Week 5 Roundup

Tuesday 10 February 2009, 2.07am HKT


Roundup for 02-08 February 2009

“Umm … smart people don’t do different things but do things differently.”

(02 Feb 2009)

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“To err is human; to forgive is none of my business.”

(02 Feb 2009)

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“What linguistics is good for is picking up chicks … of a certain kind—particularly those with an inexplicable desire to date a foreigner.”

(Jonathan ‘Crazy Ivan’ van der Meer, ‘What is linguistics good for, anyway?’ Speculative Grammarian, vol. CLV, no. 4, February 2009)

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“The world is not like you liked to see it to be. No wonder you’re living like an adolescent—posters on your wall, hair on your face. You have to look at life as it IS.”

(Englishman to an American, 06 Feb 2009)

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“People always want to get along with those who have similar minds.”

(re: making friends, 05 Feb 2009)

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“So, I’ve been trying to tell her that language skills, above all else, is the most important—it enhances income potential because it enhances career options, it helps market your marketable skills, it helps you understand legal principles at the lowest-possible cost … and you could just see on her face that, Bingo! that this just now occurred to her! God help us, if you never connect this in some way to money, she wouldn’t understand—which sadly goes to show she probably still doesn’t understand by the fact that you’ve gotta go through this money-related explanation with her …”

(Dialogue about a friend’s friend, 05 Feb 2009)

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