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Re: english, the planetary language

in Milliways
I know from flight simulators that 10,000 m is roughly 30,000 feet. In full realism mode, with all HUD displays off, you have to be able to mentally switch between nautical miles/km and feet/meters depending on the nationality of the plane you happen to be flying.

Re: english, the planetary language

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YYYY-MM-DD makes sense for countries that write from left-to-right. A lot of countries don't though. Some European countries avoid this problem by using Roman numerals for the month, eg. 24 XI 2020

Re: english, the planetary language

in Milliways
Right. I immediately thought of Frank Zappa after making that post. How common is it really, though? Teenagers everywhere like to invent new ways of talking to distinguish themselves from their parents.

Re: english, the planetary language

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Intel486dx33 does have a point in that Californians don't seem to have a distinct regional accent. It's just generic 'American'. The east coast has several distinctive accents, as does the south and west. I can also usually tell Canadians from Americans by their accents. But there doesn't seem to be …

Re: english, the planetary language

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How do you say "old computer user" in other languages? In English this is an ambiguous phrase. It can mean both "old user of computers" and "user of old computers". You have to decide which meaning is correct from the context (on this forum both are probably appropriate...) In my native language, …

Re: english, the planetary language

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I know a European girl/woman who learned English as a second language and who curses like a sailor when she speaks it. I have repeatedly warned her about this. But she never curses in her own language - that would be low class behavior. It's just swearing in English that's OK.

Re: english, the planetary language

in Milliways
How do you say "old computer user" in other languages? In English this is an ambiguous phrase. It can mean both "old user of computers" and "user of old computers". You have to decide which meaning is correct from the context (on this forum both are probably appropriate...)

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