Friday, December 08, 2006

Metro

En route to piano lesson, en metro.

Nate: So what else is going on in your life?

Me: Nothing. It's so sad, I get home at evening, try to blog, and nothing happens. I'm so starved for material I'll probably talk about how you asked me to throw the medicine ball at you in the gym.


Earlier in the gym.

Nate: Thanks. [for throwing the medicine ball]

Me: No problem. Turns out I really enjoy throwing things at you; I'll have to do it more often.


Also today!

Scott and Jay talk of Billie Holiday. Scott approves, Jay disapproves.

Scott inquires of Swedish piano professor of the intercommunicability of Scandinavian tongues. Turns out Swedes can understand Norwegians and Danes, but not Finns.

Jay spends time better spent studying by messing with reading room occupants by means of green laser pointer.

Jay and Scott discuss physical capabilities of Chuck Norris. Jay asserts that Chuck Norris will survive where Schrödinger's cat died 50% of time. Scott asserts that Chuck Norris can--at the same time mind you--know the speed and position of a particle.


Then!

Scott: You should get a Skype name.

Jess: why?

Scott: I hadn't anticipated that question. Touche.


And in conclusion!

[10:34:54 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: NIN suck.

[10:35:01 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: Sucks.

[10:35:07 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: Nails is plural.

[10:35:29 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: But it's a band. And it's a person. It doesn't matter what words are used in the name.

[10:35:38 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: The Beatles sucks?

[10:35:39 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: You don't use plural verbs with "Jesus."

[10:35:41 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: You got to be kidding.

[10:35:45 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: The Beatles sucks.

[10:35:52 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: The hell it does!

[10:36:43 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: The British use plural verbs with collective nouns, but Americans generally use singular verbs when the members are acting in concert.

[10:38:17 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: The Ramones sucks?

[10:38:23 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: Yep.

[10:38:30 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: You're an idiot.

[10:38:48 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: There are probably style manuals on this. Is there a Bluebook in here?

[10:40:29 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_differences#Singular_and_plural_for_nouns

[10:40:56 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: Seems to agree with you.

[10:41:04 PM] Jay Goodman Tamboli says: Proper nouns which are plural in form take a plural verb in both AmE and BrE.

[10:41:25 PM] Scott D. Scheule says: NIN suck.

3 comments:

Brandon Berg said...

You sucks!

Wild Pegasus said...

Scott inquires of Swedish piano professor of the intercommunicability of Scandinavian tongues. Turns out Swedes can understand Norwegians and Danes, but not Finns.

Finnish is not related to the Scandinavian languages at all. The Scandinavian languages are the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family. Finnish is part of the Finnish branch of the Finno-Ugric family of languages.

Whereas most European languages are Indo-European (all the Germanic, all the Slavic, all the Romance, both Baltics, Greek, Albanian), Finnish is one of the four major European languages which is not, along with Hungarian, Estonian, and Basque.

Estonian and Finnish are pretty similar (think Italian and Spanish) and Hungarian is a distant relative of both (think English and Russian). All three are Finno-Ugric languages. Basque, spoken on the Spanish-French border, is a language isolate: it is not related to any other known language on Earth.

- Josh, essentially monolingual

Joshua said...

This is WP, testing something. Please ignore this comment, or delete it, if you prefer.

- Josh