got out of the Navy to weed the profanity out of my language, and I try to keep it that way. But my nerves will take only so much "tweaking" before they start to rebel.
WW being Bulgarian, she probably got lots of spanking at home, but clearly not enough. Or it didn't do her any good. Or maybe she got too much, that's why she is so rebellious now and has issues with men. We will never know, but do we really care? I don't give a fig about WW, she doesn't deserve so much of our attention.
Talking of worrisome grammar, have you considered Esperanto?
So President-elect Obama's education policy is for everyone to learn a foreign language? But which one should it be?
The British learn French, the Australians study Japanese, and the Americans prefer Spanish.
Yet this leaves Mandarin Chinese out of the equation. Why not Esperanto?
Apparently UNESCO will meet in Paris, on 15th December, to acknowlege Esperanto, as a living language, in conjunction with the International Year of Languages
The great thing about Esperanto is that, as a non-national language, it places all ethnic languages on an equal footing and therefore avoids discrimination against minority languages.An interesting video can be seen at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670. A glimpse of the language can be seen at http://www.lernu.net
I don't know as the Americans "prefer" Spanish, but it's a necessity, especially in the southwestern part of the countyr.
The US has only two neighboring countries, one of which speaks English. The neighbor to the south speaks Spanish.
My experience in Holland is that although the Dutch understand German, they detest it and prefer English. More than once while I was in Holland, using German, I was asked to speak English. One taxi driver told me, "I don't even like the sound of German".
Given their history in two world wars, I'm not surprised. From what I can tell without personal experience is that the Belgians feel the same way.
If Obamba is talking about learning foreign languages, though, I'll agree with him. I see too many of our people over here in Europe without the capability of navigating. What really bugs me is in large railroad stations when American tourists ask me to help them find their train while directly over their heads is a sign explaining it in three languages, one of which is English! Airports are the same way. There's nearly always signs in English for what you need to know. All you have to do is use your head far enouoght to look for them.
A side effect of learning a foreign language though, is equally important. It forces you to learn grammar, which will improve your English as well.
I've done a little googling on Esperanto, and what I found leaves me with my initial objection to it.
Why go to the bother of learning an artificial language instead of adopting one which a large number of people already speak?
Chinese, Japanese, Korean are out, because they use ideographs instead of phonetic letters, and the dialects of India are out, because they require using the Sanskrit alphabet. Arabic and Urdo are out, because they, too, use an alphabet that while a lot of people use, isn't widespread.
From my viewpoint, there are better arguments against learning Esperanto than there are for it.
Looking at yourself on facebook/myspace and then congratulating yourself on your "rack" is really quite odd.
Anyone that's been around here knows who you are - and yet you persist. Granted I imagine being you is not pleasant and it must be a relief to try and be someone else - but you are who you are, try and adjust to it.
Obviously in your day men came home from work and kicked the wife around a bit when dinner wasn't on the table. WW may be offensive to you, but you're the one advocating a violent response.
Also - as WW is a grown woman I find it quite unlikely that even in your day (whenever you believe that to be) she would have been physically chastised by her father for being strident and forthright in her opinions.
The "things were better in my day" record is getting a little scratched and has been uttered by every generation since we came down from the trees, it's as meaningless now as it was then. Things were different - qualifying them as "better" blinds you to aspects of life at a social and economic level that have improved. You may not like today, but I'd rather be here than in the 50s, or even the 80s!
There is no point in Esperanto.
It's an interesting phenomena with no real practical use. The idea that it is a truly international language with no cultural baggage ignores the blatantly obvious fact that it's construction is based on languages of indo-european type. Thus those languages of other bases (such as Japanese or Arabic) have no commonality with it. Even the name "Esperanto" seems to sound European.
It's of historical interest, and a legitimate hobby. That's about it.
"Obviously in your day men came home from work and kicked the wife around a bit when dinner wasn't on the table."
Bullshit!! Where were you brought up, if that was the norm? Certainly not in my family or anyone else's that I knew at the time. There was more discipline all the way around, not just at home.
I have no objection to a woman (or anyone else) voicing their opinions, but NO ONE is entitled to throw insults at those who disagree with him/her. As I've said before, it isn't WHAT WW does, it's HOW she does it. Now if you want to condone blatant rudeness and foul language, that's your prerogative, but I don't.
There's a big difference between training a child and disciplining an adult, too. Sometimes "physical response" is the ONLY way to get an idea through to them. I'm not advocating beathing the dhile to death, but contrary to Dr. Spock, a little "physical response" now and then doesn't "hurt their little egos".
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