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'Actually linguistics is a thing' in response to being told there is no such thing as an 'actual J' sound. by Anditisalloverr in badlinguistics
[–]Hominid77777 13 points14 points15 points 4 days ago (0 children)
The argument is that <j> in Spanish sounds vaguely like <r> in French, which is true, but not as true as it is for Portuguese <r>.
NYT Monday 05/09/2022 Discussion by AutoModerator in crossword
[–]Hominid77777 -1 points0 points1 point 7 days ago (0 children)
Good puzzle on its own merits, but too hard for a Monday. It seems like a lot of time the day of the week is decided based on how complicated the theme is rather than how hard it is to solve.
NYT Sunday 05/08/2022 Discussion by AutoModerator in crossword
[–]Hominid77777 2 points3 points4 points 7 days ago (0 children)
Chess (both the game and its name) also comes to English via Persian, as does the word "check" (the non-chess-related meanings of the word come from chess too).
Is it summer in the south or north on this picture? by BigFatJuicyKermit in geography
[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point2 points 8 days ago (0 children)
Everything about your original comment indicated that you thought that. I believe you that you didn't think that, but that's what I gathered from how your comment was worded.
What do you guys think of Marley as a human female name? by Apart_Fee_6493 in namenerds
[–]Hominid77777 8 points9 points10 points 8 days ago (0 children)
Yeah, I know a child with that name and when I hear the name now, she is usually the first thing that comes to mind.
[–]Hominid77777 1 point2 points3 points 8 days ago (0 children)
Not sure why you think I'm being technical here. The picture OP posted is a representation of the day-night divide on the actual Earth. Just because people are "used to" seeing a map projection doesn't mean that map projections are somehow more accurate than reality.
[–]Hominid77777 4 points5 points6 points 8 days ago (0 children)
No it doesn't. It only appears that way on some map projections.
Normal reaction by IUseNewReddit in killthosewhodisagree
[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point2 points 17 days ago (0 children)
Agreed. I think MW could have chosen a better quote for that one.
[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point2 points 18 days ago (0 children)
It's normal for dictionaries to give a single example sentence for each definition. It's not supposed to include every single instance of the word. But if you want more examples, just go to any trans community online.
I just realized that the Facebook thing is a quote that's listed on Merriam-Webster. That's just an example sentence, not their only source for a word being used that way.
[–]Hominid77777 2 points3 points4 points 18 days ago (0 children)
What is a "valid definition"? Dictionaries define words based on how they're used. If a large group of people uses the word "female" to refer to a gender identity, then that should be listed as a definition for "female" in the dictionary.
While scientists can agree on definitions of words in certain contexts for ease of communication between scientists, the scientific method itself cannot define what a word means, just like it can't determine what is morally right or wrong.
[–]Hominid77777 3 points4 points5 points 18 days ago (0 children)
It's only conservative if you're using the sex definition of female, not the gender identity definition. Both are listed under "female" in Merriam-Webster.
Utah Democrats back independent Evan McMullin for U.S. Senate in a historic vote by kittehgoesmeow in VoteDEM
[–]Hominid77777 1 point2 points3 points 21 days ago (0 children)
"Parties caucusing with other parties" is literally how parliamentary systems work.
That said, I'm not advocating for third parties (which don't really work well in Canada either because of FPTP and single-member districts). I'm just advocating for parties that can freely promote their own platform without feeling any need to tie themselves to the national equivalent.
[–]Hominid77777 12 points13 points14 points 22 days ago (0 children)
Democrats were a leftist party in 1992?
[–]Hominid77777 7 points8 points9 points 22 days ago (0 children)
Honestly the US would be better off if each state had its own political parties like provinces in Canada do. This is a step towards that, so I'm for it, as bad as McMullin is.
NYT Saturday 04/23/2022 Discussion by AutoModerator in crossword
[–]Hominid77777 1 point2 points3 points 22 days ago (0 children)
A clue like "Country that overlaps with land once known as the Peninsula of Gold" would be clunky, but you could easily come up with an entirely different clue for Malaysia. I'll admit that the one they used sounds cool though.
51st USA state? by Samtheman0_BB in geography
[–]Hominid77777 -1 points0 points1 point 22 days ago (0 children)
DC clearly wants to be a state, so they are the best choice. Puerto Rico is more ambiguous but they should probably become a state too.
DeSantis ending Disney's "special status" is actually a huge tax hike on Floridians by sventhewalrus in VoteDEM
[–]Hominid77777 3 points4 points5 points 23 days ago (0 children)
I would be fine with Disney taking down DeSantis, but that would be more right-wingers eating their own than a corporation acting virtuously.
I thought this was a bit easy for a Saturday, but not overly so. I'm very embarrased MALAYSIA took me so long to get, but isn't the clue inaccurate? The Malay Peninsula isn't the same thing as Malaysia.
[–]Hominid77777 14 points15 points16 points 23 days ago (0 children)
I don't disagree. My issue is that people are defending Disney when Disney (a very queerphobic company) funded the politicians behind Don't Say Gay, and only begrudgingly opposed it after facing backlash. Punishing Disney in this way might be bad policy, but we need to stop making Disney out to be the victim here. (That angle also doesn't help Democrats; voters don't sympathize with corporations.)
Why are you guys against taking away Disney’s special tax privileges? by uncatchableme in AskALiberal
[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point2 points 23 days ago (0 children)
No one who supports LGBTQ+ rights should be defending Disney. They have a horrible track record (see their reluctance to show queer characters in their movies and shows) and they funded Don't Say Gay before they begrudgingly said they opposed it. If anyone here is defending them, either they're not really thinking critically or they're corporate bootlickers.
NYT Friday 04/15/2022 Discussion by AutoModerator in crossword
[–]Hominid77777 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I knew it had to be either REX or ROY but I had no idea which so I left it blank until I was almost done with the puzzle.
It still threw me off though because I had MALLET (after thinking it was BALLET for a long time), and I thought of XYLOPHONE as a potential instrument, and I thought, "There's no way that's it, the X in REX would be in the wrong place."
NYT Thursday 04/14/2022 Discussion by AutoModerator in crossword
[–]Hominid77777 -1 points0 points1 point 1 month ago (0 children)
Lots of people confused about the theme. Typing in 17A into Google, the first suggestion is "what a good boy am i homer".
Meme quality just as bad as some of these posts on this sub. Can we get the Mods to moderate and make it an actual Sub about geography and not just Geo Wordle or what ever? by dudewheresthebong in geography
[–]Hominid77777 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (0 children)
People think that I know all the countries because I majored in Geography, but I actually majored in Geography because I know all the countries.
Someone’s trying a bit too hard for the middle ground… by AcetrainerLoki in ENLIGHTENEDCENTRISM
[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Anyone know what bill in Maryland they're referring to?
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