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Re: Grammar debate- is this true?

I'll reiterate. A language is a "dialect" that is generally accepted as official - I really don't mean to pick on you, mayerling , but you are not, now, reiterating when you say that a language is a dialect that is accepted as official! I do not believe that either Laurie or I would have ...

by mayerling

September 14th, 2014, 1:48 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Grammar debate- is this true?

Replies: 37

Views: 553
Re: Grammar debate- is this true?

I'll reiterate. A language is a "dialect" that is generally accepted as official - for instance, General American in the US (i.e. the variety spoken in the Mid West), or RP (which is pretty much dead) in the UK. It is in no way better or worse than other varieties, other than the fact that...

by mayerling

September 14th, 2014, 11:45 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Grammar debate- is this true?

Replies: 37

Views: 553
Re: Grammar debate- is this true?

A well-known saying is that language is a dialect with an army and a native, meaning that whatever "dialect" is spoken by the rich, powerful, educated, etc. will be called a language and everything else will be called a dialect. Yes, every variety ( dialect is a pejorative and antiquated ...

by mayerling

September 13th, 2014, 1:33 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Grammar debate- is this true?

Replies: 37

Views: 553
Re: Grammar debate- is this true?

There is prescriptive grammar and descriptive grammar. I understand that prescriptive grammar is the kind of grammar we should use, like textbook grammar. Descriptive grammar is the way a certain dialect chooses to speak, and it strays from prescriptive rules some. Every dialect has rules and struc...

by mayerling

September 13th, 2014, 1:05 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Grammar debate- is this true?

Replies: 37

Views: 553
Re: Grammar debate- is this true?

I just realised that my answer probably reads as obnoxious rather than informative. :oops: Anyway, in linguistics, grammaticality - whether a construction is grammatical or ungrammatical in any given language - is only investigated within the variety of the language in question. Something that is gr...

by mayerling

September 13th, 2014, 5:05 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Grammar debate- is this true?

Replies: 37

Views: 553
Re: Grammar debate- is this true?

As a linguistics PhD, I can tell you that it is correct - in Black English varieties. It is not grammatical in other varieties of English.

by mayerling

September 12th, 2014, 11:38 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Grammar debate- is this true?

Replies: 37

Views: 553
Re: PS Mommy thread with toddlers 12-36 months

Ladies, when did your kiddos drop their daily nap, or at least started the transition to drop it?

by mayerling

September 2nd, 2014, 5:19 am

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: PS Mommy thread with toddlers 12-36 months

Replies: 6173

Views: 149412
No naps

When did your toddler/pre-schooler completely drop his/her naps?

by mayerling

September 1st, 2014, 11:05 pm

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: No naps

Replies: 6

Views: 258

by mayerling

August 28th, 2014, 12:46 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What do you do with watermelon seeds?

Replies: 16

Views: 282
Re: Is it okay to recline your airline seat?

Flying first class, unless you are in row one, you're ok. BUT who can afford that these days ..... Almost a quarter of us can afford to fly first class. 12% Sometimes + 5% Usually + 7% Always = 24% screen_shot_2014-08-27_at_2.png Yes, I guess PSers are a bit more comfortable in terms of money than ...

by mayerling

August 27th, 2014, 11:22 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is it okay to recline your airline seat?

Replies: 60

Views: 1115
Re: Is it okay to recline your airline seat?

kenny|1409157069|3740168 wrote:
mayerling|1409155463|3740153 wrote:Could you imagine transatlantic (or similar travel) without reclining seats?


I get your point, but imagine a transatlantic flight with the seat in front of you reclined. :knockout:

That's the problem with this thing.
It goes both ways.


If it's a transatlantic flight, I'd be reclined too.

by mayerling

August 27th, 2014, 12:59 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is it okay to recline your airline seat?

Replies: 60

Views: 1115
Re: Is it okay to recline your airline seat?

Could you imagine transatlantic (or similar travel) without reclining seats?

by mayerling

August 27th, 2014, 10:04 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is it okay to recline your airline seat?

Replies: 60

Views: 1115
Re: Favorite Seinfeld Episodes!

I love the one where George is arguing with somebody else over who can use a particular parking space, the guy that backs into it or forwards into it.

by mayerling

August 22nd, 2014, 7:13 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Favorite Seinfeld Episodes!

Replies: 26

Views: 255
Re: Just Do It!

I've had a paper ready to be submitted for publication for the past two years! The only thing missing is polishing up the figures and tables, but I can't bring myself to finish it... :wall:

by mayerling

August 18th, 2014, 4:50 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Just Do It!

Replies: 13

Views: 305
Re: Can you swallow pills?

With great difficulty. And I can't do it with water. I have to eat something, usually yoghurt or ice-cream, and just as I'm about to swallow it I pop the pill in and swallow them at the same time.

by mayerling

August 16th, 2014, 12:53 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Can you swallow pills?

Replies: 32

Views: 304

by mayerling

August 16th, 2014, 12:49 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: How afraid of needles are you?

Replies: 34

Views: 402
Re: PS Mommy thread with toddlers 12-36 months

Delurking to put in my 2 cents on the milk issue JGator is facing. N has refused milk since we travelled to the US in May. I tried to give him formula on the plane (didn't realise they just give you whole milk if you ask them, duh! :roll:) and he hated it so much that he's refused to have any milk s...

by mayerling

August 14th, 2014, 11:37 pm

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: PS Mommy thread with toddlers 12-36 months

Replies: 6173

Views: 149412
Re: Cars, What's your country preference?

Japanese cars are the cheapest where I'm from, so that's what my family's always driven. I drive a Vauxhall, which I got when I was still living in the UK where Vauxhalls are popular. Vauxhall is the British name of a dutch car, I think. Anyway, in my country you'll see mostly Japanese since they're...

by mayerling

August 12th, 2014, 1:18 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Cars, What's your country preference?

Replies: 30

Views: 453
Re: Do most European men wear wedding bands?

I would say that most men my dad's age (60s) don't. Most men my husband's age do (30s). My husband is American and only wears his ring occasionally.

by mayerling

July 22nd, 2014, 4:39 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Do most European men wear wedding bands?

Replies: 11

Views: 287
Re: PS Mommy thread with toddlers 12-36 months

Hi everyone, Sorry I've been a bad PSer and not posting much. We're finally back from our trip to the US and are battling jet-lag. Last night (our second night back), N did 8-4:45 so I'm happy. I think he should have readjusted by the end of the week - hopefully this isn't wishful thinking. Thank yo...

by mayerling

July 17th, 2014, 10:16 pm

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: PS Mommy thread with toddlers 12-36 months

Replies: 6173

Views: 149412

by mayerling

July 17th, 2014, 8:19 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Bathing suit recommendation

Replies: 11

Views: 304
Re: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Niel|1405286533|3712650 wrote:
mayerling|1405285027|3712641 wrote:You'll think I'm stupid, but I don't follow. What do you mean by "virginity is given"?

That if you get raped you haven't lost your virginity. IE someone can't take your virginity unless you concent


Oh, I see! So true.

by mayerling

July 13th, 2014, 3:43 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Replies: 79

Views: 1578
Re: At what age did you lose your virginity?

You'll think I'm stupid, but I don't follow. What do you mean by "virginity is given"?

by mayerling

July 13th, 2014, 2:57 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Replies: 79

Views: 1578
Re: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Wow, Kenny, I never thought of you as someone who reacts so coldly to suggestions... With regular posts PS gives you 45 minutes to edit. But PS freezes poll answers and the poll question itself the moment it posts. I could not implement suggestions if I wanted to. This train has left the station, s...

by mayerling

July 11th, 2014, 3:34 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Replies: 79

Views: 1578
Re: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Wow, Kenny, I never thought of you as someone who reacts so coldly to suggestions...

by mayerling

July 11th, 2014, 3:07 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Replies: 79

Views: 1578
Re: At what age did you lose your virginity?

You need an n/a option . Good point. Sorry all you virgins. I'd start a new poll for you, but PS only allows us 10 poll answers and I would need 80 to cover all possible ages. Someone at an age not offered would go bananas. Or just combine some ages . Sorry sorry I know you hate poll critiques. Jus...

by mayerling

July 11th, 2014, 2:52 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Replies: 79

Views: 1578

by mayerling

July 11th, 2014, 2:33 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: At what age did you lose your virginity?

Replies: 79

Views: 1578
Re: Americans, how do you feel about America?

Redwood, I find it interesting that you seem to be proud of the fact that you went back to work after 8 weeks. I also find it interesting that you say your husband was there, which would be perfectly acceptable if you hadn't qualified that with how that was preferable than paying for daycare. I unde...

by mayerling

July 10th, 2014, 2:33 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Americans, how do you feel about America?

Replies: 186

Views: 2228
Re: Americans, how do you feel about America?

DF, immigration is not a good way to judge how great a country is. Look at the kind of immigration the US gets (in masses, not individual immigration). People from clearly less well-to-do countries want to move here, en masse. Yes, you might get the odd Swede, the odd Finn, the odd Brit, but you ce...

by mayerling

July 10th, 2014, 9:09 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Americans, how do you feel about America?

Replies: 186

Views: 2228
Re: Americans, how do you feel about America?

DF, immigration is not a good way to judge how great a country is. Look at the kind of immigration the US gets (in masses, not individual immigration). People from clearly less well-to-do countries want to move here, en masse. Yes, you might get the odd Swede, the odd Finn, the odd Brit, but you ce...

by mayerling

July 9th, 2014, 10:57 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Americans, how do you feel about America?

Replies: 186

Views: 2228