Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
[Jayesh Lalwani]: I would think that a community as diverse as the Javaranch would be more forgiving of regional dialects. After all, Americans have their own slangs, and Indians try to adapt to American slang. Is it too much to ask that American ranchers be more forgiving of Indian slang?
The problem is that in many cases we wouldn't even realize that Indian slang is the source of the problem. If someone says "even I couldn't solve this problem", that's a perfectly valid sentence in standard English. It just sounds a bit arrogant. There's no apparent reason to suspect that "even" is intended to mean "also". Unless you've had a lot of experience with conversations between native English-speakers and Indian English-speakers. Or unless you've read a thread like this one, which points out the difference.
Originally posted by Bert Bates:
Man Jim, you're a wizard with that search capability
The first thread that you referenced contained my point, and a bunch of other points too, although I thought that it was very interesting that Thomas' example from 3 years ago so closely matched the new examples we've discussed today
To me the "doubt" issue is very interesting but a little less "urgent", because while it might cause some confusion it doesn't seem insulting, at least to me.
In any case I'll "stick to my guns" because THIS thread, so far, has been more focused.
It might be fun to start another thread on the placement of "only"...
Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:
Paul C - We do have a smoke detector in our open-plan family room adjoining the kitchen (installed by choice - not by law) - but it doesnt go off. Clearly the grease smoke that our current oven generates doesnt have the right sized particles to trigger it! (Either that or I'm *slightly* exagerating the seriousness of the problem )
Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
Why don't you show a layer that says PROCESSING...PLEASE WAIT when they click the button?
Originally posted by Ryan McGuire:
You people on SL, does your avatar look like you? I did what I could with mine. I got the height and weight basically correct, but I couldn't get the receding hairline quite right. I also can't seem to get my nose right either. My avatar does wear basically what I wear, except my avatar's sweater is just a plain knit while I tend to wear more cable knits in "meatspace".
Originally posted by Zoe Boston:
I tried Second Life to see what it was all about and I just could not get into it. I am just standing there watching everyone line dance.