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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby Steviebike » 07 Jun 2012, 14:34

Pandra esowgh talkya eus gwir.

What you are talking about is true.
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby Confuzius » 07 Jun 2012, 15:14

אני חושב שכולכם מועד משוגעים
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby Dragonbones » 07 Jun 2012, 16:09

finley wrote:Some style nazis will tell you that a people (eg., the English) should have a capital letter, but a language (eg., english) should not.


Those people would be dead wrong.
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby superking » 07 Jun 2012, 16:55

Dragonbones wrote:
finley wrote:Some style nazis will tell you that a people (eg., the English) should have a capital letter, but a language (eg., english) should not.


Those people would be dead wrong.



Agree with DB. What I was trying to say was that you can't write the whole word in capital letters. Try it yourself.

Mandarin. See. Nope. That whole word was written in caps.

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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby finley » 07 Jun 2012, 17:21

Dragonbones wrote:
finley wrote:Some style nazis will tell you that a people (eg., the English) should have a capital letter, but a language (eg., english) should not.

Those people would be dead wrong.

Yeah, seems weird to me too. It's a proper noun, so it gets capitalized. Just something I've heard from time to time and wondered if it might be programmed into the autochecker. Anyway, I misunderstood what superking was saying (as above). Dunno why we have an autocorrect anyway, especially since half the people here are teachers and ought to be able to spell.
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby Confuzius » 07 Jun 2012, 17:22

Mandarin

oh wow, super weird
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby ceevee369 » 07 Jun 2012, 17:26

Done testing.
I now remember that this is the Forumosa "build-in auto corrector" who's doing this tric.
Try to put some names of towns being slight uncorrect and you'll see what happens

BELGIAN
DUTCH
Mandarin
TAIWANESE
I’m a dog shaped ashtray
I’m a shrugging moustache wearing a speedo tuxedo
I’m a movie with no plot, written in the back seat of a piss powered taxi
I’m an imperial armpit, sweating Chianti
I’m a toilet with no seat, flushing tradition down
I'm socialist lingerie
I'm diplomatic techno
I'm gay pastry and racist cappuccino
I’m an army on holiday in a guillotine museum
I’m a painting made of hair, on a nudist beach, eating McDonald's
I’m a novel far too long
I’m a sentimental song
I’m a yellow tooth waltzing with wrap around shades on

Who am I?
I am Europe
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby urodacus » 07 Jun 2012, 19:35

Mandarin is not always a proper noun.

It can be used for "boffins, learned people, those in the know, experts on a topic or in a position of bureaucratic authority", etc, and that's where the word as the descriptor of the language of the court bureaucracy came from.

Perhaps.

There's also "mandarins", as in oranges from China, though some spell that with a terminal letter 'e'.

BUt on topic.

Stop using bloody Mandarin-only quotes because the vast majority of punters on 'ere can't understand and won't be able to for ever (and couldn't be assed learning Chinese either). It's plain rude. If you can read it well enough to know what it's talking about, then post a friggin translation.
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby jimipresley » 07 Jun 2012, 19:50

urodacus wrote:Stop using bloody Mandarin-only quotes because the vast majority of punters on 'ere can't understand and won't be able to for ever (and couldn't be assed learning Chinese either). It's plain rude. If you can read it well enough to know what it's talking about, then post a friggin translation.

They could start their own show-off thread where they write to each other in Chinese and have monthly competitions to see who's the most "assimilated". :thumbsup:
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Re: Untranslated Mandarin on the site. Polite request.

Postby superking » 07 Jun 2012, 19:54

jimipresley wrote:
urodacus wrote:Stop using bloody Mandarin-only quotes because the vast majority of punters on 'ere can't understand and won't be able to for ever (and couldn't be assed learning Chinese either). It's plain rude. If you can read it well enough to know what it's talking about, then post a friggin translation.

They could start their own show-off thread where they write to each other in Chinese and have monthly competitions to see who's the most "assimilated". :thumbsup:



I'm not so sure it's about showing off or intellectual snobbery. Some newer posters are able to converse fluently in both languages, but the majority of us just see squiggly lines and incomprehensible sections of posts. As this is an English forum it would be polite if these squiggly squares could be translated into something more meaningful for the majority. It just hasn't been pointed out (or rammed down their throats as in the old days) that this would be appreciated.
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