If you have any respect for me, don't read this thread.

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Hey, what are you doing here? Gee, thanks. Anywho, I didn't do anything for New Year's Eve and the Bucs won the NFC South (Woo!), so I've been celebrating today... since noon. I'm lonesome now, so does anyone want to talk about something? I'll start.

Did you know that according to Otto Jerspersen, Danish linguist and, some say, the expert on English, in 1924 oxen was the only form left in English that uses the -en suffix to form plurals? shoes, foes, eyes used to be shoen, fone, eyen. Hah. I think we shoud let -en rest in peace. Oxes, people, call them oxes! Every chance you get!

Did you know that hussy was originally (modernized) housewife? Hah. And now we've made the word housewife all over again. Husband and hustings were also originally compounds involving house, though it was pronounced differently back then.

Did you know that long -- length; deep -- depth; wide -- width; broad -- breadth; whole -- health were all once formed by the same process too? Bet you've never noticed the rule though (didn't notice whole and health, did you?). I wonder how it is that we notice some patterns and not others. How does that happen?

Hm. Anyone still there? :frown:

Tell me something that you find interesting.

It doesn't even need to be true. :biggrin:
 

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Hi HRW!! You'll get no respect from me, ya sassy lass! Especially now that I see you weren't doing anything last night and you could have been hanging out with us.

I find airplane travel interesting. Particularly because there are always 3 types of people you will sit with on the journey: 1) crazy person 2) sick person 3) screaming toddler.

On my trip down to Texas, I got stuck between 1 and 2. On my trip back I got stuck between 2 and 3.

Travel much?

Maybe I should just shut up. You sound melancholy for some reason. I don't know why.
 
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HRW, I give you my solemn word that I will not click the link to this thread.
 
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Oops, my finger slipped.
 
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I'll still respect you in the morning I swear!
 
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Sorry, Sis! I can't respect people who I like very much. :blushing:
 
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Math Is Hard said:
Hi HRW!! You'll get no respect from me, ya sassy lass! Especially now that I see you weren't doing anything last night and you could have been hanging out with us.
I find airplane travel interesting. Particularly because there are always 3 types of people you will sit with on the journey: 1) crazy person 2) sick person 3) screaming toddler.
On my trip down to Texas, I got stuck between 1 and 2. On my trip back I got stuck between 2 and 3.
Travel much?
:biggrin: Nope. What did you do in Texas?
Maybe I should just shut up. You sound melancholy for some reason. I don't know why.
I'm actually quite happy. :buggrin: It must be the celebrating.
 
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Tom Mattson said:
HRW, I give you my solemn word that I will not click the link to this thread.
Aw, that's why I'll always have a special place in my heart for the men of Troy... and oxygen-rich blood.
 
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SpaceTiger said:
Oops, my finger slipped.
Yeh, so did your place in line.

(Me: Brain, that doesn't reflect poorly on me, does it?
Brain: No.
Me: Good.)

Hah, silly tiger.
 
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TheStatutoryApe said:
I'll still respect you in the morning I swear!
Not if I have anything to say about it.
 
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Lisa! said:
Sorry, Sis! I can't respect people who I like very much. :blushing:
Think anyone will notice?
 
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Okay, I'm even annoying myself now.
 
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Have you made a PF movie?

Edit: like those awful tribdog movies. Although I love the 1 about thread killer!:tongue2: Ok trib, I'm sure you've alreadyread this thread. But just want to make you admit it!
 
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honestrosewater said:
Hah, silly tiger.
Trix are not just for kids! I'm an omnivorous feline.
 
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Lisa! said:
Have you made a PF movie?
There's another PF movie? Didn't they learn the first time?
 
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Trix are not just for kids! I'm an omnivorous feline.
Psh, I eat omnivorous felines like you for breakfast. You have to pay like everyone else.
 
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honestrosewater said:
:biggrin: Nope. What did you do in Texas?
It was quite fun. I spent some time hanging out with cows. And also sea lions and penguins (down in Galveston at the aquarium). The weather was warm so we were out and about quite a bit. But now I'm sick from the airplane trip, so I am trying to recover. *ack*
 
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honestrosewater said:
Psh, I eat omnivorous felines like you for breakfast.
And I eat Trix. Try and stop me.
 
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Math Is Hard said:
It was quite fun. I spent some time hanging out with cows. And also sea lions and penguins (down in Galveston at the aquarium). The weather was warm so we were out and about quite a bit. But now I'm sick from the airplane trip, so I am trying to recover. *ack*
Cows, sea lions, and penguins, oh my. Hope you feel better soon. :smile:
 
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SpaceTiger said:
And I eat Trix. Try and stop me.
Fine. You have two choices: you can go eat Trix or you can *whispers something naughty into Frank Stallone's ear*
 
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honestrosewater said:
Fine. You have two choices: you can go eat Trix or you can *whispers something naughty into Frank Stallone's ear*
Curse you, Frank Stallone! I'll get you if it's the last thing my hired goon does!
 
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Curse you, Frank Stallone! I'll get you if it's the last thing my hire goon does!
I thought I was your hire goon.

Oh, no, I'm a hired goon, that's right... Loser.
 
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honestrosewater said:
Did you know that according to Otto Jerspersen, Danish linguist and, some say, the expert on English, in 1924 oxen was the only form left in English that uses the -en suffix to form plurals? shoes, foes, eyes used to be shoen, fone, eyen. Hah. I think we shoud let -en rest in peace. Oxes, people, call them oxes! Every chance you get!
Is the usage "golden," "olden" or "earthen" related to "oxen"? How about "tween" (as in "between")?
 
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Is the usage "golden," "olden" or "earthen" related to "oxen"?
I don't know; I'll see what I can find. This -en affixes to nouns to make them plural. Their meaning might have changed, but from their current use, I'd say no since they aren't usually nouns.
How about "tween" (as in "between")?
In what way?
 
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Hm, so here's one down: http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?va=-en&book=Dictionary [Broken]

And this might be the verb -en then: "Golden replaced M.E. gilden, from O.E. gyldan." - http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gold

Remember not to go only (or even primarily) by spelling though.
 
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