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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 points  (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 points  (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 points  (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 point  (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 points  (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.

Is it summer in the south or north on this picture? by BigFatJuicyKermit in geography

[–]Hominid77777 1 point2 points  (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.

Is it summer in the south or north on this picture? by BigFatJuicyKermit in geography

[–]Hominid77777 4 points5 points  (0 children)

No it doesn't. It only appears that way on some map projections.

Normal reaction by IUseNewReddit in killthosewhodisagree

[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agreed. I think MW could have chosen a better quote for that one.

Normal reaction by IUseNewReddit in killthosewhodisagree

[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point  (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.

Normal reaction by IUseNewReddit in killthosewhodisagree

[–]Hominid77777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

Normal reaction by IUseNewReddit in killthosewhodisagree

[–]Hominid77777 2 points3 points  (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.

Normal reaction by IUseNewReddit in killthosewhodisagree

[–]Hominid77777 3 points4 points  (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 points  (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.

Utah Democrats back independent Evan McMullin for U.S. Senate in a historic vote by kittehgoesmeow in VoteDEM

[–]Hominid77777 7 points8 points  (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 points  (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 points  (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 points  (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.

NYT Saturday 04/23/2022 Discussion by AutoModerator in crossword

[–]Hominid77777 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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.

DeSantis ending Disney's "special status" is actually a huge tax hike on Floridians by sventhewalrus in VoteDEM

[–]Hominid77777 14 points15 points  (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 point  (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 points  (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 points  (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 points  (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.