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by Democritus
Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:37 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Re-Election..
Replies: 59
Views: 12407

Emma_85 wrote:He's definatley won, Kerry's just conceded. 4 more years of Bush :? ... OMG...

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http://www.verifiedvoting.org/
by Democritus
Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:04 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Continental vs. English Dipthongs for Greek
Replies: 8
Views: 3882

Re: Continental vs. English Dipthongs for Greek

Continental ai = "eye" au = the "ow" in "now" ei = the "ay" in "say" oi = the "oi" in "oil" ou = the "oo" in "food" eu = the "eu" in "neuter" ui = the "ooey" in "gooey" This is the system we used. It's difficult to list English equivalents, because many typical words are pronounced differently on d...
by Democritus
Wed Nov 03, 2004 7:55 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: About Voting
Replies: 23
Views: 4321

Re: About Voting

My friend thinks that citizens only 40+ shoud be able to vote. They are our wisest people when it comes to making a decision like this. They know what a country needs, or what they need, and they have experience from past presidents. I am not ready to concede that people over 40 are wiser. Not all ...
by Democritus
Wed Nov 03, 2004 7:45 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: About Voting
Replies: 23
Views: 4321

What I would like to see is that voters have to pass some sort of evaluation to prove that they have an IQ higher than that of a pigeon and know something about history, politics, government, the Constitution, etc. It sounds great in theory but it would be hard to put it into practise. How do you d...
by Democritus
Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:48 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Can't get this stultus translation
Replies: 4
Views: 1605

Re: Can't get this stultus translation

4. Ipse; non tamen ut omnino ab quiete discederem. Yes, myself; yet it was not that I wholly departed from calmness. I get the ut phrase, I just don't know how non tamen fits in. I think there should be an implied est somewhere, but that still wouldn't work... I think you are right, this is a sente...
by Democritus
Fri Oct 29, 2004 2:35 am
Forum: Koine and Biblical and Medieval Greek
Topic: Is Greek the most exact language?
Replies: 17
Views: 23512

It would be interesting to examine the impact of the rise of computers on language worldwide. Which languages lend themselves to discussing computers and how many words have been added to vocabularies. Ancient Greek is obviously not suited to writing a tech manual on some software. English is full ...
by Democritus
Tue Oct 19, 2004 10:08 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: PLEASE, AMERICA, CHOOSE A PRESIDENT...
Replies: 73
Views: 20009

I think you would agree that more than one law is being proscribed here. That means that the clause applies to any law which has the effect of establishing a religion. As the clause doesn't specify a particular religion, all religions are included. Yes, of course this is correct. Separation of chur...
by Democritus
Mon Oct 18, 2004 7:50 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: PLEASE, AMERICA, CHOOSE A PRESIDENT...
Replies: 73
Views: 20009

John Kerry is Catholic but his own bishop said he would refuse to give Kerry communion because his political views are inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic church. John Kerry is just as much of a Christian as you are, Rhuiden. I don't care what that Bishop says. Catholic bishops preach a...
by Democritus
Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:08 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: PLEASE, AMERICA, CHOOSE A PRESIDENT...
Replies: 73
Views: 20009

I'm just curious: Why is it that leftist students have such hatred towards Christianity? I don't think it is about "forcing beliefs" because they do exactly the same thing, albeit with a more adolescent tone. Liberals do not hate Christianity, in fact, most liberals in the U.S. are Christians. I'm ...
by Democritus
Sat Oct 16, 2004 7:23 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Ooh ooh ooh!
Replies: 46
Views: 13698

Re: Ooh ooh ooh!

I tried reading one of the Harry Potter books a couple of years ago to see what all the commotion was about. I thought that it was not well written nor very imaginative; in short, it was horrid. I can't understand why any decent teacher would ever promote such trash to her young students. J. K. Row...
by Democritus
Fri Oct 15, 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin Conversation - to speak or not to speak
Replies: 4
Views: 1613

Latin Conversation - to speak or not to speak

Curious to know the opinions of board participants. There are a lot of options because I suspect that people have nuanced opinions about this question. Not all the answers are mutually exclusive.
by Democritus
Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:21 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Presidential Election
Replies: 124
Views: 33530

...before an election, it's more sort of fun, not really any hysteria. And if the opposing party wins you just silently curse the stupid guys who didn't vote the same party you did, but that's all. It used to be that way here too. But lately things here have become a little... um... strange. :shock:
by Democritus
Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:42 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Presidential Election
Replies: 124
Views: 33530

Thus, because of its foundation the governing dynamics of the US political system is perpetualy foriegn to Europeans and the rest of the world. Well, I wouldn't go this far. Europeans and other people outside the U.S. are aware of our system of checks and balances. At least, those people who bother...
by Democritus
Tue Sep 28, 2004 3:43 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Catullus II
Replies: 5
Views: 2219

Re: Catullus II

I'm stuck on a part; does anyone know the role of carum nescio quid , and what the construction is following credo? Can't be indirect statement or can it! thanks again Nescio quid means "something or other," somewhat similar to aliquid . Carum modifies this, so carum nescio quid is similar to aliqu...
by Democritus
Fri Sep 24, 2004 8:58 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Who Killed Homer
Replies: 18
Views: 4852

Who Killed Homer

Have any of you read this book: Who Killed Homer?: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom -- by Victor Davis Hanson, John Heath Many of the opinions in this book are spot-on. However, I think they are a little too harsh on Classics professors. If interest in the Classics ...
by Democritus
Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:29 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Meat is Murder translation please?
Replies: 14
Views: 4876

Re: Thank you all, but.....

Fortunately, Latin has an abundance of words for murder! caedes is probably the most emphatic choice, meaning "carnage, slaughter, massacre, brutality", even used sometimes of animals. Which one was used in law courts? If you killed a person, and later were tried and convicted under the law, which ...
by Democritus
Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:43 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: what are the kids listening to?
Replies: 38
Views: 8366

jeff wrote:listening to sunny day realestate right now...
One time I bought a CD by this band, just because I liked the cover art so much. The CD was "Diary." I had never heard of them, and had no idea whether they had a following.
by Democritus
Wed Sep 22, 2004 6:46 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Double negatives in Latin
Replies: 10
Views: 2948

Double negatives ain't no blue cheese. But they are kinda hard to decipher. -_- As for the sentence, I believe it was one of Cicero's. There's this guy, and he's being whipped. To save himself, he's yelling "Civis Romanus sum!" And: " Is non modo hoc non perfecit, ut virgarum vim deprecaretur ." I'...
by Democritus
Mon Sep 20, 2004 10:42 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: strange adversative combination: sed - tamen
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Re: tanta ...

no, tanta definitely qualifies fluiditate - implying extreme fluidity - which might also imply more fluid than any known liquid and consequently of even smaller particle size than any liquid Oh yes, I understand that tanta qualifies fluiditate . But I share the confusion of your original question. ...
by Democritus
Mon Sep 20, 2004 5:05 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: strange adversative combination: sed - tamen
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Re: response

Does tanta refer back to something previously mentioned? I'm curious to see some of the context, before and after this sentence.

Thanks.
by Democritus
Mon Sep 20, 2004 4:09 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: strange adversative combination: sed - tamen
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Re: strange adversative combination: sed - tamen

pb wrote:It may be said to consist of such great fluidity but
however the most minute fineness of the material.
Instead of but however, maybe try but nevertheless, or but yet or but still. (Still in the logical sense, not the temporal sense.) Or maybe even and yet.
by Democritus
Sat Sep 18, 2004 1:04 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Question about 'Romanized' Greek words
Replies: 8
Views: 3765

Re: The Kappa as "C" thing

Everything I'm reading has "Kappa" written in English as "C." Cyclops for a quick example. In Athenaze the main character's name is spelled Dicaeopolis in English, and in Greek that "C" is a Kappa. It's not so bad in that case because at least that English "C" is pronounced like "K". The English "Y...
by Democritus
Thu Sep 16, 2004 7:56 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Twisted Greek stories
Replies: 12
Views: 2116

Re: Twisted Greek stories

Kopio wrote:I was wondering if you guys had read and would like to share your personal favorite(s) twisted stories from mythology.
It's not mythology, but the original Hänsel and Gretel is pretty twisted.

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm015.html
by Democritus
Thu Sep 16, 2004 2:11 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Getting rid of that musty odour from old books...
Replies: 26
Views: 6041

Re: Getting rid of that musty odour from old books...

I didn't mind the smell either until someone told me that the odour in question was caused by a fungus that keeps on growing indefinitely; in other words it's ALIVE! I don't think I can have peace of mind knowing my books are being devoured by these THINGS; plus, who is to say that, when they have ...
by Democritus
Tue Sep 14, 2004 2:31 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: RATATATATATATA. KA-BOOM! You're (truly) dead.
Replies: 63
Views: 14381

But what we have to know is that the Framers were not invincible god-philosophers. Sure, the Constitution is a pivotal document, but times change, and the people should not be afraid of change it if there is a general concensus. (Not to say there is of course in this case) Oh yes, that's a good poi...
by Democritus
Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:42 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: RATATATATATATA. KA-BOOM! You're (truly) dead.
Replies: 63
Views: 14381

Regarding the second amendment, why don't you just get rid of it (as you did the one on prohibition)? I don't want any of the bill of rights to be altered in any way. Sure, you might not like the second amendment, but there are a lot of people inside the U.S. who would be very happy to eliminate th...
by Democritus
Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: RATATATATATATA. KA-BOOM! You're (truly) dead.
Replies: 63
Views: 14381

Most of the stuff they said there wasn't new to me, but what was was that apparently the Bushs had been bankrolling the Nazis/Hitler (they just showed some old photos and some American guy made the allegation). Just wondering what you know about this. Reference for you: http://www.news-miner.com/St...
by Democritus
Thu Sep 09, 2004 7:08 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Problems with the future
Replies: 8
Views: 3041

Lucan wrote:Thanks for your help. It appears that I've just been missing out several of the steps involved- namely elongating the vowel in contracted forms and then adding the sigma, even if the verb itself ends in [size=134]λ μ ν ρ. But despite this there still seem to be some oddities that I think I'll have to pick up these as I go along.
Does your book mention principal parts? The future active & middle is formed from a different principal part than the present active & middle. For regular verbs there are rules for deriving the second principal part from the first, but (as you know) not all verbs are regular, so in principle there is no sure way to predict what the future is. You just have to know the princpal parts of the verb.

Just as in English, there's no way to predict that the past tense of bring is brought. You just have to know that.

If someone asks "Why does [size=134]βαίνω[/size] become [size=134]βήσομαι[/size] in the future," the simple answer is, "because [size=134]βήσομαι[/size] is the second principle part."

You can find probably find at least a partial list of principal parts in your book.
by Democritus
Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:31 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Your school classes.
Replies: 99
Views: 23809

I suppose the politicians are all rich then... don't the student unions protest? Uh... do you have student unions or an equivalent in the US? Certainly not! Unions are communistic! And treasonous! And pro-terrrism! *cough* Sorry. I've exaggerated a bit. Those graduate students upon whom falls most ...
by Democritus
Sat Sep 04, 2004 5:27 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 'Brevissimae bracae' is Latin for hotpants
Replies: 20
Views: 6122

I am reading Harry Potter at the moment and don't really like all the crazy 5 word modern terms for things. There is quite a wide vocabulary in that book. Yes, for example, when Harry and Dudley are fighting over who gets to look through the keyhole to watch uncle Vernon read Harry's letters, keyho...
by Democritus
Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:56 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Balloon Club Motto
Replies: 8
Views: 2623

Re: Balloon Club Motto

I would like to create a motto for our Hot Air Ballooning club. Stealing from Descartes, I would like to say: "I am safe; therefore, I am". How about gravitatem decipimus diligentia , "we cheat gravity through diligence," or maybe diligentia alae nostri , "diligence [is] our wings." Not sure if thi...
by Democritus
Thu Sep 02, 2004 11:19 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 'Brevissimae bracae' is Latin for hotpants
Replies: 20
Views: 6122

Does anyone think that Latin should borrow from its daughter languages for modern terms? Yes, sure, why not. There's no such thing as a "pure" language. All languages are mixtures. New words have to come from somewhere. You can build them up from presumably "native" roots or you can just import the...
by Democritus
Wed Sep 01, 2004 4:30 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 'Brevissimae bracae' is Latin for hotpants
Replies: 20
Views: 6122

Re: 'Brevissimae bracae' is Latin for hotpants

Democritus wrote:For "hot pants" how about braculae calentes ? :)
By the way, is it possible to form a double-diminutive, in Latin?
by Democritus
Wed Sep 01, 2004 4:24 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 'Brevissimae bracae' is Latin for hotpants
Replies: 20
Views: 6122

Re: 'Brevissimae bracae' is Latin for hotpants

As the iuvenis voluptarius might say: "Put on your brevissimae bracae femineae and let's go to the taberna nocturna and drink some vinum rubrum Burdigalense." I don't know who to blame, the journalists who write these stories or the Latinists themselves, but many of these neologisms come across as ...
by Democritus
Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:24 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Conversational Greek
Replies: 2
Views: 1684

Re: Conversational Greek

I know of no such thing in English. I have heard rumors on this forum that there is such a thing from Germany: http://www.textkit.com/greek-latin-forum/viewtopic.php?t=1220 It looks like someone may have republished it. Have a look at this page: http://www.romana-hamburg.de/helleni.htm Fascinating ...
by Democritus
Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:39 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What are you currently reading?
Replies: 65
Views: 16357

Another very good book I just read recently:

Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality : Solving the Quantum Mysteries, by John Gribbin

The book has a cheesy title but it's an uncommonly good pop science book. Highly recommended.
by Democritus
Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:34 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What are you currently reading?
Replies: 65
Views: 16357

All modern:

Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann
by Democritus
Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:02 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: How many of you pronounce...
Replies: 25
Views: 10552

Isn't the bilabial-velar approximant an English "w"? That's what I heard it was. Doesn't anyone feel the pressure at the back of the mouth (at the end of the hard palate) when they say a "w"? Yes, I feel this too. While the lips are busy puckering, the tongue presses against the velum. However, it ...
by Democritus
Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:03 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Importance of speaking latin?
Replies: 34
Views: 14856

A few resources I found: http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/cml/jjohnson/ACL/PrintMaterials.html Several interesting books on spoken Latin on this page: http://www.aclclassics.org/tmrc/catalog.asp?category=19&c= Quomodo Dicitur? Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency, by John Traupman Latin in...
by Democritus
Tue Aug 10, 2004 8:52 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Importance of speaking latin?
Replies: 34
Views: 14856

Another interesting link: http://www.asu.edu/educ/epsl/LPRU/newsarchive/Art1231.txt While Latin has not been spoken casually for over a thousand years and only its grammar and literature are typically studied today, the sounds of Cicero and Virgil are resurging among an increasingly wider audience, ...