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    Worst music

    This video: Watch it if you haven't already. Rebecca Black - "Friday".
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    Music appreciation & meaning

    I hear you, but I think a lot of artists (music/painting/etc) do their artworks from the soul and if people like it, great. For a lot of them expressing themselves comes first (which is what sets a lot of them apart).
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    Music appreciation & meaning

    Sometimes songs and artists just become much more special when you understand what the artist is truly singing about. What information or experience has helped you to fully appreciate certain music? I'll give you an example: I never cared for Eric Clapton. That is, until today, when I came...
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    Language fails that make you angry

    I think non-native speakers may often have a more analytic understanding of English, but I wouldn't say a "better" understanding. For instance a foreigner might correct you: "Your sentence is wrong because you've started it with a preposition." While a native might say "It just sounds wrong."
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    Language fails that make you angry

    Moat - zart. Then again, I speak German so the "z" sound with a "t" in front comes naturally. I also grew up in the midwest, where we say everything correctly.
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    Language fails that make you angry

    I realize they may be listed in a certain order, but does MW say if the order is meaningful?
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    Language fails that make you angry

    This isn't specific to English speakers at all. It is called consonant weakening and is a natural part of language change. Basically, we naturally use the laziest pronunciation we can get away with. These things used to bother me a lot until I listened to an audio book by John McWhorter...
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    Language fails that make you angry

    The article you linked to has both pronunciations.
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    Language fails that make you angry

    I wasn't bothered. If anything it puts it into perspective - we all probably unknowingly do things that bug others. I never said such annoyances were rational. :)
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    Language fails that make you angry

    Among the people I hang out with, "fail" is really, really commonly used as a noun. It's probably a generational thing. I notice a lot of people around 18-25 use it that way. I think I get most annoyed by words being mispronounced when a person could easily sound them out by looking at...
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    Language fails that make you angry

    These are the misuses of our language that REALLY bug me: - Misusing "literally". People say things like "I literally have a million things to do." --- No, you do not. --- To deal with these people, I usually say things like "I hear you, I figuratively have a project due Wednesday", or "I...
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    Gendered language in science

    Heck, I just did. The very fact that it needs context is what makes it problematic. It's ambiguous, that's the whole point I'm trying to make. I don't know why I'm even trying. You're clearly just going to nay-say whatever I say, even if it makes complete sense.
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    Gendered language in science

    Haha! You said 'erect'!
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    Gendered language in science

    It's a hypothetical gender-less situation. In which case, it's grammatically correct but semantically insufficient. From reading it, there is no way to tell whether I am using they/them as singular or plural pronouns. I really wish our language and culture did have a simpler way of stating...
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    Gendered language in science

    No, it really does mess up sentence structure. Take this non-gendered example: If "they" can mean "he" or "she", and "them" can mean "him" or "her", it's still unclear whether this sentence is using non-gendered singular pronouns, or if it's using plural pronouns. It could mean either. I...
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    Gendered language in science

    For the record, I make a serious attempt at using gender-neutral language in everything I write. These are my reasons for wanting to do so: -It's more accurate if I am describing a situation where gender is unknown. -It lowers the chance that some over-PC zealot comes and yells at me These are...
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    Gendered language in science

    This is a very poor thought path to go down. Rather than presenting a logical argument of why it would be worth it for society to change our language, you've implied that women in science are more bothered by gendered language than men, and accused a very respected member of being sexist...
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    Gendered language in science

    I don't mind it at all. It's just how the English language is.
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