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Up Front: A Word in Your Ear

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  • Jackie Clark,

    He's like Maxwell Smart, Islander, only.......smarter.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Islander - the ability to translate specialist jargon for the lay-person without dumbing it down is rare and precious indeed.

    Yes this. TEFL teachers of any merit learn that just because people can't speak English, doesn't mean you have to shout and treat them like idiots.

    There's also a fine line between being articulate and being a smug, patronising smart-arse.

    It pays to read back in the thread sometimes.

    a limb report

    yes, those do seem to be prosthetic legs stacked under the house

    My limbic system needs maintenance. Any limbic dances out there?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    A little bit o true story

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Now where's my shoe-phone? :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Very nice, but why no prosthetic for pooch?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Can't remember being told about that, but I know Boiski came into Tim's life already accustomed to 3 legs. Maybe they tried one and he didn't like it? Died since this film was made.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    but would still prefer to look more like Sara Palin, than sound like her.

    Linda, you make Palin look like a pig without lipstick and I would rather hear what you had to say than that Pitbull any day.
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    <hits a smooth number on the jukebox>

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    There's also a fine line between being articulate and being a smug, patronising smart-arse.

    Yeah, an' if anyone goes sesquipedalian on yo arse s/he ain't articulate.
    Right.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones,

    The point of being articulate is to persuade and communicate, not show off special knowledge of wanky educated dialect. The latter is the verbal equivalent of puffing up your chest bigger than the other primate's. Which also wins arguments and conveys privilege, but it's less sporting.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I enjoy articulate people. Smug wankers, not so much.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Yes, but often my articulate person is your smug wanker, no? It's not so much a fine line as something that depends on whether you agree or not with what they have to say.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    A little bit o true story

    Beautiful. Don't feel so bad having prompted the posting of this.

    sesquipedalian

    Yes, especially for those with hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    something that depends on whether you agree or not with what they have to say

    For me it's more *how* they say it - can handle different ideas, though that doesn't mean I'll go easy on poorly-thought-out ones either.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.

    That woid's so long it won't load, or is it my connection?
    I can still watch my auction on Trademe, which is closing ....closing ....closing....hoping no one puts in another bid 'cause it will be another 3 mins of closing ....closing.....closing.
    Why does it do that!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Try this maybe? Wiktionary.

    Why does it do that!

    They get more commission I guess. It is very annoying though. You think 'Yusss, I've won', and then 'Oh, who's that bloody trying to outbid me now?' Bloody 'auto-extension'.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Philip Challinor,

    Oh, for a sodding muse of fire that would ascend
    The brightest heaven of effing invention,
    And bloody well help me to portend
    According to my bollocking intention.
    Oh, for a sodding muse to help me tell my story
    With rhyme and tmesis fit to bugger aliens;
    Alas that I am so inarticulafuckingtory
    Compared to you sesquipebastardalians.

    London, England • Since Sep 2009 • 52 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Absofuckinawesomethingorotherlutely!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 851 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Absofuckinawesomethingorotherlutely!

    That'll learn them hairy-arsed sesquipebastardalians.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Bravo, Philip.


    Also...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    That'll learn them hairy-arsed sesquipebastardalians.

    Yeah! on your Pony said to no one in particular Nice poetree that man.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    We must desist from being anti
    and it is on the whole remiss to dis,
    but surely 'tis just to mock establishment
    of any creed who purport Arian
    syllogisms or other fey ism(s).

    Innit?

    Are we there yet?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Philip Challinor,

    Possibly, assuming that excessive floccinaucinihilipilification does not induce pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicavolcanoconiosis.

    London, England • Since Sep 2009 • 52 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    I married Irish. I'm used to losing arguments. Well, at least that's what she thinks.

    ROFLNUI - In my own head I have never lost an argument. Meanwhile on planet earth.

    In true Irish style the object of an argument is never the search for truth: it is the display of words, facts, dates most of which are made up on the spot.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 224 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I still have great admiration for Dave Barry and his wonderful How to Win Arguments of which this is a bit...

    * Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler.
    This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and you are spectacularly wrong. Bring Hitler up subtly. Say: "That sounds suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say" or "You certainly do remind me of Adolf Hitler."

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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