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you look great
on Beta tape
but you look best
on VHS Equinox 05:30, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

Burma-Shave. (I apologise for the very dated, very US-centric reference.)Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:08, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
Can't believe I wasted half my musical life on braindance/IDM and gothic rock. Enjoy! [1] Just don't try to listen to the lyrics. Equinox 06:11, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

A few red linksEdit

Don't know what it's worth, but I've found quite a few funny-looking missing words in this document. Cf. especially "Clumps of insults for the dregs of society"

--Per utramque cavernam (talk) 00:24, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

tally hoEdit

See “tally-ho” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.. DCDuring (talk) 22:17, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

Love for the pastEdit

You're not alone in this way of thinking. It's been described to me before as "retro-nostalgia", but I don't know how accurate that is (it is apparently attested though). Anyway, I tend to fantasize about the past, often about eras when I wasn't even alive. However, as I grew up in the times of the Internet, being stuck in a past time period would be like being stuck in outer space (comparing access to the Internet to oxygen), so hopefully if I ever get the chance to time-travel to pre-Internet pasts, I at least will be able to come back to the present (or at least sometime post-2005).

Relatedly, I also fear the future in the sense that I fear that the future may force me to completely change the way I do things or experience life. This has been described to me before as chronophobia. Ah, that might actually be the term you're looking for: "Fear of the passing of time, or more generally of time itself." (although I usually think of it to mean "The fear of change or the future.") The previous decade, this one, and the following one will probably be my "nostalgia triggers" when I get older (the 2000s already sort of are), although somehow I feel "nostalgic" for times before then, like the 80s, the 90s, the 20s, the 60s, etc. Wait, can you feel nostalgic for times when you weren't alive? Does it require experiencing these times to feel true nostalgia for them?

I love to learn about and imagine the past, and that's why I'm studying history right now. I need to make a subpage of my user space about this. PseudoSkull (talk) 06:54, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

Yeah, the annoyance of it is that there's also a kitschy, cutesy, "wasn't it fun playing Super Mario on the NES", which has zero overlap with my experience (even though I might enjoy that game! hah). The main thing that alienates me from other human beings today is the sort of faking-by-default, you know, "everything is awesome", "OMG THAT ROXX", "lol epic ninja dinosaur" etc. etc. If I were a top-echelon programmer I would have to turn down most offers simply because I can't stand being around those people. Heh I'd end up working for MI5 because TINA. ("Can you feel nostalgic for times when you weren't alive": perhaps not technically but you can clearly prefer those times to any you have lived in. Now everything is ironic and clever and boring and post-modern and you can't just BE. It's disgusting.) Equinox 07:00, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
You mean how some Internet communities/users are always trying to make a meme/inside joke/sarcastic humor/"bro talk" out of everything? That does get kind of annoying; you can't just have a normal conversation with some of these people without them making some inside joke or reciting some repetitive phrase. At least Wiktionary is massively more formal than that. PseudoSkull (talk) 07:08, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
That is a very small subset of it. Cannot adequately explain here. Once I tried to add you on Skype but I guess it's all Discord now. Heh. Equinox 07:34, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, I don't recall you adding me on Skype. It is true that I don't use Skype too often anymore, but I used to when it was bigger (but I'm not against using it by any means, and still do sometimes). I also have owned multiple Skypes in the past. If you would like to add me there, please add the username madisonsminerals (again) or give me yours and I'll add you (possibly over the email feature). PseudoSkull (talk) 07:52, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
Sometimes I feel really disappointed that I missed the birth and heyday of great online communities (being there for the decline isn't nearly as fun...). I must wonder if it's because everyone forgets all the bad or uninteresting stuff that happens in the past though. —suzukaze (tc) 08:03, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
Mail me and mention "tarot", I have something for you. But it might take months. Equinox 08:14, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

not the sharpest tool in the shedEdit

How is that a noun? It's interchangeable with "not very smart" or "dim", and it's only used to modify nouns. If it were a noun, it would be synonymous with "stupidity", not "stupid". Because it's a phrase, it's not really comparable and doesn't really work except predicatively, but that doesn't make it a noun. Chuck Entz (talk) 02:02, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

"The sharpest tool in the shed" is certainly an NP. The applicable sense of "not" appears to be the adverb. Applying an adverb to an NP gives you an NP (like "hungry dog" becoming "surprisingly hungry dog"). Equinox 02:07, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
In your example, "surprisingly" is modifying "hungry", not "dog" (you can't say "*a surprisingly dog"). Likewise, "not" is modifying "the sharpest", not "tool". Chuck Entz (talk) 03:08, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Besides, this is really "not the sharpest" with "tool in the shed" tacked on in a way that doesn't diagram very well- that's part of the humor. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:12, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Well, roll 'em back if I'm wrong. Not sure that I agree but I can't articulately analyse and argue it right now. Equinox 03:16, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
It does seem to me that NOT(X) applies to all of X and I would like to see convincing proof otherwise. To take a really trivial example: if I say "Chuck Entz isn't a leopard in a zoo" then you would seem to be arguing that I'm saying you are in a zoo, merely not a leopard. Equinox 03:31, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
That isn't really analogous, because "not the sharpest" assumes membership in a set in order to allow comparison with the rest of the set. In fact, I think the underlying form is really something like "not the sharpest [of the] tool[s] in the shed". I'm not completely convinced this is an adjective, either- it seems like a (stative) verb phrase with the verb missing. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:04, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

wort#Derived termsEdit

Another list with redlinks (well, they're WP links for now) for your consideration. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:09, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

sea lawyer definition as a "shark"Edit

Can you provide attribution or corroboration for your definition? My Webster's unabridged only provides the "sailor who questions rules" (1805-1815). Don't just tell me to "check some books"; I already have. ;) -- Davidbspalding (talk) 15:37, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

I will check a bit later. Please use WT:RFV process to challenge an entry; don't just delete. Equinox 15:39, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
Never mind, I found it in The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang. It is indeed archaic and obscure. Thanks for the link to RTV, I couldn't find the Wikipedia style template. -- Davidbspalding (talk) 15:47, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
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