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Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:40 pm

Actually, English is the best language. By far the largest vocabulary with all shades of meaning possible. Still fun to find different word/ideas expressed in different languages. the famous one being schadenfreude...which can be easily expressed in English but we don't have a single word for the idea....except for using schadenfreude which is totally acceptable....and why English is the best language. I admit: French "sounds" better....but we think with words. English, is the best language. Sad our grandkiddies will be treading water yelling for help in Chinese. Chinese is a terrible language.
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Re: English multitopic

Post by Poodle » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:14 pm

Which Chinese?

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Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:15 pm

Exactly. thanks for the hone.
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Post by landrew » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:16 pm

bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote: Chinese is a terrible language.
https://www.marketingtochina.com/funny-chinglish/
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Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:21 pm

Some of those have to be ex-pat American Australian teachers earning extra money in their off hours and having a goof.
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Post by Gord » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:25 pm

Matthew Ellard wrote:
TJrandom wrote:Why are streetcars called streetcars, and aren`t all cars street cars? Unless they are cable cars... which can be streetcars too. Velly confusing...
Gord is the etymologist, but I assume all things that "carry" are cars. ( Cable cars, boxcars on trains and so on) :D
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Post by Gord » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:20 am

"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
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Post by Poodle » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:58 am

TJrandom wrote:Why are streetcars called streetcars, and aren`t all cars street cars? Unless they are cable cars... which can be streetcars too. Velly confusing...
How did I miss this one?
Streetcars are named Desire.

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Post by landrew » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:05 pm

TJrandom wrote:Why are streetcars called streetcars, and aren`t all cars street cars? Unless they are cable cars... which can be streetcars too. Velly confusing...
They're actually "rail-buses."
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Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:36 am

We all can google: (car): The alternative name car is believed to originate from the Latin word carrus:wheeled vehicle.
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