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PacificDogwood Tue 28-Jan-14 17:27:27


MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 17:36:32

Ooh. It's a bit empty in here. <listens for echos>

It's a bit daunting having a whole new topic to play in. Where to start?

AuntieStella Tue 28-Jan-14 17:38:10

Probably with a 'dreadful puns' thread grin

How about a linguistics joke?
(disclaimer here, have never done any languages after secondary school level so don't know if I've got the terminology quite right!)

Linguistics professor begins class by saying that some languages have a double negative that means a positive, others have a positive and a negative that result in a positive, but there are no double positives that come out negative.

Sarky voice from back of class:
"Yeah, right"

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 17:39:32

Are you referring to my user name Auntie Stella?

magimedi Tue 28-Jan-14 17:40:12

This is very exciting!

A good pun is its own reword.

alexpolistigers Tue 28-Jan-14 17:44:39

Yippee, our very own linguist section! My natural home!


complexnumber Tue 28-Jan-14 17:51:53

Is this a result of the


The Mumsnet gang can be so proactive!


NinjaPenguin Tue 28-Jan-14 17:53:15

Ooh, this is interesting!

ZeroSomeGameThingy Tue 28-Jan-14 17:57:50


Umm..... Is "shiney" a word?

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 17:59:47

complex It's taken a bit longer than that.

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:01:06

Is "shiney" a word?

There used to be a MNer whose user name was shortened to "Shiney" a lot (she of the penguin fame in Classics iirc). Is she still around?

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:01:37

You're not going all pedanty on us are you Zero? wink

DrankSangriaInThePark Tue 28-Jan-14 18:01:52

<waves to mardy>

Whilst my linguistics teacher asked all of us in first year lecture hall to finish the sentence:

I ought to do it.....I?

2 of us, out of about 100 answered with "didn't I?" and he told us he could tell us exactly where we came from. He was right.

I did the old ghoti= fish George Bernard Shaw thing with my Italian students this morning...

AuntieStella Tue 28-Jan-14 18:02:25

Was I imagining it, or was there a thread a while ago when someone asked who else had studied or was interested in linguistics and loads of people joined in?

I've tried to search for it, but nothing.

Anyone else remember? And if it's found, might it be worth asking for it to be moved here? (Or was it in chat, and gone forever?)

alexpolistigers Tue 28-Jan-14 18:04:19

I remember it, AuntieStella. I think it was in Chat. I posted loads on it.

Indith Tue 28-Jan-14 18:05:02


issimma Tue 28-Jan-14 18:05:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:06:11

There was one in Chat a couple of years ago, started by Psammead.

alexpolistigers Tue 28-Jan-14 18:06:44

And there was another linguistics-related thread that got moved to Bilingualism, back in the summer, if I remember rightly

Annunziata Tue 28-Jan-14 18:09:16

Ciao a tutti smile Alex, you should start an Italian thread here!

MardyBra Tue 28-Jan-14 18:09:56

And there was the Occitane thread in AIBU which went off in all sorts of directions.

AuntieStella Tue 28-Jan-14 18:11:02

alexpolistigers This thread?

alexpolistigers Tue 28-Jan-14 18:12:22

That's the one, AuntieStella!

alexpolistigers Tue 28-Jan-14 18:14:06

Great idea, Annunziata... grin

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