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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2021 edited
     
    *Scratch, scratch. ... Fart.* 'I never had a dog, but all the dogs I knew spoke German, here in Germany. '
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    I have a small and somewhat unbelievable "dogs and language" story.

    The year was 1970 and I and two colleagues were embarking on a road trip to the East from England. The idea was to save money and sleep rough if possible, and that first night found us walking across a French field by moonlight on our way to a deserted barn. Unfortunately the farmer's dogs got wind of us and they rushed us barking and jumping.

    I turned on them and shouted "Allez-vous en!" as threateningly as I could. There was absolutely no response. Then I recalled that, in French, one always uses the familiar form of "you" for animals. "Va-t'en!" I bellowed. They paused. I repeated this twice more and they all scurried away.

    Grammar can save you.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2021
     
    For some inexplicable reason, my Lithuanian grandparents trained their dogs to respond to Polish commands, as in "Idź do domu spać!" (Go home to bed). But then, I've heard Poles say that to one another.

    My own Polish never extended much past " “Jak się masz?" and "Pocałuj mnie w dupę" and "Who stole the Kiszka?"
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanThen I recalled that, in French, one always uses the familiar form of "you" for animals. "Va-t'en!" I bellowed. They paused. I repeated this twice more and they all scurried away.


    You'd sure sound ridiculous in Quebec saying "Allez-vous en" to a dog. You'd hardly ever say that to a person.

    But you said there were several dogs. I guess they weren't well trained in French grammar.

    ETA: that story raises a point. Dogs are very social being pack-animals but I suppose they are generally trained one by one, so what they learn of language is only in the singular. Seems a bit paradoxical. Never occurred to me before - it's not visible in English.
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    Posted By: AngusI guess they weren't well trained in French grammar.
    Nonsense. Each felt addressed individually.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2021
     
    As I mentioned in my addition. Is self-centredness a canine thing?
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: AngusAs I mentioned in my addition. Is self-centredness a canine thing?

    It's a human thing. Canines (most of them) are not even aware of themselves. They roam the landscapes as bodyless observers.
    Until you try to massage their feet.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2021 edited
     
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    The narrator on the Engineering Today YT channel is a total weirdo.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2021
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanThe narrator on the Engineering Today YT channel is a total weirdo.

    Also, too, a synthesized robo-voice, text to spooch kind of non-entity.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2021
     
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2021
     
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2021
     
    Forque! That must have been loud.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2021
     
    The finalists in the 2019 US Spelling Bee:

    Rishik Gandhasri,
    Erin Howard,
    Saketh Sundar,
    Shruthika Padhy,
    Sohum Sukhatankar,
    Abhijay Kodali,
    Christopher Serrao,
    Rojan Raja 
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2021
     
    I sing the Illustrated Man electric

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56561708
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    Posted By: AngusThe finalists in the 2019 US Spelling Bee:

    Rishik Gandhasri,
    Erin Howard,
    Saketh Sundar,
    Shruthika Padhy,
    Sohum Sukhatankar,
    Abhijay Kodali,
    Christopher Serrao,
    Rojan Raja

    Makes one wonder how that list would look had not the British Raj ever existed.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2021
     
    Smith
    Jones
    Cholmondelay
    D'esterre
    Kocszkscziesczki
    Rubin
    Brown
    Green

    But the winning word would have been "apple".
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2021
     
    Posted By: AngusThe finalists in the 2019 US Spelling Bee:

    Rishik Gandhasri,
    Erin Howard,
    Saketh Sundar,
    Shruthika Padhy,
    Sohum Sukhatankar,
    Abhijay Kodali,
    Christopher Serrao,
    Rojan Raja


    And who are the finalists of the '2020 tickle torch juggling in khakis contest'?
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2021